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!
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 gardens, 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!