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Sandcastle Cottage

Anstruther, Fife

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If a picturesque whitewashed, 17th century fisherman's cottage right on the harbour wall in an East Neuk fishing village sounds like a good holiday location, then Sandcastle Cottage in Anstruther in Fife is most definitely for you.

Quick Info

Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 3
Changeover Day: Sat Pets Allowed: Yes (2)
No smoking Bathrooms: 2
Licence No: FI 00101 F
  • No Smoking
  • Pets Allowed
  • WiFi

This delightful picture-book house stands at the end of a quiet cobbled cul-de-sac, full of character with its stepped gables and red tiled roof and with glorious sea views from its front windows. The cottage has all 21st century comforts and the beach is literally on the doorstep.

Inside it has been most imaginatively restored and refurbished. Two steps lead down into the downstairs of the house that is mainly taken up by a huge dining kitchen. The kitchen area is at one end and is well-equipped with all appliances you could wish for. There is even a dishwasher so there is no need to argue over whose turn it is to do the dishes! The dining area is handily alongside and is the perfect place to spend an evening round the table with a bottle of wine, putting the world to rights. Also on this level are a neat single bedroom and modern, tiled shower room.

Open tread stairs lead to a bright and cosy sitting room with even more dramatic views across the harbour and a window seat from which to enjoy them. There is also plenty of comfortable seating and a TV/DVD player. There are also two double bedrooms, one of which is very large and the other is smaller but equally as charming. A family bathroom completes the indoor accommodation and there is parking right at the door.

Map & Local

Anstruther (or Ainster, as it is known locally) has shops and some excellent restaurants (the Smuggler's Inn in particular is famous far and wide) and is home to the Scottish Fisheries Museum.

It also boasts the official best Fish and Chip Shop in Scotland! Further east, the seafront becomes an esplanade, which is very popular in summer. The cottage, however, is very much at the quieter end of town.

Apart from getting out your bucket and spade, the area has many other attractions. You are, after all, only 9 miles from St Andrews with its legendary golf courses and sands. In the hinterland are Kellie Castle and Scotland's Secret Bunker, which are both 'good days out'.

Just outside Anstruther is the St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese Company, a cheese farm and 'factory' which is proving to be a great hit with visitors, where you can watch the 'Anster' cheeses being made, purchase the wares and enjoy a cup of coffee in the coffee shop too.

There are very scenic coastal walks to enjoy, or you can take boat trips into the Firth of Forth to see the seabird colonies on the Isle of May. Needless to say there is no shortage of good golf courses in this part of Fife, while further afield you can catch a train to Edinburgh from Cupar or Kirkcaldy or head across the Tay Bridge to Dundee, the Angus Glens or even Braemar and Royal Deeside.

Local Events and Attractions


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.




Dining kitchen with gas hob,and electric oven, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, microwave, washing machine and tumble drier etc
Single Bedroom
Shower room with WC and wash hand basin


Sitting room with electric fire, TV/DVD and CD player
Double bedroom
Double bedroom
Bathroom with bath/shower, WC and wash basin

What's included

Linen (Double Bed)
Linen (Single Bed)
Sets of towels (per person)

Available Extras

Travel Cot (excluding linen)


Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. The first £30 of electricity INCLUDED with any additional usage payable by meter reading at the end of your stay. Heating is by gas central heating (first £30 INCLUDED with any additional payable at the end of your stay). Wifi is INCLUDED (subject to fair usage policy). 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.



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Changeover Day: Sat

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Weekly Prices

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).

Changeover Day: Sat

Rental - Date Range Sleeps 5
22 Jun 2024 - 19 Jul 2024 £650.00
20 Jul 2024 - 23 Aug 2024 £750.00
24 Aug 2024 - 13 Sep 2024 £595.00
14 Sep 2024 - 04 Oct 2024 £495.00
05 Oct 2024 - 25 Oct 2024 £595.00
26 Oct 2024 - 19 Dec 2024 £450.00
20 Dec 2024 - 27 Dec 2024 £650.00
28 Dec 2024 - 05 Jan 2025 £750.00
06 Jan 2025 - 31 Jan 2025 £495.00
01 Feb 2025 - 04 Apr 2025 £550.00
05 Apr 2025 - 25 Apr 2025 £650.00
26 Apr 2025 - 02 May 2025 £550.00
03 May 2025 - 23 May 2025 £650.00
24 May 2025 - 30 May 2025 £695.00
31 May 2025 - 27 Jun 2025 £650.00
28 Jun 2025 - 18 Jul 2025 £695.00
19 Jul 2025 - 29 Aug 2025 £795.00
30 Aug 2025 - 12 Sep 2025 £650.00
13 Sep 2025 - 03 Oct 2025 £550.00
04 Oct 2025 - 24 Oct 2025 £650.00
25 Oct 2025 - 19 Dec 2025 £495.00
20 Dec 2025 - 27 Dec 2025 £795.00
28 Dec 2025 - 05 Jan 2026 £795.00
06 Jan 2026 - 05 Jan 2027 POA
06 Jan 2027 - 05 Jan 2028 POA
06 Jan 2028 - 05 Jan 2029 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.


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Great cottage in a fantastic location , fantastic view from living room window. Many lovely places to eat in the town a ...

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Satisfactory - interesting location - a little more thought to lighting
would produce a five star rating


Nice little cottage in a central location with great access to a beach and lovely sea views looking out at the Bass Rock...

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Excellent cottage, superb location - will certainly book it again in the future.


Cottage was very clean and very well equipped.
Great views in a beautiful location. Lots to explore.

Our response:

We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay. Fife is great for exploring.


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