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Middle Cottage, Hill of Tarvit

£645.00offer £516.00 | 5th May 2018 - 12th May 2018
  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Fife
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
Simple Edwardian elegance comes to life in this fairytale cottage in the grounds of Hill of Tarvit mansion house. Read More >
 
Roses climbing up the stonework, an inviting open fire, and a large private enclosed garden make Middle Cottage a perfect escape for families looking to step back in time.
 
 
Accommodation details

  • One storey

  • Sleeps 4 - 2 twin bedrooms

  • Sitting room/dining room with open fire

  • Kitchen

  • Enclosed private garden

  • Shower room with WC and wash basin

  • Full central heating

  • EPC Rating: F22


About Hill of Tarvit
French Chippendale-style furniture and paintings by Raeburn line the family rooms of this Edwardian mansion house, completed in 1906 by the architect Sir Robert Lorimer. 'Below stairs', the kitchen and pantry have been perfectly preserved to give an insight into the work of the servants who kept the household running.
 
The estate lies among a patchwork of rolling farmland, and has its own superbly kept sunken rose and kitchen gardens, as well as a restored Edwardian hickory-club golf course.
 
About the area
Hill of Tarvit lies just outside Cupar, ten miles from St Andrews, home to Scotland's oldest university and the world's most famous golf course. Fife's East Neuk is a short drive away, offering pristine beaches, picture-perfect harbours and delicious fresh seafood.
 
The nearest shops are 1 mile away in Ceres and 2.5 miles away in Cupar.
 
Things to do

  • Head to Anstruther for a stroll along the harbour. After taking in the views across to the Isle of May and the pastel and white cottages lining the shore, grab some award-winning fish and chips at the Anstruther Fish Bar.

  • For a day at the beach, St Andrews's West Sands, Elie's Harbour Beach, Burntisland and Aberdour's Silver Sands all have Blue Flags, meaning they are clean, safe and offer good facilities.

  • Spend a day in Renaissance paradise at nearby Falkland Palace. The country retreat of the Stuart Kings was a favourite of Mary Queen of Scots and is filled with elaborate antique furnishings.


 
Getting there
Hill of Tarvit lies off the A916, 2 miles south of Cupar and 1 mile from Ceres. Cupar Railway station offers the closest train links.
 
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North Mains, Craigievar Castle

£570.00offer £456.00 | 5th May 2018 - 12th May 2018
  • Dates available
  • 3 StarVery Good
  • Royal Deeside
  • 4
  • 2
  • Dogs allowed
Wake up to views of Craigievar Castle's winding pink spires in this 18th century estate cottage. Care has been taken to furnish the semi-detatched house in antique country style, as it would have stood when it accommodated the workers who kept the castle looking splendid. Read More >
Fire up the wood burning stove to warm up after a walk in the parkland around the castle.
For larger groups guests may be interested in booking the adjacent South Mains and Steading Cottage.
 
Accommodation details

  • 2 storeys

  • Sleeps 4 - 2 twins

  • L-shaped sitting room with dining area and wood-burning stove

  • Kitchen

  • Compact bathroom with shower over bath

  • Central heating - wet system with steel panel radiators fired by electric boiler

  • Parking available beside the cottage

  • EPC Rating: F31

 
About Craigievar Castle
This fairytale castle, a fine example of Scottish Baronial architecture, has stood for almost four centuries against a backdrop of rolling hills. The great tower still looks just as it did when completed in 1626. Inside is a fine collection of family portraits and original furniture.
 
Waymarked walks lead through the surrounding 90 acres of parkland. Look out for swallows, fieldfares and redwings.
 
About the area
Craigievar Castle lies between the rivers Dee and Don, a 40-minute drive from the city of Aberdeen. Alford is the nearest town with a butchers, a bakers, pubs and restaurants. Most of the area is agricultural, and wildlife is abundant. Red squirrels and roe deer are a common sight in the woods, the elusive wildcat is present but rarely seen, and ospreys can even sometimes be seen fishing in the nearby rivers.
 
Things to do

  • The Alford Heritage centre pays tribute to the workers of the area. Set in the old auction mart it contains displays on village and farm life from the past.

  • Crathes Castle has a fascinating history and is beautifully preserved, less than 20 miles away.

  • Take a picturesque drive through Royal Deeside's ancient caledonian pines to end up at the Mar Lodge Estate, a spectacular setting for walks and picnics.

 
Getting there
Craigievar Castle is 6 miles S of Alford, 15 miles N of Banchory and 26 miles W of Aberdeen.
 
This holiday accommodation is available for winter and festive breaks. However, the access road to the castle may become impassable in heavy snow. Although this happens infrequently, in the event of this curtailing your holiday we will refund any days of the holiday that were not used. < Hide

North Segganwell, Culzean Castle & Country Park

£575.00 | 5th May 2018 - 12th May 2018
  • Dates available
  • 2 StarGood
  • Glasgow, Ayrshire, Argyll & Arran
  • 4
  • 1
  • Dogs allowed
Tucked beneath the castle cliffs and opening out onto the beach, Culzean's two Segganwell Cottages make great seashore hideaways for families with children. Read More >
Simple and comfortable, these estate cottages are a reminder of the number of people it took to keep the castle and grounds in splendour throughout the year. William Kirkland, a Shepherd lived here with his wife and four children, two of whom were gardeners.
 
Accommodation details

  • 1 storey - reached by a steep stairway of over 100 steps and not suitable for less mobile people

  • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, with additional bunk beds in recess

  • Sitting/dining room with wood burning stove

  • Kitchen

  • Shower room with WC

  • Laundry facilities in an outbuilding

  • Night storage heating

  • Immersion water heating

  • Parking for 2 cars at top of steps

  • EPC Rating: F24

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Please note that the bunk beds are not full size beds.
Please bring a torch for night time.
 
Additional apartments are available at Culzean. An interlinking door leads to South Segganwell Cottage which can be unlocked if both cottages are booked.
 
About Culzean Castle
Monumental, romantic and splendid, Culzean Castle was designed by Robert Adam in the 1770s on one of Scotland's most dramatic clifftop sites. The Armoury, the Library, the famous crimson oval staircase; all are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.
 
228 hectares (565 acres) of Country Park surrounding the castle offer a variety of countryside to explore, including clifftop and woodland walks.
 
About the area
Maybole is the closest town, an ancient village established in the 12th century. As well as a Victorian town hall and 17th century castle, the High Street has a range of shops and amenities.
 
Ayrshire is famous for its golf courses including Turnberry, Royal Troon and Old Prestwick. Fishing, cycling, horse riding and clay shooting are also available nearby.
 
Things to do

  • Spend a day losing yourself in Culzean's massive grounds. Spot the Ice House, the Swan Pond, visit the Deer Park and adopt a deer, or explore the rock pools on the beach.

  • Alloway is only a short drive away. Learn about Scotland's National Bard at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, then follow in the footsteps of Tam O'Shanter and visit Alloway's 'auld haunted kirk'.

  • There's not much left to see, but nearby clifftop ruin Turnberry Castle is steeped in medieval history. It's said Robert the Bruce's mother held his father captive here until he agreed to marry her, and the castle is widely held to be King Robert's birthplace. The ruin is old and unstable; take great care if exploring.


Getting there
Culzean is 12 miles south of Ayr, 4 miles west of Maybole.
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