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Coalheughead Cottage

West Calder, West Lothian, EH55 8RT


  • Rural yet highly accessible location

  • Peaceful and private

  • Unique and very attractive building

  • Spacious and flexible accommodation, ideal for entertaining

  • Wonderful views

  • Generous amenity land and useful enclosure for equestrian or small holding interests

  • Stables

  • Abundance of local wildlife

  • For Sale as a Whole

  • About 5.18 Acres (2.1 Ha) in total

The subjects are located in a rural setting on the outskirts of West Calder nearby to Harburn House. West Calder itself provides a good range of local shops and services including a doctor’s surgery, post office, primary and secondary schools …

The subjects are located in a rural setting on the outskirts of West Calder nearby to Harburn House. West Calder itself provides a good range of local shops and services including a doctor’s surgery, post office, primary and secondary schools and a train station (2 miles) providing regular services to Edinburgh and Glasgow. The A71 trunk road, located just a short distance to the north, provides excellent access to Livingston some 7 miles to the north, provides extensive services and shopping facilities and a further two train stations with commuter links to Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The surrounding area provides many recreational activities including shopping at the Livingston Designer Outlet, many equestrian facilities and several golf courses including the championship course at Dalmahoy, the Deer Park course at Livingston and the Harburn Golf Club. There are wonderful walks and hills in the district and shooting and fishing can be arranged on neighbouring estates and local lochs including Harperrigg Reservoir and Cobbinshaw Loch. Walking can be found in the nearby Pentland Hills.

Scotland’s capital city of Edinburgh is only 22 miles to the north east and is home to renowned hotels and restaurants alongside large entertainment events.

The mainline railway station in West Calder provides links to Glasgow and Edinburgh. Central Scotland and the north are easily accessed via the M8, and Glasgow and Edinburgh Airports are 41 and 16 miles respectively offering a range of domestic and international flights.

Coalheughead is a most unique and substantial country home of stone and timber construction under a slate roof set amidst approximately 5.18 acres (2.1 hectares) of grounds offering unique, contemporary living space in a secluded yet accessible location. Formerly a horse mill and 2 byres with the barn a modern addition, the property, which looks out over rolling countryside, benefits internally from extensive and versatile living space over two floors. The property has an immediate neighbour but the majority of the rooms look out over the gardens and countryside to the south east where there are uninterrupted views making this is a peaceful and most private property.

The property is accessed via a private driveway leading past the neighbouring farmhouse on the left. Generous parking is to be found to the right hand side for several vehicles. Beyond the driveway there a number of seedling and mature trees giving entrance to the paddock with its stable block. The paddock is enclosed by perimeter fencing and bounded by woodlands to the south east. The landscaped terraced gardens are predominantly laid to lawn with herbaceous borders, kitchen garden and a timber decked balcony with timber balustrade wraps around the rear of the property providing a sheltered area for entertaining and alfresco dining. There is a paved dining area immediately off the kitchen and Roundel. The rear gardens are bounded by a fence with a gate giving access to the amenity land beyond.

Internally, the entrance hall is predominantly glazed and it has a double aspect with double height ceiling and is a wonderful reception space where the gardens and open outlook beyond can be admired. Quite separate to the main living accommodation is a ground floor guest annexe with kitchenette, en-suite shower room and French doors to the garden terrace. This is a most useful space for providing guest accommodation or ancillary accommodation for extended families. There is a secondary entrance porch in the original stone built section of Coalheughead which opens onto an entrance hall with cloakroom off and a useful utility/ gardening/ dog room with sink and showering cubicle.
Coalheughead is a wonderful property for entertaining. Of particular note is the roundel with exposed oak beams and panoramic views over the gardens and rolling countryside beyond. This is a great space from which to enjoy the local wildlife and entertain guests. The roundel also has direct access to the decked and paved garden terraces, ideal for garden parties and alfresco dining.
The drawing room with exposed beams and mezzanine balcony has a wonderful woodburning stove and gives access to the roundel and kitchen. It is a welcoming and warm room and the mezzanine balcony provides a fun hobby or study area with useful storage areas off.

The modern dining kitchen also has French doors to the garden terraces. The kitchen was installed in 2014 and has a free standing Rayburn stove and kitchen island.

In addition to the guest annexe there is a second ground floor bedroom with fitted wardrobes and a family bathroom next door. There is internal access to the double garage which has a storage cupboard and sink within.

On the first floor there are three additional bedrooms accessed via two separate staircases. The principal bedrooms are in timber frame extension, each with a dressing room and en-suite bathrooms. One of the bedrooms has a Juliet balcony overlooking the gardens.