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Spacious Elie Holiday House Ideally Situated Between Gently Shelving Blue Flag B

Bedrooms 6
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

House in Elie, Nr. St Andrews, Fife, Central Scotland - Elie, A Wonderful Holiday Destination For All Ages - Beach, Golf, Walking, Watersports, Tennis, Pubs

Methven House is a sympathetic renovation of the 'old' grocers shop in Elie. It is a successful blend of the original Victorian charm with some cutting edge contemporary styling. 130 yards from the front door to the beach and about the same to the golf course at the rear. Huge south facing sitting room (26' long), with another 'snug' sitting room both with TV's and wood-burning stoves. The 'snug' room is open-planned with the new dining kitchen which leads directly onto a sun-trap and sheltered, enclosed garden. The garden gate leads down a path to private off street parking for 2 cars and on to the golf course. The kitchen is large and sunny, well-equipped with ovens, microwave, large fridge, freezer, washer/dryer, gas hob, dishwasher, ipod player etc. At the rear of the property on this side is a twin room overlooking the garden and a shower room. This downstairs bedroom is ideal for limited mobility people. A wheelchair can fit in the shower room but it is not a 'wet' room and does have a shower tray. A king-size double room with en suite bathroom is at the top of the stairs leading up from the utility kitchen. At the top of the stairs from the reception hall is a master super king-size double room with en suite bathroom with underfloor heating. There are 3 front facing bedrooms as well - a twin, a single and a triple (with adult-sized bunks). There is a family bathroom with bath and separate shower. There are high chairs, cot, children's books, dolls house and a dressing up box. Games and jigsaws for all ages. A DVD player in each sitting room, along with Ipod compatible music systems and free WiFi should keep everyone happy! It has a telephone (honesty box system to pay for calls). Elie, a wonderful holiday destination for all ages, provides a wealth of attractions. Everything from a gently shelving blue flag beach, water sports centre, golf courses and putting green, tennis courts, Fife Coastal Path walks, shops, cafes, cosy pubs, fine dining, historic sites and bird watching are all available within walking distance of this holiday home! If you still need more, try one of over 30 golf courses within a 15 mile radius, visit the ancient university town of St Andrews (12 miles away) or the Secret Bunker to explore the 24,000 square feet of nuclear proof accommodation built 100 feet underground. There are castles and palaces to discover and the chance to browse the picturesque fishing villages of the East Neuk of Fife. The area is rich in art and antique shops and has a lively arts scene including the annual Pittenweem Arts Festival which attracts many local artists and visitors from far afield. Fife has lots of excellent restaurants. In Elie itself Sangsters, The Ship Inn and The 19th Hole (latter is staggering distance from back gate!) are all recommended for a meal out. Within 10 miles there is a wealth of delicious places to eat but to single out a few: Michelin-starred Peat Inn, The Cellar in Anstruther, The Inn at Lathones, The Golf Hotel in Crail. A couple of miles further and there are many more in St Andrews - one being The Road Hole Restaurant at the Old Course, or try Ostlers Close in Cupar. If you want to eat in, try the Ardross Farm Shop just outside Elie for locally sourced delicious food and ready made meals. Check out the coffee and hot chocolate at The Cocoa Tree Shop in Pittenweem. During the summer months there are many Fife gardens open to the public under the Gardens of Scotland scheme - but if you are visiting at other times of the year then the Cambo gardens are open year round and The Botanic Garden in St Andrews also runs workshops and lectures. For keen bird-watchers (like the owner), Methven's location has much to offer. White-tailed Sea Eagles, with their 8-foot wing span, were first re-introduced to Fife in 2007 and are regularly spotted in the surrounding countryside. The nearby Isle of May has 40,000 occupied Puffin burrows, and offers the chance to see many rare species during the Spring and Autumn migration. Visit equestrian centres or try out quad biking. Have a go at clay pigeon shooting or take a boat trip to the Isle of May. Enjoy a spot of sea fishing...... or just stay and relax in your comfortable holiday home!

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Member since: 2014
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12 June, 2018


I am a wife and mother of 3 children. We love Elie as it is a small friendly place where the children can roam safely as soon as they can cross a road. They love the independence it offers and will walk quite long distances to get to the sweetie shop and collect your newspaper with 20p in their pocket. Teenagers also have a fabulous time in high season. The Pav, tennis, golf, watersports centre and bonfires on the beach are all entertainment. We love to cook and the kitchen is well equipped. The house is large enough to find a quiet spot away from the melee and the garden is a real private suntrap.

We love walking in the winter and coming back to a wood fire. We like to get outdoors in any weather and take our kayaks to the beach if it is a calm day. Can kayak round the coast.

LOUISA NELSON purchased this house in 2009

Why LOUISA NELSON chose Earlsferry

We bought the house because we love Elie. We wanted a house large enough to have friends and family to stay as our children love to holiday with cousins - the more the better and they have 30 to choose from! We wanted to have a house with 2 ensuites to ensure 2 families could holiday together and both have privacy. I also wanted a downstairs bathroom and bedroom for the elderly or infirm. Elie has a feel of 'Swallows and Amazons' and encourages all ages to get outside and enjoy themselves. There are lots of other like-minded families to meet if you feel so inclined. Really friendly place - summer holidays your children will want to repeat annually and remind you of your summer holidays long ago....

What makes this house unique

Over the years I have enjoyed the freedom my children have experienced whilst staying in Elie. Any aged children will head off with or without you. I always knew they would be safe, the beach is very gently shelving and the traffic are aware that it is a holiday venue with lots of wobbly children cycling with golf clubs on their backs the wrong way down the road. The house is well situated between the golf course and the beach. When we renovated the house I designed it with 2 of almost everything - showers/baths/cookers/boilers/washing machines/dishwashers/microwaves/dvd/tv so that a breakdown would not adversely affect one's holiday. It gives one great peace of mind that you are not going to be left with a pile of dirty dishes due to bad luck.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I just wanted to say thank you so much for a really amazing house! We had a fantastic time and couldn't believe how well Methven House accommodated us all so comfortably - the kids had a great time with all the indoor and outdoor space and all the girls are now going to pester their husbands for a very long time to get a kitchen like yours - it is fantastic!! We sat around the table both nights till the early hours and it was really great to be all together in such a lovely room which really has everything and more than even my own kitchen has! Lindsay Harper

Just to say that we had a wonderful stay at Methven House - it was just perfect. We really appreciated being able to come in early and leave late, it made our weekend very relaxing. As well as being extremely comfortable and very nicely decorated, we particularly appreciated how incredibly spacious it is - we had four generations ranging from 6 months to 95, and 15 people (inc 2 babies) and still had plenty of room. Cat Dean
Feb 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Earlsferry in Fife

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • village
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bedroom 1 en suite: bath, wc and basin. Bedroom 2 en suite: bath, wc and basin. Family bathroom: bath, separate shower, wc and basin. Downstairs shower room: Large shower, wc and basin. 2 boilers supply ample hot water!!
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 14 (6 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with super king-size zip and link beds with en suite bathroom. Bedroom 2 with king-size double bed and en suite. Bedroom 3 with Twin beds. Bedroom 4 with Twin beds. Bedroom 5 with Single bed and 2 adult Bunks. Bedroom 6 with Single bed.
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Notes on accommodation: Welcome, firstly, to the Kingdom of Fife … one of Scotland’s “best kept secrets” and also one of the driest locations in Scotland! We hope you enjoy the house, have a fantastic holiday and are able to make the most of the chance to explore this wonderful area of Scotland. Our aim is that it should be comfortable enough here for even a wet week in Elie to be a memorable and enjoyable holiday. This house is very spacious and comfortable. It has been designed to make you feel relaxed and to allow "space in your togetherness". It is ideal for multi-generational holidays, celebrations, anniversaries! The village has a deli, 2 pubs (one a short stagger from the back gate), Michelin starred restaurant, coffee shops, bakers, gifts and DIY and the all important 'sweetie' shop/newsagent. A lovely farm shop with home cooking just outside the village. Private parking at the rear and 'free parking' on the street at the front. All utilities included in rental. Outside: Garden has a large patio area with outdoor dining furniture and a BBQ. Rotary clothes drier. Small lawn to sunbathe on - and some deckchairs/recliners in the shed. Pretty flower beds. Utility Room: The utility kitchen, which is another fully-equipped kitchen with a huge SMEG fridge/freezer, gas hob, microwave, oven, washing machine, dishwasher etc. We like to cook and you will find most things you need - tagine, pestle and mortar, blender,dishes etc Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen and bath and hand towels included. (Not beach towels). House cleaned before you arrive and after you leave. Extra cleaning and linen changes available on request (further charge applicable). Catering also available on request.


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Spacious Elie Holiday House Ideally Situated Between Gently Shelving Blue Flag B
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Large,spacious and well equipped holiday home.

  • 5 of 5

We rented Methven house over 4 days for my wife's 50th birthday treat.The house was ideal for our needs with plenty of space and all the mod cons you would need.Situated close to the beach and a short walk to the local shops.

Elie is well situated for easy access to local beaches and 10 to 15 minutes drive to supermarkets to stock up on groceries to cook in the massive kitchen/dining room.

We are regular visitors to Elie and this was by far the best property we have rented.

The owner Louisa was easy to contact and replied very quickly to any queries we had.

Overall I highly recommend Methven particularly for larger parties who could enjoy the larger spaces without feeling cramped.My family and friends loved it

  • Review Submitted: 19-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Spacious, well equipped, comfortable house in a lovely position.

  • 5 of 5

We were a party of 12 people (10 adults of various ages and 2 children). The room sizes allowed us all to be together to eat, or relax if we wanted to, but equally there was plenty of room to find a quiet corner if you wanted time away from the rest, without having to go to your bedroom. The two lounges( and two tv's!) meant the guys could watch the footie whilst the girls enjoyed a film. Two kitchens made mealtimes simple and two dishwashers were a godsend, along with the two washing machines. Bedrooms were all comfortable and nicely decorated and bathroom facilities were adequate for our number of guests. Plenty of games and books for all ages and the dressing up box gave us all a giggle. Only a few steps across the road to get to the long sandy beach or a short walk to the village in Elie for essentials. Can recommend the Andross farm shop pies and also the Sunday lunch in The 19th Hole pub just 2 or 3 minutes from the back gate. Good meals also to be had in The Ship, Elie and The Waterfront in Anstruther (who found a table for 12 at very short notice and were happy for us to decorate it with balloons and banners for a birthday.) Birdwatchers amongst us were not disappointed with the variety of birds spotted from the cliffs by the golf course. All in all there was something for everybody and we were all very sorry to leave.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. It is very thorough and will have taken some time to write! I am very glad you had a good holiday. Please come again! Thanks Louisa
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A fantastic holiday in a charming, unique property

  • 5 of 5

As an extended family group of 11 adults ranging in age from 19 through to 83 years we enjoyed a wonderful holiday in Methven House. We have stayed in many large properties but were unanimous in declaring this our best holiday let yet. This house is exceptionally spacious, comfortable and we found it absolutely fascinating to be staying in an old family grocer's shop, which, as the property description states, has been sympathetically renovated. It has a real charming quality and offers something a little bit different for people like us who enjoy wondering 'what this bit used to be' etc. Every single bed was very good quality and comfortable, bedding is lovely crisp cotton, towels are fluffy and the kitchen diner is practically perfect. Add the fact that the beach and golf course are practically on the doorstep, what more do you want? We travelled from Yorkshire to Fife and absolutely loved it. There was so much to do in such beautiful surroundings with lovely, friendly local people. We feel that the photographs of Methven House don't do it justice. It is huge! Many thanks to Louisa who was very friendly, helpful, accommodating and made the booking process very simple. We can't wait to return to Elie. What a little gem of a town and what a gem of a property.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Outstanding location, spacious, well equipped

  • 5 of 5

Rented the cottage for 4 nights and found the property and location to be ideal. The cottage was spacious, well equipped and comfortable. Access to the beach was excellent. I thoroughly recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic holiday house in Elie

  • 5 of 5

Methven House is just brilliant - it's very well equipped and brilliantly located. It's a hop, skip and jump to the pub, golf course, tennis and beach. There's loads of room in the house - perfect for two families or a large group. A major plus is lots of hot water, brilliant after a fun day out or a day at the beach. Really can't fault the house. I have a very strong feeling we will be back next year !

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had a brilliant stay at Methven House earlier this year. There were ten of us in total and there was more than enough space to accommodate all of us - especially the fantastic kitchen which is great for socialising. Being across the road from the beach was a huge bonus too. The house is beautiful and Louisa the owner was great at keeping in touch prior to and during our visit with any queries we had. We would go back in a heartbeat!

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: February 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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The house is 2 mins walk to the beach and from there you can walk to the Watersports Centre for sailing, waterskiing etc.

The East Neuk of Fife is famous for its beaches, picturesque fishing villages, and lovely Coastal Path for walks. The Chain Walk on the Fife Coastal Path offers those who are energetic and have a head for heights a walk with a difference.

A day trip to the Isle of May is good outing


Edinburgh airport: 42 miles

Dundee airport:28 miles

Train station: Markinch 12.13 miles Springfield 11.2 miles Cupar 10.98 miles

Edinburgh city centre:47 miles

St. Andrews Bus station:13 miles

Perth Bus and Train:38 miles


Many fishing villages all along coast. St Andrews Botanic Gardens, Golf and Cinema 13 miles. One pub/restaurant CLOSE walking distance, others 10/15 mins walk. Many restaurants within driving distance.

Further Details:

Village provides for all day-to-day shopping and banking. Anstruther 6.5 miles away has a medium sized supermarket. All major supermarkets will deliver.

Anstruther Fish Bar

The Cellar

The Haven, Shore Street, Cellardyke +44 (0) 1333 310574

The Waterfront, Anstruther /


Golf Hotel, Crail

Marine Bistro Hotel, Crail : 54 Nethergate Crail +44 (0)1333 450207

Lobster Shed : Crail Harbour +44 (0) 1333450476


Ostlers Close, Cupar

The Peat Inn, by Cupar


Elie Coffee House, High Street +44 (0) 1333 330061

Golf Tavern (the 19th Hole), Earlsferry

Harbour House, Bank Street

Sangsters, Elie

The Ship Inn, Elie


The Heron Gallery

St Monans

Seafood Restaurants : St Monans

The Mayview Hotel, High Street +44 (0) 1333 730564

St Andrews

Byre Theatre, Restaurant

Grill House

Nahm-Jim (Thai)

PM’s (take away)


Seafood Restaurants : St Andrews

St Andrews Golf Hotel, St Andrews +44 (0) 1334 472611

The Dolls House, St Andrews

The Inn at Lathones

Vineleaf, St

Café India, 65 Market Street +44 (0) 1334 477778

Jahangir, 116a South Street +44 (0) 1334 470300

Bella Italia, Bell Street +44 (0) 1334 476268

The Glass House, North Street +44 (0) 1334 473673

Pizza Express, Logies Lane +44 (0) 1334 477109

Zizzi, South Street +44 (0) 1334 474676

Fish and Chips available in Pittenweem and Anstruther, van comes to Elie regularly. Sundays often shut so check times!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Earlsferry, Scotland

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 1
27 Mar 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
Rate 2
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Half term
13 Oct 2018 - 30 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Booking Notes:
50% deposit at time of booking (unless booking more than 1 year in advance when I would reduce this and stagger further payments). Balance due 6 weeks before rental commences. 'Good-housekeeping' deposit of £250 payable at the same time as final payment.

Changeover Day:
High season changeover day normally a Saturday. Flexible at other times of year.

Notes on prices:
Please contact owner for details of weekend bookings, smaller groups or any other information. Dogs are £10 each per week. Cot (please bring own linen) and high chair are free. 'Good housekeeping' deposit is £250, and payable with final balance. Refund within one week of your departure as long as house is respectable.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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