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7 Routine Row
Pittenweem, East Neuk of Fife

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Tucked into a corner of the east coast of Scotland between St Andrews and Edinburgh, the East Neuk of Fife is one of Scotland's most beautiful regions. It has a character all its own, attracting artists by the thousands to its unique combination of history, sea, farmland and beaches, its picturesque fishing villages with their Dutch-style houses and its world famous golf courses. There is so much to do here for the whole family, from kayaking to horseriding, and yet there is great peace here too. In the summer, flowers line the hedgerows and the fields are rich with crops while fishing boats bob in the sea. It's a perfect place to relax, to eat well, and to recharge the batteries. Eight coastal villages comprise the East Neuk - each with its own special character.

Pittenweem - its name is Gaelic for place of the cave - is a working fishing port, its busy harbour being the main landing point for the daily catch. It is a small village of some 1500 inhabitants, with a history not just of fishing and trading but of art too. In August over 100 artists exhibit at the annual Pittenweem Arts Festival and over 30 artists make their permanent home here. The village is blissfully situated, white houses with red pantiled roofs tumbling down to harbour and spreading up and beyond to the fields above. It is situated between Anstruther with its bustling harbour, the Fisheries Museum, supermarkets, various shops and renowned restaurants and the quieter village of St Monans, home to an excellent fish restaurant.

Pittenweem is a very well stocked village with a butchers, bakers, chemists, hairdresser, fish and chips shop (many think it's the best on the coast), a few pubs, the wonderful Cocoa Tree chocolate and teashop, the Heron bistro on the High Street, and the new Pittenweem Inn on the outskirts. This is a haven for art lovers, for foodies, and for those who simply want to enjoy the unique atmosphere of an historic village - you can still visit the cave that once housed a hermit and gave the village its name. This area is particularly attractive to golfers of course - there are some wonderful courses within half an hour: Anstruther (1 miles away, its club house provides an excellent lunch), Balcomie Links at Crail, Elie, Balbirnie Park, Kingsbarns, Scotscraid, Charleton, Lundin Links, Carmoustie (where the 2007 Open took place. And of course there is St Andrews, just 15 minutes away and its historic courses.

  • Sleeps - 4-5
  • Bedrooms - 3 (2 doubles, 1 twin)
  • Bathrooms - 1
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine/drier
  • Microwave
  • TV/video and CD system
  • Playstation 2 with games
  • iPod docking station/radio
  • Free wireless broadband
  • Books and board games
  • Multifuel stove
  • Central heating
  • Cot/high chair on request
  • Private garden/bbq/table and chairs
  • Parking outside the front door
  • Short breaks - min 2 nights
  • Property is in Pittenweem
  • St Andrews - 9 miles
  • Edinburgh airport - 46 miles
  • Leuchars station - 30 minutes
  • Pub - 5 minutes walk
  • Restaurant - 5 minutes walk
  • Shops - baker, butcher, general store, chemist - 5 minutes walk
  • Golf - championship and links courses within 30 minutes
  • Fife Coastal Path
  • Pittenweem Arts Festival
  • Anstruther Fisheries Museum
  • Water sports
  • Horse riding
  • Boat trips
  • Art galleries

This charming old stone house, dating from the 18th century, has evolved over the years from barn to fisherman's cottage. It has a sunny private garden at the rear, a large well-equipped kitchen leading into a very cosy sitting room with wood-burning stove and doors to the garden. On the ground floor there is a bedroom with twin beds, the bathroom, the kitchen and sitting-room with doors to the garden.

On the first floor there are 2 double bedrooms, one large and one quite small, both with fitted cupboards. The house is beautifully and elegantly furnished to a high standard, with paintings and books to enjoy. The table in the kitchen is a moveable island unit with upholstered high chairs tucked under it - perfect for long, relaxed meals after a busy day on the golf course, walking the coastal road, painting in the harbour, exploring the neighbouring villages, shopping in St Andrews, or snoozing in the garden. This cottage is particularly suitable for golfers - it sleeps 4 in great comfort, there is parking at the door, and a large cupboard in the hall just made for storing clubs, and some of the finest courses in Scotland on your doorstep!

Entering Pittenweem from the south, at the disused petrol station, take a sharp right onto Backgate, then a sharp left onto Routine Row.
By air: Edinburgh International Airport is 1 hour away.
By rail: Leuchars, near St Andrews, is 30 minutes away.

What's included:
Central heating, hot water and electricity are included, bed linen and towels provided.
A starter supply of logs and fuel is also included.
Free wireless broadband.

Cost and availability:
This cottage is available to rent all year round. Rental periods are generally Sat-Sat: arrival 2pm and departure at 10am.
Short breaks available - either a weekend break or a mid-week short break, min 2 nights.

To book this 18th century cottage in the picturesque village of Pittenweem, click the enquiry button below and see availability and rental rates.

7 Routine Row, Pittenweem, Fife KY10 2LG Scotland

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