We chose St Andrews because of the long sandy beaches, old, old town, amazing scenery and proximity to airports and trains. Our cottages - West Sands and East Sands - can be rented together or separately; are converted from 18thC stables buildings and set just outside the centre of town in beautiful quiet grounds.
I travelled extensively in work and play before moving to Scotland, and believe all our guests deserve accommodation the way I'd want it to be myself. You get your own cottage: no shared amenities. Our stables buildings were lovingly converted and restored by local craftsmen using stone and natural materials. We use good white sheets. You get a proper coffee machine. A wine-cooler, if you want it. Woodburning stoves and underfloor heating beneath the slate tiles to keep you cosy in the nippy Scottish winters. You can park right in front of your cottage - we're enough outside town to get total quiet yet close enough for a good walk, cycle or taxi in for the local sights, shops, bars, cinema, theatre and restuarants.
Each of our 2 cottages has one bathroom to two bedrooms, which are configured as a twin and a king/double. Some people rent the space as a couple, others come with friends, some rent both cottages. West Sands is slightly roomier in the living area - maybe ideal for bigger kids - and East Sands has a bigger kitchen with a glimpse of the sea.
Disponible para huéspedes
We live right across the courtyard from you but your cottage is your cottage: tu casa, tu casa. You have private access to it, and you're also welcome to come out into the courtyard at the back and sit in the lavender terrace in the corner (a suntrap) or walk along the lane running through the Coach House garden: please be aware there may be our cat Truly and our two (small, tame) pups, Tommy and Stanley, running loose. Kids: do feel free to use the climbing frame (don't wear white!) and lower lawn for ball games playing, and by all means, parents, do ask if your children want to play on the trampoline, which is in the Coach House private garden (NB we've removed the safety nets and use is at your own risk).
There are neighbours living in all parts of Kincaple House, whom you may encounter as you drive in and out: please drive slowly: thank you.
Atención a los huéspedes
We're a friendly family-run home, and we're clear that our cottages are independent with no concierge service. We like to respect your privacy and you to respect ours. That said, you have a phone number and if there are problems we're living on site and in most cases there'll be someone on hand more than happy to help.
Otros aspectos destacables
We're not situated on a beach, though we have many close by -- I run on the Chariots of Fire beach most days, which is 5 minute drive away, and there are miles of sandy beaches running both ways up and down the coast. Hence the beach pictures you see in our gallery.
Hello. Our family's living across the courtyard from the cottages. We're screened from one another by trees so privacy's good: our mission in life's to be as quiet and considerate as possible so we all have a good time.
If you have a question and we're about we're happy to do all we can, though there's no round-the-clock how-may-we-help-you turndown-and-trouser-press concierge service.
We have a cat and two small dogs who are not meant to wander into the cottages, but given the chance of an unguarded open door they might be forgiven for making a break for the border. They're very friendly and mostly pretty respectful, so if they commit such a crime please just shoo them out.
We ask you not to smoke in the cottages and suggest you take a minute to read carefully the notes about heating, plumbing etc., mostly because the stables are part of an historic estate: our guests have been great and there's never been a drain issue, but it isn't a thing we'd want on holiday and imagine you'll feel the same way.
We reserve the right to charge cost price for breakages, spills/stains and other damage, and extra cleaning or excessive heating charges.
I've travelled a lot in my work as a freelance writer and out of it. We moved to St Andrews in Scotland from my last stop (Amsterdam NL) for the rugged scenery, the beaches, the Scottish way of life (yes, times have changed and you can get *great* food here) and for the poetry. It's beautiful here: bring a sweater.