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Ocean Front Tower House with uninterrupted sea views CRAIL nr St Andrews WIFI

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

'The Watch House' sits in an elevated prominent position overlooking the sea shore and has superb uninterrupted ocean views over to the Isle of May. The historic village of Crail is known as the jewel in the crown of the picturesque fishing villages leading round the coast to St Andrews. Just round from one of the most photographed harbours in Scotland with local fishing boats bring in Crab & Lobsters on a daily basis.

Built in 1782 this tower house has been completely renovated and is now a wonderful vacation rental home. Superbly placed, the house is just minutes away from the local pubs and hotels. The shops and local tourist office are also minutes walk from the house.

Neuk is the old Scottish word for corner and the East Neuk of Fife is the name given to the wedge of land running around the eastern peninsula of Fife. The little village of Crail is known as the jewel in the crown amongst the string of fishing towns leading round the coast to the famous town of St Andrews. A haven for artists and writers its peaceful and picturesque setting is a magnet for visitors to the east coast of Scotland. Here you will find whitewashed cottages with red pantiled roofs crowding into small winding streets that lead to the secluded harbour. Crail is famous for the quality of the local crab and lobsters that are available for you to choose and have cooked for you on the spot


* St Andrews Old Course - 15 minutes

* Balcomie Links Course - 4 minutes

Lundin Links, Leven, St Andrews New Course, The Jubilee, The Dukes Course, Ladybank, Balbirnie, Drumoig, Crail Golfing Society, the list just goes on and on...

Traditionally acclaimed as the 'Home of Golf' the Kingdom of Fife boasts a total of forty two golf courses, ranging from traditional links through tree lined parkland to some of the most recently laid out greens and fairways in Scotland.

The Watch House offers a superb central location for visiting some of the local courses. In addition to the championship courses at St Andrews there is also a practise centre providing a floodlit driving range, pitching and putting areas and video facility.

Eight miles north of St Andrews lies Drumoig, home to the Scottish National Golf Centre, Europe’s premier golf practice and training facility. The British Golf Museum just behind the famous Royal and Ancient Clubhouse,traces over 500 years of golfing history. Even if you think you know everything about the game you are bound to discover something new here.


The Watch House was built in 1782 and stands in an elevated position with superb sea views over to The Isle of May.

The Cupid Room is situated on the top floor of the house and has three gothic arched windows overlooking the ocean. Large and spacious room with a built in window seat to enable you to enjoy the views. Crystal chandelier and dimmed lighting, wonderful plaster work, fireplace, TV and CD player. The perfect setting for a honeymoon or romantic getaway! The Cupid Room on the top floor leads out to the hall with shower room and toilet. A turned staircase leads down to the middle landing. From here a door leads out to the Castle Walk that leads down to the harbour area. Also on this level is the twin bedroom with window seat overlooking the sea. TV in room.

The Fife Coastal Path leads down from the house and is extremely popular with both locals and tourists. Although The Watch House sits on its own it is only a few minutes from the local pubs/hotels, shops and restaurants.


Although a very small town, Crail has an extremely impressive history, its royal charter being granted by Robert the Bruce in 1310. This charter gave the people of Crail the right to trade on the Sabbath, which may explain why 200 years later John Knox chose Crail parish church as the venue for his most violent of sermons!

Lounge with Oak Beams Dating from 1782. During renovations the old stone walls were revealed behind the plaster walls and an original old beam was discovered. This now forms a feature of the lounge in The Watch House.

The lounge now has dimmer lights and recessed spots highlight the stone walls. A wide screen TV with surround sound and CD player with selection of music. The Watch House has a full kitchen with hob and oven, it also has a microwave oven and washing machine for your use. All the usual kitchen items are available and it has a fridge and freezer. The views from the kitchen window ensures that everyone wants to do the dishes.


4pm check-in and 10am check-out.

A deposit/security bond of GBP150 by credit/debit card is required on booking. This is returned on your card after property inspection for damage or breakages less a Linens/laundry/towels fee of GBP50. Full rental rates are deducted from your card approx 6 weeks before entry date. House must be left in condition you found it or extra cleaning fee will be deducted ( 100 pounds ).

Small breakages like cups or drinking glasses can be replaced before leaving. Once deducted both initial deposit and final payment are NON-REFUNDABLE should you have to cancel for any reason. PLEASE ENSURE YOU TAKE OUT CANCELLATION INSURANCE TO COVER ANY SITUATION THAT CAUSES YOU TO CANCEL YOUR BOOKING.

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Linda & Harry Duffy
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
August 5, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

We absolutely loved our stay at the Watch House. The views are incredible and the cottage was so welcoming and cosy. We also loved the village of Crail. As we have a daughter in her second year of Uni at St Andrews we are looking forward to future visits.
Sep 2015
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Crail House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • We require a security deposit of £150 on booking. This is returned to you after your stay less £50 Bedding/linens/Towels fee.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Village
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Lawn / Garden
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
CD and video with free movies, Superb patio with outstanding views over to May Island ( Bird sanctuary and historic site ) FREE WIFI AND LOCAL CALLS


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Ocean Front Tower House with uninterrupted sea views CRAIL nr St Andrews WIFI
average rating of 4.2 based on 17 reviews
Wilsonville, Al USA

Paradise had a glitch

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I arrived at the watch tower and found it neat and tidy. The outside was cheerful with all of the beautiful flowers. It is a very old building, but it has it's charms. The views were magnificent, and the little town of Crail was unique.

The Master bedroom, and only bath, is located on the third floor. The second bedroom (twin beds) are located on the second floor. The living room and kitchen are together on the ground floor. All are connected by a winding staircase. I had planned on "planting my feet" there for a few days and just unwind. But that all came to naught soon after I arrived. I discovered within moments of my entrance to the apartment that there was a foul odor. I tried to find the source, with no success. I opened doors and windows to air out the rooms and I left the building. I hoped that when I returned it would be aired out and everything would be fine, but that was not the case. Once the doors and windows were closed for the evening, the odor returned. I was so disappointed, because that meant that I would be leaving as quickly as I arrived. I left the apartment the next morning and did not return. I was really disappointed. So be forewarned.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: WELL.... what can I say about a review like this??? You just have to look a the other reviews to realise that something is wrong here. It is blatantly obvious that for whatever reason her plans changed about staying in the area, she thought that a ficticious " foul odor " would be the way to get a refund... Phone calls are free from the telephone at the house and that would be the first thing most people would do..... but no.... Nearly everyone who stays at The Watch House goes home with happy memories of the house and the village. The lovely family that stayed the following week had a wonderful time.
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It was absolutely breathtaking and very homey

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had s great time staying at the Watch Tower. When we first walked in I fell in love with it. It was clean and homey We loved the little village everyone was so nice. Linda and Harry were very helpful when we had any questions. Looking forward to another stay someday.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Really glad you had a great time at the house and look forward to you all returning at some time in the future.
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Grand Ledge

British Open week

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at The Watch House in Crail for the week of the 2015 Open. I can't say enough about this area and the house. It was beautiful scenery. Bus stops close by the house for the run in to St. Andrews. Local pub, fish and chips, and grocery store. Everyone is welcoming, helpful, and friendly. The house has old style, is quaint and charming. Extraordinary views from the kitchen and the bedrooms. A short stroll along the castle walk outside the front door takes you to the harbor. I would definitely recommend this, and hope to be able to make it back someday. Thank you very much to our hosts, Harry and Linda.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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South Berwick

Amazing cottage with great view and charm

  • 5 of 5

My wife, sister daughter and I stayed at the tower house the week after new years and had a great time. The house was fantastic. The views were to die for and with the old style of house, you could hear the ocean all night. Talk about a southing sleep. The house had everything you could want and the the rooms were spacious and the beds comfortable. The ocean feels even closer than the photos show and with the sunrise after 8 in the morning, we saw it 3 times. The village of Crail is quaint and charming. We ate at the Anstruther Fish and Chips restaurant just 10 minutes down the road and it was awesome. St. Andrews was less than 20 minutes and we enjoyed many a stroll through town. Fabulous stay and great house. I will be back for sure.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2012
  • Stayed: December 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Guys.... you know it so nice to get people who stay at the house taking the time to show appreciation. Many thanks. Glad you loved the village and the area... it is very special. You must try and get over during the summer months when the weather is better and you can sit on the patio during the evening and get to talk to the many local people who walk up and down the coastal path. There is so much to see and do in the area within such a short distance I am sure another visit would enhance your perception of Scotland and the local area. Look forward to having you all stay again. best regards.
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Encino, CA

Terrific experience

  • 5 of 5

What a fabulous place for a vacation. The whole family loved the views, the city, the people, local golf, local seafood, and the hiking right outside the door. The easy access to the Coastal Trail was definitely a plus, but even if you only wanted to enjoy the view it would be ideal. Harry was great to work with, and we are definitely hoping to return in the near future.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2011
  • Stayed: July 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed this old house.... it is a very special place and we loved the fact that you all appreciated all the house and the area has to offer. Hope you tried the fish and chips at Anstruther.... They have just won The Best In Britain award.
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Car: recommended

The house sits in an elevated position with uninterrupted sea views over to The Isle off May. Set in the centre of a conservation fishing village just round from a beautiful harbour with traditional fishing boats with crab & lobster catches on a daily basis. 2 minutes walk from local pubs/Hotels and shops. Superb golfing area and within easy distance to Castles/Manor houses and a wonderful Whisky Tour available.....


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

£150 security deposit $196.75

Security deposit of £150 is returned to you after your stay less £50 Bedding /Linens/ Towels fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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