The SpaceThe Fifie is an immaculately presented, traditional East Neuk ground floor flat set in a Grade C listed building with red pan-tiled roof and thick stone walls. All the rooms lead off from the large welcoming hall. From the hall is a large walk-in cupboard containing a Freezer, Laundry items, Child's High Chair, Changing Mat and Travelling Cot. There is a full set of Golf Clubs for the more energetic, as well as a folding picnic basket for those family days out. The lounge, with its engineered oak floor has ample seating for 6. It has a CD player with I-Pod docking facility, a 32 inch LED TV with Blue-Ray player with an ample selection of DVDs. It has a Wood-Burning fire (with child’s fire-guard if required). Leading to a fully fitted kitchen with washing machine, Microwave, Slow Cooker and dining table. Bedroom 1 contains a double bed, wardrobe and bedside cabinet. Bedroom 2 has two 3ft single beds with wardrobe, chest of drawers and a bedside table with hair dryer. Bedroom 3 has a double sized bed with sprung mattress, a Flat screen TV monitor and DVD player, and large bean bag (this room has an additional selection of DVDs and many board games). There is hanging space for clothes and a computer workstation/desk. There is a modern tiled family bathroom with bath and separate shower cubicle. The apartment is heated by full gas central heating, and has free Wi-Fi internet. The apartment has a telephone accepting incoming calls.
The accommodation provides a stylish, comfortable retreat whatever the season, with a glimpse of the harbour from the living room window. A spacious, contemporary accommodation which has been thoughtfully furnished for comfort and ease and is only a few minutes walk from the old harbour and sea front at St Monans, the smallest of Fifes East Neuk fishing villages. This quiet harbour village, situated on a hill overlooking the Firth of Forth, has spectacular views across to North Berwick, The Isle of May and Bass Rock. From your front door you can explore the quaint streets and lanes, historic buildings, an old windmill that once powered the salt panning industry and an old 14th Century church, shops and restaurants, an award winning cafe and an excellent seafood restaurant overlooking the harbour. If fish is on your menu tonight, there are a number of sheds in the village selling freshly caught local sea food, or you can catch your own from the sea front! There is a good local hotel only moments away and a seafood restaurant just 5 minutes walk. The Fife Coastal Path runs through the village, with historic castles, pretty fishing villages and many sandy beaches and coves to visit along the way. Activities for all interests locally: golf, 3 miles and St Andrews, sandy beaches, watersports, Art exhibitions, Sea Life Centre, historic houses and gardens. This area is famous for golf with more than 40 golf courses in Fife, from the famous fairways of St. Andrews to the more traditional links courses and beautifully landscaped parkland and heathland courses. Guest AccessThe Fifie is contained on one level with no steps, which provides ideal access to people of limited mobility. Car parking is on-road outside the flat. Interaction with GuestsBefore your arrival you will be provided with full details of directions to the Fifie. A welcome pack of milk, bread, tea, coffee, small bottle of wine, cheese crackers and sweet biscuits will be left in the kitchen when you arrive. All beds will be made with fresh linen with a supply of guest towels. Our aim is provide the maximum of comfort for you to feel - 'At Home, Away from Home'. The NeighborhoodSt Monans is located just over 12 miles south of St Andrews, and is the smallest of the East Neuk fishing ports. Here you’ll find an attractive village with many charming 17th and 18th century pantiled houses that crowd the harbourside. St Monans has an ancient history. A village called Inverie existed here as far back as the 800s. In about 875 St Monanus or St Monan was buried at a shrine here and the village was renamed St Monans. Accounts differ about his background.
South west of St Monans, the coast path passes the remains of two castles. Newark Castle is the most striking, with substantial (if very precarious) remains standing on top of the crumbling cliffs. Like Ardross Castle whose much lesser remains can be found overlooking the shore a little nearer Elie its origins probably also date back to the mid 1200s.
St Monans' heart is "The Shore": the road that runs alongside the harbour, divided into West Shore, Mid Shore and East Shore. This is lined by a spectacular selection of the beautiful cottages, houses and grander buildings that so typify the East Neuk fishing villages. White harled buildings mingle with those in their natural stone finish, while grey slated roofs form patterns with those topped off by red tiles imported from the Netherlands. St Monans has three piers. The original one, built in 1596, still stands as the central of today's piers. The eastern pier was added in 1865, and the western pier in 1900 at a time when over a hundred fishing boats still sailed from St Monans. Today the number is, sadly, vastly reduced.
St Monans' industrial past extended beyond fishing and shipbuilding. At one point the harbour was used to export locally extracted iron ore, while a few hundred yards to the east of the village is another industrial relic. St Monans Windmill and the sites of nearby buildings are all that remain of a once thriving (if short lived) centre for salt production, in which sea water was evaporated over fires stoked with locally mined coal. These are some of the best preserved relics of an industry that once lined both shores of the Firth of Forth. Getting AroundIn the Guest Notes there are details of travelling by car or by Public Transport with many local bus timetables available. Other Things to NoteThere are many things to do within the East Neuk of Fife. St Monans is situated on the Fife Coastal Path. St Andrews is 12 miles away by car. Please read the Welcome Notes on your arrival which provides a great deal of information about St Monans and the surrounding area, with details of banks, shops and chemists,