The Old Schoolhouse
near St Andrews
The area of Scotland around St Andrews is one of Scotland's most popular holiday destinations, with so much to offer the visitor. In the picturesque village of Kingsbarns, less than a mile from a lovely sandy beach, and only 6 miles from the renowned university and golfing town itself (all facilities), The Old School House offers the perfect place to relax after a day out exploring this scenic part of Scotland.
Right at the heart of the village, overlooking the local parish church with its impressive sandstone tower, this substantial 18th century listed building was, as its name suggests, once home to the village school master. Light and airy, yet welcoming and comfortable and modernised to a high standard, while at the same time maintaining many charming original features, it now provides lucky holiday makers with accommodation which is comfortable, versatile and suitable for guests of all ages.
Off the spacious entry-hall is the bright and tranquil sitting room, its marble fireplace beautifully framing the wood burning stove which keeps it cosy even on the coolest of evenings. The good size kitchen-diner, with its range cooker and Belfast sink, offers the ideal setting for family dining and there is an additional utility room. Downstairs too are a twin bedroom with French doors to the secluded walled garden area to the rear of the house (furniture), and a generous size shower room (double sink and double shower). The other three tastefully decorated bedrooms can be found upstairs, along with a further shower room.
Kingsbarns was named from the fact that, in the 15th century, it was the location of the barns in which Scottish kings stored grain from their Fife estates. Within a few hundred yards of The Old School House is the local post office/grocery shop as well as a coaching inn (also dating back the 1700s) serving drinks and meals. The short walk down to the local beach leads you past Kingsbarns Golf Links where visitors are welcome.
Beyond the village the rest of the picturesque Fife coast with its vast variety of attractions and facilities awaits you. If the many world famous golf courses and 117 miles that make up the Fife Coastal Path aren't for you, then perhaps you will relish the unique atmosphere and the sense of history that radiates from the ruins of the cathedral and castle of St Andrews or the ancient university itself. The seemingly endless West Sands, immortalised in the opening sequence of the film Chariots of Fire are great for walking and a family day at the seaside. The more energetic and adventurous will be interested to know that the coast around Kingsbarns offers what is referred to by those in the know as 'challenging surfing'.
To the south, you can explore all the quaint fishing villages of the East Neuk, while inland, you can visit Kellie Castle, fairy tale Falkland Palace or Hill of Tarvit.
Heating by oil-fired central heating (included) and wood burning stove (2 large baskets included). Bed linen, towels and electricity are included. Sorry, no pets and smoking is not permitted in the cottage. Wi-Fi included, subject to provider.
Accommodation (sleeps 7):
- Sitting room with wood-burning stove and TV/DVD.
- Kitchen/dining room with range cooker, microwave, dishwasher and fridge, etc.
- Utility room with washing-machine and tumble drier.
- Shower room with large double shower, WC and hand basin.
- Twin bedroom.
- Double bedroom.
- Double bedroom.
- Single bedroom.
- Shower room with shower, WC and hand basin.