When we first happended upon these lovely cottages (and "happened" is the correct word -- the entrance is barely noticable), we were awestruck by the rural beauty of the location and the quality & size of the cabin itself. There are seven individual cabins (perhaps townhomes or villas are the more descriptive terms) on this property, all part of a still-working farm a few miles west of Cupar.
We chose this location for three reasons: Its proximity to St. Andrews -- about 12 miles; the peaceful, rural setting; and the opportunity to spread out a bit instead of the three of us squeezing into yet another undersized hotel or B&B bedroom.
Our particular cabin was practically brand new, and featured a huge master bedroom (with super king sized bed and luxurous linens), a smaller yet amply-sized second bedroom, a full-sized and fully-equipped kitchen, and massive living room with flat screen television & picture windows overlooking the green valley. But my favoriate part was the wraparound deck outside, with outdoor furniture, overlooking the lush hillsides and valley. A large four-person hot tub was on the deck as well. We stayed three wonderful nights, and I wish we could have lingered longer.
Of course, no stay is perfect, and this one wasn't either.
The cabin had no Wifi. The single washer / dryer unit in the separate laundry facility were small and not very effective. (We ended up doing laundry in the kitchen sink instead). And, most disturbingly, a teenager -- presumably the child of the farmers who still tend the land -- tore around continuously on the property on his noisy four wheeler, shattering the country quiet. Finally, despite a great kitchen and outdoor dining area, no provisions were available for grilling / BBQing.
All-in-all, however, a memorable experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We have a total of nine self catering lodges each sleeping 4, three cottages sleeping 2-4 and a farmhouse sleeping 8 at Balmeadowside each with private hot tubs in Fife, Scotland. All of our cottages and lodges are set on the south-facing slopes of a working farm, with amazing views of the surrounding Fife countryside. Relax in your lodge or cottage complete with your own private hot tub, enjoy the farm walks or explore the surrounding area. Dog Friendly Accommodation -Many of us at Solid Luxury are dog owners and know how important it is to be able to go on holiday with the whole family! Most of our lodges and cottages are dog friendly at Balmeadowside (Mountain Ash Lodge is our pet free lodge) and our walks are perfect for exercising your pups. All of our properties are gated allowing your dog in and out of your lodge or cottage freely without worrying about them running away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Balmeadowside Country Lodges And Cottages Cupar, Fife