The road to Anchor House is full of surprises, at least in the sense that your expectations are constantly changing and the fact that you learn some good Scots words which are virtually untranslatable. First of all you believe that you are on your way out of Pittenweem, a little fishing village full of character situated in the scenic East Neuk of Fife. Then, you find yourself crossing a modern council estate immediately after which you turn again and, lo and behold, you are back in the old town heading for the harbour. Park close to it, 'boldly go' through the white door marked 36 into the narrow 'close' or 'pend' behind, climb the stairs past the tubs of brightly coloured flowers (in season) and you have reached your destination. Before you even enter the apartment you will note the charming little 'sit-ooterie' covered over to ensure comfortable seating in less than perfect weather.
Inside, the apartment is bright and spacious, the greens, blues and yellows of its decor reflecting its seaside position and the sunshine which, hopefully, will highlight your visit. From the south-facing sitting room there are excellent views across the harbour and, thanks to gas central heating and an open fire, these views can be savoured in comfort throughout the year.
The village of Pittenweem is quite delightful with its busy fish market, some small art galleries and, to cap it all, a thriving Arts Festival in early August. Pittenweem sits close beside another coastal village, St Monans, which boasts a wonderful fish restaurant and most of the little villages in the vicinity have at least one very good eating place. Kellie Castle, with its beautiful gardens, the property of the National Trust, is to be found a couple of miles north of the village. Scotland's Secret Bunker (7m) is a local attraction of a most unusual kind. Decommissioned at the end of the Cold War in 1994 it is now open to the public and makes for an interesting family day out on a wet day.
St Andrews, the home of golf, is only 11 miles away and here you have not only the famous course but also the university, castle and cathedral, all several centuries old, plus the wonderful West Sands and the Sea Life Centre. There are golf courses everywhere in Fife – each little village has its own course, often of a very high standard. The coast is perfect for seaside walks; riding and tennis are available and in Elie (4m) you have the opportunity of hiring wind surfers, dinghies, canoes and mountain bikes.
Should you wish to venture out of Fife Edinburgh is only an hour's drive away, Perth (41m) is known as the gateway to the Highlands and day trips to Loch Lomond (50m) and The Trossachs are easily undertaken.
Heating is gas central heating (included) and open-fire. Bed-linen and towels are included. We regret no pets or smokers.
Accommodation (sleeps 4):
- Sitting room with TV, DVD and open-fire.
- Kitchen/Dining room with cooker, fridge, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine etc.
- Bathroom with bath, shower, WC and basin.
- Double-bed room.
- Twin-bed room.