St Andrew's House
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St Andrew’s House lies at the heart of the conservation village of Falkland amongst cobbled streets and old buildings, and is a perfect base from which to explore the rich history and rolling countryside of this picturesque part of Fife.
A stay at St Andrews House includes a complimentary visit to the Palace and gardens for for non NTS and NT members, during normal property opening hours.
The property is situated on the first floor and sleeps 4 guests. A steep spiral staircase leads to the property which is regrettably not suitable for the infirm. Accommodation comprises:
Two twin bedrooms;
Bathroom (Bath with shower attachment);
There is a parking space available, plus a free car park in the village, a short walk away.
With a history that includes a murderous duke, an imprisoned king, several changes of hands and some of Mary Queen of Scots’s happiest country days, Falkland Palace is a treasure trove of history, brought to life by exquisitely restored display rooms. The current palace was built between 1450 and 1541 and served as the hunting residence of the Stewart kings and queens. Its tapestry corridor containing 17th century Flemish masterpieces is unmissable, as are the gardens which contain the oldest real (or royal) tennis court in Britain, built for James V.
History runs deep in the village of Falkland, a former Royal Burgh inhabited since before the 12th century. The Falkland hunting estate was given to Duncan Macduff, 6th earl of Fife in 1160 and served as a base for royalty and aristocracy right up until the twentieth century.
Falkland also found fortune as a weaving town, and in 1792 an estimated third of the village’s population were weavers. Cobbled wynds, an old horsemarket and no less than 28 listed buildings add to the village’s historic charm.
There are tea rooms and traditional pubs in the village, plus a small grocery shop with a post office. To source your own local food, have a look at www.fifediet.co.uk for details on nearby farmers markets. The nearby Pillars of Hercules offers organic, vegetarian and vegan food in their shop and restaurant.
Falkland lies 11 miles north of Kirkcaldy on the A912 , 11 miles West of Cupar and 6 miles North of Glenrothes.