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Garden Cottage, Nr St. Andrews. Traditional charm in a Glorious setting!

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Cosy, Country Cottage, with open fire, wi-fi, central heating & tennis court.

Hi. I’m Margo and I’d like to welcome you to Garden Cottage!

Garden Cottage is a special place in the countryside of Fife, only about 9 miles from St Andrews, but light years from the noise of town and city living. Here, we work hard to make your holiday just a little more special. We will be happy to use our local knowledge to help you find that special restaurant, or that quiet, off-the-beaten-track beach, or if you want to play a different golf course every day for a fortnight, we can help! Maybe not the cheapest place to stay in Fife, but do you want cheap on your special holiday? We’re here to help.

The cottage is right in the heart of Kinloss Estate in Fife, about 9 miles from St Andrews and its many golf courses. The Estate is about 200 acres of arable land, and although close to Cupar and St Andrews, it is a wonderfully peaceful and tranquil place.

It’s stone built, and set in its own garden, with a lawn to the front, grass to the back, with woodlands at the side. It sits on a private road, which is only used by cottage guests, and the very occasional tractor working on the estate. We think it’s probably about two hundred years old, and has lots of character and traditional charm. It was originally the cottage for the Head Gardener on the Estate, though it has been tastefully renovated, and upgraded since his day. The cottage has central heating, and free wi-fi throughout.

Downstairs the cottage has a cosy sitting room, with an open fire, flat screen TV. The TV has free-sat channel and a DVD player and a selection of DVDs. There are also a selection of games and books in the cottage. We supply a starter pack of coal, and unlimited logs for the fire, so that you can enjoy the pleasure of a real fire.

On the ground floor there is also a full dining room, where the whole family can enjoy meals. With lots of lamps, and more than a few candles, it’s the perfect place to have a leisurely meal in the evening, as the light fades outside, enjoying the tranquility of the countryside, in the comfort of your own space.

There is also a well equipped kitchen with hob, oven, microwave, washing machine, fridge, freezer and dishwasher, as well as a separate larder. We like to think we have supplied all you need to do as much ( or as little!) cooking as you want. But if there is anything you can’t live without in the kitchen, please let me know, and if it isn’t there, we’ll try to source it - within reason!!

Downstairs there is a little cloakroom with a toilet and basin.

Upstairs, there is a bathroom which has a lovely showerbath, with fixed screen and power shower, toilet and basin, as well as 2 bedrooms - one with a double bed, the other with 2 twin beds. The beds are handmade by a local craftsman, from our own timber, and are made up with comfy toppers and cosy duvets. There is also a full size cot, and we are happy to supply bed linen and towels for your baby.

We know from our guests feedback that you will love the cottage because of its amazing location, and the attention to detail in the furnishings and decoration. Every year we do something new to improve the facilities in the cottage. This year, 2018 it's the turn of the bathroom, with a new more powerful shower, and the curtains and soft furnishings in the sitting room. We hope you will enjoy all of our little changes!

Outside the garden is stocked with flowers and herbs. There is so much wildlife to enjoy around the cottage, with deer, pheasants and guinea fowl all being regular visitors, especially in the early morning. In front of the cottage, in an open grassy area, is our duck pond, which has lots of wild ducks. In the spring, We love to see the ducklings, swimming in line behind their mothers.

In May, we host the Fife Agricultural Show in some of our fields, this year it is 19th May. It’s far enough away from the cottage that you’ll hardly notice it, but if you want to visit, there are lots of things to see and do, with show jumping, cattle, sheep and horse shows, as well as all sorts of traditional Scottish exhibitions and displays.

On the Estate, about 100 yards from the cottage, is our tennis court, and guests are welcome to use it by arrangement. If you don't have room in your luggage to bring rackets, just let us know, and we'll provide some.

Further afield, there is so much to see and explore in Fife. The Open Golf comes to St Andrews regularly, and is next here in July 2021, and in 2018 it comes to Carnoustie, which is roughly an hour from the cottage. And of course, it would be wrong not to mention the many and varied golf courses in the area.

The cottage is about 9 miles from St Andrews, and so is perfect for golfers, or for visitors to the University. St Andrews itself has much to see, from St Rules Tower, the Castle and the other historic areas.

On the Fife Coast, there are the pretty East Neuk villages, such as Anstruther, and Pittenweem, and the Pittenweem Art Festival is not to be missed. The beach and forest at Tentsmuir is well worth a visit. Even in high summer the long white beaches are clean and quiet, and seals can often be seen basking in the sun ( the sun does actually shine quite a lot in Scotland - contrary to common belief!!).

Edinburgh is only an hour away by train or car, with the Edinburgh Festival in August, and so many sights and shops to see and visit.

Fife is in fact just the prefect place from which to explore all that the East of Scotland has to offer.

Regrettably no dogs.

It really is our pleasure to welcome you to Garden Cottage, and we will do our best to make your stay in Fife a happy memorable one. We look forward to hearing from you!

More Details

Margo Addison-Scott
Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english, french, german, portuguese
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Calendar last updated:
February 2, 2018

About Margo Addison-Scott

We are Chris and Margo Addison-Scott, and we live at Kinloss House, which is the mansion house on the estate. Chris' family have lived here for over 120 years, and we moved back here in 1998 to take over running the estate and the houses on it. We live here full time, with our three children occasionally returning home from work or university. We have a selection of animals, including our 2 Shetland ponies, Fun & Perseus, our dogs Rosie, Bella and Lilly, about 6 hens, 7 guinea fowl and a goldfish. I am now the Estate gardener, and I hope to make the gardens as colourful and interesting as possible. Emma is our housekeeper, and she helps me get the cottage ready for you. We are both very proud of the cottage, and really hope you will love it too.We are delighted to welcome guests to this quiet corner of Fife in Scotland, where there is so much to see and do.

Margo Addison-Scott purchased this cottage in 1880

Why Margo Addison-Scott chose Cupar

We took over running the Addison-Scott family Estate in 1998, and since then have had much pleasure in improving the various cottages and houses on the estate. The Addison-Scott family bought this property after many years in the army, navy and working abroad. One of Chris's ancestors sailed on the Victory, Nelson's flagship, and we love exploring the history of the family, and their exploits. We have been renting holiday accommodation both in Scotland and in Portugal, for many years, and I think ( I hope!) we are getting better at it every year. We've learned that most guests don't want a rather uncomfortable walk-round introduction to the property - especially if they've had a long journey, and simply want to relax with a cup of tea. So, we have a key safe, and we send guests the code, and let them investigate and explore the cottage. We always have a welcome pack waiting, and although the goodies left often vary, it always includes tea, coffee, milk and sugar. I am contactable throughout your visit if you need help, but otherwise, we just let you enjoy your holiday.

What makes this cottage unique

We think that Garden Cottage is a delightful place to spend a holiday, to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the countryside, where the only things you will hear is birdsong, and the very occasional passing tractor. Depending on the time of year, so much happens, from the Fife Show in May, Harvest time in August/September and Scottish Christmas and New Year. Although quite close to Cupar, the estate is a little haven of peace and tranquility. The cottage itself is several hundreds of years old, and was originally built for the Estate Head Gardener. It still has the original sloping ceilings, and thick stone walls, though I think it is probably a lot more comfortable now than when he lived there, with the modern comforts of plumbing, electricity and heating not to mention wi-fi!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Margo - Thank you so much for lending us your wonderful cottage at Kinloss Farms. I may have explained that we were trying a new sort of vacation for us…one focused on “living like locals” rather then time focused on touristy activities such as sight seeing. While we did some exploring and sight seeing - we mostly just enjoyed being in Fife and Cupar and at the cottage.

I’m happy to report our experiment was a success! The cottage was so easy to stay in and we came to love it’s little quirks. It was cozy, comfortable, and a great place to host occasional guests (can kids be considered guests?). We got to know local businesses like Ostler’s Close (Jimmy and Amanda are great), Luvians (I think we went in there too often…) and Fisher & Donaldson’s. We played many fun rounds of local golf - staying clear of the “big courses” and concentrating on the smaller local options such as Elmwood and Scotscraig. We even got where we could pretty well navigate through Fife without a map or GPS!

We came to really like the Kingaroch Inn and ate there several times. We also went to Falkland four times - once to tour and three time to eat. What a lovely village!

And the joy of living for four weeks on your delightful farm. We all agreed we slept extremely well due to the pleasant quiet of the surroundings. We liked watching the different groups of chickens cross our front yard every day - they each had their ritual we could see. We loved the guinea fowl and their ridiculous, squawks when riled up about something. And your cows - well, we loved them. We did manage to coax them to the gate one evening and my kids got to experience them close-up.

I’m thinking: meat pies from the butcher in Ceres, donuts at Gregg’s or F&D, scotch at Luvians, golf at Elmwood, dinner at Ostler’s or the Kingaroch Inn. Just so wonderful. I haven’t even mentioned The Open which was the best golfing event I’ve ever attended - and I’ve been to all the majors and plenty of others.

Thanks so much. We loved the cottage (and your beautiful, super-friendly pups) and would enjoy a return some day!
Jun 2015
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Cupar Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet
  • Upstairs there is a full bathroom with toilet, basin, and showerbath and power shower. Downstairs there is a cloakroom with toilet and basin.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Double Beds (1) The double bed is hand made by a master craftsman from timber from our own estate, and is very comfortable., Twin or Single Beds (2) Both twin beds are handmade by a master craftsman from timber from our own estate. Cosy and comfortable!, Child Beds (1) We can provide an additional foldaway bed for a child for £30 per booking., Baby Cribs (1) We provide a modern cot with bed linen, if required, as well as a high chair.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Additional pack options;- For guests from warmer climates, we offer an all day central heating pack. If you think you might feel the cold in Scotland, please consider asking for central heating from 7am -10pm. This can be added for £50 per week. If you would like extra towels left in the cottage ( the usual rate includes 1 bath towel, one hand towel and one face cloth per guest) then please consider our extra towel option, and for £10 p/p p/w we will leave 2 hand towels and 2 bath towels per person. We accept payment by UK cheque, Mastercard, Visa, amex or Paypal. Please let us know your preferred payment option. The deposit of 30% is non-refundable.


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Garden Cottage, Nr St. Andrews. Traditional charm in a Glorious setting!
average rating of 4.857143 based on 37 reviews

Charming property on quiet farm in good location

  • 5 of 5

We felt so lucky to be able to stay at this charming cottage. With peaceful views out of the windows of the front lawn and farm fields in back, the location feels very secluded. But the town of Cupar is just a short drive away, so all conveniences are within easy reach. We drove to St. Andrews and some of the East Neuk coastal villages, all nearby. The Fife Coastal Path is great for walkers. Golf is plentiful and accessible. The boys used the tennis court for hours at a time. Margo was a lovely hostess: the homemade bread in the kitchen was such a welcoming touch! We were sorry to leave, and we highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fabulous visit on Gorgeous property

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying here and will definitely come back. Appreciated immediate access to the property without the normally awkward walk through. The house had everything we needed. The host responded quickly to our pre-visit inquiries and welcomed us with homemade bread and cheese. So appreciated after our long travels that day.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Everything you would want a country cottage to be

  • 5 of 5

The place is even more beautiful than the pictures show; comfortable, warm and quiet, we looked forward to getting back 'home' at the end of each day.

When we arrived, a lady and a young girl greeted us as they rode by slowly on their horses before making their way up the hill behind the cottage. A pair of pheasants were frequent visitors throughout our stay, and a deer walked calmly across the lawn. In this bucolic setting, between the farmsteading and the manor house, only the plastic play set on the side of the lawn took away from the illusion that Heathcliff or Mr. Darcy may be stopping by soon.

Our days were spent visiting various abbeys, castles and cathedrals, and at night we found great restaurants in St Andrews and nearby towns (the Tavern at Strathkinness was particularly good). If you enjoy pastries and pies, make sure you visit Fisher and Donaldson's in either Cupar or St Andrews, you won't regret it.

Thank you, Margo, for making the cottage available to us. We would love to find an excuse to come back.

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

Loved our stay while in Cupar. Cottage was very comfortable and tastefully decorated. Very inviting as Margo left candies and fresh baked bread and in fridge left butter and milk along with bottled water. Beds were very comfortable. Not too far from Edinburgh or St. Andrews. Both towns were very pretty. Loved the countryside. Thank you for everything. Hope to go again! The Caison's &The Carters North Carolina

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What we had hoped for....

  • 4 of 5

The setting of this property is taken from a story book. You are immediately charmed by the location and the country/farm surroundings and important to us....the quiet! Outside of some lack of understanding about the heat and a visit from a local owl, we found the property to be exactly as advertised with the pictures reflecting accurately what we found upon our arrival. The owner was attentive to our every request and even though out of area, was able to send individuals to answer our questions. We did not arrive until the evening and the welcoming bread, jam and service for tea was most appreciated as we settled in. If you are looking for hustle and continual excitement, this is not the place for you. If you want to have a quiet respite, still within quick access to St. Andrews, golf and all it has to offer, this is the place. Thank you for letting us share your cottage.

Bob and Diane along with the rest of our family from the United States.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for taking time to write a review Bob. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay - despite the unexpected visit from the baby owl down the chimney. That's the first time that has happened. Perhaps just as well the real fire wasn't co-operating. Always happy to increase the central heating times as required.Welcome back anytime. Margo
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Golfing trip to St. Andrews

  • 5 of 5

My wife, two sons and myself spent 5 nights at the cottage and enjoyed it very much. It is about a fifteen minute drive to St. Andrews. It was very nice to have all the comforts of home to go to each night. We really enjoyed being out in the country, watching the chickens, guineas, and even pheasants walk thru the yard. Margo was very helpful answering all my questions prior to arrival and also having fresh bread, fruit and snacks on our arrival. Cuper is a nice town to explore with several restaurants nearby. I would highly recommend this property and will probably return on another trip.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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St Andrews Links
"Don't miss it!"
Ostlers Close
"Excellent little restaurant in Cupar. The food is amazing, and the service friendly and know..."
The Scottish Deer Centre
"Great fun for kids. Room to run, and play. Feed the deer and see the birds of prey. I sugges..."
"One of the best beaches in Fife, and always quiet. Long white beaches, and if you are lucky,..."
The Grill House
"Good food at sensible prices, especially at lunchtime. Try the frozen margueritas!"
Rufflets Country House Hotel
"Lovely traditional country house hotel with very good food. Great gardens to explore too."
St Andrews Aquarium Ltd
"Go and see the seals, sharks ( little ones!) and all sorts of other sealife. A good afternoo..."
Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Edinburgh Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
9 Miles
St Andrews
Car: recommended

Our cottage is about 9 miles from the Open Golf venue at St Andrews, Fife, and would provide a wonderful, tranquil base from which to enjoy golf at St Andrews and the many other golf courses in the area. We are happy to recommend golf courses within easy reach of Cupar.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $27.9

Timed Central Heating is included in the price from 1 Sept to 1 June, usually for 10 hours a day, though this is flexible, and can be increased if it is particularly cold. There are electric heaters in the bedrooms, in addition to the central heating radiators, and the electric heaters are included in the price, and can be on 24/7 if required. We include a starter pack of coal, and unlimited logs for the open fire, throughout the year. Central Heating is not included from 1 June - 1 Sept, but if you find the Scottish summer too cold, we will switch the heating on - we never want our guests to be cold!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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