Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Duck Cottage is a traditional stone built cottage, internally modernised and tastefully decorated to create a warm, charming base close to the restaurants, pubs, shops and attractions of Anstruther. St Andrews and the other coastal villages are only a few minutes drive, with Edinburgh just over an hour away by car. Ideal for couples seeking a romantic hideaway, outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers, families looking for a rural retreat, and golfers looking to mark their cards at any one of the many premier courses, including the famous Old Course at St Andrews.
The cottage caters for the occasional Scottish rainy day as well, with an extensive music, film and literary library available to fill the odd moment, and a large HD TV with Freeview HD channels. A well equipped kitchen encourages gourmets to experiment with the wonderful local produce.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Cellardyke 800 m|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Edinburgh 75 km, Nearest railway: Leuchars 25 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Further details indoors|
- Refurbished modern Bathroom with Shower-Bath
- Eco-friendly Bio-ethanol fireplace
- Dog bowls, towels and bed available
- Original Artwork for sale
|Further details outdoors|
- Enclosed front garden
- Parking on road immediately in front of cottage
- Park and children's play area 200m
- Tea, Coffee and Fresh Milk provided on arrival
The Fife region
If this is not your first visit to this corner of Scotland known as the East Neuk, then it needs no introduction. You will know all about its historic coastal villages, the ancient University town, the home of golf (Fife boasts the highest concentration of championship-standard golf courses in the country), numerous family attractions, restaurants serving top quality local produce, fascinating museums, formidable castles, stately cathedrals and palaces, gently rolling hills, extensive forest nature reserves and of course, miles of soft, sandy beaches.
For the especially active, there's plenty on offer including cycling, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, mountain biking, 4x4 off-roading, sea angling, boat trips and the Fife Coastal Path stretching 117 miles from North Queensferry just over the Forth Bridge to Newport on Tay looking over the water to Dundee.
Kilrenny is a quiet hamlet just 10 minutes walk from Anstruther, a former fishing village and the centre of shopping and leisure amenities along this stretch of Fife's coast. The Fife Coastal Path is just a few minutes walk away.
Anstruther is home to the famous Fish Bar, frequented by movie stars and royalty (Tom Hanks' daughter and Kate and Wills went to St Andrews University just 10 miles away), the Scottish Fisheries Museum and a fine links Golf Course. Anstruther marina is the departure point for the May Princess, the regular summer service to May Isle, the Forth's unique National Nature Reserve and home to thousands of Puffins during the late spring and summer months. Anstruther also has a wide choice of restaurants and cafes to choose from, including small tea shops like Mrs P's, to internationally renowned multi-AA rosette winning seafood restaurants like The Cellar.
Anstruther is flanked by charming and individual fishing villages, including the picturesque Crail with its pottery and pretty harbour; Pittenweem, host to the hugely popular annual International Arts Festival in late July / early August; St Monans, boasting a seafood smokehouse, a historic windmill and impressive ancient Kirk; and fashionable Elie with its wide sandy bay popular with watersports enthusiasts.
St Andrews, just a 10 minute drive away, provides endless diversions. Internationally recognised as the Home of Golf, it hosts the British Golf Museum and now has 7 courses including the famous Old Course, playing on which is the pinnacle of every serious golfer's career. The Alfred Dunhill Links Tournament is the biggest annual tournament, run in early October with the satellite courses at Kingsbarns and Carnoustie hosting the early rounds. Away from the putting greens, St Andrews is an ancient university town, and a place of pilgrimage for over a thousand years. The Cathedral and Castle are the town's most venerable sites, but with a constant influx of new students and visitors, the town enjoys a vibrant mix of trendy restaurants, boutique cafes, traditional independent shops, and cosy bars.
Other attractions no more than an hour from Duck Cottage include the Wallace Monument and Stirling Castle, Scone Palace and Perth Racecourse, Dunfermline Abbey and Vane Farm RSPB Nature Reserve.
RAF Leuchars hosts the annual Airshow in mid-September and is a must for aircraft enthusiasts families with excitable children.
Edinburgh is just over an hour away by car, is easily accessible by train or bus, and is an ideal day trip destination from Duck Cottage. Dundee is a 40 minute drive away and is similarly accessible by bus, and provides a wide range of attractions including RRS Discovery, popular performing arts venue Caird Hall, and all the larger shops you would expect of Scotland's third largest city.
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2 Jul 2014
"Perfect, peaceful tranquility."
Great little cottage. Nicely located just past Anstruther, easy nice promenade stroll into town and just far enough away for pure peace and tranquility. My wife and I booked this for my mother inlaws … More
I'm very glad you had such a pleasant stay, and it pleases me very much to know your dog enjoyed the break too! I hope to welcome you back soon.
8 Jun 2014
"Peace and quiet"
We have found the cottage so homely and comfortable as if it where your own home .we stayed for a week but could have stayed longer ,plenty to do in the area superb beaches plenty of walks and loads … More
Glad you enjoyed your stay and thanks for your kind comments.
8 May 2014
"Home from home"
Excellent stay in a very homely cottage fully equipped with everything you need. Dog friendly and cosy. We would definitely stay here again.
Thanks for the kind words Nicola, and hope to see you back at Duck Cottage soon.
26 Apr 2014
"Ideal for exploring the five coast"
Great cottage which is close to all attractions in the surrounding area. Would recommend, great for a night in around the great eco-fuel fire. Best places for food and drinks are Dreel tavern and the … More
Thanks for your review, and I'm glad you enjoyed your break and made use of the Biofuel Fireplace. I agree with you - the Dreel is my favourite pub as well, and I'm pleased the Cellar Restaurant has re-opened to excellent reviews.
12 Apr 2014
"Would recommend this cottage"
I travelled to the cottage with my wife and 2 young children (5 and 1). We have stayed at both Anstruther and St Andrews and were looking for a good base for a few days during the children's scho… More
Thanks for your review, and I'm pleased you had a good break. I particularly like the woodland walk on the edge of the common, and I can well imagine how the farm animals kept your young ones interested (my favourites are the pigs).
22 Feb 2014
"Total Home Comforts"
Thanks to Jonathan & Connie for a wonderful week in peaceful Kilrenny. Duck Cottage was spotless and there wasn't a thing we could think of that wasn't to hand...even those useful little thi… More
I'm glad you enjoyed your stay Graeme, and found everything you needed for a relaxing time. Look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
2 Jun 2013
"Lovely cottage in quiet hamlet close to delightful Anstruther et al"
Kilrenny is so small that we were directed to the cottage by a picture and cross on the map rather than an address, but had no trouble locating it. The hamlet is expanding with some new development, b… More
11 Mar 2013
"Duck Cottage Home from Home"
Lovely little cottage in a nice area of Scotland, Beautifully decorated with a well equiped kitchen and comfortable lounge and bedrooms. A real fire or mulitifuel stove in the living area would have b… More
Thanks for your kind words, and I have investigated restoring the fireplace in the living room, but found a rather neat, safe and environmentally friendly solution - a Biofuel stove. Real flame, real warmth, no soot, no cinders, no CO2, and no messy fireplace to clean. Biofuel is supplied at the Cottage, and you only pay for the bottles you use. I am really pleased with the living area having a real flame for the first time in decades, especially as it's so easy to clean and use. I hope guests enjoy it as much as I have.
Regarding internet access, sadly BT have let me down on a number of occasions, which has meant me not investing in a landline. I have found mobile 3G coverage to be excellent however, but understand how this may not live up to guests expectations of what they receive at home. I hope it's clear enough at the time of booking that there is no fixed internet or wifi coverage at the Cottage, so guests can make an informed choice.
20 Nov 2012
"Good base to explore the East Neuk of Fife"
I had a relaxing 4 night break with my wife, mother-in-law and 2 dogs in this 17th Century cottage which has been internally modernised throughout. We collected the keys from a house just along the r… More
19 Oct 2012
"Comfortable, cosy cottage break just a stone's throw from Anstruther"
Duck Cottage is a perfect base for a holiday; it has character, all the facilities of a modern holiday house and is comfortable and ideally located in a quiet wee village just 5 minutes away from anstruther in the car, or 20+ minutes if you walk. Our little girl loved walking to the nearby ruined farmstead to see the sheep and pigs and there's a playground there too. The living area is spacious, with a massive flat screen tv and an impressive selection of dvds. I also liked the personal touch of the owners professional photos on the wall.
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