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Garden Cottage, Nr St. Andrews. Traditional Charm in a Glorious Setting.

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Last updated: 03/20/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:5
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1.5
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

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

Welcome to Garden Cottage. The cottage is right in the heart of our country estate in Fife, about 9 miles from St Andrews and its many golf courses. The Estate comprises about 200 acres of arable land, and although close to Cupar and St Andrews, it is a wonderfully peaceful and tranquil place.
The cottage is stone built, and set in its own garden, with a lawn to the front, grass to the back, with woodlands at the side. It is sits on a private road, which is only used by cottage guests, and the very occasional tractor working on the estate. It is probably about 2 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.
Downstairs the cottage has a spacious sitting room, with an open fire, flat screen TV, with free-sat channels, a DVD player and a selection of books, DVDs and games. We supply a starter pack of coal, and unlimited logs for the fire, so that you can enjoy the pleasure of a real fire. There is also a full dining room, well equipped kitchen with hob, oven, microwave, washing machine, fridge, freezer and dishwasher, as well as a separate larder. There is also a downstairs toilet with basin.
The cottage has central heating, and free wi-fi throughout.
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.
Outside the garden is stocked with flowers and herbs. The woodland and adjacent stream are often visited by deer, especially in the early morning, and as the kitchen overlooks the woods, you might be lucky enough to see a deer while you make your morning tea. In front of the cottage, in an open grassy area, is our duck pond, which has many wild ducks. In the spring, there are many ducklings, swimming in line behind their mothers. We are regularly visited by Harry the Heron, and very occasionally, by otters.
In May, we host the Fife Agricultural Show in some of our fields.This year is is held on Saturday 20th May. It is far enough away from the cottage that you will 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. It wouldn’t be difficult to spend a couple of weeks, choosing a different course each day.
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!
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Member since: 2008

Speaks: english, french, german, portuguese
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 03/20/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 5
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    At least one member of the party must be 21 or over....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Children are very welcome. We always supply a special welcome pack for children aged between 3-12 years. There is plenty of space for children to play and enjoy - and no close neighbours! There are also a number of toys and games in the cottage, to keep them occupied, and we're happy to supply some suitable DVDs too. The tennis court is available too, and we can provide child sized tennis rackets - just ask!...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Sorry. We think it is better for all our guests if we don't allow smoking in the cottage....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 4-5

  • 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....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

  • 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....moreless

Other Amenities

  • 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. ...moreless


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable:

    In the sitting room, there is satellite television, with freesat channels, and a DVD player....moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys:

    Puzzles and games are provided....moreless

  • Video Library:

    We supply an assortment of DVDs for you to enjoy....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Theme Parks

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Rural:

    Can't really get more rural! Surrounded by beautiful countryside, with our beautiful highland cattle, shetland ponies, ducks, guinea fowl, pheasants and deer. So much to see all year round....moreless

  • Water View:

    The cottage overlooks our duck pond, which is home to many wild ducks - 35 at the highest count this year! In spring, there are often ducklings too. The pond is visited by all sorts of wildlife, such as herons, deer, moorhens,otters and pheasants. Less welcome is the occasional fox....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Ice Skating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    There is a separate dining room for family meals. It seats six comfortably, and table linen is included in the price....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central heating is installed and is available, on a timed basis, morning and evening, Sept - beg May. All day heating is available for an extra charge.There are additional electric heaters too....moreless

  • Internet:

    We have just installed BT Infinity wi-fi - superfast broadband that has just become available here. Guests have unlimited usage....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    We provide duvets, bed linen, towels, and table linen. If you would prefer blankets, please let us know. All beds have comfy toppers as standard....moreless

  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone:

    There is a pay phone in the cottage, but there is a good mobile signal in this area too....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    We provide lovely fluffy towels. Bath, hand towel and facecloth for each person. If you would like extra towels, please let us know....moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    We provide free wi-fi internet access. Please bring your own laptop....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    In the sitting room, there is a large open fire. In the cooler months, we supply a starter pack of coal and logs. There is nothing quite like a roaring log fire!...moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Lawn / Garden:

    The lawn is spacious, and overlooks a paddock and pond. Lots of room to relax and enjoy. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    A Landman BBQ. Perfect for grilling steaks and burgers....moreless

  • Tennis:

    Free use of our tennis court is included. We can also provide rackets and balls for you to use there....moreless



Write a review 4.8
from 17 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Mid Season
Mar 18 - May 5, 2017
3 night min stay
Early Summer
May 6 - Jul 7, 2017
3 night min stay
Jul 8 - Sep 15, 2017
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$662 $2,498
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates



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!

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40 Miles
Nearest Airport
Edinburgh Airport
2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
9 Miles
Nearest Beach
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.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1887

About the owner: 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 with two of our three children Jamie and Ben,(our daughter Alex has already flown the nest and works in London) and a selection of animals, including our 2 Shetland ponies, Fun & Perseus, our cat, Smudge, dogs Rosie and Bella, about 12 hens, 8 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.

Why the Owner Chose Cupar, UK:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
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 and heating!

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Speaks: english, french, german, portuguese
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 03/20/2017

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  • Garden Cottage, Cupar, Fife

    Garden Cottage, Cupar, Fife

  • The drive from Kinloss House

    The drive from Kinloss House

  • The tennis court is available for use by our guests, at no extra charge

    The tennis court is available for use by our guests, at no extra charge

  • Lovely sunny Spring morning in Fife

    Lovely sunny Spring morning in Fife

  • Kinloss Estate

    Kinloss Estate

  • The pond in front of the cottage

    The pond in front of the cottage

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This listing was first published here in 2009.

Date last modified - Thursday, March 30, 2017

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