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Fife 101 Pittenweem
3 bedrooms. Sleeps 6. This house was built about 320 years ago and was named St. Andrews. It has been acquired by an American family who have lovingly restored it. The house is on three floors and has 3 bedrooms, each with a full bath and there are 2 more half-baths. The two downstairs bedrooms each have twin beds; the master bedroom has 2 twin beds which can be pushed together. The house also includes a washer, dryer, and full kitchen. There is an open plan sitting/dining room with wooden floors and oriental rugs. The house overlooks the colorful harbor serving the North Sea Fishing Fleet in the old town where the catch is off-loaded and sold. (You may hear the boats leaving early in the morning). The views across the Firth of Forth are spectacular. Edinburgh is up the water approximately 40 miles (visible at night from the master bedroom). Pittenweem is located in an area known as the East Neuk of Fife which is a group of five fishing villages. It is connected to the next town by a golf course along the beachfront. Five miles away in Crail you will find the 7th oldest golf course in the world. It has been said that the small towns in Scotland remind many Americans of what the U. S. looked like in the 1950s. St Andrews, the world home of golf and its 5 courses are only 10 miles away. Edinburgh is close and you can go there by train. Perth and Pitlochary are the center of the Highlands and are nearby. Two of Scotland’s best restaurants are located within 12 miles of Pittenweem. Price Code D/E
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Fife 102 North Berwick
3 bedrooms. Sleeps 6. This charming home is located in the East Lothian seaside resort of North Berwick, 25 miles east of Edinburgh and 80 miles east of Glasgow. Downtown Edinburgh is easily reached by a 30 minute train ride and there is easy access to the A8/M8 highways. This is a 19th century multi-level row house, situated on the Firth of Forth, with an ever changing view of Bass Rock, a natural sanctuary for numerous birds including gannets and puffins. Architectural details, such as the skylight, fireplace mantel, and crown moldings, have been carefully restored to their original Victorian elegance. Every room is tastefully appointed with period furnishings and fabrics. The first level has a living room with a panoramic view of the Firth, a modern eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, and modern bath. There are three bedrooms and a WC on the second level. The master bedroom has a balcony, king-size bed, shower and sink. The first guest room has a queen-size bed and sink. The small second guest room has two twin beds. Price Code B - C
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Fife 103 Near St. Andrews
6 bedrooms. Sleeps 13. This castle stands on a bluff above the River Eden in the beautiful countryside of North East Fife. It is just 6 miles from St Andrews, and thus within an hour's drive of Dundee, Perth and Edinburgh. The castle, first mentioned in 1160, was traditionally occupied by the Bishops of St Andrews or their bailiffs. In the 16th century it was substantially rebuilt and reached its apogee in the early 16th century when it was the home of John Spottiswood, Archbishop of St. Andrews and Chancellor of Scotland. The castle fell into ruin in the 19th century, and has been rebuilt as a family home using some of the original material by the current owners between 1993 and 1996. The castle is built on 4 floors. On the first floor there is a well equipped kitchen with an Aga and gas cooking facilities. This opens into the Great Hall, which is stone-flagged and lined with portraits of characters associated with the castle. Here there is an oak dining table which seats 12 and a wood burning fire. The second floor has a family room with TV, and toyroom. On the top floor there is a picture gallery, which runs the length of the castle, and a study. The accommodation consists of the main bedroom with a large four-poster bed, two four-poster single beds and an ensuite bathroom. In the square tower there are two bedrooms with double beds and en-suite bathrooms. In the vaulted cellars there is a "dungeon" twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom. Additionally, the South caphouse bedroom has two single beds and the North caphouse one single bed, which have access to the top floor shower-room. The castle has 6 acres of grounds, which includes an herb garden, parterre, mown meadow and woodland walk down to the River Eden. The walled courtyard includes a viewing tower and garage with cover for two cars. Strictly no smoking allowed. The floors are reached by steep, spiral stairs, but a lift also provides access for the disabled and those short of breath. Price Code F (Saturday to Saturday only)
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Fife 104 Pittenweem
2 bedrooms. Sleeps 4. This house is fun - not the least because of the fluctuating expectations that getting there arouses, and the fact that it acquaints you with some good Scots words which do not readily translate into English! First it seems that you are actually leaving the quaint little fishing village of Pittenweem in the picturesque 'East Neuk' of Fife. Then the directions take you through a modern council estate. But another turn and hey presto, you are back in the old town descending to the harbour. Park just short of it, have the courage of your convictions and go through the white door, through the little 'close' or 'pend' behind it, up the stairs, gaily decorated with tubs of flowers in season and you're there. Even before you are properly through the door, you will encounter the delightful little covered 'sit-ooterie', where you can sit in comfort even in less pleasant weather. The apartment is light and airy, decorated in greens and blues and yellows that remind you of its marine situation and of the sunshine that you are hopefully going to enjoy there. The south-facing sitting room has superb views over the harbour; the gas central heating and open fire mean that these views can be enjoyed in warmth and comfort at all seasons of the year. The accommodation consists of the sitting room with TV and open-fire; kitchen/dining room with cooker, fridge, microwave, dishwasher, and washing machine; bathroom with bath, shower, WC and basin; and 2 bedrooms (1 double bedded and 1 twin bedded). Price Code C
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Fife 105 Cellardyke, near St. Andrews
1 bedroom. Sleeps 2-4. This apartment is in a handsome stone building at the harbour's edge in Cellardyke about 7 miles south of St. Andrews and one and a half hour's drive north of Edinburgh. Erected on the site of a 15th century Bishop's Palace, right on the harbourside at the foot of a steep hill, it is entered from the rear via a cul-de-sac (parking) from which it is just one floor up to arrive on the second floor - where there are magnificent views to be enjoyed from its front windows right across the Firth of Forth to the Isle of May, the Bass Rock and the East Lothian coast. Completely self-contained and just recently refurbished, it offers very comfortable accommodation for two persons (with a double-futon for extra guests in the sitting-room). No smoking allowed within the house. The accommodation consists of an open-plan sitting/dining room with TV, radio/cassette player, double-bed settee, kitchen-area with microwave, spin-drier, fridge, electric-cooker etc., a double-bed room with electric-blanket, and a room with shower, WC and basin. Price Code B
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Fife 106 St. Monans
2 bedrooms. Sleeps 3. This flat lies in a picturesque setting which will have changed little in the last 100 years and overlooks the harbour in the sleepy little fishing village of St. Monans (shops, pubs, hotel) in the East Neuk of Fife. It forms the ground floor of a typical, traditional Scots house, which once served as the local Bank. Facing south, right on the quayside, with parking at the door, it offers bright, comfortable and cosy accommodation with an open plan sitting/dining room and a well-fitted, modern kitchenette. Historic St. Andrews, with its ancient University, ruined cathedral and castle and the glorious West Sands - is only 14 miles away. Edinburgh, at 46 miles across the Forth Bridge, is well within range for a day's visit. In the immediate area, St. Monans is in the centre of a cluster of gourmet restaurants. The accommodations consist of a sitting/dining room with TV/Video + Hi-fi + electric-fire, etc.; kitchen with electric-cooker, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing-machine, and microwave; double-bed room; single-bed room; and room with a shower + WC and basin. Towels are available for hire for overseas guests. Price Code B – C
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Fife 107 near Cupar
1 bedroom. Sleeps 2. In a peaceful rural situation right in the centre of the 'Kingdom' of Fife, this cottage snuggles into the woodland behind it, while to the front and side there are broad vistas across the rich farmland. Converted with great flair and imagination from an old stone outbuilding, it is a perfect base from which to explore attractions of this most lovely area of Scotland. Yet it is only when you step inside that you realize that this cottage is somewhere very special indeed. You are confronted by an immense, sunken sitting room, with wood block flooring and an open fire, furnished with couches and settees which just beg you to relax in them. There are comfortable window seats running right round the large, double-glazed windows. Two steps take you down to the open plan dining area and then to the ingeniously concealed and well-equipped kitchen. A short staircase leads to the luxurious gallery bedroom with bathroom off. There is a further bathroom downstairs. Outside, there is a sheltered and secluded patio garden and barbecue, ideal for relaxing on warm summer evenings. Central heating is by white meter electricity (first £10 INCLUDED) and by open log fire (logs available for purchase). Smoking is not allowed in the house. Downstairs the accommodation consists of a sitting/dining room/kitchen with open fire, microwave, washer/drier, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, and a bathroom with bath, shower, WC and basin. Upstairs is a double-bed room (gallery), and a bathroom with bath with shower over, WC and basin. Price Code B
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