Thistle House is a beautiful 17th century stone built cottage situated right at the heart of one of Scotland's most beautiful ancient villages. You would have the whole house to yourself as the American/Scottish owners use this as a second home.
The house is very cozy and well equipped with thick stone walls and contains everything you would need for a wonderful stay including a log fire and TV/DVD/WiFi.
The house is very cozy and well equipped with thick stone walls and a lovely warm stove.
The American/Scottish owners are very keen for all guests to feel at home in their beloved second home, and the cottage has a real family feel to it. The kitchen contains everything you would need including a toaster, microwave, coffee maker, kettle and lots of cooking spices, and a really cosy dining area with table and chairs. The lovely sitting room next door has a log fire, and both rooms are simply and comfortably decorated.
Upstairs there are two bedrooms plus a family bathroom. The lovely master bedroom is very peaceful and relaxing with wardrobes and plenty of storage. The second bedroom contains a single bed, perfect for a child, or this can be made into a twin bedroom. There is a further sitting room/bedroom 3 at the back of the house with a double futon sofa bed with an en-suite and access to the private back garden terrace. The sitting room downstairs also has a sofa bed if you needed any extra sleeping space.
The back garden is a peaceful south-facing terrace with a seating area and a barbecue. It is totally enclosed, and the perfect spot for a glass of wine in the evenings.
The cottage is well equipped for children with a cot, highchair and toys, plus Wii and DVD player all available. There are lots of family board games, movies and children's books.
Guests can enjoy unlimited Wifi, phone and FreeSat TV, and laundry machines.
There is access to a parking space, right next to the cottage.
Falkland itself is a friendly little community and has many boutique shops, pubs, and cafes right on your doorstep, as well as a corner shop, art gallery, hairdressers, post office, chemist and bakers and of course the stunning Falkland Palace right across from the house. There are lots of peaceful walks through the Falkland Estate woods, a tennis club and golf course.
Since 2013 Falkland has been used for filming the huge US STARZ TV hit "Outlander". The TV series which is based on the series of books by Diana Gabaldon tells the story of Claire Beauchamp who visits Inverness and mysteriously falls back through time to the Jacobite rising, where she meets the young outlaw Jamie Fraser. Falkland was used to re create Inverness itself in the 1940's and many of the houses and shops were re painted and turned into 1940's shops and houses. Our cottage overlooks the monument in the village which featured heavily in the first episode and is just a couple of doors down from "Farrells" where Claire looked at the blue vase (now the lovely Fayre Earth Gift Shop) and Mrs Baird's B&B (the Covenanter Hotel). During the filming in 2016 the crew built a lean to building against our cottage which was used as part of a scene. Unfortunately it was made from polystyrene so is no longer there! We have welcomed many Outlander fans who have used Thistle House as a base for their Outlander adventures!
In the evenings Falkland has plenty to offer with the Stag Inn just across the road which has excellent food, and often has live music, as well as the Covenanter Hotel, the Bruce Inn and The Lomond Tavern, all 3 of which are 2 minutes walk away and all serve food.
Just across from the cottage, the Campbell's bistro offers excellent coffee, lovely food and baking and you can even take your own wine in the evenings.
During the day Falkland has plenty to occupy you - you can walk through the woodland paths of the Falkland Estate to a lovely organic farm shop and café, called the Pillars of Hercules, where you can stock up on organically grown fruit and vegetables and sample delicious homemade cakes and soups. The Estate has many lovely walks through the woodlands that used to be the private hunting ground of Scotland royalty, up through the Mapsie Den to the beautiful waterfall or even up to the Lomond Hills.
Falkland is also a perfect base for many lovely day trips. It takes just half an hour to get to the world famous St Andrews, home of golf and full of historic sites, shops and restaurants, or you could follow the Fife Coastal Path and take in the lovely fishing villages of the East Neuk, such as Crail, Elie, Ansthruther and Pittenweem. Scotlands major cities, Edinburgh, Perth, Glasgow and Stirling are all approximate a one-hour drive away.
Superb water sports, fishing, skiing/snowboarding, scenic coastal walking, cycling, and horse-riding are a few of the outdoor activities available and enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.
Walking through Falkland, it’s easy to imagine how villages must have looked in the past. For this reason it was made Scotland’s first conservation village in 1970 and Falkland holds an important place in Scotland’s history. A walk around Falkland is a remarkable experience with no fewer than 28 listed buildings in the village. Fine buildings sit next to winding wynds and the beautiful central Bruce Fountain, all set against the backdrop of the Lomond Hill and the woods of the Falkland Estate. Falkland Palace sits at the heart of the village and was the country residence of the Stuart monarchs and a favourite place of Mary Queen of Scots. Surrounded by gardens, this restored Renaissance palace is the perfect place to spend a few hours.
The Kingdom Of Fife boasts a wonderful mix of stunning scenery, fascinating history, action packed activities and sports and world renowned cultural festivals - there really is something for everyone. For those interested in nature and the landscape, you could walk or cycle the Fife Coastal Path - that stretches 117 miles from the Forth Estuary in the south to the Tay Estuary in north and takes in wildlife, historic sites and stunning scenery. If you prefer hills to the coast, the Lomond Hills Regional Park takes in geological marvels such as the bizarrely shaped Bonnet Stane and Carlin Maggies Stane. Fife also boasts 300 miles of dedicated cycle routes through pretty seaside villages and along country lanes and disused railway lines. Fife is also home to all three of Scotland’s Blue Flag award-winning beaches: Elie Ruby Bay, Aberdour Silver Sands and Burntisland, alongside several other award-winning beaches.
Dunfermline, a former capital of Scotland, was established by Malcolm III as a new seat for royal power in the mid-11th century and this beautiful town is blessed with several historical venues that cannot be missed. Discover the rest of the Kingdom of Fifes royal connections by first visiting the Royal Burgh of Culross, home to an ochre-coloured palace, an extremely grand and impressive house built in the 16th century. Head to the historic town of St Andrews, with its fascinating history this picture-perfect town is illustrated in the medieval centre with its narrow alleys and cobbled streets. Pay a visit to the remains of what was once Scotland’s largest and most magnificent church, climb to the top of the 33 m high St Rule’s Tower for wonderful views of the town and learn more in the Cathedral Museum.
Wildlife in Fife: Although one of the smallest regions in size, the Kingdom of Fife boasts a phenomenal number of coastal habitats which are home to various species. With three river estuaries as well as forests and wetlands, the region is the perfect place to spot a vast array of wading birds and wildfowl. Its coastline and islands also provide shelter to marine animals such as grey seals as well as large seabird colonies.
Attractions: Travel through the UK’s longest underwater viewing tunnel, dive with sand tiger sharks, explore the seal sanctuary and witness the beautiful coral reefs at Deep Sea World, Scotland’s national aquarium. Another fun filled family day out can be spent at the Scottish Deer Centre, home to many different kinds of deer alongside wolves, otters, Highland bulls and Scottish wildcats. Did you know that Fife was home to Scotland’s best-kept secret for over 40 years? Hidden beneath an innocent farmhouse in the East Neuk, discover Scotland’s Secret Bunker, a 100 ft underground bunker, the size of two football pitches, one on top of the other.
Fife’s Festivals: There are a number of fantastic local festivals taking place in towns and villages throughout Fife, such as the Bruce Festival, where you can step back in time, or visit Cambo Estate during the Snowdrop Festival in February and March and see carpets of snowdrops by starlight. Literary lovers will enjoy Scotland’s largest poetry festival in March, the StAnza Poetry Festival in St Andrews, which gives vitality to poetry in Scotland’s oldest university town. The Crail Food Festival takes place in June offers the chance to meet local producers alongside cooking demonstrations, taste sessions and live street music. At the East Neuk Festival you can listen to enchanting chamber music in the churches and unusual venues and during the Pittenweem Arts Festival in early August, inspiring artists take over garages and gardens and you can catch a glimpse into exhibitors homes. Don’t miss St Andrews Golf Week, a week-long festival of golf activities in the home of golf or catch golf action at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. There are a variety of Highland games taking place in the summer in towns and villages such as Cupar and Markinch, while the oldest free games in Scotland is held in Ceres.
Further afield: Fife is an ideal base because of its central location. In just one hours drive from Falkland you can be in the Cairngorms experiencing the amazing snowboarding and ski fields, or up in the stunning glens and & Big Tree Country of Perthshire.
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