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Herring House, Pittenweem


Excellent 5/5 Score from 4 reviews

The beach on your doorstep

House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

On arrival in Pittenweem the house is located at the far West end of the harbour and has access to the lovely cove and beaches there. There is ample parking for 3 cars, handy during peak season!!! Once in the front door, the kitchen/dining room is to the right and the spacious, very cosy large sitting room is to the left of the hallway. The stairs in front lead directly up to the bedrooms on the 1st and 2nd floor.

Kitchen: Fully equipped with gas hob and electric oven, fridge / freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, drier and microwave, plenty of tableware for 8.The table will seat 8. The view from the window is to the courtyard at the front. Tiled floor.

Sitting Room: Comfortably furnished with ample comfy sofa seating and armchairs for 8 people. it is a great place to sit with a cosy coal effect gas fire for colder evenings. There is a large flatscreen TV with digital channels. The under stairs cupboard in the lounge is good storage for clubs etc.

First floor

On the first floor are the 3 bedrooms (2 king size bedrooms and one bunk room). These rooms are all located to the front and have sea views.

Bedroom 1: Master bedroom with kingsize bed and ensuite shower room. This room has a large walk in wardrobe and sea views.

Bedroom 2: This room has full sized bunkbeds, chest of drawers and seaviews.

Bedroom 3: Another large king sized bedroom with stunning views.

Family bathroom: The spacious family bathroom has a large modern walk-in shower, whb and wc. The fixtures and fittings are all new for 2014.

Second floor

Bedroom / studio room: This floor has a stunning large bedroom fitted with super king size bed and seating area. There is also a sofabed if 2 beds are preferred. The views are out to sea. There is a desk at the window. It is just a fantastic creative space in the house and great for enjoying the view, writing or drawing. There is also a completely new, modern en-suite with luxurious bath.

Garden: The large garden is fabulous for spending a sunny afternoon or balmy evening enjoying the view. The pathways are lit and the decked area has power points for musical evenings enjoying the long summer nights.

Other information - GCH - Wi Fi - One well behaved dog allowed - Travel cot and high chair available on request.

Size Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms
Nearest beach Pittenweem
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 200 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Edinburgh 75 km, Nearest railway: LeucharsEdi 12 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player, Sea view
General Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden
Access Secure parking

The Fife region

Tucked into a corner of the east coast of Scotland between St Andrews and Edinburgh, the East Neuk of Fife is one of Scotland's most beautiful regions. It has a character all its own, attracting artists by the thousands to its unique combination of history, sea, farmland and beaches, its picturesque fishing villages with their Dutch-style houses and its world famous golf courses. There is so much to do here for the whole family, from kayaking to horseriding, and yet there is great peace here too. In the summer, flowers line the hedgerows and the fields are rich with crops while fishing boats bob in the sea. It's a perfect place to relax, to eat well, and to recharge the batteries. Eight coastal villages comprise the East Neuk - each with its own special character.


Pittenweem - its name is Gaelic for place of the cave - is a working fishing port, its busy harbour being the main landing point for the daily catch. It is a small village of some 1500 inhabitants, with a history not just of fishing and trading but of art too. In August over 100 artists exhibit at the annual Pittenweem Arts Festival and over 30 artists make their permanent home here. The village is blissfully situated, white houses with red pantiled roofs tumbling down to harbour and spreading up and beyond to the fields above. It is situated between Anstruther with its bustling harbour, the Fisheries Museum, supermarkets, various shops and renowned restaurants and the quieter village of St Monans, home to an excellent fish restaurant.

Pittenweem is a very well stocked village with a butchers, bakers, chemists, hairdresser, fish and chips shop (many think it's the best on the coast), a few pubs, the wonderful Cocoa Tree chocolate and teashop, the Heron bistro on the High Street, and the new Pittenweem Inn on the outskirts. This is a haven for art lovers, for foodies, and for those who simply want to enjoy the unique atmosphere of an historic village - you can still visit the cave that once housed a hermit and gave the village its name. This area is particularly attractive to golfers of course - there are some wonderful courses within half an hour: Anstruther (1 miles away, its club house provides an excellent lunch), Balcomie Links at Crail, Elie, Balbirnie Park, Kingsbarns, Scotscraid, Charleton, Lundin Links, Carmoustie (where the 2007 Open took place. And of course there is St Andrews, just 15 minutes away and its historic courses.

Property is in Pittenweem

St Andrews - 9 miles

Edinburgh airport - 46 miles

Leuchars station - 30 minutes

Pub - 5 minutes walk

Restaurant - 5 minutes walk

Shops - baker, butcher, general store, chemist - 5 minutes walk

Golf - championship and links courses within 10 minutes

Fife Coastal Path

Pittenweem Arts Festival

Anstruther Fisheries Museum

Water sports

Horse riding

Boat trips

Art galleries

Beautiful beaches

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13 Aug 2014


"What a perfect seaside family holiday this was........!"

I had spent all my summer holidays as a child (this was the late '50s/early 60s) in St Andrews, a highlight being visits to the fishing villages in the East Neuk of Fife. Pittenweem was one of my favourites (I recall looking on in fascination as herring were being gutted at what seemed an extraordinary speed) and time just slipped away all these years later! We were most fortunate in that the weather was glorious for the whole week , we saw a seal in the harbour every day (must be a local!) and a dolphin whilst en route to May Island. Herring House is enchanting, with virtually direct access to the beach, where the babies could play on the beach, with the adults looking on whilst enjoying a delicious tea at the 'pop-up' cafe on the strand. The latter had opened, we learned from the owner, in advance of the annual Pittenweem Arts Festival the following week. Had I done more homework I would have booked another weeks stay!
Herring House has everything a large family might need, the rooms are spacious, kitchen well-equipped and beds comfortable, and though the garden is overlooked by a footpath it seems so little used that it did not detract from our enjoyment of sunbathing there. There are numerous guidebooks & reading material (well-used by our party!) and a list of "things to do in Fife".
Highlights were the trip from Anstruther to May Island (puffins & seals), a fabulous seafood supper (fresh lobster & scallops) at The Mayview Hotel in St Monans and the gardens (NTS) at Kellie Castle.
A petty thing, perhaps, but the refuse/recycling collection rota is such that, with a full house 2 of the three separate bins were overflowing by the end of the week!

25 May 2014


"Family Birthday Break"

Spent three days in this wonderful house,it has everything you could possibly want . Plenty parking for three cars we had. Enclosed garden meant our friendly dog was safe. Plenty garden furniture for… More

6 Sep 2013


"Probably the best rental cottage in Fife"

We spent a 5 night break in this wonderful cottage located seconds from the beach.The owners have gone to some lengths to make it welcoming and accommodating and we couldn't think of anything we … More

2 May 2013


"Idyllic location, excellent property, happy memories..."

Three friends and I had a very enjoyable 3 night stay over a long weekend in February. The house has an idyllic setting in the middle of a lovely little working fishing harbour and a line of superb ol… More

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Calendar last updated:17 Sep 2014

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