In a peaceful rural situation right in the centre of the 'Kingdom' of Fife, yet just half an hour from St Andrews and 40 minutes drive from Edinburgh, Schoolhouse Cottage snuggles into the woodland behind it, while to the front and side there are broad vistas across the rich Fife farmland.
Converted with great flair and imagination from an old stone outbuilding, it is a perfect base from which to explore the beaches, golf courses and historic attractions of this most lovely area of Scotland. Yet it is only when you step inside that you realise that Schoolhouse 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. Comfortable window seats running right round the large, double-glazed windows are a further attractive feature. Two further 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 with furniture and barbecue, ideal for relaxing on warm summer evenings. You may share this with Phreddie and Ringo, two semi-tame pheasants, who regularly patrol the area.
The villages of Kingskettle and Ladybank (shops, pub) are 3 and 4 miles distant, while the bustling town of Cupar (8m all facilities), has many attractive shops, good restaurants and a rail link to Edinburgh. Fernie Castle Hotel is about 5 miles along the main A914, while Mary Queen of Scots' beloved Falkland Palace is just 4 miles in the other direction. The quaint and attractive fishing villages of the East Neuk of Fife are just over 20 miles away, while those with an interest in history or gardens will enjoy a visit to the National Trust properties at Hill of Tarvit 6m), Scotstarvit Tower (5m) or Kellie Castle (18m). For visitors who wish to explore further afield, Schoolhouse Cottage is within 20 minutes drive of the main M90 motorway going north to Perth, so the central Highlands, Aberfoyle and the Trossachs and even the west coast are all accessible for a day's outing.
In addition to the 'home of golf', St Andrews, there are courses just about everywhere, with uncrowded fairways and reasonable green fees, where visitors are most welcome. Fishing and riding are available locally. The area is also excellent for walking and cycling.
Bed-linen and towels are included. Central heating is by white meter electricity (first £15 included) and by open log fire (logs available for purchase). Sorry, no pets. Smoking is not allowed in the house.
Accommodation (sleeps 2):
- Bathroom with bath, shower, WC and basin.
- Sitting/Dining room/Kitchen with TV/V, open fire, microwave, washer/drier, fridge/freezer, dishwasher etc.
- Double-bed room (gallery).
- Bathroom with bath with shower over, WC and basin.