19 Customer Review(s)
“Although the weather wasn't great the cottage was warm and welcoming.”- Mr Grant, February 2020
“The beacon was lovely and comfortable, the small fishing towns were very interesting and enjoyable to visit.”
The peacefulness was just what was needed to get away from this fast paced lifestyle. I will be booking again in the near future.- Mrs Mcgrane, November 2019
“The cottage was perfect for our needs, being warm and cosy with a well-equipped kitchen, utility space for boots etc and a good enclosed back yard.”
We parked at the rear and only used the front entrance once to take delivery of a Chinese meal from the village takeaway! There is a gas hob with extractor (in need of a deep clean) and a good array of pots and pans, utensils, chopping boards, crockery and cutlery. I think the oven was electric, although we didn't try it so can't be sure. There was a good sized fridge-freezer (with a bag of ice), microwave, blender and cafetiere and possibly many more things we didn't even notice. There were plenty of dishwasher tablets - we did use the dishwasher a couple of times. There was a washing machine with powder (not used) and easy to use straightforward heating system. There were plastic drawers to keep shoes & hats etc tidy, and even a dog bowl & poo bags in case you didn't remember to bring them! The village is lovely with some nice walks and hidden alleyways, however there is no longer a pub and the little fish bar at the harbour closed at 4pm - luckily we had brought wine. We were impressed with the cleanliness on arrival, however some aspects were looking a little tired and the downstairs loo seemed to be very pongy - we decided not to use it and keep the door firmly closed! The main bathroom blind was bent out of shape and could do with replacing. We saw a fish & chip van in the village on the Saturday evening, but we didn't try them - we did try the ones from Anstruther (opposite the car park) - highly recommended! We used the cottage as a base from where my husband could play some golf and we could meet up with family over in Dundee. It proved convenient for both. The autumn weather was very kind to us which helped although we did notice some board games which my have been used if it hadn't been so fair! All in all a good place for our needs - no frills but perfectly satisfactory and dog friendly.- Mr Inglis, October 2019
“We had a fantastic time staying in The Beacons.”
Ideally placed for walking along the coast and visiting Fife. The cottage was very, very comfortable. Really warm with loads of hot water and a great shower. Access at the back to the recreation area was excellent for our dogs.Thanks very much.- Mrs Carey, October 2019
“A lovely spacious cottage, full of character and well located.”
It was quiet and peaceful and we were always able to park directly outside the cottage. We liked the huge fluffy towels, the good wifi ,the private patio area with a generous table, comfortable beds and the pretty antique chairs in the bedroom. it is also ideally placed for bus routes if you want to leave the car. There were a few niggles around maintainence though. The boiler leaked badly from the outset. When we came downstairs on the Sunday morning there was water on the utlity room floor and over a shelving unit with electric plugs behind it. The phone number left for the owner is outside the UK which is expensive on a mobile. I phoned Sykes cottages who contacted the owner. He wanted me to contact the plumber - not the ideal way to spend your holiday. The plumber improved the leak, but it wasn't fixed until Friday afternoon and therefore we spend our holiday keeping an eye on the boiler and emptying buckets. The toilets were difficult to flush (partially resolved by the plumber) and the bathroom window handle is loose. Hopefully these matter will all be resolved for future visitors.- Mrs Matthews, August 2019
Thank you for your feedback. This was most unfortunate, but we responded quickly to the problem and the despite the boiler leak, heating and hot water was available. The boiler leak has since been repaired. Sykes owner relations
“The location was perfect for exploring the Fife area, beaches and coves.”
The provision of a BBQ would have been excellent- Mr Anderson, July 2019
“It was a lovely little town very clean and lots o do,, the park behind the ...”
It was a lovely little town very clean and lots o do,, the park behind the cottage was great with tennis courts and basket ball park free to use,,the only complaint I have was had washing machine but nowhere to dry clothes,, other wise perfection,,- Mrs Jukes, July 2019
“We had 3 days without hot water so unable to use the shower I reported it to yourselves 27 June.”
He installed a new circuit board next day but it still needed more work doing as the hot water was intermtten with cold therefore the shower could not be used . He left a note to say saturday morning after 10 am he would return by which time we had to leave and return home .So we were more than disappointed not being able to shower that morning.- Mr Thorpe, June 2019
“This cottage is gorgeous very spacious, comfortable, clean and in a great position too.”
The back garden is a great sun trap. Just a small point I would have a bin in the bathroom and then you would not people putting wipes down the loo as we’ve experienced elsewhere. That’s just a small point though.You are very close to the lovely harbour in St Monans and also the coastal walks. Try the beautiful East Pier smokehouse for a meal or just a drink sat on the harbour side. Having the common at the back is great too and don’t forget to use the lovely local shop just around the corner. Ardross farm shop just a mile or so away sells fantastic produce and the meat pies are wonderful. The area is great too and things are not too far away. The beaches are to die for and everywhere seems to be dog friendly. Try Elie beach, Kingsbarns beach and St Andrews beach and Tentsmuir forest park and beach, all are fabulous. We went all over the place and nothing is too far away which is great. This is a lovely cottage in a great position in a beautiful area. Thank you we will surely return here.- Hudson, May 2019
HAD BRIL WEATHER CAME TO VISIT THE ISLE OF MAY AND HAD A SUPER TRIP ONLY DOWN SIDE NO PUB NOW IN VILAGE LET ALL POTENTIAL CLIENTS KNOW BEFORE THEY BOOK- Mr Haworth, May 2019
“Mum Wull and I really enjoyed our holiday ,but we had no hot water or heating for two days.”
My husband ,Wull reported it twice on Friday and never heard anything from anyone. There is lots to see and do on your door step. Must go to the Diving Gannet for coffee scone and cake. Lovely. The little harbours round about are beautiful.- Mrs Dumma, May 2019
“The cottage was very comfortable and a lot more spacious than we expected for our family of 2 adults and 2 teenagers plus dog.”
It was well equipped with everything we needed, and more, in the kitchen for self catering. With hard floors throughout (just carpet on the stairs) and a utility room at the back leading to a small enclosed, paved yard with back gate to a grassy recreation area meant it was very dog friendly. With lovely coastal walks from your doorstep and a 25 minute drive to St Andrews it was perfect for our stay. We would happily return and wish we could have stayed longer.- Mrs Edwards, April 2019
“What a fantastic cottage, extremely well equipped and much more homely and spacious than the pictures show.”
The East Neuk is such a gorgeous destination, lots of cute little villages and shops to explore along with the excellent coastal paths and marine wildlife. We will definitely book this cottage again.- Mrs Kelly, March 2019
“A wonderful holiday home, spacious and very well equipped and in a lovely area.”
Which was perfect for walking the dog. We were pleasantly surprised that we were greeted with a selection of tea, coffee hot chocolate and shortbreads and even poo bags for the dog! An excellent holiday home for anyone wishing to visit this beautiful area of Scotland. The surrounding villages were easy to get to and the major visitor centres like St Andrews and Dundee are within easy reach.- Mr Scott, March 2019
“Main problem with our stay is that there is no pub or restaurant open.”
The pub has been closed for two years and only one restaurant open for a couple of days a week. No dogs allowed. Other than this we were very happy with the cottage and the area.- Mr Burdge, November 2018
“What an excellent ‘cottage’ - more like a tardus.”
Large, comfortable, airy rooms, Very well equipped. St Monans is a very good base to explore Fife from.- Ms Dunbar, November 2018
“This property is in a beautiful location.”
It is exactly as described and we had a wonderful time. The cottage was very clean and well equipped and we think it was very doggy friendly. We would certainly visit again as there are a lot of places within easy access of this property. The scenery is also amazing. The only downside the hotel/pub was closed and the smoke house only opens weekends but we had a delicious meal there on the Sunday.- Mrs Randall, October 2018
“Great setting, superior let.”
Great few days, will book again- Mr Wallace, October 2018
“Perfect for our holiday needs.”
Comfortable and with all things neccessary for our holiday. Kitchen was fully equiped. Bedrooms spacious and comfortable beds. Courtyard was perfect for our little dogs. Set in a quiet area of St Monans which is a lovely area to holiday in. A few minutes walk from the harbour and a lovely coastal path. Lots of small villages nearby to visit. We would love to go back again. Rosemary & John- Mr Taylor, September 2018
This pleasant, terraced cottage lies in the traditional fishing village of St Monans in Fife, Scotland.
Use The Beacon as your homely base whilst you explore the wonderful attractions and activities that sit nearby.
As you enter the property, to your right rests the comforting sitting room, lovingly finished with cosy couches, a warming fire and a TV to sit and watch when you're not out exploring the surrounding area of East Fife.
Double doors bring you into the rustic kitchen/diner, graced with wooden fixtures and fittings and a dining table for four, neatly tucked into the corner of the room.
The ground floor is also occupied by a cloakroom and a utility for your convenience, which leads towards the back garden.
The carpeted staircase brings you to the glistening family shower room on a half landing, decorated in glossy white to give a feeling of class.
Get your rest in one of the two comfortable bedrooms under the eaves on the first floor, both provide plenty of storage for your clothes and belongings.
To the back of the house rests a delightful enclosed courtyard, where you can treat yourself to a refreshing drink or perhaps some alfresco dining.
Through the back gate provides immediate access to St Monans common with public tennis court, football pitch and extensive playing area.
There is much going on in the area surrounding; St Monans offers a modest selection of amenities, along with an attractive marina and pier.
From here you can visit 'the home of golf' at St. Andrews, the awe-inspiring Lomond Hills Regional Park and even the capital city of Edinburgh is within driving distance for a day of elite shopping.
The Beacon is a splendid, well-positioned cottage to be enjoyed all-year-round.
- Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
- Shower room with a basin and WC on half landing, ground floor cloakroom and WC
- Sitting room with a woodburning stove
- Gas central heating, woodburning stove
- Electric oven, gas hob, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV, WiFi
- Fuel and power inc. in rent
- Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
- Travel cot and high chair available
- Roadside parking in front of property
- Additional parking at the rear of the property
- Rear courtyard with furniture
- 2 pets welcome
- Sorry, no smoking
- Shop and restaurants 5 minute walk
- Please note that check in for this property is 4pm
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About the location
Anstruther 3 miles; St Andrews 12 miles; Edinburgh 45 miles.
St Monans takes its name from St Monance who was killed by raiding Danes in approx 875, and is one of a collection of picturesque, traditional fishing villages in Fife’s beautiful East Neuk or ‘corner’. The village has a pub/hotel, award-winning restaurant and a café. It also has a fish merchant and a traditional fish smokehouse as well as superb views over the Firth of Forth. Just along the coast is the equally attractive village of Anstruther which is home to not only the Scottish Fisheries Museum giving a fascinating insight into the fishing industry in Scotland but also the renowned and award winning fish and chip bar. A short drive away is St Andrews, the home of golf and also Falkland village, with its spectacular palace. Slightly further afield is Tentsmuir Forest National Nature Reserve which consists of some 50 square miles of dunes, heath, lochs, forest and a large variety of wildlife. With Edinburgh only 40 miles away and easily reachable train or car, St Monans truly has something for everyone.
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