Sea Breeze Cottage
St Monans, Fife
The east 'Neuk' (or corner) of Fife stretches from St Andrews down a coastline graced by truly delightful villages, which are full of character.
|Sleeps: 2||Bedrooms: 1|
|Changeover Day: Sat||Pets Allowed: Yes (2)|
|No smoking||Bathrooms: 1|
The villages face across the Firth of Forth to the Isle of May (a National Nature Reserve), the Bass Rock and North Berwick on the East Lothian coast. Quaint colourful houses, many of them restored by The National Trust for Scotland, tumble higgledy-piggledy down narrow winding streets to line the harbours and rocky shores. Their distinctive crow stepped gables, forestairs and red pantiles preserve still the impression of the close-knit fishing villages, totally dedicated to the sea, that they formerly were.
Sea Breeze is a narrow house that stands right on the east shore of the village of St Monans, with wide views out to the sea. It has been renovated from the original fisherman's house it once was and it makes a very special 'character' house for two people wanting to spend as much time comfortably inside, as they do exploring outside.
There is a warm and cosy atmosphere throughout and given the fact that the shape of the house dictates that it is only possible to get one room per floor the cottage has been converted for maximum convenience and practicality. The main door opens right into the large, tile-floored kitchen which has been well fitted and equipped and where the old range still features, while for practical purposes there is also a modern cooker. On the first floor are the bedroom and shower room.
It soon becomes clear why the best was saved till last, as a final (rather steep) ascent leads to the light, airy and altogether charming ‘room at the top’ with its pine panelled ceiling and polished wood floor. This is where in the ‘good old days’ fishermen would most likely dry their nets. Essential for them, perhaps, but what a waste of the fabulous view and wonderful, sunny space which guests can enjoy today.
St Monans became one of Scotland's busiest fishing ports for very many years - Alexander Selkirk, the real life sailor whose adventures were immortalised in Robinson Crusoe, was born just down the coast.
From 1850 on though, the fleet dwindled and the village became something of a pleasant backwater, with charming 'character' houses and a picturesque waterfront where they make a few boats and smoke the 'haddies' you can still buy today. There is also a well-known restaurant right on the shore!
The area is fringed by some of Scotland's finest and cleanest sandy beaches, so make sure you bring your bucket and spade! This is a fascinating, picturesque, 'different' part of Scotland that everyone should see.
The coast is backed by an attractive agricultural countryside that boosts very many excellent restaurants and a wealth of great golf courses.
It is easy, right from the cottage, to join the Fife Coastal Path which runs right round the peninsula to the Tay Road Bridge. Boat trips can be taken to see the seabird colonies on the islands in the Forth. Visit Kellie Castle, just outside Anstruther, and while there, take in the cheese factory where you can see the cheese-making process and perhaps take home some of the produce. The conservation village of Falkland, with the fairytale palace so beloved of Mary, Queen of Scots at its centre, is also well worth a visit.
St Andrews and Crail Harbour are surely a 'must visit’, as perhaps is the Secret Bunker which was meant to be the Government's headquarters in Scotland in case of nuclear war. It is worth taking the time to explore some of neighbouring Perthshire, Loch Lomond, The Trossachs and Royal Deeside, which are all within an easy day's drive.
Please note: while we make every effort to be as accurate as possible, the actual position of the cottage indicated on the map above and the proximity of the amenities in the Local Info section cannot be guaranteed to be precise and should be used as a guide only.
Kitchen/dining room with microwave, cooker, fridge/freezer and washing machine etc.
Room with shower, WC & basin.
Sitting room with gas fire, TV/DVD.
- Linen (Double Bed)
- Sets of towels
- Travel Cot
Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. Electricity is INCLUDED. Heating is by gas central heating (first £15 INCLUDED with any additional payable at the end of your stay). A maximum of 2 pets are welcome at an additional charge (2 large dogs, 2 medium dogs, 2 small dogs, 2 cats). If you wish to bring any other pets please contact us and we will see what we can do. No smoking.
The weekly guide prices for this property are shown below. Use the availability & book sidebar on the right to select your holiday or calculate short break rates (where available).
- Save 15% - Easter 2017 From 08/04/2017 to 21/04/2017
- Save 10% - March 2017 From 11/03/2017 to 31/03/2017
Changeover Day: Sat
|Rental - Date Range||Sleeps 2|
|04 Mar 2017 - 07 Apr 2017||£365.00|
|08 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017||£445.00|
|22 Apr 2017 - 05 May 2017||£365.00|
|06 May 2017 - 26 May 2017||£445.00|
|27 May 2017 - 02 Jun 2017||£485.00|
|03 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017||£445.00|
|01 Jul 2017 - 01 Sep 2017||£485.00|
|02 Sep 2017 - 22 Sep 2017||£445.00|
|23 Sep 2017 - 13 Oct 2017||£365.00|
|14 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017||£445.00|
|28 Oct 2017 - 20 Dec 2017||£325.00|
|21 Dec 2017 - 27 Dec 2017||£485.00|
|28 Dec 2017 - 06 Jan 2018||£485.00|
|06 Jan 2018 - 05 Jan 2019||POA|
|06 Jan 2019 - 05 Jan 2020||POA|
Please note: Prices are calculated based on your party size at the time of booking. If your party size changes for any reason after booking please let us know so we can ensure the accommodation provided meets your exact requirements.