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Shortbread Cottage

Newburgh, Fife, Perthshire, Angus & Fife (Ref. 1014109)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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23 Customer Reviews

  • "I spent a lovely week at Shortbread cottage."

    The property was spotless and well maintained. Parking was easy and Newburgh is a lovely village. There was so much to do in the area. I highly recommend Tentsmuir forest and beach (£2 needed for parking barrier) Also enjoyed pottering around St Andrews and Falkland. Ventured to Edinburgh and used the park and ride to catch the tram into the centre.

    Reviewed by ElaineJul 2022

  • "Lovely well presented cottage,in a great location allowing us to enjoy woodland and costal walks with our dog."

    The cottage is within easy driving distance to Perth,Dundee,St Andrews and the East nuek of Fife.

    Reviewed by RonnieJun 2022

  • "My dog Henry and i felt very well at your cottage."

    It was quite clean and the bed is very comfortable. Henry felt in love with the garden and expored everything. It does't matter that you go behind the house if you want to go in the garden. The houses are all built like this in the street, so the way it is. The nighbors are very kind and helpful, one nice lady brought me salad from her garden. I can recommend this beautiful cottage

    Thank you so much for taking the time to give us such lovely feedback. Its great to know how much you appreciate our delightful cottage and you and Henry are welcome to come again anytime. A & E Property Owner

    Reviewed by MonikaJun 2022

  • "Good base for our weeks holiday."

    Was able to travel from Arbroath to Ellie and over to the Trossachs. We really enjoyed the week and felt thoroughly relaxed afterwards. Can recommend the Secret Bunker, V&A Dundee, Discovery Point Dundee. We also enjoyed the But n Ben in Auchmithie and the Anstruther Fish Bar.

    Reviewed by Susan JaneMay 2022

  • "We loved the cottage but were a bit unhappy that the garden was not available from the cottage."

    But you can get to lots of places and beautiful country sides.

    Thank you for your comments & sorry for our delay in responding. We were sorry to read your issues with the indirect access to the back garden; when the property was created in around 1604 there was a passageway directly out the back but no shower room, so hopefully on balance the current layout is preferable. Delighted to hear you were able to visit so much from Newburgh which is ideally located for the explorer. Property Owner

    Reviewed by John TerryApr 2022

  • "Shortbread Cottage was a lovely comfortable place to stay."

    Very central to explore the Kingdom of Fife. Easy parking and great garden for the dog. I would definitely recommend a stay here.

    Thank you so much for your lovely comments. We really appreciate when a guest enjoys the cottage and their holiday. Property Owner

    Reviewed by FionaApr 2022

  • "Was very pleased with the overall standard at Shortbread Cottage."

    It was extremely clean and the fixtures and fittings were of a good quality. The settee and bed were very comfortable and the bathroom was excellent. Parking was provided as stated and I would happily stay here again. The garden was an added bonus - my dog loved it. The Fife area ia a bit of an undiscovered jewel of Scotland and the beaches are wonderful whilst the mountain areas are readily accessible.

    Dear Ian, Thank you very much for your excellent and valued feedback. It is always fantastic to receive such positive feedback on our efforts to provide an enjoyable holiday break. You will always be welcome to visit again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by IanMar 2022

  • "I enjoyed my stay at the cottage it was clean and tidy but when i arrived on ..."

    I enjoyed my stay at the cottage it was clean and tidy but when i arrived on tuesday the owner thought i was coming on wednesday instead of tuesday and also the heater in the livingroom wasnt working and it was cold for two days in the end he came over and tried and in the end we had to phone ficher heat in leicester and they told me how to work the heater but the batteries in the remote went but yes ide go back if i was on my own

    Hi Gary, I am sorry that the fault in the heating thermostat (which you correctly identified as being due to a weak battery in the remote control) impacted upon your holiday. I am glad that you gave me the chance to have the difficulty resolved and delighted at the 100% feedback you have given, despite that unpredictable temperatures! I do hpe that your future holidays are a ittle less unpedictable! Property Owner

    Reviewed by GaryNov 2021

  • "Lovely, cosy cottage."

    Nicely furnished and decorated. Clean, although there was a damp smell in the bedroom if the door was kept closed but was fine if the door was kept open. Great place to explore Fife, not far from St Andrews, Dundee and Perth. Lovely walking routes in Newburgh and a great park for walking the dog. The garden is not accessible directly from the house so to let the dog out you have to walk them out of the front door onto the street and round into the back garden which is not the most convenient when the dog gets you up at 3am! The description also says parking for 2 cars, however, there was only a free parking space for one car for the week I stayed which wasn't a problem as I was on my own but could be a problem if you needed two.

    Reviewed by PaulaOct 2021

  • "This is a beautiful and elegantly furnished cottage, but for us, it was a great surprise and disappointment to find that the garden was not attached to the cottage, and there was no back door."

    In fact ‘No where’ , and I did check afterwards with Sykes, did it mention this. One had to go back down the front steps, onto the main road, walk about 15 meters, turn under the arch, round the back past the communal drying green and then into the garden- (which was also beautiful) The garden only really mattered to us as we had a dog, and as during our stay it rained every day, it was quite a hike round the back every time our dog needed a wee or a short walk. It also meant my husband had to get dressed at night as instead of letting the dog out the back door to wee, as he had to take him out the front onto the road. It also meant a lot of work to ensure that coming back in the front door in the pouring rain that the dog and my husband were dry and clean before entering the light colour carpeted sitting room or bedroom, This is a lovely cottage, but maybe not for dog owners - or at least it should clearly say that there is no back door onto the garden and let dog owners choose.

    Reviewed by PatOct 2021

  • "Loved the Scottish scenery visits to Falkland palace ect"

    Reviewed by RonnieSep 2021

  • "The cottage was cosy and comfortable, also well-placed for good walks and places to visit."

    The kitchen was well-equipped for cooking our own meals and there was a a comfortable lounge. The bed was also very comfortable. Shopping is close by within a few minutes' walk. We particularly enjoyed the coastal path, Lindores Abbey and Balmerino Abbey, where we had a lovely stroll round the area including the sea front. Everyone in Newburgh is really friendly. We had a really relaxing week.

    Reviewed by VivienAug 2021

  • "What a lovely cottage."

    It has got everything one would need for a lovely stay. The garden is perfect to end a busy day of walking. There's even a BBQ. The location is great for many daytrips to St Andrew's, Crail, Glenrothes Riverside park and also Glamis Castle to mention a few. Perth is well worth a visit too for shopping. Newburgh is a quiet place with a lovely big park to enjoy. Abbey Inn is a local pub with friendly staff and a nice beer garden in the back. Would highly recommend this cottage for a stay in Fife.

    Reviewed by TainaJul 2021

  • "The cottage had everything we needed and was nice and cosy."

    It's a lovely town and everyone is very friendly. The location was perfect for visiting surrounding areas, St. Andrews, Broughty Ferry, Perth and Falkland Palace and Garden. Will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by AllisonJun 2021

  • "Great cottage, facilities and location."

    Lovely walking and cycling at the start / end of the Fife Coastal Path. Also great views on the various walks on the hill overlooking the town. Recommend the local Chinese for the takeaway, the local distillery for a tour, and the Crees Inn in Abernethy for a meal and tipple. Constructive tweaks to the cottage: a bigger bed, and mugs for the morning cuppa!

    Reviewed by IainMay 2021

  • "Lovely little cottage ideal for 2 plus dog."

    Reviewed by AnthonySep 2020

  • "The only drawbacks were that the queen size bed was a little too short for my very tall husband, he wasn’t keen on the soft mattress either (although I loved it and slept really well)."

    The other thing was that although there is parking directly outside the cottage there isn’t a dropped kerb. It is possible to manoeuvre onto the parking area via the neighbour’s drive, but anyone with a low bodied car, or who is less confident parking may wish to bear this in mind.

    Reviewed by EricaSep 2020

  • "We had a lovely time at Shortbread cottage and it was so nice and cosy."

    It had everything we needed. The location was perfect for visiting Broughty Ferry, St. Andrews, Cupar and Kirkland. When we met Alistair and Elaine they were very nice and helpful. Will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by AllisonAug 2020

  • "It is a lovely little cottage, with super garden, but this has to be accessed from the outside and under a ginnel I found the TV difficult to work but then I am not good with modern technology !"

    Reviewed by MartinJul 2020

  • "Shortbread Cottage was just perfect."

    The bed very comfortable and very helpful hosts. Lovely welcoming when I arrived after a long drive. I was only a bit disappointed that the access to the garden is not directly from the perfect cottage. There are wonderful walks directly from the cottage - Newburgh is a very welcoming town. My dog Lupin loved her week too.! Only wish it had been better times for us all. Thank you.

    Reviewed by MirandaMar 2020

  • "Shortbread cottage Beautiful, cosy, clean and a feantastic stay."

    Our hosts were very friendly and helpful. I will definitely be staying again. Highly recommend to others. Scotland is a magical place, Fife is now another hidden gem that I have had the pleasure of visiting. Mr and Mrs dutson

    Reviewed by MelissaJan 2020

  • "The cottage was in a fantastic location, the village has everything on the doorstep."

    Inside it was as the photos, owners had left it clean and it was comfortable. There is plenty of space for clothes and in the kitchen everything you need to prepare meals. Plenty to see and do in the surrounding area. My only negative would be that we had a dog and the garden wasn't accessible by a door leading directly out, we had to go around the side of the cottage. I didn't feel that there was much privacy, which would prevent me booking when I could use the garden more in summer.

    Reviewed by JackieOct 2019

  • "The owners had thought of everything."

    It was like home from home. Cosy, clean, helpful local info. We felt safe with our dog. TV and shower not easy to use. Had we been staying longer we would have phoned for help which I am sure would have been forthcoming, as everything else was so well thought out.

    Reviewed by RebeccaOct 2019

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  • All-ground-floor
  • One double bedroom
  • Bathroom with stand alone shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room
  • Electric central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, washing machine, microwave, kettle, toaster, TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-street parking (2nd space upon request)
  • Side path to large raised rear garden, deck and summer house
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Pub within 0.2 miles, shop within 0.3 miles

The property

Resting within striking distance of the endearing River Tay, nestled on the main high street of Newburgh, is this charming thatched dwelling, Shortbread Cottage.

This Scottish retreat, believed to date back to 1605, is perfect for a couple seeking to explore the delights that this corner of Fife has to offer, including a dramatic coastline, historical landmarks and a multitude of walking opportunities.

After an action-packed day, look forward to relaxing into your evening within the elegant interior, where the contemporary furnishings and colour palette create a refreshing ambiance for your week-long break.

This all-ground-floor accommodation comes with a well-equipped kitchen, where you will find everything to fulfil your culinary needs to prepare a hearty breakfast, pack a picnic to explore the countryside, or a delicious evening meal to enjoy with your loved one at the dining table.

After dinner, venture into the sitting room, where a plush sofa awaits you to sink into after an action-packed day and a selection of books to pass a couple of hours before you head to bed.

Retire to the double bedroom which oozes character and charm, with the striking orange wall complementing the traditional chest for storing away your holiday items.

During a balmy afternoon, you and your partner can soak up the sun within the rear garden, where you can pour yourself a refreshing beverage to enjoy either in the summer house or upon the decked area.

Newburgh is a great base from which to explore many major centres of interest, such as Dundee's V&A museum, or head over to Falkland to see stunning countryside, made famous recently in the TV show Outlander.

There are a multitude of historical landmarks to discover, including the National Trust's Balmerino Abbey and the Backhouse Rossie Estate, where you will also find a number of woodland walks to explore.

For whisky lovers there is the Lindores Abbey Distillery or for those feeling active, spend some time on the Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve at Morton Lochs.

Shortbread Cottage is an idyllic base for a refreshing break with your loved one.

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About the location


St. Andrews 20.1 miles; Cupar 10.5 miles

The royal burgh and parish of Fife is an agricultural community positioned alongside the salmon fishing waters of the River Tay, overlooking the marshy Mugdrum Island. To the east lies the ancient Lindores Abbey, a historical and overgrown ruin left to be uncovered. There are plenty of attractions nearby such as, the Lindores Abbey Distillery for whisky lovers, the National Trust's Balmerino Abbey with its atmospheric 13th-century ruins and the Backhouse Rossie Estate, an RHS Partner Garden with rare plants, woodland walking and children's trails. The Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve at Morton Lochs offers something for everyone, an ever changing landscape with seals hauling themselves out of the water, hungry birds looking for food and a rich variety of nature's wonders. Though the village of Newburgh may be small, there are many treasures drawing in visitors; the remains of Macduff's Cross are a historical landmark to discover, Newburgh Sailing Club and Laing Museum featuring antiquarian artefacts of Newburgh's Alexander Laing. This delightful location is one for adventurous visitors seeking a rejuvenating break to the Fife countryside.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter