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Ocean Front Tower House in Conservation Village Nr St Andrews in St Andrews

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vacation rental description

'The Watch House' sits in a prominent position overlooking the sea shore and has superb uninterrupted ocean views over to the Isle of May. The historic village of Crail is known as the jewel in the crown of the picturesque fishing villages leading round the coast to St Andrews.

Built in 1782 this tower house has been completely renovated and is now a wonderful vacation rental home. Superbly placed, the house is just minutes away from the local pubs and hotels. The shops and local tourist office are also minutes walk from the house.

Neuk is the old Scottish word for corner and the East Neuk of Fife is the name given to the wedge of land running around the eastern peninsula of Fife. The little village of Crail is known as the jewel in the crown amongst the string of fishing towns leading round the coast to the famous town of St Andrews. A haven for artists and writers its peaceful and picturesque setting is a magnet for visitors to the east coast of Scotland. Here you will find whitewashed cottages with red pantiled roofs crowding into small winding streets that lead to the secluded harbour. Crail is famous for the quality of the local crab and lobsters that are available for you to choose and have cooked for you on the spot


* St Andrews Old Course - 15 minutes

* Balcomie Links Course - 4 minutes

Lundin Links, Leven, St Andrews New Course, The Jubilee, The Dukes Course, Ladybank, Balbirnie, Drumoig, Crail Golfing Society, the list just goes on and on...

Traditionally acclaimed as the 'Home of Golf' the Kingdom of Fife boasts a total of forty two golf courses, ranging from traditional links through tree lined parkland to some of the most recently laid out greens and fairways in Scotland.

The Watch House offers a superb central location for visiting some of the local courses. In addition to the championship courses at St Andrews there is also a practise centre providing a floodlit driving range, pitching and putting areas and video facility.

Eight miles north of St Andrews lies Drumoig, home to the Scottish National Golf Centre, Europe’s premier golf practice and training facility. The British Golf Museum just behind the famous Royal and Ancient Clubhouse,traces over 500 years of golfing history. Even if you think you know everything about the game you are bound to discover something new here.


The Watch House was built in 1782 and stands in an elevated position with superb sea views over to The Isle of May.

The Cupid Room is situated on the top floor of the house and has three gothic arched windows overlooking the ocean. Large and spacious room with a built in window seat to enable you to enjoy the views. Crystal chandelier and dimmed lighting, wonderful plaster work, fireplace, TV and CD player. The perfect setting for a honeymoon or romantic getaway! The Cupid Room on the top floor leads out to the hall with shower room and toilet. A turned staircase leads down to the middle landing. From here a door leads out to the Castle Walk that leads down to the harbour area. Also on this level is the twin bedroom with window seat overlooking the sea. TV in room.

The Fife Coastal Path leads down from the house and is extremely popular with both locals and tourists. Although The Watch House sits on its own it is only a few minutes from the local pubs/hotels, shops and restaurants.


Although a very small town, Crail has an extremely impressive history, its royal charter being granted by Robert the Bruce in 1310. This charter gave the people of Crail the right to trade on the Sabbath, which may explain why 200 years later John Knox chose Crail parish church as the venue for his most violent of sermons!

Lounge with Oak Beams Dating from 1782. During renovations the old stone walls were revealed behind the plaster walls and an original old beam was discovered. This now forms a feature of the lounge in The Watch House.

The lounge now has dimmer lights and recessed spots highlight the stone walls. A wide screen TV with surround sound and CD player with selection of music. The Watch House has a full kitchen with hob and oven, it also has a microwave oven and washing machine for your use. All the usual kitchen items are available and it has a fridge and freezer. The views from the kitchen window ensures that everyone wants to do the dishes.


4pm check-in and 10am check-out.

A deposit/security bond of GBP100 by credit/debit card is required on booking. This is returned on your card after property inspection for damage or breakages less a Linens/laundry fee of GBP35. Full rental rates are deducted from your card approx 6 weeks before entry date. House must be left in condition you found it or extra cleaning fee will be deducted ( 65 pounds ).

Small breakages like cups or drinking glasses can be replaced before leaving. Once deducted both initial deposit and final payment are NON-REFUNDABLE should you have to cancel for any reason. PLEASE ENSURE YOU TAKE OUT CANCELLATION INSURANCE TO COVER ANY SITUATION THAT CAUSES YOU TO CANCEL YOUR BOOKING.

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Last modified on 08-10-2014 at 7:19 AM.

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house rental amenities

  • Property Type
    • house
  • Meals
    • guests provide their own meals
  • Location Type
    • oceanfront
  • Theme
    • historic
    • romantic
  • General
    • internet
    • towels provided
    • living room
    • hair dryer
    • iron & board
    • washing machine
    • linens provided
    • telephone
    • parking off street
  • Kitchen
    • refrigerator
    • cooking utensils
    • kitchen
    • microwave
    • oven
    • dishes & utensils
    • coffee maker
    • toaster
  • Dining
    • dining area
  • Bathrooms
    • 1 bathroom
    • bathroom 1:
  • Bedrooms
    • 2 bedrooms, sleeps 5, beds for 4-5
    • bedroom 1:
    • bedroom 2:
    • convertible bed(s):
      • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Entertainment
    • vcr
    • cd player
    • video library
    • television
    • stereo
    • music library
    • dvd player
    • games
    • books
  • Outside
    • lawn / garden
    • golf
    • deck / patio
  • Suitability
    • pets not allowed
    • non smoking only
    • children welcome
    • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Notes
    • CD and video with free movies, Superb patio with outstanding views over to May Island ( Bird sanctuary and historic site ) FREE WIFI AND LOCAL CALLS

activities and attractions in St Andrews Scotland

  • Attractions
    • restaurants
    • museums
    • cinemas
    • live theater
  • Leisure Activities
    • boating
    • shopping
    • miniature golf
    • sight seeing
    • horseback riding
  • Sports & Adventure Activities
    • sailing
    • golf
    • jet skiing
    • wind-surfing
    • parasailing
    • tennis
    • fishing
    • cycling
    • swimming
    • hiking
    • water skiing

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vacation rental rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekend Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
Jun 28 2014 - Aug 30 2014
£ 700
7 nights
Aug 31 2014 - Sep 20 2014
£ 650
7 nights
Ryder Cup
Sep 21 2014 - Sep 29 2014
£ 1,000
8 nights
Sep 30 2014 - Oct 24 2014
£ 650
7 nights
Nov 1 2014 - Dec 19 2014
£ 550
7 nights
Xmas/New Year
Dec 20 2014 - Jan 3 2015
£ 700
7 nights
Jan 4 2015 - Mar 28 2015
£ 500
7 nights
Mar 29 2015 - May 2 2015
£ 650
7 nights
Late Summer
May 3 2015 - Jul 11 2015
£ 700
7 nights
Grad Week
Jun 20 2015 - Jun 26 2015
£ 1,260
Flat fee
7 nights
Late Summer
Jul 21 2015 - Sep 26 2015
£ 700
7 nights

Additional information about rental rates

£100 security deposit £100
£100 deducted by credit/debit card on booking. This is returned to you after your stay less 35 pounds linens/laundry/towels fee. Rental rate is deducted from your card 6 weeks before your entry date.
Both amounts are non-refundable once deducted so PLEASE do make sure you take out independant cancel insurance once booked.

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traveler reviews for this st andrews house rental

Amazing cottage with great view and charm

Review submitted: January 15, 2012   Date of arrival: January 1, 2012

My wife, sister daughter and I stayed at the tower house the week after new years and had a great time. The house was fantastic. The views were to die for and with the old style of house, you could hear the ocean all night. Talk about a southing sleep. The house had everything you could want and the the rooms were spacious and the beds comfortable. The ocean feels even closer than the photos show and with the sunrise after 8 in the morning, we saw it 3 times. The village of Crail is quaint and charming. We ate at the Anstruther Fish and Chips restaurant just 10 minutes down the road and it was awesome. St. Andrews was less than 20 minutes and we enjoyed many a stroll through town. Fabulous stay and great house. I will be back for sure.

Recommended for: age 55+, families with young children, girls getaway, romantic getaway

Owners response: Hi Guys.... you know it so nice to get people who stay at the house taking the time to show appreciation. Many thanks. Glad you loved the village and the area... it is very special. You must try and get over during the summer months when the weather is better and you can sit on the patio during the evening and get to talk to the many local people who walk up and down the coastal path.
There is so much to see and do in the area within such a short distance I am sure another visit would enhance your perception of Scotland and the local area.
Look forward to having you all stay again. best regards.

Helpful votes: 4 / 8


Terrific experience

Review submitted: July 21, 2011   Date of arrival: July 2, 2011

What a fabulous place for a vacation. The whole family loved the views, the city, the people, local golf, local seafood, and the hiking right outside the door. The easy access to the Coastal Trail was definitely a plus, but even if you only wanted to enjoy the view it would be ideal. Harry was great to work with, and we are definitely hoping to return in the near future.

Recommended for: adventure seekers, families with young children, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Owners response: So glad you enjoyed this old house.... it is a very special place and we loved the fact that you all appreciated all the house and the area has to offer. Hope you tried the fish and chips at Anstruther.... They have just won The Best In Britain award.

Helpful votes: 2 / 4


Watch house in Crail

Review submitted: August 23, 2010   Date of arrival: July 31, 2010

Amazing view, very quite. A really romantic accomodation equipped with the necessary items; all in goot conditions.
Tiny but sufficient bath room, clean.
Ideal for 4 persons. We were 5 adults and had not sufficient space in the cupboard and the foldable bed was neither comfortable nor long enough.
The foldable dining table has only 4 chairs, the living room is not equipped for 5 either.
Very frindly landlords (contact only by phone).

Recommended for: age 55+, families with teenagers, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 1 / 2


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St Andrews vacation rental

This vacation rental has been listed since 10/24/2005.