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Bankton House Hotel
Ranked #5 of 7 Livingston B&B and Inns
Northampton, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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“hidden away”
Reviewed 6 April 2014

Don't use the post code to get here using SatNav. It's in woodland surrounded by housing so make sure you have the address to hand. Once here you get a warm welcome. I went for the recommended home-made steak pie in the cosy bar and it was great. A good night's sleep and up early for a run - despite the proximity to housing you can get a fair way alongside a river/stream and on to a parkland area. Substantial breakfast and off to work. As this was a business trip, I didn't have time to work out if it's close enough to be used as a base for visiting Edinburgh. Slight negative is that the bathroom could do with some sort of heating.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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Colleyville, Texas
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Reviewed 2 August 2013

We were traveling with our 2 sons and wanted a place near Edinburgh but not in the city. We were planning day trips to The Open and also the other direction toward Turnberry. Livingston is a nice town that met our criteria ( also an easy drive to the airport). We found Bankton House on tripadvisor and I contacted the Hotel by e-mail to make arrangements. We booked the entire cottage which is 3 separate rooms + one bathroom. The rooms each had a tv and the beds were comfortable queen size beds. The only problem we encountered was the toilet in the bathroom which probably needs to be replaced. Sometimes, it took up to 10 minutes to refill to allow a 2nd flush. Likewise, I would not suggest renting just one room in the cottage (either rent the whole cottage or a different room in the main building). Our stay was very comfortable and perfect for a small family traveling together. The hotel offers a breakfast for about 7 £ that is optional. Their breakfast was a very good traditional breakfast with cereals, bacon, beans and eggs. Our gps was able to locate the hotel but otherwise it may have been a little difficult to find. However, it is close to a very nice shopping center with many restaurant choices. If I wanted to stay near Edinburgh without fighting the city traffic, I would definitely stay here again.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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69 reviews
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Reviewed 27 June 2013 via mobile

Stayed here after a fraught 24hours and it was an oasis of calm. This is family run hotel and the service is exceptional. My room was lovely, including a gorgeous shower room. Spent the evening in the bar- try the lasagne! As a lone female felt very comfortable sitting amongst locals. Breakfast was made to order, and lovely. Nothing too much trouble. Wifi intermittent but obvious from where you are- thick walls and trees! Lovely view from window. Want to return already!

Stayed June 2013, travelled on business
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2 Thank Laura C
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West Lothian, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
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Reviewed 16 May 2013

We recently had our daughters naming ceremony at Bankton House and this was a great day.

Although we did not stay at the hotel we were given access to a room to help get ready. Room was nice and clean and cosy.

Staff were very helpful throughout the day and buffet was delicious.

A good day was had all round.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 13 May 2013

I use this hotel on a regular basis for business. I have now stayed in most rooms over a 2 year period and they are all great. Meals are great with a good variety and the staff are fantastic. I'll be back soon.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 May 2013

What a beautiful hotel, we stayed here for a romantic weekend, the staff where friendly and could not help us enough.
The room was immaculate and very very clean.
We will definitely be back

Thanks for making our stay enjoyable

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 May 2013

Great value hotel in quiet woodland grounds.
Enjoyed my stay. Budget was important so this was a good value for money choice.
I was in a cottage separate from main building - (room 7) - with a shared bathroom. I knew about that when I booked.
Only problem was the awful "air freshener" used by the hotel. These were vases with sticks in.
It was amusing because all 3 guys in the cottage met in the hallway on the first evening and we were all removing the vile-smelling vases from our rooms! Yuk. The manager was alerted and I'm sure this issue will have been dealt with.
Otherwise my stay was pleasant and trouble-free.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled solo
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renata r, Manager at Bankton House Hotel, responded to this review, 8 May 2013
HI Mark

We would all like to say a special ‘Thank you' for your 'great review'

And as promised the 'Scented Diffuser Vases' have been removed un-less of coarse some of our female guest’s request them to be brought back, however we appreciate most defiantly being out-numbered by our male guest's on that one,


Hope to see you all back soon

Warm regards
From all the staff
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Property: Bankton House Hotel
Address: Muireston, Livingston EH54 9AQ, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > West Lothian > Livingston
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Livingston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Bankton House Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The picturesque charm of Bankton House Hotel is not easy to define. Set within its own grounds, linking directly to the foot paths and cycle routes of Murieston waters, the country settings can be easily enjoyed by its guests and visitors.The stately Georgian architecture imbues a feeling of elegance and style while the grounds that surround the hotel insulate it from the day to day, fostering a peaceful ambiance; especially benefiting those city commuters seeking B&B in relaxed accommodation with en-suite rooms that draw in the peace and tranquility of its settings through their Georgian windows adding too each, in their uniqueness, of luxury and comfort. With the cities of Edinburgh & Glasgow a 20 minute train ride away, makes this ideal lodgings, after a day in the hustle and bustle of the city, with the Livingston South railway link only a short 2 minute walk from the grounds. ... more   less 
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