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Guest House

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Rated from 3 to 5, and meeting all the criteria of black stars, Gold Stars are awarded to the best in Britain and Ireland within their particular banding.

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Smart and friendly, and close to the harbour

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At a glance

Breakfast Award
Family rooms
Accessible rooms

An imposing Victorian residence built in 1870 for John Smith, a famous tea clipper captain. Set on the western side of the picturesque town of Anstruther, it is only a short walk to the harbour, town centre and excellent restaurants. There’s a very comfortable and relaxing residents’ lounge on the ground floor and a small, private reading room on the first floor. The impressive, honesty bar includes a range of over 25 whiskies, local and Scottish beers and excellent wines carefully chosen by owner Mark who is by trade a very experienced winemaker. The eight en suite bedrooms are decorated to a notably high standard. On the top floor is the Captain’s Cabin, a replica of a ship master’s cabin, where John Smith once watched the fishing fleet from its small east-facing window.


  • Rooms: 8
  • Family rooms: 1

Room rates

  • Single room, minimum price: £50
  • Double room, minimum price: £85
  • Short breaks available
  • Credit cards accepted

Opening times

  • Open all year


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Freeview TV in rooms
  • Other facilities: Speciality toiletries, shortbread, chocolates – complimentary


  • Accessible bedrooms: 1


  • Children welcome
  • High chairs
  • Children's portions or menu
  • Laundry facilities


  • Golf course nearby
  • Secure cycle storage

Getting here

Enter town from west on A917, 1st building on left.

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