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Shortbread Cottage

(Ref. 1014109)

Newburgh, Fife, Perthshire, Angus & Fife Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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40 Customer Reviews

  • "Only down side we could say was the lack of blinds on the rear window's, felt a bit exposed at night."

    Apart from that we were very pleased with the accommodation, everything we needed and a bit more.

    Reviewed by Alan4.1Mar 2024

  • "Lovely little place."

    I really enjoyed my stay and felt rested. A few very minor details would have made it a 5 from me. For example - I found the shower was difficult to work out getting the temperature right and I think other people had too as the attachment to the wall was slightly loose and needs a wee repair probably caused by trying to turn the control knob which seemed a little bit stiff and just needs to be adjusted slightly. Loved the ceiling drying rack after a couple of rainy days - nice detail. I found some of the most beautiful walks with the most amazing views around Monkswell Woods which I discovered by just heading up the hill and exploring. Breathtaking views over the river and worth the effort - good for the soul.

    Reviewed by Lisa3.8Mar 2024

  • "We loved Shortbread Cottage it was perfect for us in every way it was very cosy ..."

    We loved Shortbread Cottage it was perfect for us in every way it was very cosy and well equipped and the walks were good for the dog we would definitely come back Jim and Linda Hunter Coatbridge

    Reviewed by James5.0Nov 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at the cottage."

    The bed was very comfortable and it looked lovely inside. It was a lovely base for us to do the Scottie dog trail, our little Scottie dog Ellie really enjoyed it. We did however have a wash every item that we needed to use in the kitchen as it was dirty. I even had to clean the utensils drawer and everything in it. All the saucepans and frying pan were the same. The frying pan could do with being replaced. There were two large oven pans that were dirty and greasy and look like they need throwing away too. After our 6 and a half hour journey having to clean wasn’t what we needed. The garden could do with some tlc too. Apart from all this we did have a lovely stay and the biscuits and milk were much appreciated thank you

    Thank you for your feedback. please accept our apologies for the cleanliness of the dishes, we are very fortunate in that our guests leave these nice and clean, but on this occasion this was an oversight on my part and I can only apologise. Please be assured that these will be thoroughly checked going forward and the trays thrown out. I'm glad you had a lovely overall stay, and we hope to welcome you back soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lynn2.8Oct 2023

  • "Extremely nice little thatched cottage located on the entire ground floor."

    There is an extensive garden at the rear with access being through the side passageway - thus it is not fully enclosed. The grass could have done with being cut meaning that we didn't make as much use of the garden with the grass being wet. The property is located in an ideal position with fantastic views across the Firth of Tay along the waterfront. From here we visited Tentsmuir Forest & Beech, Pitlochry and the Pass of Killicrankie (watch out for tics here - plenty of posters up about them), Glamis Castle, Loch Leven, Montrose Basin, House of Dun and Edinburgh - all within easy reach.

    Reviewed by Steven4.7Sep 2023

  • "Disappointed with this place."

    Whilst it was fairly comfortable there is an issue with having no ventilation in the bathroom or kitchen areas. The windows are sealed and steam up badly, to the point that the fire sensor is triggered and the alarm screeches. Only two front-on-street windows can be opened but cannot be locked securely when open. Poor ventilation means the property smells of damp. Dampness is evidenced by mould on the blinds in various rooms. Bed comfortable -no issues. Kitchen adequate for simple meals. On arrival we found the fridge dirty with stale bits of food, and some cups a crockery placed away as clean – but they had barely been rinsed and put away. There is no direct backdoor access point to the garden, you have to walk from the front door onto the public street then through the archway passage to get to the garden. Perhaps not an issue if you don’t have a dog, but dogs have toileting needs during the dark hours. The garden isn’t gated at all, so dogs need to be supervised constantly and on a lead. Whilst a torch is available some guide lights would help keep you on the path, rather than stumble in the ruts and dips in the ground hidden by the unkempt grass.

    Thank you for your feedback. Your comments on ventilation have been noted, however being a listed building, there's maybe little we can do. Apologies for the kitchen, this was an oversight as everything is checked. For the back door, there is nothing we can do, when the property was first built, the garden was accessed via a close but as the property has been modernised, the bathroom was more purposeful. We can certainly look into garden lighting, now that we are into the darker winter months! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Phillip3.1Sep 2023

  • "What a wonderful cottage!"

    Quality furnishings and decor, spotless and what a great touch having throws to protect the furniture from the dog! We had a lovely week staying here and the garden was the icing on the cake, our Spaniel just loved exploring it and chasing her ball!

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Aug 2023

  • "Lovely clean cottage on arrival, which met our needs."

    Situated a short walk away from the river. A variety of local walks and a great location to explore other areas. Off street parking was good, particularly as on the High Street. Local Co Op, bakery, pubs etc all within a 5 minute stroll. Shortbread Cottage provided us with a great holiday.

    Reviewed by Michelle4.7Aug 2023

  • "Had a lovely break for a week at Shortbread Cottage."

    The property is lovely, clean and comfortable with everything you need to enjoy your stay. It also has a great garden with seating area to enjoy. Would happily return.

    Reviewed by Ruth5.0Aug 2023

  • "A lovely little cottage where we were able to explore Fife and other surrounding areas."

    A real bonus to have off-road parking outside the front door, although it's quite a steep slope, and there's no dropped kerb.

    Reviewed by Ruth3.4May 2023

  • "Nice comfortable 1 bedroomed cottage perfect for our needs."

    Excellent shops available especially the Wee Baker and the butcher. Lots of good walks with our dog. Found the Crees inn so ate there twice, food was excellent.. All in all a good wee break. We were unable to use the broadband it wouldn’t accept the password even tried switching it off and on (reboot) but no !!

    Reviewed by Pamela5.0Apr 2023

  • "We had a lovely week staying at Shortbread Cottage which was very comfortable and had everything we needed and more (including a bottle of milk and some lovely shortbread which was so thoughtful)!"

    ! Newburgh was an excellent location in itself and the surrounding area was fabulous with so many places to visit. The locals were so friendly and helpful and the weather was glorious. What could be better!! The only slight negative was the lack of eating places in the close vicinity but there was a bakery and a butchers in the village so we definitely didn't go hungry!! Would definitely recommend anyone to visit the area and Shortbread Cottage. Thank you so much to the owners for providing us (and our little dog, Islay) with such a perfect place to stay.

    Reviewed by Sheila4.4Apr 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, ideal location."

    Warm cosy and very comfortable. Friendly, helpful hosts. Would definitely come back!

    Reviewed by Nikki5.0Jan 2023

  • "Wonderful cottage, just perfect."

    Warm, and cosy and very comfortable!

    Reviewed by Nikki5.0Jan 2023

  • "The cottage was great and as advertised."

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Jan 2023

  • "Had a lovely stay ,just a couple of things ."

    The fridge door shelves were dirty which we cleaned . We felt a drying rack for dishes would have been very useful. Went to use the large BBQ and the Ash collector was rusted and hanging off so we could not use it for our BBQ . Saying that we had a lovely stay and the cottage was perfect for us and out dog . We really enjoyed our visit to Fife and so much to do . Many thanks Neil and Andrea

    Reviewed by Neil4.4Sep 2022

  • "Very comfortable and homely ground floor cottage in a lovely place."

    Everything you could need provided and a welcoming treat. One of the best Sykes places we’ve stayed. Comfortable bed, cosy sofa, fluffy towels for after your warm shower. Park right outside the front door and stroll down to the river. Near lots of interesting places to visit - what more could you want for a relaxing holiday.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Aug 2022

  • "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.

    Thank you for your fabulous feedback and comments about the area. These are always highly valued Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Jul 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.

    Thank you so much for giving us a perfect score in your feedback. We will do our best to maintain this standard Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ronnie5.0Jun 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 Monika5.0Jun 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 S J5.0May 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 Terry3.4Apr 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 Fiona5.0Apr 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 Ian5.0Mar 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 Gary5.0Nov 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 Paula4.7Oct 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 Pat3.4Oct 2021

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

    Reviewed by Ronnie5.0Sep 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 Vivien5.0Aug 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 Taina5.0Jul 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 Allison5.0Jun 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 Iain5.0May 2021

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

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Sep 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 Erica4.4Sep 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 Allison5.0Aug 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 Martin4.4Jul 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 Miranda4.7Mar 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 Melissa5.0Jan 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 Jackie4.7Oct 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 Rebecca5.0Oct 2019

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  • All-ground-floor with some internal steps down to the kitchen
  • 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 and steps 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.

EPC Rating: Band E

EPC Rating: Band E

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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