The East Neuk of Fife is a beautiful part of the world with fabulous coastal and countryside scenery. The Neuk is made up of a series of fishing villages and towns built up around their harbours. St Monans is one of the smaller fishing villages in the East Neuk but still has two local grocer shops, a post office, a fabulous little gift shop, the Mayview Hotel, and the award-winning Craig Millar Restaurant. It also includes a smoke house and café, Chinese takeaway, fish merchants selling locally caught produce and of course the well-known fish and a chip van!
First mentioned in documents dating from 1147, St Monans houses many historical sites such as the remnants of the 18th century Salt Pans, the Windmill, and the ruins of the 17th Century Newark Castle not forgetting the 14th Century 'Auld Kirk'. There is also a small local history centre run by volunteers and a library in the village. The village is criss-crossed by many small vennels. The surrounding area provides every opportunity for recreation and leisure pursuits and St Monans is on the famous 117 miles of Fife Coastal Path favoured by serious and amateur walkers alike. A full range of water sports, for all ages and abilities, is on offer at Elie. There are a number of Blue Flag beaches in the area, Elie and St Andrews being 2 of them. The Isle of May has regular boat trips from Anstruther, providing a wonderful opportunity to see bird and sea life. If you are lucky the dolphins and seals might make an appearance too.
With St Andrews being the home of golf you do not have to travel far in this area before you find a golf course. The wonderful historic St Andrews itself is 20 minutes away and has some of the oldest and most famous golf courses in the world. St Andrews also has a swimming pool and leisure centre, a film house and lots of shops, restaurants and pubs as well as some beautiful beaches. Leven, 7 miles away, has a swimming centre and various supermarkets and shops as expected of a small town. A number of festivals take place over the year around the East Neuk, ranging from Artists Open Days, the Pittenweem Arts Festival craft and/or art festivals and a number of local food festivals. The historic Sea Queen events happen in many of the villages throughout the summer.
- Sleeps - 5/6
- Bedrooms - 3 (2 doubles, 1 single) + sofa bed
- Washing machine with outside drying facilities
- TV, video, DVD player
- iPod player
- Multi-fuel stove
- Gas central heating (combi system)
- Cot and high chair by arrangement
- Front patio with garden furniture
and a view of the sea
- Pets welcome
- Parking outside the house
- Free WiFi
- Short breaks available
- Elie - 2 miles
- Airports - Edinburgh 50 miles, Dundee 20 miles
- Leuchars Station near St Andrews - 18 miles
- Great restaurants and cafes within walking distance
- Golf - numerous courses locally
- Bird watching
- Local history on the doorstep
- Beautiful beaches at Elie 2 miles away
with a full range of water sports
- Lots of art galleries and festivals in the area
This lovely Fife property faces the sea and is a sandstone building spread over 3 floors.
On the ground floor is the large kitchen/dining area. The kitchen has a stable door to the front allowing you to let in the sea air but keep the children or dogs from wandering off. The kitchen diner is fully equipped with wooden worktops, ceramic sinks and chrome gas cooker and hob, fridge and separate freezer, microwave and washing machine. The house is cosy with lots of exposed wood and sanded floors. All rooms have been furnished to a high standard with comfort in mind.
The 2nd floor has a double bedroom facing the sea, a bathroom with small bath and attached shower and the single bedroom. There is a portable TV/Video which can be used for one of the bedrooms.
The 3rd floor has the sitting room at the top in typical East Neuk style. The sitting room has a wood burning stove, 2 comfy sofas and 2 windows making the most of the views across the Forth Estuary to North Berwick and Edinburgh. There is also another double bedroom and a family bathroom.
St Monans is in the heart of the East Neuk which is in the extreme south east of Fife. Just over an hour drive from Edinburgh and 20 minutes from St Andrews.
Gas central heating (combi system), all gas and electricity included. The first set of logs/coal for the wood burning stove is provided. Bed linen and towels are included. Pets free of charge, 1 medium sized dog basket in the house.
Cost and availability
The cottage is rented out year round.
Change over day is Saturday. Arrival time 4pm, departure time 10am.
To book this cosy Fife self-catering cottage to let, click the enquiry button below and see availability and rental rates.
Direct to owner
8 East Shore, St Monans, Anstruther, Fife KY10 2AR, Scotland.