The Barracks @ East Neuk Orchards ref: UK12739

Arncroach, near St Andrews, Kingdom of Fife

Scottish Tourist Board 5 Star Self Catering



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  • Dishwasher 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Highchair 
  • Sea View 
  • Open Fire 
  • Pets – no charge 
  • Rural Location 
  • Decorated at Christmas 
  • WiFi 
  • Cot Available 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site 
  • Coastal within 5 miles 
  • Parking - On Site 


This fabulous, semi-detached stone building, complete with a red pantile roof, is a great location for a family holiday, celebration or for friends to spend time together is rural Fife, just minutes’ drive to the seaside, in the grounds of the owners home. The Barracks @ East Neuk Orchards is a spacious and welcoming holiday home just ozzing character and charm. With views over the countryside down to the sea, the spacious and welcoming living room has a feature fire place with an open fire and makes the ideal hub for everyone to gather together.

This wonderful abode has an interesting history. The ground floor of the property predates 1750, being originally part of a larger estate and later extended upwards. Further farm buildings and accommodation were constructed forming a traditional courtyard with a very untraditional but historic dovecot. The Barracks was named because the building was used as a billet for British and Polish officers during WW2. During the 1970s the barracks accommodation was converted into a single residence and the two original front doors were turned into French windows. The upstairs drawing room fireplace was refitted with a chimney piece from old Montrave House. The upstairs toilet also has mahogany fittings rescued from an old house in St Andrews. This imaginative conversion and redecoration provides an excellent standard of accommodation for guests whilst maintaining the original and character and charm.

There are the grounds to explore, but you will need your boots as are there are no footpaths. Perfect for walkers and cyclists, there are many quiet roads and paths to explore. Kellie Castle and gardens with its tea room makes for a great walk, and is about 1½ miles away. This is a super location for spotting wildlife, and nearby Gillingshill Reservoir has a variety of water fowl, including coots, little grebes and swans. Look out for rare green sandpipers during the migration season, and in late summer the air is filled with dragonflies and damselflies. The woodland also hosts a multitude of wild flowers in spring.

Four miles away is the magical old harbour village of Pittenween which oozes charm. There is a working harbour where you can watch the boats landing their catch and purchase freshly caught fish for your supper. If you would like to catch your own, fishing is available from the piers in St Monans, Pittenweem and Anstruther. Wander around the old lanes with their coffee shops or visit the harbourside ice cream shop for refreshments. For a walk along the shore, the Fife Coastal Path follows the coast to old fishing villages, pretty coves and sandy beaches where lots of sea life is visible from the shore.

Only a 20-minute drive is the historic city of St Andrews, a popular tourist location which offers a great selection of quality cafés, bars and restaurants, excellent shopping, historic buildings, a harbour and a sandy beach. Renowned worldwide as the home of golf, it regularly plays host to the Open Championship and there is also the British Golf Museum. Beach 5½ miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

This property can be booked together with The Lodge @ East Neuk Orchards (ref UK11279) to accommodate up to 12 guests.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

6 steps to entrance.
Cupboard: With washer/dryer.
Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed, French door leading to garden and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
Bedroom 2: With kingsize bed and French door leading to garden.
Bedroom 3: With double bed.
Bedroom 4: With twin beds.
Bathroom: With clawfoot bath and toilet.

First floor

Living room: With open fire, 32" Freeview Smart TV and DVD player.
Sitting room.
Kitchen/dining room: With electric coal-effect fire, electric range, microwave, SMEG fridge/freezer, dishwasher and wooden floor.
Separate toilet.

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


Biomass central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial fuel for opren fire included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Welcome pack.


Lawned garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. 10-acre natural grounds with woodland (shared with owner and other properties on-site). Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking. Please note: There are sloping banks and drops in the grounds.
  • Nearest town
    St Andrews
  • Shops
    4 miles
  • Distance
    9 miles
  • Restaurant
    4 miles
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    4 miles
  • Railway station distance
    11.5 miles
  • Lake
    7 yards (reservoir)

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About the local area

Fife was home to Scotland's capital for six centuries, the evidence of which can still be found in its many castles, cathedrals and places of historic interest. Apart from its historical heritage Fife is also renowned for world class golf courses and lovely stretches of picturesque coastline.

Long sections of the Fife Coastal Path can now be enjoyed by walkers and there are a variety of linear and circular routes which have been graded and waymarked, from which you can enjoy beautiful seacapes and spot spectacular wildlife such as grey seals, dolphins and maybe even the odd basking shark. For bird lovers the offshore islands of Inchkeith and Inchcolm are home to thousands of seabirds, including large numbers of Puffins in May.

In the northeast the gentle rolling hills of the hinterland extend eastwards to windswept cliffs, rocky bays and sandy beaches, where scenes from the film `Chariots of Fire' were filmed. South down the coast a short distance is the ancient university town of St. Andrews, home to the world-famous Royal and Ancient golf club.

St. Andrews University was founded in 1410 and is Scotland's oldest university town. The medieval town centre has narrow alleys and cobbled streets which lead to the now ruined cathedral and the church of St. Regulus, which has a spiral staircase leading to the top of a 108-foot tower, offering magnificent views over the town. There are also two great beaches, botanical gardens and an aquarium here.

South of St. Andrews the picturesque small stone harbour fishing villages of Crail, Anstruther, Piteenween and St Monans are all places to experience the un-hurried pace of life by the sea. Further round the coast there are a number of first class golf courses such as Elie and Leven Links, to name only two of more than forty golf courses in this region!

Southern Fife is dominated by Dunfermline, Scotland's former capital. The Queensferry crossing, the longest bridge of its type in the world, The Forth Road and Rail Bridges over the Firth of Forth to Edinburgh are the most distinctive landmarks on this stretch of coast and allow easy access to the capital for days out.

Things to do nearby

Mills Observatory

Open every weekday evening from October to March, and with free admission to the observatory and displays, Mills observatory is an exciting attraction.

The Black Watch Castle and Museum

This historical military regiment is a great destination for a family day out.

Perth Museum and Art Gallery

One of the oldest museums in the U.K., Perth Museum and Art Gallery is the perfect day trip out on one of those famous Scottish rainy days!

Scone Palace

Contrary to what its name may lead you to believe, Scone Palace is actually a place rich in history.

Fife Coastal Path

Stretching for over 150km, the Fife coastal path runs form the Forth Estuary in the South to the Tay Estuary in the North.

St Pauls Cathedral
St Pauls Cathedral

This magnificent cathedral is located in the heart of Dundee city centre and is a fully functioning home to a vibrant Christian community. It is also open for visitors to view its beautiful, decorated period gothic architecture.

V and A Museum

V&A Museum Dundee is an international centre for design for Scotland - the first ever design museum to be built in the UK outside London.

St Andrews Castle
St Andrews Castle

This largely ruined castle situated in the Kingdom of Fife is an excellent starting point to an exploration of St Andrews.

Camperdown Country Park

Camperdown Country Park is the largest country park in Dundee and is famously home to no less than 190 different species of trees!

St Pauls Cathedral
St Pauls Cathedral

This magnificent cathedral is located in the heart of Dundee city centre and is a fully functioning home to a vibrant Christian community. It is also open for visitors to view its beautiful, decorated period gothic architecture.

Glamis Castle

Glamis Castle was the childhood home of the Queen mother and the setting for Shakepeare's `Macbeth'.

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