The East Neuk of Fife, with its colourful fishing villages is one of the most picturesque stretches of Scotland's east coast. (Having world-famous St Andrews just half an hour away is not a bad thing either!)
Dunedin Cottage is in Lower Largo, one of these small villages, set close to where the Keil Burn flows into the sea. Built as far back as the early 1700s, this end-terraced cottage was around when Bonnie Prince Charlie was only a boy. Alexander Selkirk, the original Robinson Crusoe, was born in Lower Largo and must certainly have passed the house many times before setting off on his amazing voyage.
However, although the outer building has changed little, Alexander Selkirk would have great difficulty recognizing the inside of the cottage so completely has it been transformed and refurbished by its owners. Outside, there is a charming little decking area complete with tubs, furniture and BBQ. Inside, the well-equipped modern kitchen still has its beamed ceiling, and there is a double bedroom with en suite shower. A split staircase leads up to a twin bedroom, bathroom, and the main attraction, a wonderfully bright and airy south facing sitting room with open fire and a view over the estuary. The heating throughout the lower part of the house (including the wet room) is now underfloor, creating a real luxury feel.
The cottage is in a good location for all facilities with a small supermarket and a hotel just over the bridge and more pubs, restaurants, shops etc. further up in the village. Lundin Links, about a mile away, has a first-class links golf course (the official practice ground when the Open is at St Andrews) with other courses at Crail (15m) and Leven (3m). The beach is only 100 yards from the cottage door and walkers can easily join the Fife Coastal path from the door, too. Boat hire is available at the pier.
There are National Trust properties to visit inland such as Kellie Castle and Hill of Tarvit or you can spend half a day at Scotland's Secret Bunker close to Anstruther (11m). Mary Queen of Scots' legendary palace at Falkland (14m) is well worth seeing and could be combined with a visit to the Scottish Deer Centre making it a family day out. If the big city calls you why not take the train from Kirkcaldy (10m) and cross the famous Forth Rail Bridge on your way to Edinburgh.
There is off road parking for two cars at the door. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels are included. There is a telephone for incoming calls. Up to two well behaved pets are welcome by arrangement. Smoking is not permitted within the cottage.
Accommodation (sleeps 4):
- Kitchen with microwave, washing machine, small safety box for valuables, etc.
- Double bedroom with ensuite shower, WC and wash basin
- Sitting room with open fire, TV/DVD, iPod docking station.
- Twin bedroom
- Bathroomwith corner bath, WC and washbasin