Tuesday, 2 October 2018

The Hoose guide to Michelin Starred eating.

The Michelin Guide for this year has just been published and typically London has the Lion's share of the stars. However our wee Scotland and Fife in particular punches well above it's weight in terms of starred eateries. 

The Peat Inn is only 10 miles from Tappit Hoose and it has to be first on the list as it was the first restaurant in Scotland to be awarded a Michelin Star back in the mid eighties. It retains that star today with husband and wife team Geoffry and Katherine Smeddle, I've heard it described as witty cooking in a polished decor. With a three course set lunch menu for £25 it is welcoming and dare I say it affordable.

The Cellar in Anstruther is only 4 miles away, in fact you could walk off your dinner along The Fife Costal Path. With a star since 2015 and under the direction of chef patron Billy Boyter The Cellar is small, unpretentious  and producing outstanding food. 

So that's Fife  and there are plenty more to choose from in Edinburgh which is about an hour's drive away.

Martin Wishartin Leith has retained it's star since 2001, and Wishart must be credited with being one of the most infulential chef's in the country and his restaurant one of Scotland's institutions. "Imaginative, elegant French cooking that's proudly Scottish"

No 1 at the Balmoral has held it's Michelin star for 16 years under the steady eye of chef Jeff Bland. Owned by the Rocco Forte group it is a luxurious culinary Edinburgh landmark.

21212 with Paul Kitching at the helm has had it's star since 2010. Housed in a breathtaking listed Georgian townhouse over four floors, Kitching's ever changing edgy menu will have you wanting to come back time and time again.

Last but no means least is The Kitchin  https://thekitchin.com owned and run by husband and wife team Tom and Michaela Kitchin. The Kitchin burst onto the scene in 2006 and was quickly awarded a star in 2007, they have stayed true to their philosophy of "from nature to plate" producing local, seasonal food before it was cool to do so.

So book your eating holiday accommodation and decide where to eat first, luckily we have some lovely beaches for you to walk off your dinners on.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Would you like to play The Old Course, St Andrews?

Did you know that the famous Old Course in St Andrews do a winter golf deal if you stay with a local accommodation provider in Fife?

From £125

Including one guaranteed tee time on the famous Old Course, the package also offers a round of golf on two other St Andrews Links courses and is available for customers who book accommodation in St Andrews or North East Fife.

That's 3 rounds of golf!
There has never been a better reason to book your self catering holiday in Crail

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Get your cards out!

The day has finally come when you can book your self catering holiday in Crail online and pay by card! We resisted for a while because here at Hoose Lets we like the human touch, we love nothing more that getting to know our guest's wants and needs and helping them to plan the perfect holiday. However we also know that time is precious, you want to book your holiday and you want to book it now! Tick, job done.

So hopefully we still get the best of both worlds, you can book your holiday let in Crail whenever you like, safe in the knowledge that should you have any questions at all we're right there ready to help.

So what are you waiting for, book your holiday cottage in Crail now!

Monday, 13 August 2018

Stargazing in Crail

Now's the time to make a wish upon that shooting star and where better to do it from than Crail. The annual Perseids meteor shower takes place this weekend. You can enjoy the majesty of a meteor shower with minimum light pollution, all you need is a warm blanket, plenty of snacks and maybe some matches for your eyelids!  Safe in the knowlege that you can come back to your warm and cosy holiday cottage after the show.The meteor showers are best enjoyed after midnight or just before dawn and the beaches in Crail or Kingsbarns are the ideal place. Picture yourself lying on the beach listening to the waves and watching the stars bust into life, who needs Netflix!


Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Getting Super

We have been beavering away behind the scenes at Neuk Hoose and Tappit Hoose HQ to put  a new booking system in place, via SuperControl we're very excited because it means that we will soon be able to accept card payments and direct online payments.
Please bear with us as we're not quite there yet and as with any new system in place we hope it will work seemlesly with no glitches!

We recognise the need to be able to book your self catering holiday www.tappithoose.co.uk at a time that suits you and not to have to wait until we get back to you. I was worried that it would take away some of the human contact and interaction with our guests. We pride ourselves in our fantastic customer service and getting to know what our guests need through our communications with them. We are going to make it a priority to keep the human element alive whilst still giving you the convenience you need. So you will be able to  book and pay by card at 3am if you so wish and also still get in touch to ask for recommendations of the best place to go rock pooling (Roome bay beach by the way)

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Ok Google

We now have Google Home in the houses, a wireless smart speaker which can link up to your phone or tablet via bluetooth to play your favourite music. If you already have a music streaming app on your device it's easy to download the google app and play your own music through the speaker. Can't get through the day without Radio 4? I know I'm not alone there, just say "Ok Google," play BBC Radio 4, or Classic FM or whatever digital radio station you prefer. Want to know what the weather will be like for the rest of your stay? Find out about local attractions, book a table at a restaurant, or even how to say hello in Dutch!

we try to keep up to date and provide you with everything you need so we hope you'll have fun with this google device. However we are also aware that not everyone likes the idea of a smart device sitting in the corner of the room, so if it's not your idea of fun, simply unplug it and forget about it, easy peasy!
"Ok Google" Where's the best self catering holiday accommodation in Fife? or "Hi Google"
I'm looking for a fabulous one bedroom holiday property in Crail!

Friday, 20 April 2018

Discovering Dundee

Scotland's 4th city Dundee is well worth a day trip when staying at Fife's best holiday cottages Neuk or Tappit Hoose. Just over 20 miles away, Dundee can be reached in well under an hour by car or a bit longer by by bus. If you prefer a more scenic entrance however, catching the train in Leuchars gives you the chance to cross the famous Tay Rail Bridge, one of the most iconic British engineering feats. For nearly three miles the bridge carves it's way across the estuary before entering the city.

Dundee is a city on the up, that's not to say it was languishing in the doldrums. It has always been a centre for design, engineering and creating, an edgy place constantly pushing boundaries. The birthplace of the Dandy, Beano, Oor Wullie and The Broons, UNESCO city of design and according to GQ magazine "The coolest little city in Britain"

It's historic shipbuilding past included the RRS Discovery which carried Shackleton & Scott to the Antartic in the early 1900s. The Discovery is now a museum ship housed in her own custom built dock on the city's waterfront.
The buzz surrounding Dundee at the moment is all about the imminent opening of the V&A museum, the first institution to bear the Victoria and Albert name outside of London. Opening in September this year it will be an international centre for design in Scotland, hosting major exhibitions, celebrating Scotland's design heritage, inspiring and promoting contemporary talent.

In between walks on the beach, exploring East Neuk fishing villages, walking the Fife Costal Path, boat trips, golfing, whisky and gin tasting, Crab shacks, rock pools and sandcastles make sure you leave time for a visit to Dundee, in fact maybe you need to book another week!

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Places to go with the Kids at Easter in Fife 2018

We love this list of things to do by the fabuolus Welcome to Fife website   There is so much to see and do. For families Neuk Hoose is the ideal place to base yourself from if you are looking for a holiday cottage in Fife.  However if it's just the two of you and you are young at heart,  you will still find lots of fun on this list!                                                                           Tappit Hoose provides luxury accommodation in the heart of Crail.     

  1. Escape by boat to the remarkable Inchcolm Island – described as the Iona of the East - and while away the afternoon visiting the12th century Abbey, exploring the island and spotting seals and wildlife.
  2. Enjoy an Easter Egg hunt at one of Fife’s National Trust Properties – Falkland PalaceCulross Palace and Hill of Tarvit. Collect your hunt map, follow the clues, solve the puzzle and then claim your chocolatey reward! 
  3. Why not drive along the East Neuk and take the boat from Anstruther to the          Isle of May to see the puffins.  Pack a picnic or enjoy award-winning fish and chips by the harbour on your return.
  4. Get on your bikes and try out one of Fife’s mountain bike routes. There are nine to choose from including Devilla Forest, Balbirnie Park and Tentsmuir...all suitable for families. 
  5. Descend underground on a visit to the Secret Bunker, Scotland’s best kept secret for over 40 years. There’s 24,000 sq ft of accommodation underground and had there been a Nuclear War, this is where Scotland would have been governed. Fascinating!
  6. For kids that love outdoor play, you’re spoiled for choice in Fife. Take your pick from Cairnie Mega Maze & Fruit Farm, Muddy BootsCluny Activities or the Scottish Deer Centre where you’ll see 14 species of deer, Fife’s only wolf pack, otters, bears, rare Scottish species and can enjoy a falconry display. All that fresh air is sure to tire them out!
  7. How about a history lesson as well as a fantastic day out when you explore one of Fife’s many castles including Falkland Palace, Aberdour and Kellie Castles. We love St Andrews Castle where kids will enjoy exploring the underground bottle dungeon.
  8. Step back in time on a visit to the Fife Folk Museum to learn how Granny lived…handle the tawse, visit the dungeon and see the man-trap used to catch poachers in the 1700’s. Entry is free.
  9. Kids will love a visit to Deep Sea World – Scotland’s national aquarium – which has the UK’s longest underground viewing tunnel. Or visit St Andrews Aquarium which has recently opened its new Amazon room. Kids can also enjoy daily animal talks, reptile handling and of course Easter Egg hunt competitions.
  10. If the weather’s good, get your walking shoes on and climb West Lomond - the highest point in Fife at 522 metres – and enjoy the stunning views! If you have plenty time walk up through Falkland Estate and take the Maspie Den path.      Pillars of Hercules, the organic farm shop and cafĂ©, is always a good place to stopp off for coffee and cake! Check out our three Lomond Hills walks in the series.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Take a tour of Tappit Hoose

We had a great time with Ben from Itago Media when he came to make a video tour of our
holdiay cottage in Crail, Tappit Hoose. It was something we have been wanting to do for a while to give potential guests a real idea of what the house is like. The accommodation is perfect for couples and we're really pleased you can now "try before you buy"


Luckily the sun was shining and the whole process was really easy with Ben being so easy to work with, the whole process was a doddle! I'm hoping that guests will find the floor plan a useful feature.  I also love the finished product, it matched the vibe of the house perfectly . We've since done a bit of interior design so there'll be something new for you too.