The Mill Lade ref: UK30659

Dura Den, near Ceres, Kingdom of Fife

Scottish Tourist Board 4 Star Self Catering



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  • Barbecue 
  • Bike Store 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Golf nearby 
  • Highchair 
  • Pets – no charge 
  • Rural Location 
  • Woodburning Stove 
  • Decorated at Christmas 
  • WiFi 
  • Cot Available 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site 
  • Heritage Collection 
  • Walk-in Shower/Bath 
  • Electric Bed 
  • Parking - On Site 
  • Shower Cubicle 
  • More Than Dog Friendly 


The Mill Lade is set in a fantastic rural location on the banks of the Ceres Burn, with uninterrupted views over the water and is the ideal choice for a family holiday or getaways with friends, where everyone can revel in the ambience and warmth of this semi-detached converted mill.
Dating back to 1803, The Mill Lade has had an innovative conversion and is finished to an excellent standard throughout. The property was originally known as Blebo Mill, as the stone to build it came from Blebo Quarry, and was built as a flax spinning mill. Its new name was taken from the lade of the mill, where the original water wheel was situated.
The quirky design of the house means that you can enter on the first floor, with seven steps leading to the living room, the focal point of the house and a lovely place for the whole party to gather. It features a high ceiling, a wood burner and cosy seating. French doors lead to the balcony overlooking the garden and burn where you can admire the stars at night. On the first floor there is a family shower room, dining room with a wood burner, and the well-equipped kitchen with quality appliances. French doors lead to a small patio at the rear of the house. Seven steps lead down from here to the family bathroom and an en-suite bedroom with a super kingsize bed, and a utility room. The ground floor has three further bedrooms, one with a double bed, and another with a kingsize bed. The master bedroom with kingsize bed features a sofa bed and a large en-suite bathroom with a walk-in shower. French doors lead onto a patio where guests can relax with a coffee in the morning.
The historic city of St Andrews can be reached within a 15-minute drive, making The Mill Lade ideal for those visiting family based at St Andrews University, or attending one of the graduation ceremonies. St Andrews has great selection of quality cafés, bars and restaurants, excellent shopping as well as sandy beaches, a harbour and many historic buildings. Renowned worldwide as the ‘Home of Golf’ and regularly playing host to the Open Championship, this is perfect for golfers. There is an excellent range of championship courses nearby including The Dukes Course, Kingsbarns, Crail and Elie as well as Hickory Golf club at Hill of Tarvit Mansion.
Falkland Palace and Garden is nearby for a great day out, one of Scotland’s finest Renaissance palaces and steeped in history. Fans of the epic TV series ‘Outlands’ will recognise the location which was used as 1940’s Inverness. Beach 7 miles. Shop and restaurant 2 miles, pub 3 miles.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

Main entrance on first floor; alternative access via ground floor.
Bedroom 1:
With super kingsize bed, single sofa bed, 38" Freeview TV, patio doors leading to garden and en-suite with bath, walk-in shower, toilet and heated towel rail.
Bedroom 2: With zip and link kingsize bed (can be twin beds on request) and 20" Freeview TV.
Bedroom 3: With double bed and 20" Freeview TV.

First floor

Kitchen: With breakfast area, electric range, combi microwave/oven/grill, fridge, freezer, coffee machine, dishwasher, DAB radio, tiled floor and French doors leading to garden.
Dining room: With wood burner.
Shower room 1
: With shower cubicle and toilet.
7 steps to...
Lower first floor.
Bedroom 4
: With super kingsize bed, 32" Freeview TV and en-suite with shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.
Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
Bathroom: With bath, shower attachment, heated towel rail and tiled floor.
7 steps from first floor to...
Upper first floor.
Living room: With wood burner, 48" Freeview TV, beams, wooden floor and French doors leading to terrace.

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot and highchair. Welcome pack.


Garden with terrace, garden furniture and barbecue. 2 dogs welcome, to be kept on leads at all times. Private parking for 4 cars. No smoking. Please note: There are 10 steps, steep banks and sudden drops in the garden. There is an unfenced river in the garden, 50 yards away.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    2 miles
  • Distance
    2 miles
  • Restaurant
    2 miles
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    3 miles
  • Railway station distance
    4.0 miles
  • Lake
    7 miles

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

Glamis Castle

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

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 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.

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.

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!

The Black Watch Castle and Museum

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

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.

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!

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.

Scone Palace

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

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