The SpaceYour room is a cosy, luxury, Scottish style double with kettle facilities and a bathroom just outside. This is shared with one other room and has a bath and electric shower. Towels are provided, as well a simple selection of breakfast items.
There is a very spacious built in wardrobe for storage and the room looks out onto the back garden, with no overlooking neighbours. Guest AccessA kettle and basic breakfast items are included in the room. Use of the kitchen / cooking facilities is not assumed but if you need them please let me know so we can arrange something. Use of the lounge and the front and back gardens are welcome. Interaction with GuestsI may or may not be here during your stay. If I am to be away, I will leave instructions for keys beforehand. The NeighborhoodHumbie feels very quiet and is part of a rural collection of historic farm buildings. It has the vibe of communal, country living (there are pigs, highland cows, horses, ducks, sheep and dogs next door cared for by Ellen and Davey, our very lovely neighbours - do say hi, who we share a drive with), but it is also incredibly close to the main road into Edinburgh. Due to the lay of the land, we are not disturbed by road noise but benefit from the location's access. We are also very sheltered from wind and temperatures and can often be several degrees warmer than Kirknewton town just up the hill!
All the neighbours in the area are very friendly and Cyrenians Farm, selling organic fruit and veg, is a 2 min walk. There is also a horse riding school with a new outdoor arena next door. Just over the A71, there is Edinburgh International Climbing Arena (5 mins by car), the world's largest climbing arena, which has activities for children, a cafe, gym and tonnes of indoor climbing. There is also an outdoor quarry with sport and trad climbing. If you are going to the centre to climb outside only, you do not need to pay!
Kirknewton town has a take away run by very friendly Italians, a local pub, post office, pharmacy and a small village shop.
East Calder (5 mins by car) has a Tesco, Scotmid, pharmacy, post office, medical practise, hairdressers and pub. Mid Calder and West Calder (10-15 mins by car) have a larger choice of restaurants and other amenities.
Livingston town (10-15 mins by car) has everything. And then of course, there is Edinburgh.
Excellent dog walks include anything in the Pentlands, especially Harlaw Reservoir, which has parking, a toilet and a choice of routes which can take you all the way to the pub at Flotterstone and back if you are feeling energetic. A slightly quieter car park can be found at Threipmuir Reservoir, nearby. The Cammo Estate, which also has parking, is another great option for a stop on the way to or from Edinburgh centre. Closer by, you can find a spot to access the canal tow path (for example, by parking at EICA, Ratho) and walk along it all the way to Glasgow!
If your doggy needed any veterinary attention, I can whole heartedly recommend Lamond Veterinary Practise, who have always been excellent, are very good with appointment availability and who also saved Haggis' life in a very drawn out, critical emergency recently.
So, in short, there is loads to do! Getting AroundThere are regular buses from the end of the road (5 min walk) and regular trains on the Edinburgh Glasgow line from Kirknewton train station (20 min walk). A train to Edinburgh centre takes 20 mins. If driving, you can be in the centre in 20 mins if quiet, or longer during rush hour.
We are also very close to the airport, about 10 mins by car / taxi. This is the easiest way to get here with luggage. Otherwise, a bus can take you to the end of the road.