“Smart and friendly, and close to the harbour” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
An imposing Victorian residence built in 1870 for John Smith, a famous tea clipper captain. Set on the western side of the picturesque town of Anstruther, it is only a short walk to the harbour, town centre and excellent restaurants. There’s a very comfortable and relaxing residents’ lounge on the ground floor and a small, private reading room on the first floor. The impressive, honesty bar includes a range of over 25 whiskies, local and Scottish beers and excellent wines carefully chosen by owner Mark who is by trade a very experienced winemaker. The eight bedrooms are decorated to a notably high standard. On the top floor is the Captain’s Cabin, a replica of a ship master’s cabin, where John Smith once watched the fishing fleet from its small east-facing window.
Facilities – at a glance
- Rooms 8
- Free TV
- DVD Player
- Open parking
- Accessible bedrooms: 1
- Open all year
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About the area
This 20-mile wide peninsula between the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Tay is an ancient kingdom, once the home of Scotland’s kings and saints. Despite its modern bridges it still seems curiously detached from the rest of the country. Travelling along Fife’s grand coastline reveals a fascinating legacy of caves, castles, and ancient fishing ports. Blend coast and countryside by following stretches of the Fife Coastal Path, or take an exhilarating trek in the Fife Regional Park.
St Andrews has a unique place in Scotland’s heritage. According to legend, the city was founded by St Regulus in the 4th century, who was carrying relics of St Andrew, patron saint of Scotland, when his ship was wrecked off the coast. Thereafter, the town grew as an important religious centre, eventually home to the largest church in Scotland, now an attractive ruin, with the powerful bishops wielding great influence over church and state. Today, St Andrews is famous for its university, the oldest in Scotland, and as a world golfing mecca. The Old Course at the Royal and Ancient Golf Club claims to have 15th century origins and to play a round on these hallowed links is many golfers’ dream.
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