Ross House Falkland
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Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Leave the hustle and bustle of modern living behind as you pack and embark on a unique adventure into historical old Scotland. Ross House is a beautiful 17th century stone built cottage occupying a prime position in one of Scotland's most perfectly preserved ancient towns with a fairy tale Royal Palace only steps away.
Following an extensive refurbishment programme, the cottage offers the very best in comfortable, luxury accommodation whilst remaining faithful to the original style and feel of the building. Despite being centrally located, the cottage itself is extremely quiet thanks to the thick stone walls and secondary glazing to the front bedrooms.
The beautiful hand-turned oak kitchen boasts underfloor heating and a wood burning stove. The Britannia double oven with six gas burners gives ample scope for even the most exacting cooks and a centre table with soft leather chairs provides a cosy dining area in front of the fireplace.
Upstairs are two bedrooms, both with feature fireplaces and a living room with open fire. The spacious master bedroom is en-suite with bath and shower. Farrow and Ball wall coverings, beautiful art work and bespoke furnishings guarantee the ultimate in rest and relaxation.
A further bedroom and a dining room, each with feature fireplaces, comprise the lower front portion of the house. Both rooms are decorated in styles in keeping with the original era of the property.
The two bathrooms have been completed to the very highest specification with a Villeroy & Boch whisper-quiet Whirlpool bath and Fired Earth Rain Shower.
The back garden is a peaceful south-facing sun-trap with three seating areas, dining terrace and a barbecue. It is totally enclosed, very private, safe and quiet.
We are very fortunate in Falkland to have so many handy service providers right on our doorstep. Across the road from the cottage is a fascinating music and antiquity lovers' paradise specialising in antique violins and a street away there is a well stocked pharmacy for life's more practical requirements. A short stroll takes you to a bank, a top class bakers and greengrocers, a hairdressers and a post office with a general store. Three boutique shops carry a variety of tasteful take-home gifts.
The aptly named Covenanter Hotel with its excellent restaurant, is a great place to dine without needing to venture more than a few yards from the cottage. The Bruce pub offers draft ale and hearty meals as does The Lomond Tavern, a popular eatery for locals and visitors. The Stag Inn on the far side of the village green offers live performances with a regional emphasis. A skip and a jump from the cottage, Campbell's bistro offers excellent freshly ground coffee all'italiana, great breakfasts, lunches and dinners in a relaxing environment; ingredients are top-quality and you can bring your own wine.
A twenty minute walk through woodland paths takes you to a lovely organic farm shop and café where you can stock up on grocery essentials and sample delicious homemade cakes and soups either inside the cosy café building or 'al fresco' in the extensive farm gardens.
Please see our website (click 'Visit Site' on the right of this page) for further information.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||St Andrews 33 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Edinburgh 34.8 km, Nearest railway: Markinch 8 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Fife region
There are over 100 golf courses within a 50 mile radius.
Falkland has its own 9 hole golf course offering attractive Green Fees of £40 weekly, and £13 - £16 daily.
St Andrews with its world famous Old Course is only a 30 minute drive away. Green fees start from £75 for the Old Course and £8 for the Balgove Course.
Some beautiful walks are to be enjoyed over the Lomond Hills which rise above the town and provide spectacular panoramic views. Specially designated walks around Falkland Estate offer paths and wooded areas immaculately maintained by highly dedicated volunteers. These are easily accessible from the cottage within minutes on foot. A short drive takes you to the beautiful and varied Fife Coastal Path which runs all the way from the Forth Estuary to the Tay Estuary.
300 miles of excellent cycle paths and of special interest is the stunning Fife Coastal Path which takes in beautiful fishing villages such as Crail and Anstruther, wildlife reserves, and award winning beaches.
All expeditions are catered for from high-end Edinburgh department stores to specialist boutiques, delicatessens, and wine merchants in Cupar and St Andrews. There is also a good offering on the cottage doorstep.
Falkland Palace Royal Tennis Club offer games at the real tennis court in the palace gardens. The courts were originally built for James V of Scotland in 1539 and play still continues today with the original rules observed. More details are available from the club.
National Trust and Historic Scotland
There are several beautifully maintained National Trust great houses, woodlands, castles (including stunning St Andrews Castle with its equally dramatic backdrop) and the famous Falkland Palace. Travel distances range from "over the road" to wider Fife, Perthshire, Lothians and Central Scotland - all within striking distance. More details at http://www.nts.org.uk/Visits/ and http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk
Excellent boat and fly fishing in Fife Regional Park. Tranquil fly-only fishing loch (Goldenloch Fishery) in nearby Newburgh. Just twelve miles from the cottage is the spectacular Loch Leven by Kinross. The River Eden offers 15 miles of mainly double bank fishing by any method - ideal if you are seeking salmon or sea trout.
Hot Air Ballooning
Virgin Balloon flights launch from Falkland Palace.
http://www.welcometoscotland.com/regions/fife/top-attractions. This link will provide an extensive list of attractions in the Fife area.
Falkland first became a seat to Scotland's monarchy as long ago as 1437 when it was ceded to the Stewart Kings by the once powerful Macduff clan. A violent beginning with tales of treachery, starvation and torture gave way to a gentler, more peaceful age as the palace's royal incumbents sought pleasure in hunting and games of tennis.
Mary Queen of Scots, the great niece of Henry VIII, wiled away many happy days at Falkland before her struggle to become England's as well as Scotland's supreme regent and her eventual demise at the hands of Elizabeth I.
Following the Union of the Crowns in 1603, Charles I and Charles II visited the palace until it came under attack by Cromwell's forces in 1654 and Scotland was brought into a Republican Commonwealth. The restoration of the monarchy however, soon produced violent clashes between Royalist Catholic and Episcopalian groups, and the Presbyterian movement fomented by the Covenanters, the most famous of whom, Richard Cameron, was born in the house next door!
Today you can visit the carefully restored Renaissance Palace and extensive gardens with original furnishings, chapel and sweeping views of the beautiful old town.
A wide range of activities are available both on the doorstep and close to the village. These include golf, walks, cycling, horse-riding, fishing, ballooning, flying and visiting National Trust castles and great houses. Please visit www.rosshousefalkland.co.uk for further details. You will find a comprehensive list under the "Activities" tab.
For those wishing to travel further afield, Falkland makes an ideal central location for a variety of day trips: St Andrews is a 30 minute drive away, Perth 30 minutes, Edinburgh 45 minutes, Glasgow 1hr 10 minutes, Gleneagles 40 minutes and Dundee 40 minutes. Edinburgh, Perth, Dundee and Leuchars (for St Andrews) are all easily accessible by rail.
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20 Jul 2014
"Beautiful cottage in stunning location"
Absolutely wonderful holiday in the idyllic village of Falkland. We were made extremely welcome at Ross House on arrival. The house was beautiful particularly the exceptionally well kitted out kitchen… More
It's wonderful to know you had a great time at Ross House and found everything to your satisfaction. Pleased also to hear you liked the village and found it a relaxing stay with your family. Hope to welcome you back soon. Best wishes, Tim.
23 Jun 2014
This house was exactly what we hoped for and more, in an old historical village with the ability to walk to Falkland Palace and all restaurants and pubs. We arrived to a card and a wonderful welcome … More
Thanks so much - your comments are truly appreciated. It's great to hear you liked the cottage comforts and enjoyed the nearby facilities in the village. Hope to see you back again when you next cross the pond! Warmest wishes, Tim.
12 Jun 2014
"Exceeded our expectations!"
We loved the beautiful, quiet location of this village. The Ross House was everything we hoped it would be--unique, beautiful, comfy beds, beautiful bathrooms, well-stocked kitchen, centrally located … More
Thank you for your lovely review. We are glad you had an enjoyable stay and we are so thrilled you chose Ross House as one of the accommodation venues for your Scottish holiday. Very best wishes and welcome back any time.
19 May 2014
"Enjoyed our stay in Ross House"
Ross House was a lovely place to stay , it was very clean and comfortable . The welcome pack was much appreciated along with all the other small gestures such as flowers in the rooms. We had a nice t… More
Thanks so much for your kind review. You are most welcome and we are glad you had a lovely time and were able to explore. All best wishes and hope to see you again sometime.
16 Apr 2014
"Beautiful house and a great location"
Absolutely beautiful house in the middle of a pretty village. The house is of a very high standard and had plenty of small touches that made us feel very welcome, including lots of books and games. W… More
Delighted you enjoyed your holiday at Ross House and thank you so much for your kind comments. They are much appreciated. Looking forward to welcoming you again in the not too distant future.
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