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Lily's Cottage


Excellent 5/5 Score from 11 reviews

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Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Lily's Cottage is a traditional built stone cottage (c1750) in the the beautiful seaside village of Crail. It was probably originally a weaver's cottage (not a fisherman's cottage as some people assume) but it has recently been extensively refurbished with a modern kitchen and bathroom and the additional of a lovely light living/dining room. With two bedrooms, this self catering cottage can accommodate 4 people. The parking is on road in front of the cottage and there is a large private south facing garden to the rear of the cottage which gets the sun until evening.

Crail is a vibrant, pretty conservation village with coffee shops, pubs and shops within a few minutes walk. And of course it is perfecty placed for many world class golf courses not to mention having 2 of its own. Lily's Cottage sits right on the Nethergate and the other side of the street overlooks the sea so just turn left at the front door and a minute or two along the road is the top of the path down to the beach, the rock pools and the play park. Turn right and its only a few minutes walk to the famous Harbour (where, between April and September you can buy fabulously fresh dressed crab from the wooden shack there ).

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Roome Bay 100 m
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Edinburgh 83 km, Nearest railway: Leuchars 25 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player
General Central heating, TV
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, 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 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Private garden
Access Parking
Further details indoors

Bathroom has a new mira sports max electric shower (over the bath)

fridge has a small ice box that is suitable for making ice

Further details outdoors

Parking is on street in front of the house

patio doors open from the bright living room into the garden

garden gets sun from early morning until evening in summer

patio table and chairs provided during spring and summer

The Fife region

Crail makes an ideal base for a holiday in Fife. Located in the East Neuk, one of a a number of fishing villages along the south east coast of Fife, there are plenty of places to see and things to do within the immediate area. St Andrews, world famous as the home of golf, is just a 15 minute drive away. Further afield, but still within commfortable driving distance for day trips, are the likes of Dundee, Stirling and Edinburgh.

The area also offers an amazing number of golf courses, including the likes of the Old Course and Kingsbarns. Crail, itself, though only a small village, boasts two fine links golf courses, Balcomie and Craighead; visitors are welcome, but you will need to book in advance.

In Pittenweem which is a 10 minute drive away, between 7th and 15th August there is the Pittenweem Arts Festival where local people open up their houses as art galleries for local artists.

Crail is the oldest of the East Neuk burghs, described in the 15th century by James II of Scotland as “A fringe of gold on a beggar’s mantle”. Crail was confirmed as a Royal Burgh by Robert the Bruce in 1310 and developed from the harbour and 12th century castle and Marketgate which is in the centre was once the largest medieval marketplace in Europe.

Crail is steeped in history and Crail Harbour is the most photographed harbour in Scotland.


There can be no doubt that Crail is one of the most picturesque and charming fishing villages you’ll ever visit.

Crail harbour is known for shellfish and there is a small wooden hut down at the harbour where, on a Saturday and Sunday in season, fresh lobster and dressed crab can be bought.

Just up from the harbour is a small coffee shop which sells delicious cakes and the tables outside have a sea view!. Or try Julias Eatery and Art Gifts in the centre of the village which also serves a good cup of coffee.

The Golf Hotel which dates back to 1700 is a nice place to go for a pub lunch or dinner and the town has its own excellent Butchers, Bakers and Fruit and Vegetable Shop. It also has two small convenience stores which stock most essentials.

Crail’s Food Festival is on 15th, 16th and 17th June 2012 and in July the Crail Festival runs from the 20th to the 31st and includes open air concerts, Ceilidh, Sandcastle Competitions and Ghost Walks.

There are two art galleries, a pottery and any visit to Crail should include a visit to Crail history museum.

Golf - Crail Golf Course, Kingsbarns, Elie, Lundin Links and St.Andrews to mention a few. Carnoustie is only 30 minutes away.

Watersports - Elie watersports where you can go water-skiing, kayaking and bannana boat. The watersports centre also hires wetsuits and mountain bikes.

Tennis – in Crail itself.

From its quaint harbour to its ancient wynds there is something very special about this beautiful village and one that visitors come back to time after time

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Review 1-10 of 11

27 Jul 2014


"Excellent family cottage"

Lily's Cottage is an excellent family cottage. Very good location for Crail's amenities. We would certainly return and would highly recommend it.… More

Thanks for taking the time to review Lily's Cottage and I appreciate such a positive one. I am glad you found the cottage suited you and I do hope to see you back again.

16 Jul 2014


"Clean and comfortable cottage."

Perfectly situated for the rock pool and park so very easy with my grandchildren (9 and 8). We had wonderful weather and that of course made our week even more enjoyable. The cottage was well equipped… More

Thank you very much for taking the time to review the cottage after your stay and I am glad that you had a great week. Thanks also for your feedback about curtains/blinds and although some guests have told me that they love the fact that the windows are not covered I actually agree with you and have already bought curtains but just have not had a chance to put them up because the cottage has been so busy with bookings. They will be going up in the autumn with blinds over the other windows to follow. Thanks again.

17 Mar 2014


"Lovely Cottage"

We stayed for the weekend at Lily's cottage with our two children aged 5 and 9. The cottage is lovely! The cottage is well equipped with everything you need. Located only a short walk from the … More

8 Mar 2014


"Relaxing break"

Lovely cottage. Had a relaxing weekend. Was there for mother in laws 85th birthday and she said it was best birthday she has had . Great location, a short walk to coastal path that has stunning views across the Firth of Forth.. Shops not too far away for baker,butcher and grocery store.Although everything is provided by the owners down to dishwasher tablets. Must mention how clean cottage was on arrival, so Julie deserves a mention.
Would love to stay in Lily's cottage again.

21 Nov 2013


"great value"

Had a very relaxing weekend in Crail, owner was very helpful during booking and the cottage did not disappoint. One minute to the beach, two minutes from the shops. Very well fitted out and ideal for … More

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and I am very grateful for such positive words. I am always delighted to hear the guests have found the process easy and trouble free and have enjoyed the cottage and their stay. I hope to see you back again. Many thanks.

13 Nov 2013


"Beautiful cottage in a stunning setting."

I stayed here in October with my mum and sister for a girlie break and we couldn't have felt more at home if we tried.The cottage has a lovely feel and mix of old and new, in the perfect setting.… More

You will be welcome back. I am glad that things worked out so well and I am very grateful to you for taking the time to leave a review. I do hope to see you again.

27 Aug 2013


"Lovely cottage perfect location -highly recommend"

My ten year old daughter and I had a fabulous week in this cottage in July , it is in a perfect location for both the harbour and the rock pools and play park for young children . We spent our days at… More

I am very glad you had such a good holiday and thank you for your lovely feedback on Lily's Cottage. I hope that we do see you back again.

4 Aug 2013


"A lovely holiday in the lovely Lily's Cottage"

We have just returned from a wonderful week at Lily's Cottage in Crail. We really liked the cottage and the location was great. There was plenty of space for us all and a lovely sized garden. We … More

I am delighted you had such a good week and enjoyed the cottage, its garden and the location. I do hope to see you back again. Thanks for your comments and generous ratings, they are very much appreciated.

29 Apr 2013


"Hidden Treasures, Lily's Cottage and Crail"

I visited Crail for a long weekend break with my wife and could not have been happier with both the cottage and the location,Crail is a beautiful part of the East Coast with so many nearby attractions… More

Thank you so much for your kind words and compliments about the cottage and I am really glad you enjoyed such a good weekend in Crail. I do hope that you manage to return for a longer visit next time.

15 Apr 2013


"Chill out time in idylic Crail."

Rented Lily's cottage with 2 friends for a birthday/post Xmas getaway.Knew it was the perfect spot to spend time together in a quiet, relaxing hideaway.Cooked wonderful food and did not even feel the need to go to the local hostelier as the lounge was tranquil and relaxing.Played games ( all supplied) and drank wine into the wee hours.Spent days walking along the local beaches and part of the Fife Coastal Path which passes by the door almost.Chose Lily's Cottage partly due to the relative proximity to Michelin starred The Peat Inn.Had a wonderful birthday meal there on the Sat night.The village is lovely and in a totally under rated part of the world.Will go back in the summer and take the bikes.Had a wonderful time in a lovely cottage that has everything you need to be self sufficient with fabulous scenery on your doorstep.

I am very glad you had such a good time and I want to thank you for your very kind words about the cottage. I have to agree with you about how wonderful Crail and the East Neuk of Fife is and I do hope that you make it back in the summer - it really is a fabulous place to be, especially if you get any sunshine!

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