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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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  • Well Cottage

    Ceres near St Andrews

    Grade
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    Ref: CC526031
    This charming, bijou, terraced cottage with a red pantile roof, dating back to 1780 when it was a weavers cottage, is located in the centre of the historic picturesque village of Ceres. Well Cottage has been thoughtfully furnished for comfort and ease, and is the perfect location for a relaxing retreat for a couple. There are excellent cycling and footpaths from the cottage door and the Fife Folk Museum is across the road, as well as the village green. This conservation village has a good pub and a hotel serving food, tea rooms, an antique shop, a family butchers, village store and the renowned Wemyss Ware Pottery. Scotland’s oldest highland games are held on the last Saturday in June. The picture-postcard East Neuk of Fife with fishing villages and sandy beaches are within easy driving distance, and St Andrews is only seven miles away and well worth a visit. This area is renowned for its golf, with a multitude of excellent courses within easy reach. Trout fishing is available locally (licence required). Edinburgh, Dundee and Perth are all within an hour’s drive. When you return to the cottage after exploring the area, you can sit back with a glass of wine in front of the cosy fire.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With wooden floor, open fire, 28" Freeview Smart TV (BT Sport) and iPod dock.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen: With gas hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge with ice box, freezer and dishwasher.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for open fire provided. Wi-Fi (superfast). Welcome pack. Use of owner’s washing machine available on request.Small, enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Car park. No smoking. NB: There are 9 steps in the garden.

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  • Great Lodging Garden Flat

    Anstruther

    Grade
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    Ref: 29784


    The Great Lodging is located in the heart of the seaside village of Anstruther, or Anster, as it’s known locally. The Great Lodging, known as ‘Fernbank’ for many years until the current owners revived the original name in 1993, consisted of four separate dwellings dating back to the 1500s. In 1643 it was owned by the Borthwick family who owned many estates nearby. In 1752 it was passed to George Dishington, who is strongly believed to be a descendant of Robert the Bruce, King of Scots. Dishington went on to buy the other properties that now form The Great Lodging. His descendants lived in the property until 1885 when it was owned by John Melville-Keay, captain of ‘Ariel’, a China tea clipper ship which almost won The Great Tea Race of 1866. The most famous of all tea clipper ships has to be the ‘Cutty Sark’ whose captain, George Moodie, was born in Fife.

    The aptly named Great Lodging Red House (ref 29785) provides accommodation spanning three floors. It is tastefully furnished throughout with antique and period furniture. Spiral stairs wind through the house to the living/dining room, then up to the bedrooms. After catching your breath and admiring the view from the double bedroom, continue to the top floor from where you will be rewarded with wonderful views over the Firth of Forth and a spacious second living room spanning the whole of the second floor.

    Garden Flat (ref 29784) forms part of the owner’s home and offers a real home from home atmosphere and makes a perfect retreat for 2 guests. It is furnished with period furniture and antique rugs and retains many original features including an inviting open fire in the living room and quarry tiled floors. The living and dining room also have quaint window seats which look onto the private, south-facing patio – a real sun trap on summer days.

    Guests are welcome to wander in the well-tended garden of the main house, shared with the owners - the perfect place to relax after a day exploring the area. Both properties can be booked together for up to 8 guests. Ideal for friends or two families who wish to holiday together, but also have some privacy.

    This picturesque corner of Fife, known as East Neuk, has many visitor attractions including many championship golf courses and is only 9 miles from St Andrews. Enjoy leisurely walks on the beach just 200 yards walk and treat yourself to fish and chips from an award-winning restaurant on the seafront. If you wish to venture further afield then the bustling city of Dundee can be reached in 30 minutes, and Perth and Edinburgh within an hours’ drive. Shops, restaurants and bars are all within a few hundred yards of your front door.

    Stairs to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Utility. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Freezer. Patio. Welcome pack. One pet welcome, to be kept on a lead in shared garden. No children except babies under 6 months.

    Both properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Small courtyard. Shared use of owner’s garden. On road parking. Public car park, 50 yards (foc). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: 7 steps to owner’s garden.

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  • Bridge Studio Apartment

    Kirkcaldy

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: CC526033
    Bridge Studio Apartment is perfect as a holiday getaway for two. Contemporary, comfortable and cosy, with an open-plan living, sleeping and kitchen space, it is situated in the centre of Kirkcaldy. Just a few minutes’ walk away are the railway station, bus station, museum and art gallery, Adam Smith Theatre and an attractive pedestrianised shopping area with a fine selection of shops, restaurants, cafés and bars. This is the ideal location where friends and family can spend time together and explore central Scotland and the Kingdom of Fife. The esplanade hosts Europe’s longest street fair at Easter and you can enjoy walks in Dunniker Woods, stroll along the white sandy beach or visit the formal gardens at Beveridge Park. There are historic castles, houses and Falkland Palace to visit and the charming fishing villages of the East Neuk are all within driving distance, as is St Andrews (the home of golf) and many other splendid local courses. With excellent road and rail links you can easily explore the major cities of Edinburgh, Perth and Inverness. Dundee is 30 miles, Perth 38 miles and Edinburgh 28 miles. Shops 500 yards, pub and restaurant 100 yards.
    Bridge Studio Apartment can be booked together with Inchgarvie House (CC526035) and Beveridge Studio Apartment (CC526034) to accommodate up to nine guests.

    This property has been quality graded by one of our experienced Regional Managers who are trained and accredited by VisitScotland and has achieved a 3* grading.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With 42" Freeview TV.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom area: With double sleigh bed.
    Shower room: With walk-in shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair available on request. Wi-Fi. Parking (1 car)

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  • Castle Cottages - Castle Dairy

    Ceres, nr. St Andrews

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 27901

    Quietly situated in the charming village of Ceres, 8 miles from the magnificent beaches and championship golf courses at St Andrews, these two holiday cottages, adjacent to each other, have been stylishly converted from a listed building to create a superb holiday base. Nearby attractions include the Hill of Tarvit Mansion House, a fascinating National Trust house and gardens with Hatters Edwardian Tearoom and a 9 hole ‘Hickory’ golf course, the Fife Falconry Centre, and horse riding in the village. There are excellent footpaths for walking and cycling with stunning views of coast and countryside, whilst the Tents Muir National Nature Reserve has a fabulous walk along the beach to Tentsmuir Point where hundreds of seals can be seen basking on the sandbars. Visit The Eden Estuary Centre and Morton Lochs and watch waterfowl from dedicated bird hides. St Andrews itself is steeped in history and has a comprehensive range of shops, restaurants, tearooms, museum and the Sea Life Centre. Perth and Dundee are easily accessible, whilst the wonders of Edinburgh are just 40 miles away. Shop, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor/dining room/
    kitchen. 1 double (6ft) bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Electric coal-effect stove in living room included.

    Both properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Beveridge Studio Apartment

    Kirkcaldy

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: CC526034
    Situated in the centre of Kirkcaldy in the Kingdom of Fife is this contemporary, comfortable and cosy studio apartment with an open plan living, sleeping and kitchen area, ideal for couples or a single person. Just minutes’ from the railway station, bus station, museum and art gallery, Adam Smith Theatre and the attractive pedestrianised shopping area, with a fine selection of shops, restaurants, cafés and bars, this is the ideal location for friends and family to spend time together and explore central Scotland and the Kingdom of Fife. The esplanade hosts Europe’s longest street fair at Easter time and you can enjoy walks in Dunnikier Woods, stroll along the white sandy beach or visit the formal gardens at Beveridge Park. There are historic castles, houses and Falkland Palace to visit, and the charming fishing villages of the East Neuk are all within driving distance as is St Andrews, the home of golf. With excellent road and rail links you can easily explore the major cities of Edinburgh, Perth and Inverness.Shops 500 yards, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Beveridge Studio Apartment can be booked together with Bridge Studio Apartment (CC526033) and Inchgarvie House (CC526035) to accommodate up to nine guests.

    This property has been quality graded by one of our experienced Regional Managers who are trained and accredited by VisitScotland and has achieved a 3* grading.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor
    Open plan living space.
    Living area: With 42" Freeview TV.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom area: With double bed.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Wi-Fi. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Walker’s Neuk

    Anstruther

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: SSAF


    Walker’s Neuk is an immaculately presented, ground floor cottage apartment situated in the charming fishing village of Anstruther. Renovated to a very good standard and thoughtfully furnished for comfort and ease, it creates a wonderful atmosphere for a relaxing holiday. This is just the ticket for exploring the cobbled streets, little alleyways and working fishing harbour, where you can watch the fishermen land their catch. Award-winning fish and chip shops, restaurants, cafés, bars, local shops and galleries are all within a few minutes’ walk, or take a boat trip to the Isle of May and visit the world-renowned bird sanctuary and nature reserve, famous for puffins, grey seals and other wildlife. Enjoy leisurely walks along the Fife Coastal Path, which runs through the village, and visit historic castles, pretty fishing villages and many beautiful beaches and coves. The area is famous for golf courses, with a challenging 9-hole course along the shore and many links courses in the surrounding areas. The sunny back garden is set over two levels and is shared with the upper apartment. It is the perfect place from which to relax after a day exploring the area. From the upper level garden you can enjoy beautiful sea views of the Bass Rock and over the Firth of Forth towards North Berwick, or on cooler days, curl up in front of the wood-burning stove with a glass of wine.
    The land at East Green in Anstruther was originally common ground, but in 1221 the Balmerino Monks were granted the right to pasture four cows and one horse. The monks businesses grew and small workshops were soon built to facilitate this. Walker’s Neuk was built in front of the site of their workshops in the 18th century, and workshop chimneys still jut out from one of the walls in the secluded gardens. Walker’s Neuk used to house the local blacksmith, whose brass founding facilities were kept busy making horseshoes for the horses that were working just along the road at the old gasworks. The upper apartment still has the iron bar on display where the forge door used to hang. Across the road is the birthplace of Andrew Waid, a local benefactor whose legacy is the foundation of the local secondary school in 1886. During the 1730s and 1780s the British Government received grants to set up whaling ports, some of this money came to Anstruther and in a land between Waid’s home and Hadfoot Wynd, a boiling house was erected. Two whalers called ’The Rising Star’ and ’Hawk’ worked for the company. Unfortunately, Anstruther could not compete with the other two main whaling ports on the east coast of Scotland, and the company dissolved leaving behind the legacy of Whale Close. The site of the boiling houses is now home to The Fisheries Museum. St Andrews is 9 miles away, and Edinburgh, Stirling, Perth and Gleneagles are all within an hour’s drive. Beach 200 yards. Shop and pub 200 yards, Michelin star rated restaurant 100 yards.

    Step to entrance. Large open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove and wooden floor. Kitchen with breakfast area, TV and tiled floor. Double bedroom with 6ft zip and link bed (can be twin on request) and TV. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Gas, electricity, gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Three Freeview TVs (Youview/BT sport package)
    • Blu-ray
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared, enclosed lawned terraced garden with courtyard and furniture
    • On road parking
    • Cycle store
    • Pet free of charge
    • No smoking
    • NB: Steep, uneven steps and unfenced drop in upper garden

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  • The Squinty House

    Lundin Links, nr. St Andrews

    Grade
    2
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    1
    1
    Ref: 30174


    This delightful terraced holiday cottage is nestled in the village of Lundin Links, the gateway to East Neuk of Fife, famous for its stunning coastline with rugged cliffs or glorious sandy beaches and golf courses. The village boasts two famous golf courses, tennis courts, bowling green and sports club. Within easy walking distance from the front door are local shops including an award-winning butchers and bakers, a coffee/gift shop and a bank, as well as bars and restaurants. Just a few miles from St. Andrews, it is the perfect place to relax with a glass of wine in the garden after a day on the beach or the golf course. For walkers, there is the stunning Fife Coastal Path, which is perfect for exploring the quaint fishing villages strung along the coast. Ideally located, tour this area and beyond with easy access to Edinburgh, Dundee, Perth and The Trossachs. Beach ½ mile. Shop 300 yards, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. First floor: 1 double bedroom (zip and link, can be twin on request). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Small lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Gas barbecue. On road parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 8 steps to garden and cycle store. Drop in garden.

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  • Jasmine Cottage

    Limekilns, Dunfermline

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: CC526017
    Jasmine Cottage is a charming cosy lower cottage located in Fife’s picturesque and historic coastal village of Limekilns. This self catering cottage dates back to 1903 and is situated in a tranquil courtyard. It is only a short stroll down to the seafront and the old harbour. This is an ideal holiday property for a couple providing a fantastic base to explore the surrounding area. It is well equipped with all you need during your stay. The courtyard garden area can be a real sun trap, there is outdoor seating where you can sit and relax, as well as enjoy seeing and hearing the well fed garden birds. From the roadside of the cottage you get a view down to the seafront. The owners provide a portable BBQ which you can carry down to the seafront to enjoy a picnic dinner on the beach!

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/Diner: With TV, DVD, good selection of DVD’s and games, oak dining table and leather chairs.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine
    Shower Room: With shower cubicle, WC, wash hand basin, heated towel rail
    Bedroom: With oak frame double bed and fitted wardrobe
     

    All power, fuel, bed linen and towels included. Welcome pack.Shared courtyard garden with own outdoor furniture, BBQ (coals not included). Storage available for bikes/golf clubs. Only 100 metres to the seafront harbour and sandy beach. See beautiful Fife from the air...discounted Microlight flights can be arranged with the owner (weather permitting).

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  • Harbour Apartment

    Pittenweem near Anstruther

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
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    Ref: CC526024
    Situated on the harbour front in Pittenweem, one of the prettiest fishing ports in Fife, Harbour Apartment is a first floor cosy apartment with spectacular views over the harbour, Bass Rock, Isle of May and Firth of Forth. Explore the quaint lanes of this picturesque village or visit St Fillan’s Cave, with its holy well, which at one time was used by smugglers. The village also has a bakery, cafes, restaurants, several craft shops and a fish and chip shop. Pittenweem is a renowned centre for artists and craftsmen, who celebrate their skills during the Arts Festival every August. Cycling and walking can be enjoyed along the Fife Coastal Path, which gives many opportunities to explore coastal villages and visit the excellent beach that this area is well known for. Historic St. Andrews, the home of golf, is only a short drive away. After a day exploring, relax in the apartment and enjoy the ever changing views with a glass of wine.

    First Floor: The property is all on the first floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space with Karndean floors.
    Lounge area: With 40" Freeview Apple TV, Blu-ray player, bluetooth speakers and sea views.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed and views of the sea.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Wi-Fi.Courtyard. On road parking. No smoking.

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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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  • Stables Cottage

    Blebo, nr. St Andrews

    Grade
    3
    2
    3
    2
    Ref: UNS

    Lying just 6 miles from St Andrews and set amidst quiet countryside, this charming, mid 19th-century single-storey cottage enjoys its own garden. Tastefully furnished and equipped to a high standard, it stands alone, boasting views of wooded fields and a small stable yard. Benefiting from a wealth of golfing opportunities (17 courses in the vicinity), Stables Cottage makes an ideal base from which to tour the fishing villages, beaches and cliffs of the East Neuk of Fife. The Scottish Deer Centre and The British Golf Museum accessible. Fishing locally. Inns 2 miles at Ceres. Shop 2 miles.

    Entrance porch. Living room with wood-burning stove and dining area. Fitted kitchen with door to garden. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Single bedroom accessed via the living room. Bathroom with Italian corner bath, over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove included
    • Electricity, full oil central heating and bed linen included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Small enclosed cottage garden with patio and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking
    • Pets free of charge
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

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  • The Laigh

    Kinghorn, Fife

    Grade
    3
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 19223

    In the heart of the coastal village of Kinghorn on the Firth of Forth and only 5 minutes’ walk from the harbour and small sandy beach, this ground floor holiday property with cosy multi-fuel burner is an ideal holiday retreat whatever the season. Easy access into the centre of Edinburgh over the dramatic Forth Railway Bridge, station 5 minutes’ walk. Look out for seals, porpoises and countless sea birds from the Fife coastal path. Golf 1 mile, St Andrews 40 minutes. Well placed to enjoy central Scotland. Shop, restaurant and pub 200 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with sofa bed. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (no fuel provided). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture situated 50 yards from the property. Cycle store. On road parking. No smoking. Please note: There are 8 steps in the garden leading to the terrace.

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