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In this section, you will find useful information to assist you in planning your self-catering cottage holiday in St Andrews, Fife.
Our superb location, just minutes on foot from The Old Course and St Andrews town centre, makes our luxury self-catering holiday apartment an ideal choice for golf holidays, parents visiting their student offspring attending St Andrews University, or family holidays exploring the East Neuk of Fife, Edinburgh and beyond.
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St Andrews Self-Catering Holiday Apartment Information
Saint Andrews is rich in history, with religion, education and golf forming the core of its fame.
In medieval times, St Andrews was one of the pre-eminent pilgrim centres in Europe. Its cathedral and bishops' palace, known today as St Andrews Castle, testify to the special place it held in Scotland as the base of the established Catholic church prior to the Reformation.
St Andrews University, founded in 1413, is the third oldest university in the English-speaking world and the oldest in Scotland. It will celebrate its 600th aniversary in 2013.
St Andrews is known as the 'Home of Golf'. Golf has been played on the links here for around 600 years. The game was so popular that King James II issued a decree in 1457 banning the playing of golf in the town because it was distracting the young men of the town from their archery practice. Today, the golf links are managed by the Links Trust, who operate seven golf courses within or nearby the town. The Open Championship was last played on The Old Course in 2010 and is hosted in St Andrews usually every five years.
Howard Place, part of the Hope Park development close to the town centre, is a Historic Scotland listed property built in the 1860s. Its history begins with the father of Prime Minister W E Gladstone, Sir John Gladstone, whose heirs transferred the development to James Robert Hope, who gave his name to Hope Street. Also, His wife was a granddaughter of Sir Walter Scott, whose country seat was Abbotsford, hence Abbotsford Crescent. Howard Place forms the third side of the triangle around Hope Park. After losing his first wife in childbirth, James Hope's second wife, Lady Victoria Alexandrina Fitzalan-Howard, probably gave her name to Howard Place. However, we know that Hope-Scott, as he was known by then, sold the Highland Estate of Dorlin to Lord Howard, so we cannot be entirely certain of the street's etymology.
The trunk on the landing outside the apartment belonged to Lt A C Bald of the 1st Battalion, Black Watch. Records show that he was in Malta in 1888, matching the shipping tag still on his trunk. We assume that his family must have resided at 12 Howard Place around that time.
Modern history reveals that two five-times winners of the Open Championbship have owned houses in Howard Place: Tom Watson and Peter Thomson. More recently, Prince William lived across the road in Hope Street while he was a student at St Andrews University.
Today, we hope that you will enjoy staying in our home. The property has been refurbished to a level that will satisfy the most demanding of visitors, with four bedrooms, each with en-suite facilities, plenty of cupboard space, a small kitchen finished to very high standards and, perhaps most importantly for anyone staying in St Andrews, a drying room big enough to take golf clubs and waterproofs.
The views from the top floors of this historic building extend to the playing fields beside the road entering St Andrews, across Kinburn Park and Castle to Hope Park Church on the south-western side, and a view of Hope Park to the east.
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