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GARDEN COTTAGE, near St Andrews. Traditional charm in a glorious location!

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cosy, traditional Cottage on Country Estate, near St Andrews, with free wi-fi, central heating, tennis court.

Hi. I’m Margo and I’d like to welcome you to Garden Cottage!

Garden Cottage is a special place in the countryside of Fife, only about 9 miles from St Andrews, but light years from the noise of town and city living. Here, we work hard to make your holiday just a little more special. We will be happy to use our local knowledge to help you find that special restaurant, or that quiet, off-the-beaten-track beach, or if you want to play a different golf course every day for a fortnight, we can help! Maybe not the cheapest place to stay in Fife, but do you want cheap on your special holiday? We’re here to help.

The cottage is right in the heart of Kinloss Estate in Fife, about 9 miles from St Andrews and its many golf courses. The Estate is about 200 acres of arable land, and although close to Cupar and St Andrews, it is a wonderfully peaceful and tranquil place.

It’s stone built, and set in its own garden, with a lawn to the front, grass to the back, with woodlands at the side. It sits on a private road, which is only used by cottage guests, and the very occasional tractor working on the estate. We think it’s probably about two hundred years old, and has lots of character and traditional charm. It was originally the cottage for the Head Gardener on the Estate, though it has been tastefully renovated, and upgraded since his day. The cottage has central heating, and free wi-fi throughout.

Downstairs the cottage has a cosy sitting room, with an open fire, flat screen TV. The TV has free-sat channel and a DVD player and a selection of DVDs. There are also a selection of games and books in the cottage. We supply a starter pack of coal, and unlimited logs for the fire, so that you can enjoy the pleasure of a real fire.

On the ground floor there is also a full dining room, where the whole family can enjoy meals. With lots of lamps, and more than a few candles, it’s the perfect place to have a leisurely meal in the evening, as the light fades outside, enjoying the tranquility of the countryside, in the comfort of your own space.

There is also a well equipped kitchen with hob, oven, microwave, washing machine, fridge, freezer and dishwasher, as well as a separate larder. We like to think we have supplied all you need to do as much ( or as little!) cooking as you want. But if there is anything you can’t live without in the kitchen, please let me know, and if it isn’t there, we’ll try to source it - within reason!!

Downstairs there is a little cloakroom with a toilet and basin.

Upstairs, there is a bathroom which has a lovely showerbath, with fixed screen and power shower, toilet and basin, as well as 2 bedrooms - one with a double bed, the other with 2 twin beds. The beds are handmade by a local craftsman, from our own timber, and are made up with comfy toppers and cosy duvets. There is also a full size cot, and we are happy to supply bed linen and towels for your baby.

We know from our guests feedback that you will love the cottage because of its amazing location, and the attention to detail in the furnishings and decoration. Every year we do something new to improve the facilities in the cottage. This year, 2018 it's the turn of the bathroom, with a new more powerful shower, and the curtains and soft furnishings in the sitting room. We hope you will enjoy all of our little changes!

Outside the garden is stocked with flowers and herbs. There is so much wildlife to enjoy around the cottage, with deer, pheasants and guinea fowl all being regular visitors, especially in the early morning. In front of the cottage, in an open grassy area, is our duck pond, which has lots of wild ducks. In the spring, We love to see the ducklings, swimming in line behind their mothers.

In May, we host the Fife Agricultural Show in some of our fields, this year it is 19th May. It’s far enough away from the cottage that you’ll hardly notice it, but if you want to visit, there are lots of things to see and do, with show jumping, cattle, sheep and horse shows, as well as all sorts of traditional Scottish exhibitions and displays.

On the Estate, about 100 yards from the cottage, is our tennis court, and guests are welcome to use it by arrangement. If you don't have room in your luggage to bring rackets, just let us know, and we'll provide some.

Further afield, there is so much to see and explore in Fife. The Open Golf comes to St Andrews regularly, and is next here in July 2021, and in 2018 it comes to Carnoustie, which is roughly an hour from the cottage. And of course, it would be wrong not to mention the many and varied golf courses in the area.

The cottage is about 9 miles from St Andrews, and so is perfect for golfers, or for visitors to the University. St Andrews itself has much to see, from St Rules Tower, the Castle and the other historic areas.

On the Fife Coast, there are the pretty East Neuk villages, such as Anstruther, and Pittenweem, and the Pittenweem Art Festival is not to be missed. The beach and forest at Tentsmuir is well worth a visit. Even in high summer the long white beaches are clean and quiet, and seals can often be seen basking in the sun ( the sun does actually shine quite a lot in Scotland - contrary to common belief!!).

Edinburgh is only an hour away by train or car, with the Edinburgh Festival in August, and so many sights and shops to see and visit.

Fife is in fact just the prefect place from which to explore all that the East of Scotland has to offer.

Regrettably no dogs.

It really is our pleasure to welcome you to Garden Cottage, and we will do our best to make your stay in Fife a happy memorable one. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Cupar Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Toilet 1 - toilet
  • Upstairs there is a full bathroom with toilet, basin, and bath with power shower. Downstairs there is a separate toilet with basin. We supply complementary toiletries for guests.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleep 4 + baby + small child (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom one has a double bed. Bedroom 2 has twin beds. All beds are hand made, using our own home grown timber. We can also supply a single futon or rollaway bed for a child for £30 per booking.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: A cot and bed linen are provided free. A put-you -up ( rollaway) bed can be provided for a child at the cost of £30 per booking. Outside: The cottage has a lawn and garden area to the front, with mature plants. At the side there is rougher ground and woodland. Our farm is part arable, part livestock and we breed pedigree Highland Cattle - the traditional Scottish breed, with the impressive horns. We have them at all stages on the farm, from older, mature cows in the breeding herd, down to the new calves, which look like cuddly teddy bears! We also have our own hens, and we will be happy to sell you freshly laid brown eggs, and even introduce you to the hens that provide them.For small children we have a Little Tikes play area. It has slides and short ladders.A BBQ is provided for you to do some outdoor cooking. There is plenty of space for children to play - bring bikes! You might meet our beautiful guinea fowl, but they are quite shy! Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels, bedlinen and table linen are all provided. For two week lets there is maid service and change of all linen on the middle Saturday. Other: The dining-room overlooks the front and side of the cottage, and can easily seat 6 at the table, and a high chair for a baby. It also has a piano for the musically inclined.


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GARDEN COTTAGE, near St Andrews. Traditional charm in a glorious location!
average rating of 4.95 based on 22 reviews

lovely lovely cottage! we enjoyed our stay there very much!

  • 5 of 5

great nature around. loved playing tennis. thank you margo!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Fantastic property in ideal location

  • 5 of 5

Would highly recommend this well equipped cottage as the perfect location to explore East Fife. Easy access to great beaches, kids attractions and nearby towns. The Boudingait in Cupar is worth a visit for excellent food.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
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Wonderfully quaint cottage

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful two weeks at Garden Cottage. It is cosy and the surrounding countryside was beautiful and a welcome change from the bustle of the city. The cottage is conveniently located for taking day trips around Fife. Margo makes the place extra special by providing flowers, fresh bread on arrival and a welcome pack of milk, wine, butter, biscuits, etc. We'll definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
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A hidden gem

  • 5 of 5

Four of us stayed here over New Year and had a very relaxed time; it was a great start to 2017. The Garden Cottage was an excellent base for us to explore the area - my wife didn't want to leave. When we arrived, there were fresh flowers in 2 of the rooms, food in the fridge, sweet treats, fruit, a freshly-baked loaf of bread, and a bottle of Prosecco to help us bring in the New Year.

The cottage is relatively secluded but you can still walk into Cupar, the nearest town, in around 10-15 minutes (take a torch). St Andrews is about a 20 minute drive away. The accommodation was clean with plenty of cooking utensils, storage, towels, bedding and even a piano in the large dining room if you have any musical talent. There were also loads of books and DVDs in the comfortable living room.

Our 5 year old loved playing hide-and-seek and exploring the many passageways and hiding places in the cottage. She also enjoyed looking up at the stars before bedtime and even spotted a shooting star through the skylight window on our last night.

We had a thoroughly enjoyable stay and would recommend this cottage if visiting the area.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
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Delightful stay at Garden Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a really wonderful stay at Garden Cottage and loved the peaceful surroundings. The cottage was clean and cosy, charming little bedrooms and we had a roaring fire to sit by and enjoy the ambience. Margo had left us some treats and a yummy loaf of home baked bread.

Beautiful surroundings and wildlife outside the cottage, we had a flock of Margo's hens lining up by the front door every morning.

The location was in easy reach of St Andrew's (20 mins) and we also travelled up to the southern highlands and Pitlochry nice easy drive.

Cupar town was useful for shopping and food, plenty of restaurants and 2 small supermarkets to get provisions.

Fantastic stay, thanks to Margo for everything and we will be back for sure!

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
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Gorgeous short break at Garden Cottage near Cupar

  • 5 of 5

My son, 2 year old granddaughter and I had a beautiful, relaxing short break in this lovely cottage. Just open the front door to gaze on..or run in generous, private grounds. Inside, full of character and terrific attention to detail from the host. Welcome package of food, including fresh bread; toiletries, towels, fresh flowers and teddies. Only 15/20 minutes to St Andrews and heaps of information provided on services and activities in Fife. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
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Margo Addison-Scott
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Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, portuguese
Calendar last updated:
February 12, 2018

About Margo Addison-Scott

We are Chris & Margo Addison-Scott, and we live in Fife, Scotland. I was a lawyer, now retired, and Chris is a Chartered Surveyor. Since I gave up the law, I run the family farm, and gardens. Much more interesting!

We have 3 children, Alexandra who now lives and works in London, Jamie is now a Graduate Commercial Surveyor, and Ben is studying biology at Glasgow University.

The photo of me is at Royal Ascot - our annual visit. I don't normally dress like that - more likely to be in shorts and T-shirt!

Margo Addison-Scott purchased this cottage in 1849

Why Margo Addison-Scott chose Cupar

Chris's family have owned this property for about 150 years, so it is a very special place to us, and we love to show it off to guests. It is a mixture of traditional and modern, with all the benefits of a superb location, near to St Andrews, with easy access to Edinburgh, and of course, the East Neuk of Fife. We have been renting holiday accommodation both in Scotland and in Portugal, for many years, and I think ( I hope!) we are getting better at it every year. We've learned that most guests don't want a rather uncomfortable walk-round introduction to the property - especially if they've had a long journey, and simply want to relax with a cup of tea. So, we have a key safe, and we send guests the code, and let them investigate and explore the cottage. We always have a welcome pack waiting, and although the goodies left often vary, it always includes tea, coffee, milk and sugar. I am contactable throughout your visit if you need help, but otherwise, we just let you enjoy your holiday.

What makes this cottage unique

Garden Cottage is an enchanting mixture of old and new. It is a traditional stone built cottage, originally for the estate gardener, but now it is fully equipped for your comfort and convenience. The location of this cottage is practically perfect in every way (to quote Mary Poppins!!) and is set in the heart of our country estate. It has views over the duck pond to the front, and rolling hills and fields at the back. But it is still within easy reach of Cupar and St Andrews, so is a perfect base from which to explore Fife, Edinburgh, and further afield in Scotland. We love travelling, and we know from our own experiences abroad that what you really want in holiday accommodation is peace, tranquility, and a comfy bed! Garden Cottage will provide that, and a lot more.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The setting, the cottage and even the weather were better than we could have hoped for. My kids were amazed by having their own tennis court and my wife was amazed by star gazing at night through the velux in our room.
May 2016
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Edinburgh Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
2.5 Miles
Nearest Train
2.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
9 Miles
St Andrews
Car: recommended


Fife has some of the most lovely beaches in Scotland. There are the famous East and West Sands of St Andrews, as filmed in Chariots of Fire, the beautiful white beaches at Tenstmuir, and the more rugged beaches of the East Neuk of Fife, which is famous for its traditional fishing villages, such as Pittenweem, and Anstruther, and many others. All well worth a visit.


Edinburgh Airport is about 50 minutes drive from Cupar. Cupar itself has excellent rail links to Edinburgh city centre. There are bus services to St Andrews, Perth and Dundee. Perth is about 40 minutes form Cupar by car, and St Andrews and Dundee are only about 15-20 minutes away by car.

Further Details:

Cupar is well served by supermarkets and local shops. There is a large Tesco, and the local co-op supermarket is good and worth trying, particularly its butchers. We thoroughly recommend Fisher & Donaldson - a local baker with branches in St Andrews and Cupar - with the most delicious cakes! There are many good restaurants locally. The famous Peat Inn restaurant is only about 15 minutes away, and the (haunted) Inn at Lathones is just beyond St Andrews. There are many other restaurants locally, and we'll be happy to recommend others. There is also a local reliable taxi firm, so you don't need to worry about driving on an evening out.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $35.09

Booking Notes: Watch out for the Homeaway Service Fee. Only payable if you book through Homeaway Payments. Ask for details.
We ask for 25% non-refundable deposit to confirm the booking and the balance 2 months before arrival. We accept UK cheques, Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Paypal and Euros.
Central heating is not included June - Sept. Otherwise included on a 'timed' basis, usually about 10 hrs per day, unless it is particularly cold, when we will extend that,. Hours are flexible and depend on time of year etc. Electric heaters are available if required, at no extra cost.

Changeover Day:
Saturdays are preferred in High Season, but otherwise we can usually be flexible.

Notes on prices:
We always reply to enquiries. If you don't hear from us, please check your SPAM account, as responses are sometimes being sent there.

Late deals sometimes available. Please ask!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund