Apartment in Anstruther, Nr Pittenweem, Fife, Scotland - Peaceful Location on the Seafront in the Picturesque Fishing Village of Anstruther
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About Jane Cox
We're a family of 4 and we own Glendoick garden centre in Perthshire. Ken writes books on horticulture while Jane retired from the world of London publishing to help run the family business. We have two boys, Jamie and Finn.
Jane Cox purchased this Apartment in 2008
Why Jane Cox chose Anstruther
When I came to Scotland and discovered the East Neuk, it was like discovering a wonderful secret. I imagine this is what Devon and Cornwall must have been like 50 years ago: full of character, unspoilt, and just beautiful...
What makes this Apartment unique
Quite frankly, the best sea view you could ever wish for. What's so special about it is that it changes all the time, with the tides, the weather, the light...you just can't beat it. When it's cold, there's a pretty wood-burning stove to warm yourselves. When it's warm, you can just open the windows and smell the sea. The owner is a keen art collector and she has furnished the flat as if it were her own home with unique art and bespoke pieces she has collected over the years.
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Very very nice, spotlessly clean, spacious, comfortable furnishings, fully equipped and breathtaking views. Just superb
Beautiful Place in a beautiful Town
This is a well appointed apartment. It's nicely decorated and comfortable. There are two bathrooms! You can watch the tide go out and come in through the windows in the living room and master bedroom. The host has included many homey touches from the pillows in the window seats to the hidden animals throughout the apartment for children to find. The host really went the extra mile with this place, And, I loved the town. It's quiet and picturesque, and there are so many shops and restaurants within walking distance. If you like birds and/or striking landscapes, don't miss the boat trim to the Isle of May.
My husband and I stayed here for two weeks. We wished we could have stayed for two months. We totally understand now why some reviewers are repeat clients. We hope to return next year--all the way from California again.
Where do I start? The flat is literally as close to the water as you can get. In fact, if there is any kind of heavy wave action, you are warned NOT to park your car in front of the house. I loved getting up each morning and sitting in one of the three window seats that face the water. The beach, the tides, the people--all are ever changing and lovely.
Then, there is the fact that you are just a handful of steps from everything--stores, cafes, pubs, grocers, butchers, bakers, the launch area for the Isle of May, the best fish and chips in all of Scotland, two delicious ice cream vendors, several high tea spots, and good restaurants. All of this is set on a charming stretch of the Fife Coastal Trail, which can be walked for miles in either direction. We walked the section to Crail one day; it was glorious.
The flat is on the top floor of a house we recognized in very old pictures of the town. The interior has been comfortably modernized, but the unit is three flights up. So my only warning is if stairs are an issue, consider this. The flat is extremely clean and very well equipped. Yes, the carpet has some spots, but it was a non-issue for us because the rest of the unit felt so bright, charming, and cozy. It feels like a home, not a rental. Shower pressure could be stronger, but it was instant hot water, which was fabulous.
My husband is a golfer and he was in heaven. Everyone knows about St. Andrews (he golfed two of their courses), but there are a wealth of local courses where he paid less and had great fun, often in the company of local residents. Many of the courses are right on the water with breathtaking views. Unlike most American courses, management here encouraged me to walk along with him. Anstruther itself has a beautiful little nine hole with a very good restaurant in its clubhouse. Most of these courses were within 20-30 minutes of the flat, on charming country roads.
Everyone we met was so friendly. By the end of the trip, my husband was playing pub trivia on a local team, and golfing with a caddy he'd met in a pub in St. Andrews. After just two weeks, this little piece of Scotland felt a lot like home to us. Highly recommend!
Perfect Stay at Castle Street Anstruther
Flat entirely as described, amazing views. Beautiful light and airy living room and well equipped kitchen.
Just a couple fo steps from the heart of Anstruther, yet very quiet.
You could not get any closer to the sea if you tried. A novel experience to be woken up by the gentle waves on the beach which is just 10 yards away. This apartment has everything that you could want especially the ever changing spectacular views from the lounge and main bedroom across to Bass Rock. Something we have not done in years is beach combing after each tide looking for weather worn glass. I'm afraid I have knocked off one star because photos 20 and 22-35 on the Home and Away website appear to belong to another property which is a little misleading.
Thank you for your lovely review. I'm sorry about the later photos; they are just of the region to give you a taster of the architecture, landscape and culture. Anyway, I'm glad you liked the flat and I hope you come again soon. Jane Cox
Fabulous seaside apartment
This is the fourth year in a row that we have rented this charming apartment we like it so much. It is beautifully presented and in a perfect location, the sea views from the sitting room are wonderful. Anstruther is a delightful seaside town with plenty of things to see and do.
I wasn’t so impressed with HomeAway who have now taken over all of the admin side of the transaction. This meant that there was no reminder sent when the balance of the rental was due 6 weeks before the holiday date and no communication regarding access to the property up until the day of the holiday. They were however able to text me to ask me to download their app onto my phone which did not work as it’s an elderly IPhone and doesn’t have a lot of memory left. Fortunately the lovely owner of the property is very prompt at responding to messages so none of this was a real problem.
I will be interested to see how long it takes HomeAway to return my security deposit.
Thank you for your lovely review. I hope you come back again next year...
Spitting distance to the beach in front of the flat. It's so close, the waves occasionally hit the house! There are many outstanding beaches along the Fife Coastal Path at Pittenweem, Elie, Kingsbarns and St Andrews. Also close by is Tentsmuir Forest (15 miles) with stunning sand dunes, resident seals and a forest where you can ride bikes and horses.
St Andrews - 10 miles (10 minutes).
Edinburgh Airport - 50 miles (1 hour).
Dundee - 20 miles (1/2 hour).
Leuchars train station - 20 minutes by car.
Car is recommended to fully explore the area though local bus transport (to take after a long walk) is excellent.
You are in Anstruther with all amenities within easy walking distance (shops, restaurants, library, museum, harbour etc).
Anstruther is famous for its fish and chips and there are two excellent chippies, an award winning fine dining restaurant and some delightful pubs with good grub.
A local supermarket is 5 minute walk away while there is a deli, baker, fishmonger and butcher as well as cafes within a 1-2 minute walk.
Anstruther has a delightful museum, The Scottish Fisheries Museum, recounting the East Neuk's fishing past.
A ferry ride will take you to the bird watcher's paradise of the Isle of May or you can go fishing, sea kayaking or yachting along the coastline. National Trust properties include the wonderful Kellie Castle and its beautiful garden. And then there's the Secret Bunker, an eccentric warren of rooms 100 feet underground where Scotland would have been governed in the event of a nuclear war.
The other fishing villages in the East Neuk - Elie, St Monan's, Pittenweem, Crail can all be accessed by walking along the Fife Coastal path. These are all delightful, each offering different cafes, to take a well-earned rest. St Andrews - 10 minutes away by car - boasts a ruined abbey, a castle, the oldest university in Britain, great shopping, Italian ice cream, a thriving theatre, two stunning beaches, golf to die for, an aquarium, botanic garden and some really excellent restaurants and cafes. One of the best towns to walk around.