Kincaple Stables Cottages
This beautiful part of Scotland has, surprisingly, more sunlight hours than almost anywhere in the UK. St Andrews is on the bright and breezy east coast, where the links golf courses are strung out along a series of bays along the coastline all the way down to Edinburgh and up beyond Aberdeen. With the famous Old Course just five minutes as the crow flies from Stables Cottages, golf is a major attraction here, but it's only one of many. Walking and hiking, hill-running, leisurely cycling and moutain biking, sea-based water sports (including beach kayaking, parakiting and land yachting as well wind surfing and paddle boarding) and river activities are in abundance. Aside from the more rugged activities there is plenty to keep visitors busy - with St Andrews an accessible cycle ride away (just 2 miles down a dedicated cycleway) and amazing sandy beaches closeby.
Scotland is no less famous for its rich heritage, and there are plenty of heritage sites just a stone's throw from the cottages. St Andrews itself, with its medieval ruined cathedral and castle, its ancient university and its historic cobbled streets where martyrs died, religions were overturned and where Mary Queen of Scots hid during the turbulent years. If all this history is a bit much for you, there are quirky shops and some excellent places to eat like the Balgove Larder (an award-winning farm shop bursting with local produce), the famous Seafood Restaurant with its marvellous views overlooking the Bay of St Andrews or the Michelin-starred Peat Inn - or, if you're in the mood for something less formal, you can head over to the string of little white fishing villages known as the East Neuk (East Corner), where on the docks at Crail you can pick out your lobster, fresh from the creel.
Culture is varied and plentiful - the area is host to regular festivals of film, theatre, poetry, food, jazz and art. Edinburgh and Glasgow are an easy day trip by train or car, with their wealth of historic attractions, galleries, museums and theatres. Kincaple Stable Cottages are on a peaceful former country estate just outside St Andrews - a superb location for your holiday as it's only a 5 minute drive to the town but not in the busy (sometimes noisy) centre of St Andrews.
- 2 semi-detached cottages
- Sleeps - each sleeps 4: small truckle for 1 child to 8 yrs available in West Sands
- Bedrooms - 2 per cottage. West Sands: king and ziplink twin/king. East Sands: king and twin
- Bathrooms - One per cottage: West Sands has tub/bath with shower over; East Sands a walk-in shower
- Washing machine
- Microwave on request
- WiFi Broadband
- Log burning stove
- High chair and cot available
- Each cottage has its own table and outside chairs
- Ground floor only
- No pets, with regrets
- Short breaks - minimum 3 nights
- St Andrews - 2 miles
- Airports - Edinburgh 90 mins, Glasgow and Aberdeen 2 hours
- Stations - Leuchars, 10 mins
- Lots of excellent traditional pubs in area
- Restaurants - superb choice and variety
- Lots of golf courses nearby - Old Course 5 mins
- Beach kiting and paddle boarding in St Andrews
- Miles of superb sandy beaches
- Mountain biking from doorstep
- Fife Coastal Path - 5 mins
- North Sea Cycleway
- Falkland Palace, 20 mins
- Scone Palace and Perth, 45 mins
- RRS Discovery and Dundee, 20 mins
- Festivals: poetry, jazz, food, theatre
- Regular farmers' markets
Kincaple Stables Cottages are beautifully converted from 18th century stables into two stylish, adjoining cottages, using local materials. Both cottages are similarly fitted out with well-designed fitted kitchens, hand-built and painted by local craftsmen: worktops are wood and granite, appliances are Smeg and Bosch, and there are details like a wine cooler and an espresso machine to ensure your every need is catered for. East Sands has a slightly larger kitchen with a glimpse of the bay, while West Sands cottage is on a longer layout, is flooded with coastal light down the corridor linking the rooms and has a larger, sloppier sofa around the woodburner than the neat linen two-seater and armchairs in East Sands.
Both cottages have a quarry-tiled hallway/bathroom and kitchen with underfloor heating for the chillier winter months. The bedrooms (and living area in West Sands) have seagrass matting on the floor and the walls throughout are painted with restful Farrow and Ball/Fired Earth colours - sand, blues and greys reminiscent of the beach and shore. There are contemporary plaids at the windows to keep out the Scottish draughts, the linen is high thread-count. Bathsheets are supplied as well as hand towels and Molton Brown shower gel - also starter amounts of the irritating extras such as loo roll, olive oil, salt and matches so that even if you haven't ordered the 'welcome basket' you have the essentials.
Directions to the cottages from the A91 (from Forth Rd Bridge/Edinburgh direction). If you are coming from Aberdeen or Dundee, head to Guardbridge then the same directions will apply.
After the Forth Road Bridge, the A90 becomes M90, which you follow until exit 8, signposted St Andrews, then come off to join the A91.
Take the A91 through various villages until Cupar/Guardbridge, over the bridge and at the 'Fast and Fresh' roadside restaurant take the first right towards Craigtoun and Elie (and Kincaple). Turn right up this hill and after about a quarter of a mile turn left at the 'Kincaple' sign. Drive through the village, and you come to a turn-in on your right with a small brown sign pointing to 'Woodland Holidays'. Turn in here. Stay right all the time on the drive. Stay right past the sign which reads 'Kincaple Coach House'. Continue along this track, through the garden and you will end up in a courtyard surrounded by the old stables buildings.
Pick up keys from the owners in the Coach House or, by arrangement from one of the combination-code keysafe boxes.
Heating is included. A starter basket of logs is provided, additional logs are available locally.
Bed linen is provided.
Tea/coffee and shortbread on arrival, basic essentials in kitchen and bathroom, milk and a sleeve of pods for espresso machine all included.
Cost and availability:
Kincaple Stables Cottages are rented out year round.
Changeover day can be flexible. Check in is at 3pm, check out by 11am.
Short breaks available - minimum three nights.
The cottages can be rented separately or as a single let for a larger group or family.
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Kincaple Stables Cottages, near St Andrews, Fife KY16 9SH