Such a lovely destination – this sunny village, central to a string of fishing villages, on the sparklingly pretty East Neuk of Fife, Elie is undeniably chic. With its beautiful south facing beach, fabulous beachside homes, it is Scotland’s answer to St Tropez if you ask me and a great base to explore from. The area includes Pittenweem, a tiny artist community that is inundated with visitors every year for its annual art festival, Crail, also well known for its many art galleries and picturesque harbour; Anstruther, world famous for its award winning fish and chips – is it the batter or the incredible freshness of the fish? Answers on a postcard please. The fascinating city of St Andrews, home to the highly prestigious university and the historic birthplace of golf, is on the doorstep.
I have worked with holiday letting agency Elie Select for a while now. The owners Jamie and Tara are such kind hosts, offering an extremely warm welcome to guests, anticipating their every need. They also offer a first class service to owners, managing beautiful properties is a passion to them, they instinctively understand the local market and are able to advise would-be investors as well.
I love the look of this loft apartment, the Granary, an incredibly airy, spacious penthouse at the top of a converted mill overlooking the harbour and beach.
The owners have included every comfort, so although this is certainly a cool refurbishment of an old industrial building, it is not too edgy to enjoy your holiday! Metal finishes and raw fabrics can look great in a magazine but actually can be quite hard to live with. The Granary is undeniably sumptuous, so at any time of year, whatever the weather, you can be certain that you will be cosy here.So much fun to be had in Elie from swimming and sailing, to sunbathing and cricket on the beach. Regular matches are organised by the iconic Ship Inn, a glorious seaside pub with rooms, overlooking the beach. People watching, fabulous front door spotting, if you play #doortraits on Instagram, the possibilities for whiling away the hours are endless! The quirky seaside architecture means that the accommodation offered by Elie Select is of an amazing variety. There are grand homes overlooking the famous golf course which can cater for golfing parties or large family groups to tiny little cosy hideaways, perfect for a couple who are looking for a weekend of sandy toes, fish and chips and a few quiet beers.You can out more about other beautiful houses to rent in Elie here and here.
I am thrilled to announce that I am officially a travel correspondent for the Sunday Post PS Magazine supplement now.
If you would like me to visit your hotel or holiday property and write about it, either for the Sunday Post or on here, the Great Scottish Indoors, I would be delighted to discuss.