Spring is upon us!

POSTED ON 10 Apr 2017

A New Addition to the Garden by Bogdan

POSTED ON 7 Mar 2017

Our garden gate needed an upgrade so Bogdan made this new one which is perfect!

 

 

 

Creating Space and Order

POSTED ON 12 Feb 2017

Through the winter in The East Neuk when our self catering holiday cottages are not as busy its the time to maintain, improve and create at Madeira In Fife.  Bogdan is our chief engineer, designer and creator.  Carols laundry business on site was growing as was our property management business in Elie so it was time to create more space.  The new area in the wood store offers just that and was soley the result of Bogdans hard work over a two week period. Thanks Bogdan.

 

Apples from Autumn to Spring

POSTED ON 12 Jan 2017

Its safe to say we have a big apple harvest here at Madeira and we are always looking for ways to get use from apples throughout the year.  Our juice is yummy and keeps for a good while, the jams and chutneys are delicious, our cider not so! But it always bothered me despite trying hard to keep our apples I always failed when they have brusied or our fury little friends have discovered them.  So I invested in this little beauty - a hut and two mice proof cages specially for apple and veg storage.  Success!  Apple pie, crumble and just plain apples are available to us from our orchard all winter - so chuffed!

Erics Present to Madeira

POSTED ON 12 Dec 2016

Midrock House

POSTED ON 22 Mar 2015

David and Tibi Weir had amazing vision before knocking down a bungalow to built Midrock, a stunning, contemporary beach house on Ruby Bay, Elie.  The house was finished last year and has been available to rent since just before Christmas.

The house is a sensational place to stay with floor to ceiling windows that frame the glorious view over The Forth to the Bass Rock and beyond.  The house is beautifully designed and furnished with every detail considered.  The hot water shower on the patio is a welcome luxury after a trip to the water sports center just a few minutes walk away.

The house sleeps 12 in 5 bedrooms and there are plenty of bathrooms and shower rooms to keep everyone happy.  David and Tibi have cleverly designed 'The Bothy' for teenages and kids to hang out in. Its part of the house but seperated by the large entrance hall which means parental control can be excercised but the kids have a degree of seperation too.  The Bothy has a TV area, shower room, drying room for wetsuits etc and on a mezzanine 4 full sized single beds.    

For thoes who have limited mobility there is a downstairs bedroom (ensuite) and all the living areas and kitchen are down stairs too.

The four bedrooms upstairs all look over the sea and windows are strategically placed and sized to make the most of the view.

The house has been designed to be eco friendly and is currently up for a presigious award.  Fingures crossed it wins.

If you'd like to know more about the house or would like to book a weekend stay in low season or a week in high season please give us a call.  We hope to see you there soon.  

Bathroom Gardeners Cottage Madeira

POSTED ON 14 Mar 2014

The gardeners cottage, our largest cottage at Madeira In Fife, now has a brand new bathroom with a shower.  This makes the cottage far more comfortable for larger parties as there are now two showers and the bath.

The cottage sleeps 9 people in total and has 3 bedrooms.  Its almost fully let in August and two weeks have already been let in July.  New Year has gone too but we are still accepting bookings for Christmas.

The garden is great for kids and dogs are allowed in the cottage as long as they don't go into bedrooms. 

Book now at www.madeirainfife.com

New Cycling Route Cards

POSTED ON 1 Mar 2014

Fife has launched new mountain bike cycling routes. The new routes are across Fife and we have route cards available for guests wanting to get around and about.

If you want to know more about these routes right now have a look at the following link:

http://www.outdoorfife.com/content/cycle-routes/

If mountain biking is not your thing there are plenty of routes and lanes around here to explore as well.

Movie Night Extravaganza

POSTED ON 28 Feb 2014

In the East Neuk we have an activie community cinema circuit.  Films are shown monthly in Pittenweem, Crail, and Colinsbourgh.  These nights are great fun, young and old are welcome, and a glass of wine is uaually included as part of the ticket price.

Upcoming events:

March 7th - Crail Cinema Club presents 'Cinema Paradiso' (1988) - contact Laura Bates on 01333 450 351

April 4th - Crail Cinema Club ' The Inheritance' (2007) - contact Laura to find out more

April 18th - Crail Cinema Club 'Metro Manila' (2013) - Contact Laura

Pittenweem used to have a picture house but now all films are shown in the town hall or the Coco Tree Cafe.  Pittenw dates and films to be announced soon.

See the following website for Colinsburgh films:

http://colinsburghcommunitycinema.wordpress.com

Of course for current films you can go 9 miles down the road to St Andrews.  Its a lovely wee cinema full of charm.  See whats on at:

nph.nphcinema.co.uk

Music to My Ears

POSTED ON 28 Feb 2014

Fancy listening to some music while you eat, drink and while away a relaxing Sunday afternoon?  If so The Boathouse Cafe and Coffee House in Anstruther Harbour is the place to go.  Look out at the pretty harbour while enjoying a selection of traditional plates and home made treats.  

 

Tel 01333 310 539 for information

 

Pittenweem Tennis Club

POSTED ON 28 Feb 2014

Pittenweem was lucky enough to receive funding two years ago to refurbish the village tennis courts.  We now have 3 great all weather courts and a thriving club.  Guests at Madeira can play at the club as we hold a set of keys for the gate.  It costs £5 to play for up to 4 people for two hours.  Just ask Jamie or Tara for the keys and we will point you in the right direction.  We can also provide rackets should you decide not to bring your own.

There is more information on this and other activitie sin the village on the community website at:

http://www.aboutpittenweem.org.uk/activities.html

Happy playing!

Pittenweem Arts Festival 2014

POSTED ON 25 Feb 2014

 The Pittenweem Arts Festival atracts around 25,000 people to the village each year.  People in the village open their houses so artists can display their art throughout the village.  There are around 30 artists who live in the area and its not difficult to understand why when you look over the Firth and see some of the most beautiful light you will see anywhere.

There are lots of other events going on during the festival too.  The following link gets you straight to the festival program  http://www.pittenweemartsfestival.co.uk/events_programme.php

The festival lasts from the 2nd August through to the 10th.  Its a very busy time and there is therefore high demand for accommodation. We still have cottages available so if you'd like to come to the festival for a few days give us a call.

If the weather is anything like it was last year you'll find the Robertson family milling around the village, visiting the beach for a swim and a BBQ before getting a delicious milk shake at The Coco Tree.  www.pittenweemchocolate.co.uk

 

Why do Whales Sing for their Supper?

POSTED ON 25 Feb 2014

At the Scottish Fishieries Museum, Harbourhead, Anstruther on the 15 March you can find out why Whales Sing for their supper.  To mark the opening of the new whaling display, as part of the Fife Science Festival, scientists will be discussing this very matter. Learn how and why scientists study whales to learn about these wonderous ocean giants.

The museum is open Mon-Sat 10-4.30, Sun 12-4.30 and its £7 for adults and 1-5 children under 16 go free.

Anstruther is walking distance from Madeira or 5 mins in the car.  

Walnuts

POSTED ON 27 May 2013

Aparently there are six walnut trees in the area and we are lucky enough to have two of them at Madeira.  Luckier still Jamie and I were given a jar of delicious pickled walnuts from Jules who said his mum had pickled them three years earlier.  They were fantastic with digestive biscuits and cheddar cheese.  Definitely one to try and recreate, although I've heard Mrs Duncan was a real dab hand in the kitchen so it will be hard.

Secret Garden

POSTED ON 25 May 2013

The children call this the Secret Garden Door.  It leads out of the walled garden opposite the Gardeners Cottage.  The weeds had grown up all around it making it even more mysterious.  The garden dates back to the early 18th Century when it was the kitchen garden to the original Grangemuir house which unfortunately burnt down.

We have loads of fruit trees, a vine drooping with grapes and lots of berries. Jam and chutney making will happen in earnest at the end of the summer.  Jars and lids being ordered as we speak.