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Luxury Stone Cottage at The Brake, St Andrews.

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

Luxury Stone Cottage in St Andrews, Scotland - Idyllic rural retreat perfect for a romantic break, golfing holiday or just getting away from it all

*Beautifully restored and converted 18th Century stone stables.

*Cosy and comfortable 1 double bedroom self-contained apartment adjoining the owners' home.

*Peaceful and secluded rural setting.

*Private walled garden with patio area.

*Endless walks through farmland and woodland on your doorstep.

*Everything you need for a romantic break, golfing holiday or just somewhere civilised to stay when visiting your offspring at Uni.

*Wood burning stove and central heating.

*Fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher & washing machine.

*Well appointed wet-room shower room.

*Free WiFi broadband access, satellite TV and DVD.

*Storage for golf clubs or bicycles.

*Some of Scotland's finest restaurants within a few minutes drive (recommendations available)

*St Andrews 5 minutes away by car.

*Anstruther, with its busy harbour and famous fish bars, 10 minutes away by car.

*Nearest beach 5 minutes away.

*Ample parking.

*Well behaved pets welcome.

More Details

Karen Driscoll
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
18 April, 2018

About Karen Driscoll

Peter and Karen Driscoll own The Brake House.

We moved to The Brake House in 2013 with our two children and Soutra the Labrador. With grand plans for a self-sufficient smallholding, we quickly bought chickens (Dipsy, La-La & Po!) and sheep (Dolly,Flossie & Lady Ba Ba) who had our first lambs last spring and are currently in lamb again for April 2017. Meanwhile work on the garden, vegetable garden and poly tunnel goes on in between school runs and Peter's work in the NHS.

We know how hard the day-to-day grind can be and therefore the importance of a really good holiday.

We look forward to welcoming you to our little piece of "The Good Life".

Karen Driscoll purchased this cottage in 2013

Why Karen Driscoll chose Saint Andrews

The Brake is located in a beautiful and peaceful spot that is so convenient for St Andrews. It gives us all the space and tranquility we need and as a part of the history of the area, The Brake House is simply a wonderful place to be.

What makes this cottage unique

This area used to specialise in growing flax. A brake is a basic wooden machine used to break the tough outside of the flax stem and release the silky fibres inside. The Brake House was where the brake was kept, drawing in the growers from miles around.

The views of the fields, the old barns and weather vane along with the stables and trees (one we think is 280 years old and planted when the house was built) make for amazing views whichever way you turn. Brake Cottage was originally a stable block, built from the same stone as the house and converted into a one bedroom apartment with separate kitchen, sitting room and shower room, and having its own walled garden.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"A really lovely place to stay with all the creature comforts. A wonderful location with unbelievable wildlife and scenery. We don't play golf but might need to start in order to justify a speedy return!" Christine, Essex.

"Wish I could live there all the time!" Patricia, East Lothian.
May 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Saint Andrews in Fife

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Please do not arrive with extra people or pets that have not been booked in. If we can accommodate them there may be an extra charge.
  • Please be kind enough to leave as you find.
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Modern en suite shower room off bedroom with walk-in wet room power shower (with both hand-piece and drench rose), basin,cabinet, toilet and heated towel rail. White bath sheets and hand towels provided.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: The bedroom has a double bed with egyptian cotton sheets, cosy duvet and throw. There is a chest of drawers, mirror, wardrobe and bedside tables with lights. The bedroom is decorated with Sanderson Swallows paper as a reflection of the swallows that nest in the barns each spring. Central heating. Bed linen is provided.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: The Brake Cottage is a cosy and comfortable 1 bedroom stone-built cottage within a converted stable block adjoining the owner's home. Well behaved pets are also welcome by prior arrangement. Please note that Brake Cottage is no smoking. Many takeaways deliver to us and we have a list of favourite restaurants - we are happy to make recommendations. If there is anything else that you feel you need to make your stay perfect, please ask us and we will try to accommodate. Outside: Brake Cottage is set in a secluded and peaceful rural location adjoining the owner's home. Surrounding gardens belonging to the owners are mature with a number of beautiful trees. The cottage has its own private and sheltered south-facing walled garden directly outside the property with picnic table seating, lawn and fruit trees. There is plentiful nearby parking. Cleaning / Towels / Linen: Linen and towels are provided and the property is cleaned every week, or after every booking if a short stay.


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Luxury Stone Cottage at The Brake, St Andrews.
average rating of 4.892857 based on 29 reviews

Wonderful location and delightful accommodation which surpassed our expectations

  • 5 of 5

We had a warm welcome from Karen and Peter and the cottage was ideal for our short break outside St Andrews. Very cosy with nice log burner and lovely quiet aspect in the countryside

We will be back and thank you so much for making our stay so enjoyable

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for leaving a review, I look forward to seeing you again in the future. Regards Karen.
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Cozy, Comfortable and Conventient..

  • 5 of 5

I stayed in this lovely cottage for the full month of November and most of December, to be close to my daughter and son in law, who live in St. Andrews. The location is very peaceful, on a quiet (at least this time of year) farm, but within 10 minutes driving distance to St. Andrews. The cottage itself was immaculate and very tastefully furnished, with a nice bonus that a cleaning service came once a week to help keep it in pristine condition... My dogs and I really appreciated the adorable fireplace, especially on cold rainy days, and that Karen kept us well stocked with wood and kindling! The location off the main house feels very private, but with the security of knowing the hosts are right around the corner if any problem should arise. My very favorite "amenity" was the hosts' incredibly adorable black lab, Sutra (?), who I fell totally in love as soon as she looked me in the eyes with her heart meltingly sweet gaze.

The only drawbacks would be that there was no phone signal inside the house, but wifi kept me connected to my daughter. If I had chosen a different carrier, there is a chance I could have gotten a signal just stepping outside the door, though, but it wasn't really a problem for me, and didn't inhibit the enjoyment of my stay.

Overall.. we loved it, would highly recommend, and definitely would stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: 29-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are really glad that you enjoyed your stay so much. I am sorry that your phone signal did not work here, there are a couple of carriers that are poorer in this area although most phones can can signal through the wifi. Best wishes for the rest of your trip going well. Karen & Peter.
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Beautiful little Cottage. Wonderful hosts.

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time at this home. It is impeccably clean and in a quaint country building. It is a 5-10 min drive into the center of St Andrews or just a £12 taxi. Our daughter is attending the University of St Andrews and we will definitely be staying here again.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Scotland gem

  • 5 of 5

The Brake House cottage fulfilled our wishes for lodging near St Andrews. The description/write up on VRBO matched this quaint, well equipped home away from home. If you want a quiet and beautiful setting that is close to villages and the golf courses, this should be your pick!

Karen and her family were lovely and so friendly making our stay enjoyable. The farm surrounding the property delighted us with the sheep and scenery. While my husband golfed I loved being able to walk the farm lanes.

Do not miss this gem. Thank you , Karen

  • Review Submitted: 13-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for leaving such a nice review, I am so pleased you enjoyed your trip. Regards Karen.
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Lovely wee cottage

  • 5 of 5

Had a lovely weekend at Brake Cottage which is well appointed with everything you might need . Really enjoyed the wood burning stove. Lovely wet floor shower room. Lovely kitchen, cosy lounge. Karen was a friendly and helpful host. Location is an ideal base for visiting around the local area. Would highly recommend

  • Review Submitted: 04-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great comfortable cosy cottage for two in a quiet location

  • 5 of 5

On arrival we were greeted by Karen (and Soutra the friendly black labrador) who gave us a tour of the cottage. The cottage was clean and nicely furnished and well equipped. The lovely shortbread and the fresh flowers and the pint of milk were nice touches.

On our four day stay in July we didn't feel the need to light the log burner, but I am sure it would have made the living area really warm.

Sitting outside on the two comfortable chairs was nice to do, although we spent a lot of our time visiting St Andrews and the coast. St Andrews is close by and has many restaurants so eating out is easy to do.

We would hope to return at some point in the future if we can.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
49 Miles
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
St Andrews
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
St Andrews
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
St Andrews
Nearest Ski
66 Miles
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
St Andrews/Kingsbarns
Car: necessary


Brake Cottage is just 5 minutes from the nearest beach, East Sands in St Andrews, frequently the site for sailing regattas and rowing contests. West Sands, made famous by the film Chariots of Fire, offers miles of unspoilt sand and dunes with stunning views of St Andrews. Award winning Kingsbarns beach is 10 minutes drive, while every local fishing town has its own version of where land meets sea. Elie in particular offers water sports tuition and is 15 minutes away.


The nearest airports are Edinburgh (international & national, 47 miles, 1hr 10mins) and Glasgow international & national, 90 miles, 1hr 50mins) and Dundee (national, 20 miles, 35 mins).

Local train stations are Cupar (14 miles) and Leuchars (10 miles), both on the East Coast Main Line.

A car is really required to fully explore the area.


St Andrews 4.6 miles.

Anstruther 5 miles.

Elie 10.5 miles

Dundee 18.5 miles.

Edinburgh 50 miles.

Further Details:

St Andrews offers a plethora of coffee shops, specialist shops and world-class restaurants. It is steeped in history, having previously been the capital of Scotland, and has everything from the very old to the brand new.

The East Neuk of Fife offers picturesque harbours, amazing sandy and rocky beaches and wonderful architecture. The area is also bursting with great options for day trips, including:

St Andrews Botanic Gardens

St Andrews Sea Life Centre Aquarium

St Andrews Cathedral & Castle

Cairnie Fruit Farm & Mega Maze

The Scottish Deer Centre

Falkland Palace & Gardens

Fife Animal Park

Elie Watersports & Bicycle Hire

Boat Trips to the Isle of May

Scotland's Secret Bunker

Fife Coastal Path

Cluny Clays Shooting Centre

Kellie Castle

St Andrews has a great range of shops & restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets, including Janetta's, the UK's Best Ice Cream Shop 2014, The Peat Inn (best food in Scotland?).


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Saint Andrews, 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
Summer 2018
17 Mar 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A deposit of £100 per week booked is required to secure the booking.
The balance is payable 30 days before the booked holiday dates.

Changeover Day:
Changeover Day is usually Saturday but we can be flexible.
Check in after 4pm, check out by 10am.
Arrivals differing from above may be possible by arrangement.

Notes on prices:
During peak season, we would prefer guests to come and stay for a full week. However, we know that getting away from things is sometimes not that easy and a short break is what is needed. Please contact us if this is you and we will see what we can do.
Prices for shorter stays will be pro rata whilst including laundry and cleaning.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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