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 TV with over 30 Freeview 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|
|Utilities||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 Bathroom with Shower-Bath
- 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, run by celebrated chef Peter Jukes.
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.