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Fife

As you might expect from the ancestral home of Scotland’s monarchs, Fife has a rich heritage and some wonderful historic attractions, as well as a stunning coastline, quiet beautiful countryside and one of the highest concentrations of top class golf courses in Britain.

This small county is packed with a great diversity of landscapes, extending from the Firth of Forth in the south which includes Dunfermline (Scotland’s former capital) and the famous Forth Road and Rail bridges, to St. Andrews and the rural north. All along extends its eastern coastline with pretty bays, dramatic cliffs, Blue Flag sandy beaches and old fishing villages.

St. Andrews is well known for its golf courses and is home to Royal and Ancient Golf Course. But in addition the town, which is Scotland’s oldest university town, has a charming old-world feel and is close to an expansive beach. St Andrews cathedral may be a shadow of its former self, but well worth visiting. You can spend hours exploring the history and admiring the views here.

Exploring to the south of St. Andrews the coastline is dotted with small fishing villages, such as Crail, Anstruther, Pittenween, East Nuek and St. Monans. The Fife Coastal Path extends along this coastline and is perfect for bracing walks and magnificent sea views, where if you’re lucky you might see Grey seals, dolphins and basking sharks. Boat trips are available from Anstruther to the Isle of May where many sea birds nest at certain times of the year.

Of note is Falkland Palace, which was a rather regal holiday home for many Stuart monarchs, including Mary, Queen of Scots. Beautifully maintained, you can explore the palace and gardens at your leisure – including Britain’s oldest tennis court. Also of interest are Kellie Castle and Garden which dates back to the 14th century and contains fascinating interiors and lovely wooded gardens.

For those looking for an active holiday Fife has plenty of activities for all ages from great walking and biking trails to horse riding and clay pigeon shooting to first class water sports.

If you’re ready to begin your exploration of the region take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Fife.
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  • Dunmarlie

    Newton of Falkland near St Andrews

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC524065
    This welcoming red pan tiled roof cottage in the hamlet of Newton of Falkland is the perfect location to explore the Kingdom of Fife and the Scottish countryside. Just one mile from Falkland with its cobbled streets, cafes and the historic Falkland Palace, you are in the heart of rural Fife. Surrounded by the miles of hiking trails, cycle paths, and dog friendly country parks, and the scenic East Neuk with fishing villages and sandy beaches are within easy driving distance. This area is renowned for its golf with many local courses and St Andrews is just 19 miles.

    Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With electric coal effect fire, 26" TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed and sloping ceilings.
    Bedroom 2: With single bed and sloping ceilings.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and sloping ceilings.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Kelly Cottage

    Elie near Leven and Cupar

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: CC526016
    Kelly Cottage is an old farmer’s cottage situated in the quaint harbour village of Elie on the Fife coast. This charming semi detached holiday property offers comfortable, well equipped accommodation and it is only a short stroll down to the historic harbour and sea front with its fabulous golden sandy beach. The cottage has an open plan living space with lounge/dining area. The kitchen area is fully fitted and from here you can access the enclosed shared rear garden. There are two good sized bedrooms with en suite facilities in the double room. In the village itself you have a lovely selection of local shops to explore, there is a number of bars/eateries and also an award winning restaurant. It has a fantastic water sports centre offering a variety of activities.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space
    Lounge/Diner: With TV, DVD, radio/CD and dining area
    Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Shower Room: With shower cubicle, shower chair (grab rail installed), WC, wash basin, heated towel rail and shaver point
    Bedroom 1: With double bed, Free view TV and en suite shower cubicle, WC and wash basin
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds, TV monitor with built in DVD

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. BT open zone Wi-fi internet access. Travel cot and high chair available. Baby bath and wheelchair available on request.Shared enclosed rear garden, outdoor furniture, BBQ (coals not included). Ample space to store bikes on driveway. Only 100 metres to a golden sandy beach. Private off road driveway, parking for 2 cars. NB: Front door opens directly onto pavement and road.

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  • Lilac Cottage

    St Monans near Anstruther

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: UK5011
    Discover this delightful terraced holiday cottage on the outskirts of St Monans, the smallest of the East Neuk of Fife fishing villages. This quiet charming village situated on a hill overlooking the Firth of Forth has spectacular views across to North Berwick, The Isle of May and Bass Rock. From your front door you can stroll down to the beach just 250 yards away and the village is just ¾ of a mile where you can explore the quaint streets and lanes, historic buildings, an old windmill that once powered the salt panning industry, an old 14th century church, shops and restaurants, an award winning cafe and an excellent seafood restaurant overlooking the harbour. You can purchase freshly caught sea food from a number of local fisherman selling their catch. The Fife Coastal Path is close by, with historic castles, pretty fishing villages and many sandy beaches and coves to visit along the way. This area is famous for golf with more than 40 golf courses in Fife from the famous fairways of St. Andrews to traditional links courses and beautifully landscaped parkland and heathland courses. This is the perfect location for all ages to explore; you can relax when you return from exploring the area in the small private enclosed garden, just across the courtyard and enjoy a glass of wine in the summerhouse, or on cooler days curl up with a book in front of the cosy open fire.

    Ground Floor: The property has one step to the entrance, is all on the ground floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: With wooden floor, open fire, 32" Sky TV (basic package) and DVD player.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed, electric wood burner, TV and DVD player.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for open fire provided. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Wi-Fi. Courtyard. Enclosed garden with furniture. Summerhouse. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Holly’s Hideaway

    Anstruther

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: UK5078
    Discover this delightful seaside holiday cottage, with breathtaking views of the Firth of Forth from the living room. This terraced fisherman’s cottage is a hidden gem and lies just a few yards from the sandy beach on the west side of town. Anstruther’s working harbour, marina, shops, cafes, bars and restaurants are only a few minutes walk; enjoy fish and chips from the award-winning restaurant or sample a scotch in the local pubs. Anstruther is also blessed with its own golf course, situated just at the end of the street, as well as being surrounded by all the courses in Fife. There are many other activities in the area to suit all ages, from the Scottish Fisheries Museum to boat trips to the Isle of May with its world renowned bird sanctuary and nature reserve, which is famous for puffins and seals. There is also the Fife Coastal Path which runs through the village and has historic castles, pretty fishing villages and many beautiful beaches and coves along its path. The ancient university town of St Andrews, famous for its golf courses, is only 9 miles away. Beach 50 yards. Shop and restaurant 300 yards, pub 150 yards.

    Ground Floor: Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over hip bath (no toilet).
    Two separate toilets.

    First Floor: Living room: With 32" Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate.Public car park, free of charge. No smoking.

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  • The Nook

    Anstruther, East Neuk

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 27173

    The Nook is a stylish, semi-detached holiday home situated in the heart of Anstruther, on the shores of the Firth of the Forth. Visit local shops and restaurants, walk along the harbour area and enjoy local seafood. The East Neuk is famous for its coastal walks and picturesque fishing villages. St Andrews is 9 miles away with its golf courses, sea life centre, theatre, arts and shopping. Whether you are playing golf, visiting heritage sites, enjoying walking, you will never run out of things to do. The Nook offers all modern comforts and is ideal for relaxing. Shop 100 yards, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with French doors. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. iPod dock. Gas cooker. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Enclosed stoned garden. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Kudu

    Nr Auchtermuchty, Fife

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: UED

    "Close to sandy beaches and picturesque villages – with golf at St Andrews nearby . . ."

    Ideal for family gatherings, special occasions, select weddings or corporate events, Pitcairlie House can accommodate up to 21 guests in five delightful properties (all graded Visit Scotland ‘4 Star’ and awarded the Green Tourism Silver Award) - each apartment being entirely individual and self-contained. All five splendid holiday properties enjoy shared use of a superb indoor heated swimming pool and sauna - they all have an internal access to the swimming pool (except Kudu UED, reached along the verandah).
    They are set in a lovely rural situation, 3 miles south of Newburgh on the Firth of Tay, and 18 miles from Perth, in a 120-acre wildlife haven of woods, streams and rolling hills. Eland (UEB, sleeps 6), Sable (UEC, sleeps 4), Kudu (UED, sleeps 4), The Garden Apartment (UEE, sleeps 3) have been formed within a large Victorian wing of the owners’ 16th-century country mansion, while the Lodge (SBK, sleeps 4) is set on the edge of woodland by the end of the drive. Just 2 miles away is the attractive village of Auchtermuchty, while medieval Falkland with its historic palace is only 2 miles farther on. Both villages offer a selection of shops, inns and restaurants. Shops 2 miles.

    Charming, cosy two-storey apartment meets the Visit Scotland ‘4 Star’ standard, and features wrought iron spiral staircase to pretty first floor bedrooms. Private verandah area with furniture, looking out to the grounds and woodland of Pitmedden Forest beyond. Six steps up to verandah and entrance. Cosy sitting/dining room with gas fire and small, well-equipped, modern fitted kitchen area. Spiral open-tread stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    • Electricity and gas central heating included
    • Freeview TV
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi

    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo
    • Microwave
    • Shared use of laundry room with washer/dryer
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Telephone by meter reading
    • Shared grounds of 120 acres
    • Garden furniture
    • Shared barbecue
    • Privte parking
    • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (23ft x 12ft) and sauna available all year round
    • Natural spring water supply
    • Hamper by arrangement
    • NB: Small unfenced lake

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  • Sable

    Nr Auchtermuchty, Fife

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: UEC

    "Close to sandy beaches and picturesque villages – with golf at St Andrews nearby . . .""Close to sandy beaches and picturesque villages – with golf at St Andrews nearby . . ."

    Ideal for family gatherings, special occasions, select weddings or corporate events, Pitcairlie House can accommodate up to 21 guests in five delightful properties (all graded Visit Scotland ‘4 Star’ and awarded the Green Tourism Silver Award) - each apartment being entirely individual and self-contained. All five splendid holiday properties enjoy shared use of a superb indoor heated swimming pool and sauna - they all have an internal access to the swimming pool (except Kudu UED, reached along the verandah).
    They are set in a lovely rural situation, 3 miles south of Newburgh on the Firth of Tay, and 18 miles from Perth, in a 120-acre wildlife haven of woods, streams and rolling hills. Eland (UEB, sleeps 6), Sable (UEC, sleeps 4), Kudu (UED, sleeps 4), The Garden Apartment (UEE, sleeps 3) have been formed within a large Victorian wing of the owners’ 16th-century country mansion, while the Lodge (SBK, sleeps 4) is set on the edge of woodland by the end of the drive. Just 2 miles away is the attractive village of Auchtermuchty, while medieval Falkland with its historic palace is only 2 miles farther on. Both villages offer a selection of shops, inns and restaurants. Shops 2 miles.

    This completely self-contained south facing, sunny property with French doors opening onto a verandah, overlooking the duck pond at the woodland’s edge, is reached via six steps from the drive. It has internal access to the swimming pool. With rounded, arched ceilings this most unusual, spacious property meets the Visit Scotland ‘4 Star’ standard. Open-plan sitting/dining room with gas fire and well-equipped, modern fitted kitchen area. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    • electricity and gas central heating inc
    • Freeview TV
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Own patio

    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo
    • Microwave
    • Shared use of laundry room with washer/dryer
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Telephone by meter reading
    • Shared grounds of 120 acres
    • Garden furniture
    • Shared barbecue
    • Privte parking
    • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (23ft x 12ft) and sauna available all year round
    • Natural spring water supply
    • Hamper by arrangement
    • NB: Small unfenced lake

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  • Old Inzievar Cottages - Fernwoodlea

    Oakley, near Dunfermline

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: UKC475

    Escape to these delightful detached holiday cottages, part of the Old Inzievar House estate which is situated in beautiful and natural parkland, on a working farm with varied livestock, about 6 miles west of Dunfermline and 1 mile from the historic Culross village and abbey on the Forth Estuary. Old Inzievar Cottage (ref. SBBJ) is in a delightfully secluded, rural woodland setting, surrounded by mature beech woods and rolling farmland. It has been lovingly furnished and benefits from a cosy open fire in the living room and a wood burner in the kitchen. South facing, it has its own private garden, a perfect hideaway for peace and tranquillity. Fernwoodlea (ref. UKC475) has been thoughtfully restored to retain many original features and provides spacious, comfortable accommodation. Ideal for relaxing and enjoying the area and all it has to offer with friends and family. You can curl up with a book in the cosy living room in front of the wood burner on cooler days or sit in the garden with a glass of wine.

    If you are feeling more energetic, try the owner’s tennis court near to Old Inzievar Cottage, or with permission from the owners, a tour of the restored walled garden can be arranged. This rural haven has excellent access to dog friendly walks, cycle paths, and outdoor amenities, but within easy access of Edinburgh 24 miles, Perth 33 miles and Stirling 18 miles. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.
    Old Inzievar Cottage can be booked with Fernwoodlea to sleep up to 8 guests.

    2 steps to entrance. All on the ground floor:
    Living/dining room:
    With wood burner, 32" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Oil central heating and logs for wood burner included. Barbecue.

    Electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Large garden with garden furniture. Shared 18-acre natural woodland. Shared tennis court. Parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is an unfenced pond in the woodland.

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  • Cardy Cottage

    Lower Largo

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: SVVP

    Built in 1885 Cardy Cottage is a grade C listed building located by the beach in the village of Lower Largo on the Firth of Forth. The history of the village is dominated by the real Robinson Crusoe (Alexander Selkirk) and Cardy Cottage was built by one of Selkirk’s descendants. A statue celebrating Selkirk’s birthplace is located a few doors down from the cottage. The Fife Coastal Path passes nearby and guests can enjoy the beaches and rock pools of Largo Bay. St Andrews (10 miles) offers golf, the University and the beach made famous by the film Chariots of Fire. Visit the fishing villages of Anstruther, Pittenweem and Crail. Edinburgh is 1 hour away. Shop, pub, restaurant 500 yards.

    Living room with open fire and wooden floor. Kitchen with dining area and wooden floor. Utility. First floor: Double bedroom with TV and sea views. Twin bedroom with sea views. Shower room with toilet and Velux window.

    • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Two Freeview TVs
    • DVD
    • CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Small courtyard with furniture
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Secure cycle store
    • No smoking

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  • Baillie Scott

    St. Fort Wormit near Newport-on-Tay

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: CC526037
    Discover this B Listed Arts and Crafts house designed by Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott, one of only two in Scotland. Set in seven acres of glorious Fife countryside and first known as ’Sandford Cottage’, it was built in 1902 for Harben J Valentine, the photographic publisher from Dundee and photographers to Queen Victoria.

    Originally, the house was built with red brick walls and thatched using reeds from the River Tay. As the Valentine’s business grew, another wing was added, also brick with a thatched roof, but disaster struck in 1910 when the house suffered a catastrophic fire. Baillie Scott was once again commissioned to redesign the house and it was re-built this time with brick walls that were harled and a rosemary tiled roof to reduce the fire risk. In the 1930s, Sandford House became the family home of Sir William and Lady Walker, and during the war years, the house was used as the leaving centre for the Norwegians of the 333 Catalina flying boat squadron, who moored their aircraft at Wormit Pier. During 1960, the house was converted to a hotel and a wing was added later in which the majority of the holiday accommodation is situated and has been restored, in keeping with the arts and craft style. Using solid oak beams, posts and flooring , the property is furnished to a high level of comfort it has a mixture of contemporary and antique furniture. You are at the ideal all year round location to explore this area of rural Fife; historic St Andrews (ten miles), Dundee (five miles) and Cupar (eight miles) are just a short drive as are the white sandy beach and dunes of Tentsmuir Country Park (eight miles).

    Baillie Scott is situated at the gable end of the holiday homes wing with stunning views over the Fife countryside. The private, south-facing terrace with garden furniture and a barbecue is perfect for relaxing on summer evenings or the cosy open plan living, kitchen, dining room with a wood burner on cooler days. For Arts and Crafts architecture fans a guided tour can be arranged.

    Baillie Scott can be booked with Valentines (CC526038), Lady Bluebell (CC526039) and The Giddy Limit (CC526040) to accommodate up to 20 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has five steps to the entrance, oil central heating and comprises:
    Utility room: With washing machine and freezer.
    Bedroom 1: With zip and link king size bed (which can be made to 2ft 6in twin beds – please advise when booking) and en-suite with shower and WC.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed and en-suite with shower over bath and WC.
    Cloakroom: With WC.

    First Floor: Open plan living space: Beamed with wooden floor.
    Lounge area: With wood burner, 40" Freeview TV, blu-ray player and iPod dock.
    Dining area: With French doors to Juliet balcony.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge with ice box and dishwasher.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided, remainder available at £3 per basket. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Terrace with sitting-out area. BBQ. Shared 7-acre woodland grounds. Ample parking. Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Sloping banks, steps and unfenced pond in grounds.

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  • Granny’s Cottage

    Coaltown of Burnturk near Cupar

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC526010
    Granny’s Cottage is a quaint semi detached property situated in the quiet hamlet of Coaltown of Burnturk which is only 6 miles south of Cupar in Fife. The cottage dates back to 1740’s with traditional east coast red pantiles on the roof and thick stone wall construction. The cottage offers comfortable accommodation for a family of four with off road parking, an enclosed back garden and storage for bicycles/golf clubs. The cottage is also motor cycle friendly with locked storage. The lounge has an old style open fire, a large wall mounted TV and Wi-fi is available. The kitchen is well equipped with dining area situated in the lounge next door. The two bedrooms upstairs have velux windows and coombed ceilings. Granny’s Cottage is part of a small holding so there may be a good supply of freshly laid eggs available during your stay! It is only two miles to the local village of Kingskettle where you will find all the essential amenities. Cupar is close by for a larger selection of retail outlets, eateries, leisure facilities and also offers a variety of activities for all ages and interest.

    Ground Floor: The property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/Diner: With open fire, Free view TV and DVD
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed, coombed ceilings
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds, TV/DVD, coombed ceilings, large built in wardrobe

    All oil, electricity,bed linen and towels included. First supply of coal provided. Travel cot, high chair, stair gate and fireguard available by request.Enclosed garden to the rear of the cottage with outdoor furniture. Gas BBQ by request. Storage for bikes/golf clubs. Locked storage available for motor cycles. Off road parking for 1 car. Horses welcome - A paddock is available for your horse to stay in for the duration of your stay.

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  • Garden Cottage

    Blebo by St. Andrews

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: S4180

    Enjoying a tranquil setting on a country estate, just 4 miles from historic St Andrews, this stylish and very comfortable Victorian cottage boasts its own enclosed, south facing walled garden. It has lovely views from every window and excellent walking from the doorstep. There are beautiful, unspoilt sandy beaches and quaint fishing villages to explore nearby, many historic houses and gardens within easy reach, and a wealth of superb restaurants and inns locally. Shops and pubs 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen/breakfast area. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone-incoming calls only. Enclosed walled garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. Cycle store. No smoking.

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