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Secluded country cottage, only 5 miles from centre of St. Andrews

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Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday cottage in Saint Andrews - Garden Cottage

2 Bedroom stone built cottage to sleep 4 in lovely location.

Garden Cottage is located on a quiet private driveway in the middle of glorious countryside. Despite its proximity to the busy mecca of St. Andrews , the cottage is very tranquil and well equipped. Good walks are available literally from the doorstep, and fine, sandy beaches are a short hop in the car.

The property is centrally heated with an open fire in the lounge for relaxing beside after a strenuous beach walk. The separate dining room with its bay window and patio style door gives access to the enclosed rear garden which plays host to an assorted variety of birds. The two bedrooms are very comfortable and equipped with duvets and electric blankets. The main bedroom has a king sized bed , whilst the second bedroom has twin beds.

The main bathroom was totally refurbished in 2010 to a very high standard, and the beautiful purpose built galley kitchen was installed in January 2011. A superb new wetroom off the main bedroom was created in 2012. Wi-fi access is free.in the cottage.

Golf: St. Andrews is renowned worldwide as the home of golf and plays host to the British Open Championship at least every 5 years, with the next Open being in July 2015. Although it is possible to play The old Course by entering the ballot for tee times, visitors may find it easier to book any of the other 6 courses in and around the town, all of which are administered by The St. Andrews Links Trust. Other famous courses within easy reach include Carnoustie, Craill, Downfield, Ladybank and Kingsbarns, plus a bewildering variety of many other fine links and inland courses, all within a 50 mile radius.

Visitor Attractions: For the historically minded, there are a host of visitor attractions within an easy car journey or train ride, including castles, National Trust properties, malt whisky distilleries and museums. The East Neuk of Fife contains a number of lovely old fishing villages, some of which are still landing locally caught fish and shellfish, whilst others are now thriving artist colonies. All of them have welcoming pubs and restaurants serving good local produce and excellent beer!

For the Children: Beaches, ice creams and wonderful fish and chips plus various visitor attractions like Captain Scott's ' Discovery ' and the Secret Bunker will keep them amused.

Since acquiring Garden Cottage in 2005, the owners have embarked on an extensive renovation programme, and in the last 2 years, the kitchen, bathroom and shower room have all been remodelled and finished to a very high standard. Even on the bleakest of days in midwinter, the cottage has a cosy welcoming ambience, especially with the log fire burning brightly and a glass of malt to hand!

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Ian or Carol Johnston
Member since: 2009
Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
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Guestbook comments from the owner

The cottage is a beautiful place to stay, and we were amazed at how lovely it is.

A home from home, beautifully preserved in serene surroundings.
Jul 2012
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based on 13 holidaymaker reviews

Secluded country cottage, only 5 miles from centre of St. Andrews
average rating of 5.0 based on 19 reviews
East Renfrewshire, Scotland

A cosy, welcoming and peaceful getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Garden Cottage is comfortable and welcoming. We were particularly delighted with the unexpected "extras" - for example, supplies of extra towels, bedlinen, and even some cooking necessities like oil and salt!

The cottage has a sort of tardis effect - it is much larger on the inside than it looks from the outside, with comfortable and well furnished rooms. Everything has been thought of, and the peaceful and beautiful location simply forces you to relax!

We spent a lot of time out and about - there are some lovely walks nearby, and 3 Geocaches within half a mile of the cottage. St Andrews is very easily accessible by car, as is Kinshaldy Beach - well worth a trip for the beach and the forest walks.

Ian was in regular contact with us from our first enquiry, and couldn't have been more helpful - by the time we stayed at the cottage, we felt like we knew him, which added to the welcoming feeling of the place.

I would highly recommend Garden Cottage, and have every intention of returning!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 21, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted to receive this kind of feedback, although I have yet to establish the meaning of Geocaches! Just glad to know that we have them in such close proximity ( I think!)
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Best cottage we have ever stayed in.

  • 5 of 5

Excellent cottage, beautiful location, tastefully decorated.

We had a wonderful week here. It is probably the best cottage we have ever stayed in over 40 years. I can't recommend it enough.

  • Review Submitted: May 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Garden cottage

  • 5 of 5

A delightful cottage about 12 minutes drive from St Andrews. Everything about the cottage was wonderful, a home from home. I had an injury before my stay and had to use a wheelchair and crutches indoors so I appreciated the wet room and the fact that everything was on the same level. This is not your ordinary rental property but a cottage that is used frequently by the owners so everything- furniture , utensils, toiletries was of a very high standard. We particularly enjoyed the wall garden to relax and the sun room. This was a great base to travel to the highlands. We would hope to return soon. Rosaleen Gilmore

  • Review Submitted: Jun 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
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Paisley, Scotland

A Lovely Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week in Garden Cottage - a lovely place with all the comforts of home.

In a peaceful setting with lots of wild life to enjoy from all windows. The garden is enclosed and safe for children and animals.

A great find! Thank you, Ian and Carol. We will be back!

Maggie, Ian, Ellie and Katie

  • Review Submitted: Jan 7, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Always nice to read reviews like this, and we do love it when people enjoy the cottage as much as we do ourselves.
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Co Antrim

Home from home

  • 5 of 5

This is a perfect retreat; private and peaceful and very comfortable. We had a real rest despite running after 2 toddlers.

A perfect escape.

Thanks Ian and Carol for sharing it with us.

Una and Stephen

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2010
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Très beau Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Le Garden Cottage, est le plus beau gîte que nous ayons loué, encore plus beau que sur les photos, méticuleusement propre.

Cette location est bien située pour visiter la région et la belle ville de St Andrews, nous tenons à féliciter les propriétaires pour la tenue irréprochable de leur maison, dans cet écrin de verdure.

Toute la famille Meyer

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2009
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
40 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
St. Andrews
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
35 Miles
Glenrothes M90
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
St. Andrews
Car: necessary

This lovely stone built Victorian cottage enjoys a tranquil setting, only 5 miles from St. Andrews, and provides ready access to unspoilt beaches, golf, cycling and quaint fishing villages, with a myriad of local pubs and restaurants nearby.

Local shops are within 2 miles and there are a variety of historic houses and gardens as well as numerous visitor attractions within easy reach.

Other Activities: Historic Visitor attractions, and variety of activities for children

Golf: There are a huge variety of top class golf courses withing easy driving distance from the cottage, including The Old Course in St. Andrews, plus Carnoustie and Muirfield, all 3 of which are Open Championship venues. Some of the lesser known courses are well worth exploring, and somewhat less expensive!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Saint Andrews, Fife & St Andrews

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Autumn-winter 2016
1 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas-New Year 2016/17
17 Dec 2016 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £25

25% Deposit required upon confirmation of booking by owner. Balance payable one month prior to holiday. Linen and towels plus electricity and central heating included in rental price. Wood and coal for fire available locally at cost to renter.
One small dog permitted per holiday let at additional charge of £25.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Saint Andrews in Scotland

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The main bathroom was fully refurbished in 2010 with beautiful Italian tiling and has a full bath, with a shower above the bath, together with a w.c. and basin. The ensuite to the main bedroom was totally refurbished in 2012 and remodelled into a wetroom with power shower, w.c. and stone handbasin.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • The main bedroom has an attached beautiful wetroom with power shower and w.c. which was completed in May 2012
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Well equipped quiet cottage, with an open fire in the lounge and a lovely dining room with door to south facing walled garden. New(2011) fitted kitchen with small breakfast bar, and all modern amenities including a dishwasher, Hair dryer,cot and high chair available. Easy access to good walking and the many delights of St. Andrews and the East Neuk of Fife. Edinburgh is just over an hour by car and many of our visitors use the cottage as a base for exploring much further afield in Scotland. As will be seen from the reviews by guests, the cottage is very popular and we have a regular flow of repeat visitors. We really want all our visitors to derive as much enjoyment from staying in Garden Cottage as we do ourselves, which is why we endeavour to maintain the cottage and its facilities in tip top condition.

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