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Modernised Period Cottage Close To Sandy Beach - Sunny Enclosed Patio Garden

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, close to beach and harbour. Shops and pub an easy walk. Great for golfing

Barra Cottage is on three floors, with living room, kitchen and dining, with access to a pretty garden at the rear on the first floor. A very suitable family holiday home.

The ground floor has a double bedroom, also a children's room with twin beds (2ft 6" wide) adjacent to shower /toilet room. At the rear is the utility room with laundry facility. Upstairs on the top floor is a double bed and child's cot.

All bedrooms have TV

Bed linen and towels are provided, but you should bring your own beach towels.

More Details

Stephanie Thrower
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
16 September, 2017

About Stephanie Thrower

Stephanie Thrower is a retired G P who with her husband Rev Charles Thrower welcomes guests to their family's holiday cottage..

Stephanie Thrower purchased this cottage in 1992

Why Stephanie Thrower chose Fife & St Andrews

Elie is an ideal holiday location in Fife much loved by generations who treasure its select traditional seaside atmosphere and golf course.

What makes this cottage unique

Please see all local amenities - listed on our web site.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Outstanding, comfortable and very beautiful. Thank you for sharing your home with us." Mr & Mrs H. Georgia USA.

" A gem of a cottage with lovely atmosphere and extremely comfortable. We have enjoyed a lovely week." Mrs I. Oxfordshire

"Lovely cottage, area, and weather! So much to do for both adults and kids. Great to eat outside and to view the bay." Mr & Mrs A. Musselburgh, E Lothian
Oct 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Elie in Fife

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • resort
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Ground floor: shower enclosure, toilet and wash basin. First floor: bath room - bath, shower, toilet and vanity suite.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Top floor: bedroom 1 with king-size double bed, cot and T.V. Ground floor: Bedroom 2 twin 2'6" beds Ground floor: Bedroom 3 double bed and T.V
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Water feature in the garden - requiring care for small children. No smoking. Contact owner re pets. BT total broadband / WiFi (no telephone available). Outside: Secluded walled patio garden with paved courtyard on two levels, decorative water feature with two ponds and waterfall. Barbeque, teak table, bench and chairs with parasol. Utility Room: Washing machine, drier, fridge freezer, sink and modern gas boiler, ironing facilities, and airer. Access to small yard with bins and garden storage. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen provided, except for beach towels. House cleaned on Fridays with change of linen


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Modernised Period Cottage Close To Sandy Beach - Sunny Enclosed Patio Garden
average rating of 4.0 based on 4 reviews

Not a cottage we would choose to return.

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The location is perfect for the centre of Elie. It is warm and a good size. The little enclosed garden is very inviting and a great sun trap.

However the cottage is very very dated and not set up for a holiday rental. The cottage is used in conjunction with the owner's holiday home, and it shows! The kitchen cupboards are full of sauces, condiments, (many items out of date by years) and are full to the point when we arrived we had to condense all the full cupboards (as best we could) to make space for our shopping! And this is after a deep clean and disinfecting the cupboard we wanted to use.

There is WIFI and it is pretty robust, however the television in the lounge is a very small cathode TV (the big box TV's you bought 30 years ago)! There is a VHS recorder (not sure why?!) and a DVD player with 3 different remotes and you need a degree in how to watch the television let alone a DVD!

The cottage on first inspection is clean, however when you start to look a little closer the washing machine, dishwasher, fridge and cupboards were filthy. Unfortunately this dirt has accumulated over several years and requires a thorough deep clean. Lorraine the cleaning lady is very nice and surface cleans and changes linens / bedding and does a very good job. It is very clear Lorraine is not paid to deep clean!

The shower is powerful but also very old (a Mira shower from the 80's). It is a very small cubicle shower shoehorned into the downstairs bathroom which you certainly can not bend down in! Both reclining chairs in the lounge are broken (don't recline) and the long plastic sofa is very uncomfortable. The top double bedroom is in the eaves however would not recommend using this bed, you have to crawl onto the bed from the end to get into it.

The cottage is described as "modernised"???? Yes there is not an outside toilet but that is as far as I would go in agreeing with this very bold and deceiving statement! We have stayed in many holiday rentals all round the world, and this cottage falls way short in many many respects. Investment is needed in updating all the amenities, fixtures and fittings including all the basics such as fridges, furniture and beds!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is the very first complaint we have received since we began renting our family's cottage in 2001. We are sorry the client did not find the accommodation to her satisfaction. We will certainly address the perceived problem of cleanliness. We would however point out that this six week high season rental period was negotiated at half price.
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A lovely cottage where you really felt at home.

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely time staying at this property. A lot of attention had went into making sure it felt like a home rather than a holiday apartment and it really made a difference. The back garden is especially enjoyable and therapeutic. It's right on the beach and I honestly can't find a bad thing to say about it.

  • Review Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic home from home

  • 5 of 5

Such a warm welcome.Great cottage very homely.A delight overall.fantastic location.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Ship Inn
Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
Elie and Earsferry
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Nearest Motorway
30 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
Car: recommended


Elie is a long established seaside family resort with a small tidal harbour, an award winning beach, rock pools, and water sports. A bracing golf course. Attractive coastal walks.

A visit to the bird sanctuary on the Isle of May (by boat from Anstruther) - highly recommended, and should be booked in advance.

Elie is a good base for further exploration of Scotland's east coast, even if only for a taste of whiskey at Cambo, a round of Golf at St Andrews, or a view of Dundee's projected Victoria and Albert Museum extension (now started, just over the Tay Bridge), while a visit to Glamis Castle - a little way beyond Dundee is a real delight.

Going south to Edinburgh is just over an hour's drive, allowing that your children do not ask to stop at the Sea World, North Queensferry, or visit the new Forth Crossing View on the south side, from whence you might go west to see the Falkirk Wheel - in which case you will have to see Edinburgh Castle another day!.

Travel: A car is recommended, and you can park in the street.

Edinburgh Airport 50 miles


Elie is one of five coastal villages linked by the Fife Coastal path: St Monans 3miles, Pittenweem 5 Miles, Anstruther 6 miles, Crail 10 miles. The Isle of May bird sanctuary - an historic site visited by boat from Anstruther. St Andrews 10 miles. Dundee 25 miles. Edinburgh city centre 55 miles.

Further Details:

Wide range of very good restaurants and pubs in this area, ranging from fine dining to pub grub. Delicatessan, newsagent, pharmacy, bakery, farm shop, fresh fish (St Monans) all within easy reach. Coop supermarket at Anstruther.

Sailing, wind surfing, canoeing, with tuition available in summer season. Cycle hire.

Tennis, Golf tuition at Elie Sports Centre. Coastal walks and Elie's unique chain walk.

The "Secret Bunker" near Anstruther, also The Scottish Fisheries Museum, and Isle of May excursions from Anstruther harbour.

Kellie Castle (National Trust) near Pittenweem

St Andrews - University, historic sites, Golf Museum, Aquarium, Byre Theatre.

Dundee - R.R.S. Discovery


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Elie, Scotland

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Rate 8
1 Sep 2017 - 5 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 9
6 Oct 2017 - 26 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
27 Oct 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Booking details/availability and prices are also found by visiting the Owners Web site (see below).
PLEASE NOTE Weekly change over is on a Friday. Week end bookings commence at 3pm on a Friday for min 3 nights (when available)
Otherwise, change over day is on Friday

Changeover Day:
Friday depart at 10am, arrive at 3pm or later.
Guests are met by the owner on arrival.

Notes on prices:
Prices are presently at 2014 level, but will be reviewed in Jan 2015 Book early!The minimum stay is 7 nights, except in the low season when shorter visits (min 3 nights) may be arranged. No bookings are taken over Christmas and the New Year.

Prices/availability and deposit costs are listed on Barra Cottage (www.elieholiday.co.uk) owners web-site.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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