We booked this lovely 2 story, 3 bedroom house for our trip to Scotland a year in advance as we planned to also attend the The Open at Carnoustie. We flew into Edinburgh and our son and daughter in law joined us a day later flying into Glasgow. Driving up from Edinburgh and over to pick them up in Glasgow takes you through some very enjoyable countryside roads with several small towns to see along the way. We did our best to stay off the larger highways and used a garmin gps to navigate (definitely a requirement!). Upon initially arriving at the house, driving along narrow local roads including the last mile or so on single lane up a hill and into the property did have us wondering if we picked the right location for our stay as St Andrews and other towns are nearby and would provide a superior “in village” experience for eaily walking about.
However, after settling in over the first day or so we really came to believe we had gotten it exactly right. The house is located on a well positioned hillside with excellent and relaxing views out towards the North Sea and surrounding countryside, with distant glimpses of St Andrews. We sat out on the quiet deck overlooking the countryside (and rabbits!) each morning having our raspberry “jum” and toast with tea and coffee planning our day and relaxing in what was unusually dry and warm conditions (with the odd light rainfall).
From this location, which we learned quickly how to navigate from, we were able to get to Carnoustie via Dundee in only 30 minutes, St Andrews was a mere 10 minute drive away and from there we headed further south to other great towns and areas along the west coast. Endinburgh and the Castle was only an hour south of the house and Glasgow about 90 minutes southeast. In between the days spent at The Open (which was fantastic - way to go Francesco!) we did day trips and played a few rounds of golf. We had a lot of fun driving places, meeting people, seeing the sights and even shopping. Visiting The Old Course at St Andrews is a definite must for golfers and non golfers alike. Amazingly, on Sundays the Old Course turns into a public park with children, pets, and hundreds of people walking around on the fairways and paths! Hard to beat an experince like this and walking those historic fairways and getting photos on the famous Swilcan Bridge was incredible.
The house was very comfortable, well stocked with pots, pans, cookware, dishes, etc. For those of you from North America like us, bring your electrical adapters and be prepared to be patient while you figure out how to turn on the oven and stove as it is very different from the appliances at home. We ate in breakfast daily and cooked dinner on 3 nights so using the appliances (stove, dishwasher, laundry, etc.) was a must. We even fired up the charcoal bbq one night for steaks! The Ikea themed and outfitted house has on demand hot water so no worries about running out of hot water :) . The floors are laminate and terribly noisy but that is really the only thing that bothered us (more face towels in the bathrooms too please!).
Moira was excellent to deal with, they live right next door and also have another rental on the other side of their house. We would definitely go back and highly recommend this location for those people unafraid of driving the local roads. Thank you Moira!
Scott, Patty, Thomas and Marina
Summit house is a new, clean, well-equipped and very comfortable home. The views and grounds around are beautiful. Moira could not have been more gracious and accommodating. Close to St. Andrews. We wished we could have stayed longer!
The Summit Lodge is in an outstanding location on the outskirts of St. Andrews
We spent a week at the lodge which began with a family wedding at The Old Course Hotel. There was three generations of family staying and there is something to suit everyone from grandparents to grandchildren, weather it be sitting reading on the balconies enjoying the sun, wildlife and views, golfing, walking through the forest to reach the summit enjoying the 360 degree view, to various sight seeing trips eg Anstruther, Crail, The Secret Bunker to name but a few. The lodge is well equipped a real home from home (a information booklet to explain WiFi, appliance instructions and where to empty bins would have been useful) otherwise we cannot recommend highly enough.
We had a great stay at Summit Lodge over a gloriously sunny weekend in May. It's in a lovely countryside location, but still close to St Andrews.
The accommodation and decor is new, clean and modern. The kitchen is well equipped for self-catering, plus a charcoal BBQ. There are 3 bathrooms which was perfect for our family group.
The views from the balcony are amazing, and it was also lovely to sit at the seating area at the back of the house.
There are 2 other lodges next door, but we still enjoyed the feeling of rural isolation.
I'd recommend Summit Lodge for families with kids - there is a stair gate, the pond is gated, there are games in the house plus lots of sports equipment and toys to play with in the field at the back of the house. Lots to explore in the forrest. Plus washing machine and tumble dryer if you need it.
Very handy for driving into St Andrews. Also near to Eden Mill distillery for tasting (or buying) their gin and beer. I'd recommend Balgove Larder farm shop/cafe nearby for a nice lunch.
Top tip for directions to the lodge: turn left after the red phone box on School Rd, then left again when you see an old tractor.
We booked this lodge for a group weekend away (3 x couples) after researching accommodation available within driving distance of St Andrews. All the arrangements prior to arrival were sent promptly and were very helpful. Moira was there to greet us and we felt so welcomed and were made to feel no request was too much trouble. The lodge (one of 3) sits on an elevated position with views you just can't buy. We all enjoyed spending time on the balcony as well as out on the back porch area. The lodge has been built and finished to a very high standard, spotlessly clean with every kitchen utensil needed. The WiFi, smart TV and wood burner all contributed to an excellent stress free weekend away. I also managed to book a mobile spa therapist to come to the lodge while the guys went golfing, so us ladies could enjoy facials and massages without even leaving the lodge. Sheer bliss. Will sure to be back when ever we are up in this area of Fife again.