Welcome to Hazel Cottage situated in the beautiful conservation village of Kingsbarns, just a few miles down the coast from St Andrews.
Kingsbarns is an appealing and well preserved conservation village with many of the buildings listed including Hazel Cottage. The cottage was built in 1762, and is 250 years old this year.
Above the front door it has the marriage lintel with the initials of the couple and date inscribed.
The three cottages, of which Hazel cottage is at the end on the right, were most probably for agricultural workers and in 1976 the National Trust for Scotland restored the two houses opposite and made a private car park for the three cottages in Ladywynd and gifted it back to the cottages on the understanding it would be maintained by the three owners.
As you approach Hazel Cottage from the car park, beside the copper birch tree there is a well which serviced several properties in the village and in the title deeds there is to this day, a “right of servitude” that they will always have access to water.
There is a history of the village in the cottage for you read and on page 111 there is a photo of Ladywynd when it was called Anderson Place.
Please enjoy the history as well as your holiday.
Kingsbarns grew as an agricultural settlement and the name came from the barns being used as a store for grain for the Royal Palace at Falkland and the castle at Crail.
The names of the streets in the village such as the Stackyards, the Steadings and North Quarter reflect the farming influence of Kingsbarns.
Golf was played as early as 1793 and in 1815 a golfing Society was formed.
Today Kingsbarns Golf course is renowned as being rated number 11 worldwide in courses created in the last 50 years and is home to the Dunhill Cup.
Hazel Cottage is fully equipped with all bed linen and towels provided.
The double bed has a memory foam matrass and the small bedroom has a quality single bed with underneath trundle bed
The breakfasting kitchen is fully equipped with washing machine, oven, hob, fridge-freezer, dishwasher and all utensils cutlery and dishes etc. There is even a slow cooker so you can prepare a hot meal to come home to in the evening.
There is a small drying area at the back with clothes pegs etc.
The cottage has its own private car park off the street and opposite this is a quiet and well maintained children’s play park.
At the front of the cottage there is a small sunny sitting out area with table and chairs.
The beach is under 5 minutes from Hazel Cottage and about a 10 to 15 minute walk if you prefer.
Kingsbarns Golf Links is about the same and Cambo House and gardens is just a few minutes more and the new Kingsbarns Distillery and Visitors centre will open next year.
Fife coastal path and other lovely walks are nearby.
At the Village Square there is a regular bus service to St Andrews and villages of Crail Anstruther etc.
Well behaved dogs are very welcome by arrangement.
Prices range from £320 to £525 per week and short breaks are welcome out with the high season.
Kingsbarns beach is a seaside award beach stretching for 2 tranquil miles.
The sea is clear and there are interesting rock pools hiding a number of rock pools hiding sea creatures such as hermit crabs, sea anemones, starfish and small fish.
Also fossil can be sea at low tide including 333 million year old roots and trunk of a lepidodendron. www.discoveringfossils.co.uk /kingsbarns.
Also at low tide, the wreck of HMS Success can be seen which was wrecked on the 27th December 1914. There is more information about this in the book on Kingsbarns at the cottage.
Kingsbarns golf club’s origins date back to 1793 and 10 years ago it was rescued and redesigned.
Today it has the reputation of being of the best courses, not only locally but Golf magazine rated it 11th worldwide in courses created in the last 50 years and number 1 in Europe.
St Andrews is 6 miles down the east coast from Hazel cottage and is the home of golf originating in 1754. It is also the home of Scotland’s oldest university, created in the year 1410.
There are too many historical landmarks to mention here but they will certainly keep you interested.
The famous west sands, the opening scene from “Chariots of Fire”, are 2 miles of uninterrupted sands.
Other attractions include the Botanic Gardens and the St Andrews aquarium with will enthral children.
Craigton Park is a wonderful day out with attractions such as the miniature railway a treat for all the family.
Eastneuk of Fife
Further down the coast are the charming fishing villages of Crail, Anstruther, Pittenweem, St Monans and Elie each with their own character and eating places.
A must is a visit to the isle of May, a National Nature Reserve with its own breeding colony of grey seals, sea birds such as puffins, guillemots and terns. It is a short boat trip from Anstruther.