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Bayview Cottage. St Monans, Fife


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This luxury self-catering accommodation in St Monans is a perfect destination for a relaxing break in the East Neuk of Fife. A traditional fisherman�s house dating from around the 1860s, it is furnished to an extremely high standard. The upper two floors boast sea views over the Forth whilst the garden is a great place to chill out alfresco. As a recent guest stated 'it is so easy to feel at home and relaxed in this house'.

St Monans is one the most typical fishing villages in the East Neuk fringed by beautiful rolling countryside making it an ideal place for a holiday home. The village has two grocers, post office, hotel, an award winning seafood restaurant (see below), numerous fish merchants and smokeries, cafe with internet access, Chinese takeaway and a church. The Auld Kirk of St Monans, the windmill and Newark Castle situated in the village are proof of the rich heritage of this area.

For recreation, splendid beaches can be found within very easy reach. The beach in Elie (2 miles away) has been awarded a prestigious Blue Flag and is home of Elie Watersports which gives access to watersports for all ages and abilities. The 2 mile long beach at St Andrews (13 miles) is also a Blue Flag beach, this was was made famous in the film Chariots of Fire and is every bit as wonderful as it looks in the film. Kingsbarns beach (10 miles) is a walker's paradise backed by sand dunes and the famous Kingsbarns Golf Course. The coast is predominantly rocky but nestled between the rocky outcrops and skailies there are hundreds of small sandy beaches and rock pools. You�ll also find manmade sea bathing pools close to many towns.

Golf is extremely popular in Fife. There are numerous excellent golf courses in the vicinity of St Monans including the classic links at Elie, Lundin Links, Leven, Crail and Kingsbarmes and of course St Andrews the home of golf is only 13 miles away. Fishing off the end of the harbour is a popular pastime whilst watching the lobster boats returning home; boats can also be hired to go sea fishing in the Forth. The Fife Coastal Path passes the house; this path guides walkers along Fife�s coastline through the East Neuk. The Kingdom of Fife Millennium Cycle Ways network allows further exploration of the East Neuk.

There are many annual festivals within this area one of which is the annual East Neuk Seafood supported by the main suppliers, retailers and outlets. The area is rich with artists; there are numerous small galleries to visit. Two miles away is Pitttenweem whose festival was founded in 1982 has grown into one of Scotland's most popular and unique art events. Each year 80 or so exhibitions are housed in ingenious exhibition spaces created from artist�s studios, houses, garages, courtyards and gardens. Visitors come to stroll around the village and meet the artists and many purchase paintings, sculpture and arts and crafts. Crail (7 miles) too has an annual festival where there are art shows, concerts, workshops, recitals and craft fairs.

For those interested in history, visits to St Andrews, Anstruther and Kellie Castle are a must. Further afield, there is the 18th century country house at Hill of Tarvit, Falkland Palace and the historic town of Culross.

When you don�t feel like cooking, the East Neuk offers a great range of gastronomic experiences from takeaways through standard pub fare to fine dining at establishments with a national reputation. For those who enjoy seafood the award-winning "THE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT" is situated in St Monans, overlooking the Isle of May. The Mayview hotel in St Monans is a pub/restaurant which provides traditional food including a great seafood selection. At the other end of the scale the Anstruther Fish Bar (3 miles) has a legendary reputation and Pittenweem Fish Bar (2 miles) produces a great fish supper. There are many other popular restaurants in the area, too many to mention!

  • Sleeps - 6
  • Bedrooms - 3: 2 doubles, 1 twin
  • Large family bathroom + separate WC
  • Washing machine/drying facilities
  • Dishwasher
  • Oven, microwave
  • Large dining kitchen
  • Gas central heating
  • LCD TV, DVD player, hi-fi
  • Gardens to front and rear
  • Garden furniture
  • Elie - 2 miles
  • St Andrews - 13 miles
  • Shops, restaurant, caf� in St Monans village
  • Many links golf courses close by
  • Award-winning Elie beach 2 miles away
  • Excellent restaurants and pubs nearby
  • Short breaks on request
  • Pets welcome
  • No smoking
  • Sea views

The house was built around 1840 and is a traditional fisherman�s house situated in the conservation part of the picturesque village of St Monans. The house was completely renovated in 2006 and filled with quality furnishings; everything included in the house has been carefully chosen to ensure you will feel at home here.

The upper floor contains the lounge and master bedroom. From the lounge window are wonderful sea views across the Forth Estuary including the Bass Rock, Berwick Law and the East Lothian coast. The lounge contains two leather sofas and a tub chair. The quality audio visual equipment housed here consists of a SONY flat panel LCD television, DVD player and hifi. The spacious master bedroom contains a king-sized bed for your comfort.

The middle floor hosts the dining kitchen and large family bathroom. The dining kitchen contains a gas hob, oven, dishwasher, microwave, fridge, freezer, and washing machine and also has the joy of more lovely sea views over the Forth. The table comfortably seats six people and acts as a real hub of the house.

The very spacious family bathroom has a stand-alone roll top bath, large separate shower enclosure, heated towel rail, WC and vanity unit. A separate WC with heated towel rail is a handy addition on this floor.

The other two bedrooms are situated on the ground floor. The largest is a bright twin room furnished with two oak single beds. The oak theme continues with a double bed in the third bedroom.

The rear garden can be accessed through the hall on the ground floor. Garden furniture gives a place to sit and contemplate the day ahead or the day to come!

What's included:
All bed linen and towels, electricity and heating.

Cost and availability.
The house is rented out year round. Short breaks are often available. Changeover is on a Friday.

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Bayview, 29 Forth Street, St Monans, Fife, Scotland, UK.

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Contact The Bothy at Balgonar, Fife owners direct. © 2005