Tucked away in the remote and rolling countryside of the Scottish lowlands, Woodmill Arches is an exceptional barn conversion Luxury DIY B&B for Two, or ’boutique’ self catering, completely self-contained and private, in the heart of the beautiful Lindores estate in North-East Fife.
The project of restoring and transforming a derelict barn into incredibly spacious, way beyond ‘hotel-luxe’ guest accommodation for two lucky people to enjoy, has been a labour of love for Steven and Clare Wade, owners of Woodmill House. They have created an aesthetically stunning, superbly comfortable, bespoke b&b/self-catered offering, which we think any guest would be thrilled to stay in. In particular, a real treat for fans of ‘Grand Designs’ and for those who appreciate the restoration of heritage architecture, high-spec contemporary interior design and the beauty of natural materials.
Once you’re in the door there is no one to bother you, and you’ve got so much all to yourself, the sense of peace and space is instantly relaxing. No pressure, you really can do exactly as you please and with all your needs taken care of. Breakfast already stocked for whenever you choose to rise. The option to have your evening meal delivered to your door (by your hosts) if you don’t feel like going out. And if you would like a cleaner to come and tidy/wash up while you are out then that can be arranged too! Private and relaxing accommodation for those seeking a luxury double, or twin room, DIY bed and breakfast or self-catered, but wanting somewhere a bit different and ultimately more special.
Woodmill Arches is situated in a glorious part of Scotland, abundant in activities and recognised by Scottish National Heritage as a ‘ Special Landscape Area’. Just 45 minutes from Edinburgh airport and within 30 minutes of historic St Andrews, it’s ideal for golfing holidays, walking weekends, wedding or local event accommodation, or simply a place to kick back and escape for a quiet break.
A super addition to our ‘Boutique Family’, we are delighted that Woodmill Arches has joined our handpicked collection, we’re sure it will prove immensely popular with our discerning guests and look forward to reading all the wonderful reviews.
Woodmill House was built as a farmhouse in 1840, however, The Arches barn formed part of the original farmstead that is believed to date back to the 18th Century, around 1750. The land was originally owned by the monks at Lindores Abbey (now an impressive distillery and wedding and events venue) and today the property sits within the heart of the beautiful Lindores estate.
Steven Wade bought Woodmill in the 1980s in a tumbledown state, and throughout their married life he and his wife Clare have dedicated themselves to restoring it back to life.
Woodmill Arches is their latest project on the property, transforming the completely derelict barn into a delightful annexe to the house. The exterior is quite beautiful, gorgeous stone with decorative arches all immaculately restored, and of particular note, a striking arched window, that existed on the old mill, has been reinstated.
The converted inside space is stunning, incredibly spacious and superbly comfortable with masses of natural light. This is boutique guest accommodation exclusively for two, which can only be described as exceptional, and amazing value for money!
As you arrive, a large, tiled, gallery-style hall with a wood burning stove provides plenty of room to leave boots, golf clubs and countryside clothing, and slippers to change into before you head upstairs to the main living space.
On the first floor the bright open plan sitting and dining area has a fabulous arched window to the west which sunshine streams through in the summer evenings, ideal for enjoying a relaxing drink at the end of the day.
In the large and striking bedroom the superking bed can convert to two singles. The modern bathroom has a rain shower, stylish black fittings and underfloor heating. Good quality linen and towels are provided along with toiletries.
Along with the stylish contemporary furnishings come top quality fittings, a biomass heating system, huge television, 8-speaker Bluetooth sound system and a deliciously bouncy carpet to pad about on. Throughout the property the lighting is a key feature, designed by Clare herself, who is a lighting consultant, created for maximum atmosphere it is an experience in itself!
Clare tells us, “People entering the bedroom are always stunned by its space and proportions and there are inevitably gasps of amazement and delight as it seems to come as a complete surprise.”
The room itself measures 6x5m and has a pitched roof with two big skylights (great lying in bed looking at the sky and trees outside). The bed is a high zip and link so a very generous size with uncluttered space all around, which makes it feel very restful.
Two of the original barn windows have been filled in with antique mirror and the stonework either side has tiny uplighters – lying in bed at night with just this lovely glow is a really special and quite romantic experience.
The headboard doubles as a bedside shelf and has electric sockets with usb points each side. There is always a vase with fresh rosemary by the bed, and a stock of cotton wool, cotton buds and hand cream in an alcove, which doubles as a dressing table.
There is plenty of what Clare likes to call “on space”, surfaces for guests who don’t want to fully unpack, rather spread their belongings (ditto floor space for suitcases). Although, there is still a large double wardrobe, which has a mirror and light inside, and two spacious 3-drawer chests of drawers, for those who do want to unpack and feel properly at home.
£130 per night based on two adults sharing, including pre-stocked breakfast – perfectly self-contained and private, luxury accommodation at an amazing price!
Minimum stay 2 nights.
To allow you to be totally self-contained, all you need for breakfast is provided for you in the Arches, for you to prepare and eat at your leisure.
DIY B&B / Boutique Self Catering – There is a micro-kitchen contained in a small alcove which has a kettle, toaster, coffee machine, microwave, fridge and sink. Fresh and instant coffee, teas, milk, fruit juice, cereal, bread, butter, jams, fruit and yoghurt are all sourced as locally as possible, and ready for you to help yourself.
Padding around in a white dressing gown, eating fresh toast and watching the world go by through the arched window (although it’s not very busy!) is a wonderful morning experience.
Evening Dining at Woodmill Arches – guests have 3 options to choose from:
- There are a number of places to eat out locally that Steven and Clare can recommend and direct guests to within about 7 miles, or you can go a bit further towards St Andrews and the East Neuk where there are fabulous and acclaimed seafood restaurants.
- Your hosts can offer a set menu supper in the house, there is a small informal dining room that you have to yourselves and they specialise in wild game.
- Steven and Clare can provide you with a home cooked ready-made meal to eat in in The Arches. Alcohol can be pre-stocked on request and added to the bill at the end of your stay.
There are a number of wedding venues in the area, notably Lindores Abbey and Myres Castle just down the road, and Clare is more than happy to supply a list of local venues to guests who are scouting for their perfect place to tie the knot.
Woodmill Arches is a really lovely place for a bride and groom to ‘go away’ to after their wedding, champagne and roses, flowers etc. can be arranged and a special breakfast in the morning.
For guests attending a Scottish Wedding in the beautiful Kingdom of Fife, why not treat yourselves to a luxury stay at Woodmill Arches and make the occasion even more memorable?
(Minimum 2 night stay applies).
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