Easter Steading is a wonderful holiday home, an ingenious and stylish transformation of a former steading. It stands behind the owner's house in a quiet location among the rolling hills of north Fife, midway between Perth and St Andrews (both 16m).
The accommodation is of the very highest standard. Downstairs, there is a large and extremely well-equipped kitchen-diner, a superb high-ceilinged sitting room with piano, wood burner and gallery above, and a twin bedroom (converts to super king) with en suite bathroom. Upstairs, apart from the gallery, there is a second double bedroom also with superb en suite facilities of bath and separate shower. The upstairs windows have magnificent views out over the surrounding countryside.
The steading makes up two sides of a sheltered walled courtyard (furniture, BBQ), reserved for the sole use of visitors parking, eating al fresco or just enjoying an evening drink.
Not only is the accommodation excellent, the location is too. Fife is justifiably famous for its golf but it also has a most interesting coastline of colourful fishing villages and wonderful beaches while its peaceful and lovely countryside is perfect for walking, bird-watching and cycling. The nearby town of Cupar (7m) has all facilities plus a good choice of interesting shops and eateries. National Trust properties in the vicinity include Falkland Palace, the country residence of the Stuart dynasty, and the spectacular house and gardens of Lorimer's Hill at Tarvit. Lovers of wildlife will be on the look-out for seals and sea eagles at Tentsmuir Nature Reserve and the Eden Estuary. Walkers have easy access to the Fife Core Path network and the Fife Coastal Path and there is loch fishing at nearby Lindores. Then, of course, there is golf almost everywhere; it is, after all, the home of golf. St Andrews has the prestigious Old Course as well as six other courses, and there are plenty other very good ones in the area. Further afield, both about 40-50 minutes by car, you have the famous Open course at Carnoustie and Ryder Cup 2014 venue at Gleneagles.
Edinburgh is only an hour away by road or rail. The M90 Edinburgh-Perth motorway is easily accessible and will speed you north to the Highlands in little over an hour. Just over the Tay lie Dundee and the Angus glens beyond, while Glasgow, the west coast, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs are all a day trip away.
Much of the cottage's electricity is generated by photo-voltaic panels, so you can be 'green' as well as comfortable! Bed linen, towels, electricity and a starter pack of wood and the first £25 of oil-CH are included. Well-behaved pets are welcome by arrangement. Smoking is not permitted within the cottage. Wi-Fi is included, subject to provider.
Accommodation (sleeps 4):
- Sitting room with wood-burning stove, piano and TV/DVD.
- Kitchen/dining room with gas/eletric oven, microwave, dishwasher, washer/drier, fridge-freezer, etc.
- Twin bedroom (makes super-king) with en suite bathroom with bath, separate shower, WC and basin.
- WC and basin.
- Gallery study/games area with table football and broadband connection.
- Double bedroom with en suite bathroom with bath, separate shower, WC and basin