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Villa With Stunning Sea Views Of Elie Beach in heart of the village



Updated: 23-Oct-2016
Villa in Elie, Nr. St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland - Fall Out Of Bed And On To The Beach

Recently renovated, this 19th century house retains all of its traditional character including working shutters, original fireplace, stunning stone staircase, brand new sash and cash windows to the front of the house, stripped internal wood doors and original bay window. Modernised to a very high standard and furnished with contemporary, high- quality furniture, mixed with antiques from Asia and original art from around the world and local artists. Slate floors from Fired Earth, carpets from Crucial Trading, Farrow and Ball neutral colours, white glossy wooden floors throughout, cow hide rugs and recently renovated white bathrooms and modern kitchen. There are uninterrupted views from the front of the house over Elie beach and views over the large private garden and recently restored orchard at the rear. The garden is walled and extends right the way to Bank Street where the garage and rear gate access is situated.

The house is situated in the heart of Elie at the end of South Street at the beach. Parking is free and right in front of the house or at the rear entrance on Bank Street in front of the garage.

The house is extremely well equipped. Highlights include beanbags for the garden, an indoor/outdoor full size tennis table, a piano, brand new Dualit appliances in the kitchen, original art throughout, .... The list goes on!

PRICING is 2300 for a week in Summer

1800 in LOW SEASON

900 for a short break ( MIN THREE NIGHTs) over a weekend in OFF- PEAK season only.

More Details
  • Sleeps 11
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

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About the Owner

We are a British family of four, Kirsty and Patric, Riley aged fifteen and Tess aged eleven. We moved to Shanghai in 2003 where we spent five years until 2008 and we now live in Hong Kong. We are both ex-lawyers, still in the corporate world in Asia, but like all of us, crave an easier way of life! Patric spent most childhood holidays in Elie with his parents, who now visit their grandchildren on the same beach thirty five years later. One day we may live in Elie permanently but for now, we are keen to share The Sand House with others and contribute to the local economy in the village.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

"I am writing this sitting on the window seat looking down the beach, I may never leave this spot! We love the house, the position is astounding and all your hard work has paid off - its a truly special house, divine!" Family of 4, August, 2012

"We had a wonderful weekend in Elie: the weather couldn't have been better and the house amazing. The views from the lounge window are beautiful. I knew they would be good but you don't really appreciate it until you're there" Lesley Blackstock, November, 2012.

Hi Kirsty,

Now that we are all home and unpacked, I wanted to get in touch to let you know what a fantastic weekend we had in Elie. The Sand House is absolutely gorgeous - plenty of living space, beautifully and tastefully decorated/furnished, well-equipped and a stunning location with amazing views. Our only "negative" comment would be that the photos on the website really don't do it justice - the house and its' location far exceeded our expectations" April 2013, Janette Symonds
Aug 2012
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21 Reviews

based on 21 holidaymaker reviews


Beachside Perfection

  • 5 of 5

Great base to entertain our 3 year old and guests. Location unbeatable and the house is perfect. Cellar restaurant in Anstruther highly recommended and Ship Inn was good too. Back next year for family birthday and looking forward to it already.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Greig! Glad you all had a super time. Look forward to welcoming you all back in April 2017 for the family celebration. Kirsty
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Excellent location and very comfortable property.

  • 5 of 5

6 male golfers all with their own bedroom...very comfortable, beautiful views and perfectly positioned for what we needed.

  • Review Submitted: May 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great to hear! Glad all the logistics all worked out. Hope to see you all agan Kirsty
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Our favourite place to visit!

  • 5 of 5

This was our 4th visit and our 1st New Year stay. There are 8 of us; 4 adults and our 4 girls ranging from 17 - 21 and they, like us, love staying here and enjoy being by the coast. The house is absolutely wonderful, spacious, very well equipped and so tastefully decorated. The view of the beach is spectacular and every morning when we look out of the window it takes our breath away. Even in the winter we had such a lovely time with walks on the beach and along the coastal footpath to the next village and then returning back to the house and the lovely log fire.......perfect.

There is so much to do here and the surrounding area is beautiful............and the walk to the pub along the beach is an added bonus. In the Summer we love doing some of the water sports and also enjoy watching all the activities from the house. Thank you to the housekeeper for always making everything so spotless and perfect and to Kirsty for letting us come back every year to enjoy your beautiful home..

The Holden and Carr Families

  • Review Submitted: Feb 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Return Visit better than ever

  • 5 of 5

The Sandhouse, what can i say, we did not want to leave! Perfection yet again.

Hopefully will make this an annual visit

  • Review Submitted: Oct 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks! So glad you had a great time and good to have you back. Same time next year ?! Kirsty
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Sand House for two weeks in August 2015. Its setting is perfect - couldn't be more convenient for the beach and the local shops. The house is really lovely and meets all expectations - beautifully furnished, spacious and excellently equipped. Elie is a wonderful place and I can't imagine a better base for enjoying a holiday there.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! So pleased you loved it. Look forward to welcoming you back same time, same place next year!
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Beautiful House

  • 5 of 5

We (11 ladies) stayed at the Sand House for our annual girls weekend away in June 2015 and were very impressed. A perfect location for exploring the region and the beach literally on the doorstep, fantastic. The sitting room upstairs is absolutely wonderful, so peaceful and relaxing.The decor and comfort of the house is great, easily surpassing anywhere have previously stayed on our girls weekends. Owner helpful and accommodating to. A must visit!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Fiona! So glad you liked it. Do hope we see you all again. Most welcome. Hope you got the left- behind boots back safely! Kind regards, Kirsty
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From the Owner

We bought The Sand House early 2012 and spent several months breathing life into it. It was in a very sorry state and had taken a hammering from the North Sea winds. When we first got the keys, there were 3 inches of sand across the entire ground floor. That was my inspiration for the new house name! The "garden" was also a sea of mud and has taken two years to put right. Best features? The magnificent sea views, the light that floods the house in all weather, the roar of the waves (when it's stormy) which you can hear from inside and having the beach five steps from the front door which makes the location unbeatable. We love that we can see the kids on the sand from the lounge and call them in for dinner. Time has stood still in this part of the world and it is very safe for children.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Edinburgh at 50 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : The Ship Inn at 300 Metres Nearest Golf : Elie Golf course at 200 Metres Nearest Train : Leuchars at 15 Kilometres Nearest Beach : elie beach at 5 Metres Car: recommended


The award-winning famous Elie beach is outside your front door, distance is about a 6 second walk! Most mornings, if there has been a bit of wind from the North Sea, you'll be sweeping the sand off the front step!


Elie is just under an hours drive from Edinburgh airport. Or thirty minutes from Dundee (flights from LondonCity). Glasgow is about ninety minutes drive. Leuchars is the nearest train station in St Andrews (about 20 mins away) and we can arrange local taxi pick up for you if you give us notice.

A car is recommended to explore the fishing villages along the coast, but is not essential to enjoy a family holiday in Elie, in fact we bike everywhere in the village and try to avoid using a car.


Less than five minutes walk to newsagents, cafes, Elie deli. Less than ten minute walk to the local pubs, eg Ship Inn, Golf Tavern (or "19th hole"), The Pavilion sports centre and Golf course and a mere 5 yards from the front door of the house to the award-winning sandy beach.

The award- winning Ardross Farm shop is close by (1 mile) for fresh fruit and vegetables, artisan meats and spirits too.

Further Details:

Time has stood still in Elie and it hasn't changed in decades. This is part of its charm. Everything you need for a wonderful family holiday is right on your doorstep and you don't really need to use the car. Large supermarkets are 15 minutes away (by car) in St Andrews ( Morrisons) or Anstruther (Co-op), a wonderful farm shop, Ardross, ( UK farm shop of the year 2013) is a mile or so away on foot or 5 mins in the car and there are pubs, newsagents, and ice-cream shops within walking distance of your front door although some are closed during winter months. There is an ATM on Bank Street which can be accessed from the back garden.

The grounds of Elie House are wonderful for walks and are about 12-15 mins walk from the heart of the village.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Standard Week
10 Sep 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
17 Dec 2016 - 26 Dec 2016
10 night minimum stay
New Year
27 Dec 2016 - 1 Jan 2017
6 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £350
Pet Fee £0

Booking Notes:
50% Deposit taken on booking.
Balance to be paid in full 30 days prior to arrival.
Housekeeping deposit (refundable post stay) of 300 pounds depending on size of party and length of stay will be taken when the balance is due.
Maximum of 11 people (ten is the standard but can accommodate 11 if some are children) (this forms part of the terms and conditions). Sadly I can't accept hen or stag parties.

Changeover Day:
Saturdays only in Peak season
Arrival 4pm
Departure 10am
Flexible in Low Season.
Please contact to discuss.

Notes on prices:
We are available for the GOLF OPEN in 2015. Please contact to discuss min let and pricing.

I send my own Terms and Conditions. 50% is payable to secure the booking and the balance together with the 300 GBP security deposit is due 4 weeks in advance of arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 23-Oct-2016
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From the Owner

You really can't beat the location of this house in Elie. Seconds from the award winning blue flag beach, stunning sea views and minutes to all local conveniences, (including pubs) and golf courses all on foot. We provide complimentary award- winning Ardross Farm Hampers as a welcome to all our weekly guests and we also offer a mid-stay clean and bed change (at extra cost) for those who stay longer than a week. We want to make this a true 'drop your bags and flop' holiday and we like to ensure the house is fully stocked in terms of tea, coffee, condiments, washing powder, dishwasher powder, toilet rolls, fluffy towels galore, DVDs for adults and kids, tons of books, childrens' toys, adult and kids bikes, golf clubs, kids fishing nets and wet suits, travel cots, and highchair. If you need anything extra, please just ask.

Property Type

  • house


  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Video Library


  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only

Location Type

  • beach
  • village

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure
  • Five bathrooms, three with walk in showers, one with bath and shower over bath. One is en-suite. There is an additional downstairs toilet in the hallway. All bathrooms suites are modern and white with fully tiled walls and all are recently fitted.


  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Bedroom 6
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 11 MAX (4 doubles, 1 twin, 1 single) + cots Notes on bedrooms: Bed 1 with double bed and ensuite, Bed 2 with double, Bed 3 with double, Bed 4 with twin beds, Bed 5 with single, Bed 6 with Ikea Hemnes daybed (can be single or a double room). Sleeps ten as standard. Two travel cots for kids available on request


  • Bicycles
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: The Sand House is a strictly no shoe house due to the proximity of the sandy beach. Please remove all outdoor shoes in the front hallway. You will find yourself sleeping in sand otherwise. There are also white wood floorboards throughout the house and Crucial Trading carpets and we want to keep the house a high-end. * I don't take bookings for groups larger than the advertised 11 or hen or stag parties. Min charge for short breaks and 7 nights at Peak times ( please email to discuss). Outside: Huge private garden with a recently reinstated orchard, (rare in Elie), with comfortable outdoor seating (in summer months) and BBQ, but who needs the garden when you have the beach on your doorstep! Plums and apples when in season. Access to Bank Street from rear gate. Bikes stored in rear garage. Bins are stored out of sight at the back of the garden beside the garage on Bank Street. Elie beach is accessed at the front of the house. The Sand House is positioned right at the very end of South Street beside the ramp leading on to the beach. We also own a little section at the sea wall opposite the house where we often put out chairs or beanbags. Utility Room: Washing machine, separate dryer, extra small fridge Iron and ironing board, wine fridge in the games room. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Ample white fluffy towels and quality white linen included. Price includes an end-of-stay clean. If mid-stay clean required, this can be arranged at additional cost. Requests for extra linen mid-stay will incur additional charges. Other: Large games room with piano, football table, toys for young kids. Accessed from the kitchen and separate entrance from garden. Wine fridge. Large Fatboy Bean Bags for indoor and outdoor use. Flat screen TV. Large table tennis table for indoor/outdoor use

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