When researching accommodation for my recent Outlander blog trip to Fife I firstly needed to find somewhere in a convenient place for visiting all the filming locations on my list. I also decided on self catering as I wanted somewhere that felt like a home from home to really immerse myself in the area and get a feel for living as a local in one of the historical towns I was going to write about. I also needed somewhere quiet, with all mod cons so I could do my research and blogging in comfort and without disturbance.
Whilst browsing TripAdvisor I came across The Tanhouse Studio Holiday Apartment in Culross which looked perfect as it was situated in one of the villages used for filming, was very reasonably priced at £55 per night, I only needed to stay a minimum of 2 nights and as it had excellent reviews it seemed to tick all the boxes.
The little studio apartment is situated above a double garage next the owners' house which is one of the large, old properties in the heart of the village. My first impression of the flat was 'WOW' as it is totally my style in bright fresh white with simple contrasting blue coastal decor. Although small it feels surprisingly spacious and the three windows provide plenty of light and amazing views over Culross and the Firth of Forth and you can even see the Forth bridges in the distance.
The owners, Gail and Douglas, were very welcoming and although they live in the adjacent house the flat felt very private but they are close enough should you have any problems (which I didn't).
The finish on the apartment is to a very high standard and everything provided was of excellent quality, John Lewis mugs no less! After a long drive the little welcome basket was indeed very much appreciated as it meant I could enjoy a cup of tea and a biscuit before heading out to the supermarket for proper supplies.
There is a small kitchen with all the cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery you need, a micro/oven, dishwasher fridge/freezer, kettle and toaster. There is also a handy seating area with table and chairs.
The small shower room with a view is compact but perfectly functional and there was nice handwash and shower gel provided.
The bed can either be made up as a King size or two singles and again was very comfortable with excellent quality of bedding. There was even a couple of fluffy bathrobes left out, just one of the thoughtful touches that made my stay feel extra special.
A settee and chair by the window provide a choice of seats to enjoy the gorgeous views or to cosy up in the evening and watch the generous sized TV with DVD player.
Gail and Douglas have made a fantastic job of this little flat and have added some nice extra touches such as an umbrella, blackout blinds, visitor information and even some info on the filming of Outlander in the village, they must have known I was coming! They are also very helpful if you have any other queries about the area or things to do nearby.
There is a also little patio area with a table and chairs for use of guests in the flat and there is secure parking within the grounds of the property.
The only issue on my stay was the lack of WiFi signal in the flat which Gail informed me has now been rectified, although Gail and Douglas had very kindly offered me the use of one of their lounges in the main house if I did need access to the internet during my stay.
I really can't fault this property or recommend it highly enough and I personally plan to return at some point as it really is the perfect little bolthole. There is plenty to do in Culross despite it's small size and I really enjoyed walking around the deserted historic old streets after the daytrip tourists had gone home.
Gail has very kindly sent me some photos of their view when they had snow in the village and I just had to share them as it looks like a beautiful winter wonderland!
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