• About The Gate House

    Located on the historic Balbirnie Estate, this cosy cottage is surrounded by parkland and perfectly placed for exploring the surrounding countryside.

    Ground Floor:
    Step to entrance.
    Living/dining room: With open fire, 32" Smart Sky TV (sports package), DVD player and bluetooth speaker.
    Kitchen: With breakfast area, double electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, Siemans coffee machine, washing machine and wooden floor.
    Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rail.
    Narrow, steep, spiral stairs to...

    First Floor:
    Bedroom 2: With double bed, seating area with Sky TV (sports package), Xbox and sloping ceiling.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial fuel for open fire included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Welcome pack.

    Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There are 2 steps in the garden.

    Situated at the entrance to 400 acres of beautiful parkland on the Balbirnie Estate, The Gate House is a beautifully furnished and extremely cosy and comfortable cottage. Dating back to the 1800s, the cottage provides a contemporary home while still maintaining many of its original features. There is a quirky spiral staircase to the first floor double bedroom with its own relaxing seating area. On the ground floor, guests will find the living/dining room has an open fire, which is just the spot for spending a lazy afternoon on cooler days. There is also a good size kitchen with breakfast bar, family bathroom and double bedroom with a king size bed.
    From the front door you can take a stroll into the delightful conservation village of Markinch, rich in history and once the medieval capital of Fife. The village has a good selection of supermarkets, local independent quality shops, cafés, a deli, restaurants and pubs and the local butcher, whose award winning steak pies are well worth sampling. This semi-detached cottage is part of Balbirnie South Lodge which was built in 1861 and designed by the architect David Bryce. The gates were usually locked and visitors were required to ring the bell, still on one of the pillars today, to gain entrance to the estate. In 1837 John Balfour became master of the estate and in 1840 married Lady Georgine Campbell, (daughter of the Earl of Cawdor) and the inter-twining initials in the date stone is thought to represent this. The Balfour family continued to own Balbirnie House and the estate until 1969.
    During the 18th and 19th century, the estate landscape was designed by Robert Robinson and Thomas White, who created one of the most significant collections of rhododendrons in the east of Scotland. There are around 200 varieties from India, China and the Himalayan provinces and when the plants are in bloom it is well worth seeing. The Gate House is ideal for guests attending a wedding or event at Balbirnie House as you are only a short walk to the hotel. The location is ideal for walkers and cyclists as the Balbirnie Estate has parkland to explore and the Lomond Hills Regional Park is only a short drive away. This is a brilliant choice for golfers with an 18-hole golf course on your doorstep and many local courses nearby, and St Andrews, the home of golf, with its championship courses is just 30 minutes’ drive away. The British Golf Museum is close to The Old Course and there is the only hickory golf course in the UK at Kingarrock. For days at the seaside, the sandy beaches of the East Neuk of Fife are within a short drive and the Fife Coastal Path takes you to secluded coves, little fishing villages and award winning sandy beaches with plenty of places to visit and find refreshments. Beach 6½ miles. Shop 500 yards, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

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      Cottage

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      2 bedroom(s)

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      Up to 4 people

    • icon-feature-pets

      Yes 1 pet(s) allowed

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    Cottage features
    • DVD player
      DVD player
    • Dishwasher
      Dishwasher
    • Main fuel or power incl.
      Main fuel or power incl.
    • Enclosed garden / patio
      Enclosed garden / patio
    • Garden / patio
      Garden / patio
    • Golf nearby
      Golf nearby
    • Highchair
      Highchair
    • Pub within 1 mile
      Pub within 1 mile
    • Open fire
      Open fire
    • Pets - no charge
      Pets - no charge
    • Romantic collection
      Romantic collection
    • Satellite TV
      Satellite TV
    • Television
      Television
    • Christmas themed cottage
      Christmas themed cottage
    • WiFi
      WiFi
    • Short breaks all year
      Short breaks all year
    • Bed linen & towels included
      Bed linen & towels included
    • Washing machine
      Washing machine
    • Heritage collection
      Heritage collection
    • Coastal within 5 miles
      Coastal within 5 miles
    • Car parking - on site
      Car parking - on site
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    Customer reviews by Reevoo
    Hoseasons "Located on the historic Balbirnie Estate this cosy cottage is surrounded by parkland and perfectly placed for exploring the surrounding countryside.\n\n\nGround Floor \n\nStep to entrance.\n\nLivingdining room\n With open fire 32 Smart Sky TV sports package DVD player and bluetooth speaker.\n\nKitchen \nWith breakfast area double electric oven gas hob microwave fridge freezer dishwasher Siemans coffee machine washing machine and wooden floor.\n\nBedroom 1 \nWith kingsize bed.\n\nBathroom \nWith shower over bath toilet and heated towel rail.\nNarrow steep spiral stairs to...\n\n \nFirst Floor \n\n\nBedroom 2 \nWith double bed seating area with Sky TV sports package Xbox and sloping ceiling.\n\n \n\n \n\n \n\nGas central heating gas electricity bed linen towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial fuel for open fire included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Welcome pack.\n\n Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note There are 2 steps in the garden.\n\n Situated at the entrance to 400 acres of beautiful parkland on the Balbirnie Estate The Gate House is a beautifully furnished and extremely cosy and comfortable cottage. Dating back to the 1800s the cottage provides a contemporary home while still maintaining many of its original features. There is a quirky spiral staircase to the first floor double bedroom with its own relaxing seating area. On the ground floor guests will find the livingdining room has an open fire which is just the spot for spending a lazy afternoon on cooler days. There is also a good size kitchen with breakfast bar family bathroom and double bedroom with a king size bed.\nFrom the front door you can take a stroll into the delightful conservation village of Markinch rich in history and once the medieval capital of Fife. The village has a good selection of supermarkets local independent quality shops cafés a deli restaurants and pubs and the local butcher whose award winning steak pies are well worth sampling. This semi-detached cottage is part of Balbirnie South Lodge which was built in 1861 and designed by the architect David Bryce. The gates were usually locked and visitors were required to ring the bell still on one of the pillars today to gain entrance to the estate. In 1837 John Balfour became master of the estate and in 1840 married Lady Georgine Campbell daughter of the Earl of Cawdor and the inter-twining initials in the date stone is thought to represent this. The Balfour family continued to own Balbirnie House and the estate until 1969.\nDuring the 18th and 19th century the estate landscape was designed by Robert Robinson and Thomas White who created one of the most significant collections of rhododendrons in the east of Scotland. There are around 200 varieties from India China and the Himalayan provinces and when the plants are in bloom it is well worth seeing. The Gate House is ideal for guests attending a wedding or event at Balbirnie House as you are only a short walk to the hotel. The location is ideal for walkers and cyclists as the Balbirnie Estate has parkland to explore and the Lomond Hills Regional Park is only a short drive away. This is a brilliant choice for golfers with an 18-hole golf course on your doorstep and many local courses nearby and St Andrews the home of golf with its championship courses is just 30 minutes’ drive away. The British Golf Museum is close to The Old Course and there is the only hickory golf course in the UK at Kingarrock. For days at the seaside the sandy beaches of the East Neuk of Fife are within a short drive and the Fife Coastal Path takes you to secluded coves little fishing villages and award winning sandy beaches with plenty of places to visit and find refreshments. Beach 6½ miles. Shop 500 yards pub and restaurant 300 yards. " https://img.chooseacottage.co.uk/Property/145/840/1450245.jpg UK5788

    The Gate House reviews collected by Reevoo

    8.8 out of 10 – based on 19 reviews

    Overall rating

    8.8

    Comfort and Equipment

    8.9

    Location

    9.3

    Cleanliness

    8.6

    Value for money

    8.9

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    8
    out of 10

    The gate house is in an ideal location for exploring this beautiful part of scotland. Set in a lovely estate it is very peaceful. Ideal for 4 adults or a cosy couple holiday.

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    2019-09-18

    1
    out of 10

    The owner of this cottage was welcoming. I was however, greatly disappointed that this property was not that clean and there was a smell. The bed linen and oven were clean but the smell invaded everything. The garden is not totally enclosed so one has to be very mindful of the dog. There is a beautiful park right next door where you can walk the dog.

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    2019-08-15

    10
    out of 10

    We had a lovely week staying in the Gate House and would recommend it for anyone wanting a base for a holiday in Fife. The house was clean, comfortable and had everything we needed. The owners Julie and James were always on hand to answer any questions we had during our stay. Our son particularly liked the upstairs bedroom, complete with an Xbox, and the spiral staircase. Markinch station is only a 10-15 minute walk from the house and there are frequent trains to Edinburgh and Dundee if you want to explore the cities. The Tunnocks tea cakes and caramel wafers were a lovely touch!

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    2019-09-10

    10
    out of 10

    The cottage was beautiful and the owners could not have been kinder or more considerate The welcoming bottle of wine and cakes and a toy for our dog was so considerate and thoughtful I would highly recommend Well done

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    2019-07-13

    10
    out of 10

    We loved the house soo much we didn,t want to leave. Good place for visiting the area & the host Julie is very nice letting you know the nice places to go. All that you need is in the house & the fire is amazing! Would definately go back here a luvely place to be.

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    2019-06-27

    9
    out of 10

    Nice cottage. Julie very good landlady.Came around showed us everything we needed to know. Told us to ring her straight away if we needed anything. Welcome pack of biscuits, marshmallow cakes and a bottle of wine. 4 litres of milk in the fridge. Would stay again, but we're moving up there in 2 months. Family might use it though. Highly recommended.

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    2019-06-22

    10
    out of 10

    The housen was lovely and would recommend it to friends.

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    2019-06-17

    10
    out of 10

    We had a wonderful time, Julie and James could not have been more helpful. Cottage is a total delight. So pet friendly, toys, blanket, towel and food all wonderful touches to make your pet welcome. Not to mention the wine left for me ?. Will definitely be back.

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    2019-05-17

    10
    out of 10

    Lovely warm and welcoming cottage. Felt like a home from home. Will definitely be booking again!

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    2019-05-08

    10
    out of 10

    Great holiday in a lovely setting. House was fantastic. We had an amazing time!! Would highly recommend!

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    2019-04-19

    6
    out of 10

    There are some big pluses here: the place was genuinely dog-friendly without suffering significant damage from previous furry occupants; the Balbirnie Country Park is right on the doorstep and affords an easy and very pretty 90-minute walk with a dog; and the basic accommodation, which included a strong and easily-adjustable over-bath shower, was fine. However, it wasn't as clean as it could be. It looked like some plates had been put back on the rack dirty and no-one had checked, so we had to do a dishwasher load on arrival, and some empty Coke cans had been left on the front doorstep and ignored. The advertised "32-inch Freeview Smart TV" was no such thing. It was 31 inches (OK - no big deal) but NOT Smart. Perhaps there is some confusion about what that means. Shame, as we were planning to catch up with some Netflix viewing. There were no bin/recycling instructions. We phoned the owner to ask about these mid-week and then spent a grimy few minutes not just correcting the mistakes we had already made with bin allocations, but - as far as we could - the mistakes the previous occupants had made too. But the worst thing from out point of view was entirely time-of-year related. The fully-functioning CH system worked flat out and we had two electric heaters, as well as a wood-burning open fire (which didn't generate much heat with the wood provided). Even so, we found it really hard to stay warm in a January cold snap and went home a day early (and we live in Scotland). The bedroom with the king-sized bed (and very little free storage space) is one-storey with three outside walls and a laminate floor. The porch was breathtakingly icy. There should be no problem most of the year. The upstairs bedroom is up a perilously steep staircase that might just as well be a ladder. Overall the cottage was rather overfull and we had a sense that it had become a bit of a dumping ground from the main house. We did not feel encouraged to colonise the place for ourselves and feel at home. We were recommended by the owner to try a bistro called "Banner's House" in Markinch. When we arrived there we discovered that it had not had a drinks licence since it changed hands four months ago, and that the current chef was barely capable of reproducing a faint shadow of the menu that s/he must have inherited. Otherwise, shopping in Markinch seemed good, especially if you like Buckfast wine.

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    2019-01-31

    9
    out of 10

    We had a lovely trip! Beautiful cottage, very nice park just around the corner. Would love to go there again.

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    2018-11-27

    9
    out of 10

    Great place to stay. Only downside - the garden is shared with the cottage next door, so not enclosed or safe for dogs / children

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    2018-11-13

    8
    out of 10

    Lovely cottage with a lot of character in a central location. The cottage is well equipped and set in lovely surroundings. It is well located for visiting Edinburgh,Dundee and St Andrews. If you enjoy walking you have the nearby Lomond Hills and Loch Leven. The owners are in the adjoining house and are always on hand for any advice.

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    2018-10-14

    10
    out of 10

    Quirky with plenty of character. Loved all the little extras that were there, toiletries, wine, milk etc at no extra cost. The built in coffee machine was excellent. Would definitely stay again. Ten stars

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    2018-09-24

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