Sunday, December 27, 2015

Reviews and Listings holiday-rentals

Living room with:-
floorboards, window seat, victorian breakfast table

Mostly for No.1. Dales farm cottage.
Some for No.2 (also called upgrade due to interior exposed stone walls).
One for both cottages - a regular guest who has stayed in both cottages with family and friends.
4/5 feeling like home porridge Germany/Weser.Date Submitted: November 13, 2008
Although we travelled with a little child (always an unpredictable adventure!) we felt very comfortable because we found everything we need in this charming ,well equiped cottage.
Every family member (at age from 18 month up to 52 years old) felt like home and we were very satisfied with the choose of this property. Nice atmosphere, decorated with much loving care and a good base for many day-trips.... Ich wäre froh, wenn es so herrlich bequeme Matratzen auch in Deutschland gäbe, ich habe herrlich geschlafen! Unser 8-jähriger Sohn hat beim Abschied heiße Tränen vergossen und wir mussten ihm versprechen, wieder zu kommen. Braucht es da noch weitere Empfehlungen?
Recommended for: Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway, Families with Teenagers
Owners Response: Always delighted to have appreciative families.

Upgrade Cottage (next door)
Mandyp Mansfield Woodhouse.Date Submitted: October 30, 2008 Date of Stay: October 2008
We have just spent 5 wonderful days in the upgraded cottage. It is a beautiful cosy traditional cottage with lots of wonderful old features and a delightful wooden conservatory, my husband had a great time lighting the log burning fire each evening. The cottage has every amenity you can imagine, there is also an excellent selection of books and games and lovely gardens. The owners are very friendly and helpful and are well informed about the local area. The property was very clean and had some lovely touchs like fresh flowers, fruit, wine and a hospitality basket. The cottage backs onto woodland that belongs to the owners and the children had a lot of fun exploring this, definately take your wellies though. This property is a short drive from the centre of Edinburgh, parking was easy but we managed to get lost driving out of Edinburgh every time, the train was much more relaxing and stress free. The Edinburgh Bus Tour was worth doing, this is a hop on hop off bus that takes you around the main tourist sites in the city, the ticket lasts for 24 hours and entitals you to discounts off other attractions. This cottage is a wonderful find, you would be daft to miss it.
Recommended for: Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway, Families with Teenagers

Woodland Retreat
peasonsea Norwich, Norfolk.Date Submitted: September 27, 2008 Date of Stay: September 2008
This is our second stay at this cottage and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone. It's location is ideal for visiting Edinburgh, plus many other locations (this time we visited Edinburgh, Dunfermline, Stirling, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs). But the location of the cottage in an amazing woodland plot is perhaps it's best feature. We have two young sons and they love adventuring around the woodland. There is a brilliant badger hide (although the boys wouldn't sit still long enough to spot anything!) and also a playing field (where we did see a stag on our last visit). The owners, Yvonne & Chris have made this property extra special with the bespoke wood fittings and they will go out of their way to ensure you have everything you need. The weather was pretty poor when we visited but we didn't feel that this distracted too much from having fun - although you will need wellies for exploting the woodland! The cottage was warm enough but there are two gorgeous woodburning fires in the lounge and in the wooden conservatory and we lit the woodburner in the lounge 'for effect'! We only stayed 5 days on this occasion but it wasn't long enough. Because of the property and the location (in relation to touring) two weeks would be about right and I think we'll try for that next visit as there are still so many places we didn't get to see.
Recommended for: Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owners Response: Thanks Peter & family. Look forward to having you return. This description is for the cottage next door which is an upgrade/spillover you might say.

Rustic, cosy and well equipped.
Polly46 Northumberland.Date Submitted: August 25, 2008 Date of Stay: August 2008
Myself, husband and two young daughters have just returned from our first visit to this wonderful ' home from home'. When we were looking for a place to stay near Edinburgh, we were all drawn to the description and facilities on offer here and can say we weren't disappointed. The back garden is a safe & secure environment for children, with lots of things supplied to keep adults and children entertained, this is before we ventured into the wildlife paradise!!! Going for a walk, exploring was thoroughly enjoyed by us all, (even though it was very muddy - wellies to the rescue), we were ultimately looking for the sports area but rambled slowly and the girls were so excited when we found Hansel & Gretel's cottage (the Badger Hide) and were most amused at the outside loo's. The cottage itself has everything you could ever need and the flag system is a great idea for attracting Chris/Yvonne's attention, although we didn't have to use it. We hope to return, when hopefully the weather is not so tempremental and look forward to be given another friendly welcome.
Recommended for: Age 55+, People with Disabilities, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Tourists without a Car, Romantic Getaway, Pet-friendly, Families with Teenagers
Owners Response: Thank you to another lovely family. Just let me clarify the woodland, in case you worry! The cottage has a normal flushing toilet. The two dotted about the woodland are the environmentally friendly, sawdust composting toilets. We have a flickr photo site that I send a link of when you book. Or ask for it beforehand if you want to whet your appetite even more. What can we say about the week of monsoon rain. Well we've dug extra ditches to cope with that if it ever happens again. It's drying out nicely now.

I'm from Scotland first time experince
whatelse switzerland.Date Submitted: August 05, 2008 Date of Stay: July 2008
What else to say, but fantastic will go back again soon first class, like home from home with the holiday feeling. Could'nt ask for more. First time experince, but will not be the last at the colttages. Fantastic place to be, everything you want and more. Close to everything plus being in the middle of nature. Great views, public transports close by. what more can you ask for? Welcome by the most charming people, Loved it would go back again tomorrow so if you get the chance go it really is beautiful. Take my word for it. Sheena and Co. Enjoy nothing else to do........ Thanks again for everything
Recommended for: Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Tourists without a Car, Romantic Getaway, Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers, Girls Getaway

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happy to help Mansfield, UK.Date Submitted: August 02, 2008 Date of Stay: October 2007
We stayed here when my eldest son was in two plaster casts following surgery because Yvonne told me when I enquired that “Dales Cottage” was accessible for a wheelchair and the price seemed right. What she did not mention was it is IDEAL for a wheelchair user with some mobility issues and the cost was great value for money. We had all modern facilities in a location second to none for a visitor to Edinburgh. The cottage has an in depth local directory but our advice would be use the local train service, they are so helpful especially to a disabled visitor and the local library were helpful too when homework had to be done!!). The local amenities are easy to access but you will need a car. We HAD to return as our boys were upset that they could not visit the woodland when we first visited and after a second visit we realised we could have missed a great adventure. Alas the woodland would be difficult to access for a wheelchair user, but to an able bodied visitor a treat not to be missed. As you may have guest we cannot say anything but positive comments about "Dales Cottage". If you want any detailed, further comments feel free to contact Yvonne and she can pass on my E-mail address. If you haven’t booked after this review WHY NOT. Ian, Mansfield
Recommended for: Age 55+, People with Disabilities, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Girls Getaway

Best of the Best
ktscam Angels Camp, California USA.Date Submitted: July 19, 2008 Date of Stay: July 2007
The description of the property does not do it justice it a a magical place and the wizards Chris and Yvonne are the driving force behind the cottages. The property and grounds (wonderful nature walks) are impeccably clean and well maintained. Chris and Yvonne provide everything you would expect a friend, not a land lord, to provide. Their knowledge of the area and the information they provide in the cottages will keep you as busy as you like for as long as you stay, As a three time renter I would and have, with out reservation, recommended the cottages to friends. The location of the cottages is the best in Scotland, 15 minutes by train to Edinburgh, within an hour to the best golf in the world. The Union Cannel, the Falkirk Water wheel and some of the finest dinning ( the Railroad Bridge Inn South Queensferry, The bridge Inn Ratho) in Scotland are all with easy drive of the cottages. We will be returning in 2010 for another 3 week stay to enjoy the local golf and The open at St. Andrews.
Recommended for: Age 55+, People with Disabilities, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway, Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers, Girls Getaway

Great Home near Edinburgh
GuyR Comox, BC, Canada.Date Submitted: July 10, 2008 Date of Stay: November 2007
My wife and I stayed for a week in November 2007. The description was very accurate. The place was spotless. We really appreciated the fully equipped kitchen. A mega grocery store is only a few minutes by car or 15 mins by bike. I would highly recommend this property. We used it as a base to explore Edinburgh, St Andrews and the southern Highlands. For our purposes we used a car, but the train station is quite close and offers good connections. The property has a network of short walking trails through a pleasant woodland.
Recommended for: Sightseeing

Comments from Owner Guestbook
E-mail addresses are available on request. Many are returning for their secondand third holiday. From Malta 'Felt really at home in your cosy cottage.' From U.K Lancs 'Delightful cosy surrounds.' From English 10 year old girl 'When I stepped in, I knew I was warm & safe.' From Canada 'Enjoyed the golf.' From Vic. Australia 'Simply paradise.' and 'stocked from top to bottom with everything we ever wanted and more, it was magical.' From London. U.K. 'Stunning place.' From Aberdeen, Scotland 'Woodland was pure magic.'
Relevant to the upgrade next door:-

Holiday cottage - Location and view

View of Forth  rail bridge from holiday cottage
a.m. 24.12.2014
Sun glinting on steel

View of rail bridge from living room window

10 miles north of Edinburgh

Take a train from Inverkeithing which is a mile away and travel
over the19th century historic Forth Rail bridge.
Very good park and ride for bus and train.



Just a few paces from your door, is the cycle path to Inverkeithing,
it's harbour, then as far as you want to cycle or walk on the Fife cycle path.
2 miles east is St. David's Bay, Dalgety Bay; a couple of miles on is Aberdour beach.
2 miles to Restaurants - Nandos, Mexican, Chinese buffet, Pizza hut, burgers, Kentucky chicken,
2 miles to 24 hour supermarket. 30 miles to Perth and Stirling.
Lovely places to visit like Dollar Glen, Aberfeldy, Crieff, Kinross, Culross and
Loch Leven (cycle path and boat ride).
Great for touring Lochs and Glens, whisky distilleries and fishing villages.
Historic cities and castles, Linlithgow palace, Blair Atholl, Falkland palace (King James),
Dunfermline Abbey (Robert the Bruce and Queen Margaret. Andrew Carnegie's birthplace.
Inverkeithing 1 mile away has library :- e mail fax and computer, shops, pub, post office, phone box, bank, take away food, doctor, dentist, etc.
Local hospital 3 miles away off Halbeath road.
Nearby childrens' activity park, swimming baths, Deep Sea world, etc.
Scots mill Hillend by Inverkeithing - the ruins can be seen from the front of the holiday cottage.

Highland Fling. Kilts. Clans. Tartans. Fair Isle Shetland

                                                                     Highland Fling

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Holidaymaker suitability


We are family friendly, single occupant friendly, cyclist friendly, tourist friendly, etc.
Just ask if you want any special help/more local advice for your holiday,
i.e. if you are a single female and want a bit of extra security
or someone to call on if needed.

Nationalities that have enjoyed a holiday at our cottage:-
German,  Scottish, Welsh, English, American,
 Canadian, South African, Australian, New Zealanders, 
Spanish, French,  Irish  and more.

Some who have stayed at the cottage:-
David Drummond, musical director. (Featured on the BBC electric proms 5.11.10,
with Robert Plant, directing the London Oriana choir)

Lyn Paul and the cast of blood brothers playing at the Alhambra in Dunfermline.
A masterchef finalist.
Pilot from Bournemouth.
Maltese pig farmer.
American millionaire.
Edinburgh festival goers.
Recording artists.
T.V. reporter.
Racing drivers at Knockhill circuit.
Most of all...lovely families!

Campsite:- Will Self - writer.

Wood burning stove.

Logs for the woodburning stoves

Cutting up dead trees for the fires at the cottages and camp.
We've been coppicing and taking firewood out of the various parts of the woods since 1971.

A lot of it is elm, hanging around dead for maybe thirty years.
There's a little oak, plenty of sycamore and ash.

What I really like is that we're cleaning up the land and getting free heat at the same time.

 We have store places under cover, so it's worth cutting up green wood like elder and cherry, expecting to not to use it until  the next year.

First 2 tubs of wood are free (also firelighters and starter sticks for each day.)
More logs and coal at £6 tub/bucket in your fuel bunker or tub-trugs at reception.
Or leave a note on your 'flag' gate and we'll deliver.

Your log burning stove will either
1) give you localised heat with doors open (take care with sparks/logs rolling out) or
2) Heat radiators after you put enough fuel on to make a raging fire and keep doors closed.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Food. Farm shop Dunfermline - Bankhead

10 miles from holiday cottage on the A985 to Kincardine

 multi coloured small turnips

3 coloured carrots
and golden beetroot

 red and green curly kale

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Dunfermline Cafe and Arts

6 miles from holiday cottage

 Cafe - lovely coffee, chocolate and cake.
Brunch and lunch.
Good service.
Pleasant, relaxing atmosphere.

 The original firemans pole
The fire engines have moved elsewhere.

Arts and crafts display

 Clean toilets