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The Haven
Kirkton of Balmerino, Newport on Tay, Fife

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Kirkton of Balmerino is very centrally located for touring Scotland, being only a few miles from the main motorway network, approximately one hour's drive from Edinburgh and one and a half hours' drive from Glasgow. Why not explore the picturesque fishing villages of the East Neuk of Fife, full of whitewashed buildings with red pantiled roofs and crow-stepped gables, overlooking cobbled winding streets leading to secluded little fishing harbours? In the summer months, the villages host festivals of art, crafts, music, theatre - you'll be spoilt for choice.

It is ideal for walkers and cyclists, and the cottage contains a number of suggested walking and cycling routes � all laminated, so that you can take them with you. Historians will be interested in visiting the ruins of Balmerino Abbey - a Cistercian monastery, founded in 1229 and only half a mile away from the cottage.

The mediaeval university town of St Andrews with its city walls, castle and cathedral ruins has much to explore. It also boasts beautiful sandy beaches - the award winning �Chariots of Fire� was filmed on the west sands � in addition to a wide range of shops, restaurants, Byre Theatre, cinema and leisure centre.

The Haven is close to a number of excellent golf courses - championship links, challenging parkland layouts, fun nine-holers and great value courses - no fewer than 45 different golfing venues await you in Fife. The most famous of all of courses being The Old Course at St Andrews, scene of the 2005 Open Championship.

For those interested in other sporting activities, there is a riding school around 9 miles away in the middle of Tentsmuir Forest, offering miles of forest and beach riding. Obviously being on the banks of the Tay and close to many beaches, also means that there are plenty of opportunities to indulge in watersports � sailing, canoeing, water ski-ing and windsurfing being the most popular. Head down to Elie in the East Neuk for a great range of water based activities. On the north side of the water in Dundee, again around half an hour's drive from the cottage, you will find the Royal Research Ship "Discovery", built in Dundee to take Captain Scott to Antarctica. The ship is berthed at Discovery Point and is part of an award winning visitor attraction. You will also find some lovely parklands, such as Camperdown, to explore.

  • Sleeps - 6
  • Bedrooms - 3 (2 double, 1 twin)
  • Bathrooms - 2 (1 en-suite bathroom, 1 shower room)
  • Dishwasher, washing machine/dryer
  • Microwave
  • TV, video/DVD/stereo
  • Library of books, DVDs, videos, maps and guides for walks and cycle routes
  • Landscaped garden grounds
  • Views of the river
  • sitting room, kitchen, dining hall, garden furniture and barbecue
  • Guide dogs only
  • Short breaks - short notice, 3 nights minimum
  • Newport on Tay 6 miles, nearest city Dundee 10 miles
  • St Andrews 13 miles
  • Airports - Dundee 10 miles, Edinburgh 46 miles, Glasgow 78 miles
  • Train stations - Dundee 10 miles, Leuchars 10 miles
  • Pubs and restaurants - huge choice within 15 miles
  • Drumoig golf course 8 miles, St Michael's golf course 10 miles, St Andrews golf courses 13 miles, Carnoustie miles
  • Beaches - 5 mins walk to banks of River Tay from cottage, Tentsmuir Sands 9 miles, West Sands at St Andrews 13 miles
  • Lots of riding schools nearby
  • Elie Watersports
  • Historic houses and gardens

he Haven is adjacent to Little Haven which is also listed on Which Cottage - in case you want to book them together for group accommodation. It is a recent addition, built in stone, to retain the traditional character of its neighbour. The driveway is shared with Little Haven, but it also has its own private garden, with beautiful, uninterrupted views over the Tay, towards Dundee and the Perthshire hills.

The cottage has been sympathetically designed to merge seamlessly with Little Haven, and maintains a warm, cosy atmosphere, with oak flooring throughout the ground floor. The accommodation is over two floors, with sitting room, kitchen, one twin bedroom and shower room downstairs and two double bedrooms upstairs - one of which has an en-suite bathroom. The dining hall has an unusual vaulted ceiling. All of the rooms look out over the gardens and have views of the river.

Coming from the south, Kirkton of Balmerino is around 22 miles from the M90 motorway. Come off the M90 at Junction 8, taking the A91 towards St Andrews. At the roundabout, go left onto the A92 towards Dundee. After approximately 7.5 miles, turn left towards Balmerino. At the last T junction turn right towards Kirkton of Balmerino.

What's included:
electricity, towels and bed linen. The cottage also contains staples such as salt, pepper, spices, olive oil, tea, coffee and all cleaning/laundry materials.

Cost and availability.
This Fife cottage is rented out year round.
Change over day is Sunday, 4pm check-in and 10am check-out.

Short breaks are a available with a minimum 3 day break charged at 60% of full week; four day at 75%. Only available if full weeks are not let, so not bookable months in advance.

To book this delightful self-catering cottage near Newport on Tay in Fife, click the enquiry button below and see availability and rental rates.

The Haven, Kirkton of Balmerino
Newport on Tay, Scotland DD6 8SA Scotland.

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