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Luxury Stone Cottage at The Brake, St Andrews.



Updated: 10-Nov-2016
Luxury Stone Cottage in St Andrews, Scotland - Idyllic rural retreat perfect for a romantic break, golfing holiday or just getting away from it all

The Brake Cottage is a former stable block converted into a cosy and comfortable 1 bedroom self-contained annexe adjoining the owners' home. It has everything you need for a romantic break, golfing holiday or just somewhere civilised to stay when visiting your offspring at Uni. Located in a peaceful and secluded rural setting, The Brake Cottage has its own private walled garden within the owners' large beautiful & mature garden. Endless walks through farmland and woodland are on your doorstep while St Andrews is only 5 minutes away by car. Anstruther, with its busy harbour and famous fish bars, is ten minutes away while all the attractions of Fife are within easy reach. Children and well behaved pets are welcome. Please feel free to book directly with me on 01334 880292 if you wish.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

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 this spring. 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".

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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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18 Reviews

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Great value & location

  • 5 of 5

Excellent communication & welcome, with property immaculately clean & well finished. Location is fantastic - near enough to St.Andrews to be convenient, but far enough out to be nice and dark and quiet. Would be interesting with a big dog, as it is very small, but good for just two people.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review and I am really glad that you enjoyed your visit to Brake cottage and St Andrews. Regards Karen.
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Great Wee Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Everything we needed for a 5 night break, great location for exploring the East Nuek of Fife. The cottage is ideal for two people and 1 dog, and is in immaculate condition, Karen & Peter (owners) were very welcoming and helpful. Would definitely go back, also Molly our Irish Terrier enjoyed her walks nearby and the beaches of St Andrews and Kingsbarns. Thanks Karen & Peter for a most enjoyable and relaxing break. David, Mary and Molly

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear David, Mary and Molly, Thank you for your kind review and for leaving the cottage so tidy. Really glad Molly (& you) enjoyed the beaches. Best wishes Karen.
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A wonderful cottage

  • 5 of 5

The Brake Cottage is a wonderful find with everything you require and more while on holiday, a home from home. It was spotlessly clean and beautifully furnished throughout with fresh flowers in the rooms and yummy shortbread which I enjoyed with my evening drink. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the cottage with my daughters dog, it so peaceful and good for morning/evening walks down the lanes. The cottage is in a good location for travelling to various places along the Fife coast, St Andrews and Tentsmuir. Karen is such a welcoming, friendly and helpful person, the directions Karen gave are spot on and easy to follow. Also the rest of the family are all friendly and Soutra is adorable. I would definitely recommend this property and I hope to stay again at some point. I came away feeling extremley relaxed after my visit.

Liz and Harley the dog

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for a nice review Liz and thank you for leaving the cottage so clean and tidy. I am really glad that you and Harley had such a good break and enjoyed your long long walks. King regards Karen.
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Everything that we expected

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is ideal for a couple with a dog. Very well appointed and clean with everything that you require including dish washer and washing machine. The enclosed outside space is ideal for a dog. Will return.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for leaving a review and really glad that you had a good break, I look forward to welcoming both of you back.Regards Karen.
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Beautiful Cottage

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is a very short drive from St Andrews set in a beautiful well kept surroundings, it was everything we expected and more. The cottage was very well set out and maintained ,It was clean, tidy, warm and had everything that we needed, Karen and her family were very friendly and helpful. We would thoroughly recommend this cottage to anyone and hope to return again.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a nice review and for leaving the cottage so clean and tidy. I hope to see you again, perhaps next years competition! Regards Karen.
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Lovely cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had such a great time staying at this lovely and peaceful place. Karen and Peter were very helpfull in whatever we needed (they even got us a highchair and travel cot for our daughter), the house was very well equiped and super clean. Would definitely recommend it!

  • Review Submitted: May 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review, I am so glad you had such a good trip to your friends wedding. I hope your trip home was good. Regards Karen.
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From the Owner

The Brake is located in such a beautiful and peaceful spot but so convenient for St Andrews, it offered us all the space and tranquility we wanted. A part of the history of the area, The Brake House is a wonderful place to be.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Edinburgh/Dundee at 49 Miles Nearest Barpub : St Andrews at 4 Miles Nearest Golf : St Andrews at 4 Miles Nearest Train : Leuchars at 10 Miles Nearest Restaurant : St Andrews at 4 Miles Nearest Ski : Glenshee at 66 Miles Nearest Beach : St Andrews/Kingsbarns at 4 Miles 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?).


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
2016/17 Winter
24 Sep 2016 - 31 Mar 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Summer 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Winter 2017/18
1 Nov 2017 - 31 Mar 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

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

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 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 pleasing views whichever way you turn. Brake Cottage was a stable block, built from the same stone as the house and converted into a one bed annex with separate kitchen, sitting room and shower room and having its own walled garden.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • 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 ...


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural


  • 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


  • 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
  • Bedroom 1
  • 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.


  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...


  • Self-catering


  • 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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