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Beautiful apartment in converted 19th Century Mansion house

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,184 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Outstanding two bedroom apartment with delightful private courtyard

A distinctive apartment which is part of a converted 19th century mansion house.

The setting of the Orchard House estate is unique and a charming walled orchard with apple trees is maintained for the enjoyment of the residents.

Stunning apartment with two double bedrooms, very large sitting / dining room, fully fitted kitchen with utility room, bathroom, shower room and toilet. Beautiful décor throughout.

This apartment is a place of peace and harmony being surrounded by nature.

There is a small private courtyard, with garden furniture and barbecue.

Cities: Visit the city of Edinburgh, 36 miles away and enjoy the museums, galleries, theatres, restaurants, botanic gardens, zoo, beautiful cathedrals, excellent shopping on Princes Street and George Street and, of course, Edinburgh Castle.

Enjoy a round of golf on one of the many excellent golf courses, explore the Pentland Hills, visit the dry ski slope or indoor climbing centre. Take an open top bus tour of the city or a boat ride on the Forth. Visit the Edinburgh dungeons or take a ghostly guided tour of St. Mary's Close.

Perth is only 29 miles away and includes Scone Palace where kings of Scotland, including Robert the Bruce were crowned. Blair Castle which is protect by the last and only private army in Europe and two and a half centuries of military history at the Black Watch museum.

Local Area: Explore East Neuk, visit historic villages, beautiful beaches, coffee shops, farm shops, harbours and coastal routes. Excellent golfing with St. Andrew's only 15 miles away.

More Details

Nicki McNelly
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 August, 2018

About Nicki McNelly

Iain, born in Glasgow, left Scotland just before his 16th birthday to join the army. He served for 32 years before retiring and joining HP Enterprise (now DXC) as a Programme Manager.

Nicki, born in Tredegar, left Wales at 18 to join the army. Met Iain while serving in Cyprus and married him when they were 22. An army wife and mother for many years with various occupations, now a Priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church.

Two beautiful grown up daughters, Anya and Ceri and two gorgeous border collies, Bramble and Nala.

Nicki McNelly purchased this apartment in 2009

Why Nicki McNelly chose Leven

A lovely property in a central location for all amenities in this part of Scotland. Very private and hidden away amongst the trees and gardens.

What makes this apartment unique

Deceptively spacious and very comfortable with everything you need to enjoy your holiday, including toiletries and kitchen essentials.

Following some water ingress during 2017, repairs and renovations are being carried out early 2018 for a new fresh feel for 2018.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Leven in Fife

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1184 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Please respect our neighbours - no noise outside after 10pm.
  • Please do not switch off fans in bathroom - they are necessary to avoid damp.
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • town
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En suite with master bedroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Books
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Wheelchairs: There are loose stones in the private courtyard and four steps to access the house and into the main bedroom. Courtyard is approx 7m long.


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Beautiful apartment in converted 19th Century Mansion house
average rating of 4.6842103 based on 19 reviews

Well kept apartment in a beautiful house.

  • 5 of 5

Really nice apartment in a pleasent surrounding. Worked perfectly for us during our stay in Leven. Strongly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful apartment in a great location

  • 5 of 5

Accommodation surpassed our expectations. Large yet cosy. Nicky and Iain were a delight to deal with and were always quick to respond to us (not that we had to contact them during our stay). Welcome basket was left which was a lovely surprise and much appreciated. Instruction manual gives detailed instructions on how to use all the devices. We will definetly be returning in the future.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. We love it when guests enjoy their stay and look forward to welcoming you back.
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  • 5 of 5

Great spot. Nice large apartment for two couples. Perfect location to tour Scotland.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location for exploring Scotland

  • 4 of 5

We had a great stay at this flat. It was so spacious and had everything we could want, plus the location was great for driving out and exploring. The town of Leven didn't have much, but the area around was beautiful, 15-30 minutes drive and you could be at a beautiful coast, castle remains, hiking up hills, or see a city or two. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 was the musty mildew smell coming from the back end of the house- the owners are working on fixing it, but it was unpleasant. Otherwise, I'd definitely stay again. Thank you Nicki!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks April. As you said we are about to start work on fixing the damp and we've blocked the calendar for bookings now until it's fixed.
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Quiet Apartment in a Beautiful Mansion!

  • 3 of 5

We are a family of three and stayed 3 nights in this flat. The owner was kind enough to let us bring our dog Fiona and cat Leo, so a nice time with the entire family. The apartment is all on one level with its own private gated entrance and a private gravel courtyard with ample parking. We did come across a few issues which should be addressed:

The windows were very hard to open and some did not open at all. It was quite warm during our stay and we were in desperate need of fresh air. We were able to leave the front door open while we were there, but at night to sleep was very stuffy.

Also, the master bedroom which is a sunken bedroom down a few stairs had a strong smell of mildew. It is obviously an issue because there was a dehumidifier in that room, but not efficient enough for the size of the room. The smell was quite overwhelming. We suspect it must be from the carpet and the location of the room because that is the only room in the entire apartment that is carpeted.

We also had quite a time with the seagulls that have nested on the chimney of the house just above where we had the car parked by the gate. Every time we came out, they would swoop down, harass us and the dog, and attempt to bombard us with poo. It must be a recurring issue because on our last night there, an elderly Lady with her white poodle who is a resident in one of the flats in the mansion walked by and told us they tend to attack people and dogs walking by and she is afraid of them. It was unpleasant every time we would either go out to the car or take the dog for a walk around the grounds.

Overall, it was a nice stay. The apartment is very large, bright and well equipped. The location is in driving distance to many beautiful venues and day trips out. We love Scotland!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm sorry to hear of the issues you had while staying at our apartment. If you had let us know about the windows during your stay we would have attended to sort it. We have only recently been notified about the damp in the bedroom. It is not the carpet, it is the wall. We have notified the factor for the building who are investigating it. As it is a very old building it is not always easy to find where water is entering. We will rectify the dehumidifier- thank you. This is the first I've heard about the seagulls. I will speak to the occupants of the house to see if anything is being done about it. I'm so sorry if the apartment spoiled your holiday.
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great property. wish you had the whole manor!

  • 4 of 5

Nicki, thank you so much for access to your property. We really enjoyed our stay at the cottage. Very roomy flat, and full of amenities of which we made good use. Would have given a 5 star but for the apparent mold/mildew (not sure which it might be) growth (white stuff) on the wall in the corner of the lower bedroom. Must be some moisture leeching through the stone walls outside or something. Should be easy to remedy I'm sure. (But, you need a bigger dehumidifier!) Nevertheless, other than that, it was a great place, and it provides a good jumping off point to to up to St. Andrews or down to Edinburgh.

Sad, but back to Minnesota for us.....

  • Review Submitted: 13-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jack, So pleased that you enjoyed your stay and thanks for the review. I visited the day after you left to check out the mould. It's an old house and with the amount of rain in Scotland, sadly these things happen. It is being investigated by the building factor and will be remedied asap. Thanks again. Nicki
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Nearest Airport
34 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
24 Miles
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Glenrothes, Markinch
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
M90, Junction 2a North
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Ski
111 Miles
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Car: necessary

Stunning apartment in a converted Victorian mansion house situated in its own beautiful walled gardens with private orchard, located on the outskirts of Leven in the Kingdom of Fife, Scotland.

A five minute drive to the nearest beach, golf course and into the town centre. Local amenities include a sports centre and swimming pool with flumes.

Explore East Neuk, visit historic villages, beautiful beaches, coffee shops, farm shops, harbours and coastal routes. Excellent golfing with St. Andrew's only 15 miles away.

Visit the city of Edinburgh, 36 miles away and enjoy the museums, galleries, theatres, restaurants, botanic gardens, zoo, excellent shopping on Princes Street and George Street and, of course, Edinburgh Castle.

Golf: Local courses include: Leven Links, Leven Thistle Golf Club, Scoonie, Lundin Golf Club, Lundin Ladies Golf Club and Leven golfing society.

Also nearby: St Andrews include The Old Course, Kingbarnes Golf links, The Dukes, Fairmont (Torrance and Kittocks), The Castle, New Course, Jubillee, Eden, Strathtyrum, Balgove. Drumoig, Ladybank, Crail, Ely all within 20 miles

Ski: Aviemore and the Scottish highlands approx 100 miles.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £20

Maximum of two pets.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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