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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
Pittenweem, Fife, Scotland

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Jack T
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“Beautiful House by the sea!”
Reviewed 18 April 2015 for a stay in April 2015

I stayed at Driftwood Cottage last week, with my family and friends. We had a wonderful time. The house was clean, spacious with lots of character. In particular we loved the wood burning stove, and the homely feel about the place. The weather was great, so we sat out in the secluded back garden, sipped cold white wine and had a barbecue.

We walked to Crail, Elie, St Monans and Anstruther, as well as having a fabulous meal at Forgans in St Andrews. Where we would return to Driftwood, light up the stove and talk about the adventures of the day.

We also bought lovely antiques from the pop up shop on the shore and some beautiful dressed crabs from the Fishermans Larder.

All in all a memorable week! I would thoroughly recommend Driftwood, to anyone who wants a taste of Fife's East Neuk.

Date of stay: April 2015
Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
18 Apr 2015
We thank you very much for such a wonderful review and would hope you will come visit us again, you will be very welcome, you left the house in immaculate condition. Thank you again.
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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“Great cottage in need of a bit TLC”
Reviewed 11 April 2015 for a stay in April 2015

My partner and I stayed in Driftwood cottage over Easter weekend, with 2 children and elderly parents, and the cottage afforded us the space we needed. We were extremely fortunate with the weather too which added to the visit..

Driftwood cottage is a few minutes walk from the Historic Pittenweem Harbour and an ideal base for visitors to explore the beauty and history of the East Neuk of Fife and beyond.

The cottage is as described and we were not too disappointed, however we think it would benefit from a little TLC.

It has, at some stage, been lovingly restored however it is now a little tired and shabby in parts. Examples include dirty marks on paintwork, broken lamp-shapes ( two without bulbs although spares were available in the utility), no window coverings to the back of the property ( bathroom, kitchen, en-suite and utility) and whilst you are not directly overlooked it left it feeling unfinished.
The windows to the front of the property were filthy and it was rather dusty, with cobwebs in places too.
On a positive note the cottage had all the mod cons you would need. The space and facilities were generally good and its kitchen was well equipped, with lots of spare bits and pieces in the utility area. The wi-fi worked well too although the TV in the twin room was broken.
There were plenty of logs for the burner which was just as well because the property was freezing when we arrived and it took 24 hrs to heat up to a comfortable temperature. The lack of window coverings added to the unwelcoming chill. Its also worth pointing out, to those of you that regularly self cater in holiday lets, that there was no complimentary bottle of milk, which we find to be fairly standard .

The cottage benefits from having a private courtyard and on street parking.


Date of stay: April 2015
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Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
19 Apr 2015
Hello, we were so disappointed that you were not enthralled with Driftwood as most are it is a beautiful cottage and is lovingly taken care of (sorry we missed a few cobwebs) the windows are done once a month but as we have had high winds and we are beside the sea it is a difficult job to keep them clean, it was an excellent designer who suggested no window dressing in the kitchen and utility room as it lets more light in and because the weather was so good 20 degrees we thought it best not to turn the heating up (sorry about that)the painter is booked to paint over scuff marks and there is a new lampshade for the broken one, we hope you will come visit us again and if you do you will find most of your comments will have been addressed. We thank you for your comments as without them we cannot improve things for our guests.
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