The Stables ref: UK5400

Pitcairlie, near St Andrews, Kingdom of Fife

Scottish Tourist Board 5 Star Self Catering



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  • Barbecue 
  • Detached Property 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Golf nearby 
  • Highchair 
  • Rural Location 
  • WiFi 
  • Cot Available 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site 
  • Pets – not allowed 
  • Heritage Collection 
  • Parking - On Site 
  • Shower Cubicle 


This is an ideal location for family gatherings and special occasions, with a large formal dining room that has been thoughtfully furnished for the occasion. The well-equipped kitchen has a range and an additional gas oven, giving you plenty of space to prepare and cook for a larger party. Afterwards you can all retire to the spacious living room, put your feet up and snuggle down in to the comfortable sofas.
The Stables is a detached, Grade II listed building, and until 2001 was the stables to Pitcarlie Estate, which dates back to 1312. It also once formed part of the Barony of Abernethy. In the 18th century, Pitcairlie was acquired by Colonel James Cathcart, of Carbiston, and around 1730 the house underwent a major programme of construction, creating a classically early Georgian country residence. The family retained the estate until the mid-1960s and had strong connections with the Royal and Ancient Golf Club in St Andrews - hence the “Cathcart Bunker” on the Old Course.
It has now been transformed into a beautiful holiday home and maintains some of the original features of the old building. The floors are Canadian maple wood sourced from an old school gym, and the entrance hall has original flagstones from the stables. The Stables has been thoughtfully furnished to provide everything you could wish for; the master bedroom has a separate dressing room and an en-suite bathroom with a large corner bath, so be sure to remember your bubblebath, and in the evening sink deep beneath the bubbles and let all your troubles flow away.
Tempting though it might be to spend your whole time here, there is plenty to do within easy reach. You are surrounded by fabulous countryside in an area renowned for its fine walking and cycling. For those wanting to give their cars a true rest, walks can be enjoyed direct from the door. Just 2 miles away is the attractive village of Auchtermuchty; medieval Falkland, which features in the television series ‘Outlander’, has an historic palace and is only 2 miles farther on. Both villages have a good range of shops, inns and restaurants. Historic St Andrews is within a 30 minute-drive and is well worth a visit. It has historic buildings, shops, fine eateries, Sea Life Centre, sandy beach and of course, is the home of golf. By direct prior arrangement with the owners, pre-ordered groceries can be delivered in time for your stay! Beach 20 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

Living room: With 50" Sky Smart TV (family package), Playstation 2 and maple floor.
Dining room: With maple floor.
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Kitchen: With breakfast area, gas/electric range, gas oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and maple floor.
Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
Separate toilet.

First floor

Bedroom 1: With double bed, 28" Freeview TV, dressing room and en-suite with 1 step up to corner bath, shower cubicle and toilet.
Bedroom 2:
With twin beds and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
Bedroom 3: With twin beds and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
Bedroom 4: With single bed.
Bathroom: With bath, toilet and heated towel rail.

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot and highchair available on request.


Large lawned garden with sitting-out area, garden furniture and BBQ. Children’s play area (shared with other properties on-site). Private parking for 4 cars. No smoking. Please note: This property has a security deposit of £250 per week, £100 per short break. Couples and family bookings only, no hen or stag parties. The property has a natural water supply from a bore hole. There are 4 steps in the garden.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    2 miles
  • Distance
    4 miles
  • Restaurant
    2 miles
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    2 miles
  • Railway station distance
    5.0 miles
  • Lake
    20 miles (beach)

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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