Luxury Stone Cottage in St Andrews, Scotland - Idyllic rural retreat perfect for a romantic break, golfing holiday or just getting away from it all
About Karen Driscoll
Peter and Karen Driscoll own The Brake House. We moved to The Brake House in 2013 with our two children and Soutra the Labrador. With grand plans for a self-sufficient smallholding, we quickly bought chickens (Dipsy, La-La & Po!) and sheep (Dolly,Flossie & Lady Ba Ba) who had our first lambs last spring and are currently in lamb again for April 2017. Meanwhile work on the garden, vegetable garden and poly tunnel goes on in between school runs and Peter's work in the NHS. We know how hard the day-to-day grind can be and therefore the importance of a really good holiday. We look forward to welcoming you to our little piece of "The Good Life".
Karen Driscoll purchased this Cottage in 2013
Why Karen Driscoll chose Saint Andrews
The Brake is located in a beautiful and peaceful spot that is so convenient for St Andrews. It gives us all the space and tranquility we need and as a part of the history of the area, The Brake House is simply a wonderful place to be.
What makes this Cottage unique
This area used to specialise in growing flax. A brake is a basic wooden machine used to break the tough outside of the flax stem and release the silky fibres inside. The Brake House was where the brake was kept, drawing in the growers from miles around. The views of the fields, the old barns and weather vane along with the stables and trees (one we think is 280 years old and planted when the house was built) make for amazing views whichever way you turn. Brake Cottage was originally a stable block, built from the same stone as the house and converted into a one bedroom apartment with separate kitchen, sitting room and shower room, and having its own walled garden.
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Super huisje, mooi gelegen,vriendelijke gastvrouw,zeker aan te raden!!
Lovely county cottage
The cottage was immaculately clean, very comfortable and equipped with everything we needed. The location was wonderfully peaceful and secluded. Karen was a friendly and helpful host. All in all highly recommended.
Perfect stay in a perfect little cottage
No complaints at all. Everything was perfect, even the weather. Dogs loved it too, lots of lovely walks along the coast.
A car is necessary
Lovely Farm Cottage Near St. Andrews
This cottage is set on a picturesque farm that is very well kept. Karen and Peter were lovely, gracious hosts and I would definitely recommend staying here. My husband and I stayed for a quick weekend and the only detail you should be aware of is that it is a 16pound taxi from the Brake House to the downtown, if you didn’t rent a car and come back and forth like we did, they total up very quickly. That being said, you’ll see a piece of the countryside you might miss if you stay downtown and having your own space to stretch out is nice.
Great wee cottage
We had a lovely time staying at Brake Cottage, Karen met us on arrival and we immediately liked her, she showed us around and was very helpful. The property is ideally situated for visits to St Andrews and the Fife Coast. we particularly liked walking our dog at Kingsbarns and The West Sands. The cottage has everything needed for an enjoyable stay and has the best shower ever. We shall stay here again.
Fabby break at The Brake...
Easter at The Brake was just exceptional - a great location from which to explore Fife and all it’s amazing beaches, harbours and interesting sites. After busy days exploring The Brake is wonderful to “come home to” ... enjoying a gnt with our dogs in the self contained garden, cooking up a seafood feast in the wee but well equipped kitchen, sleeping well and waking to the sound of the lambs and woodpecker. Thankyou Karen for creating a little oasis that welcomed us and our pups. We hope to see you again.
Brake Cottage is just 5 minutes from the nearest beach, East Sands in St Andrews, frequently the site for sailing regattas and rowing contests. West Sands, made famous by the film Chariots of Fire, offers miles of unspoilt sand and dunes with stunning views of St Andrews. Award winning Kingsbarns beach is 10 minutes drive, while every local fishing town has its own version of where land meets sea. Elie in particular offers water sports tuition and is 15 minutes away.
The nearest airports are Edinburgh (international & national, 47 miles, 1hr 10mins) and Glasgow international & national, 90 miles, 1hr 50mins) and Dundee (national, 20 miles, 35 mins).
Local train stations are Cupar (14 miles) and Leuchars (10 miles), both on the East Coast Main Line.
A car is really required to fully explore the area.
St Andrews 4.6 miles.
Anstruther 5 miles.
Elie 10.5 miles
Dundee 18.5 miles.
Edinburgh 50 miles.
St Andrews offers a plethora of coffee shops, specialist shops and world-class restaurants. It is steeped in history, having previously been the capital of Scotland, and has everything from the very old to the brand new.
The East Neuk of Fife offers picturesque harbours, amazing sandy and rocky beaches and wonderful architecture. The area is also bursting with great options for day trips, including:
St Andrews Botanic Gardens
St Andrews Sea Life Centre Aquarium
St Andrews Cathedral & Castle
Cairnie Fruit Farm & Mega Maze
The Scottish Deer Centre
Falkland Palace & Gardens
Fife Animal Park
Elie Watersports & Bicycle Hire
Boat Trips to the Isle of May
Scotland's Secret Bunker
Fife Coastal Path
Cluny Clays Shooting Centre
St Andrews has a great range of shops & restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets, including Janetta's, the UK's Best Ice Cream Shop 2014, The Peat Inn (best food in Scotland?).