stately homes gardens etc in Kingdom of Fife
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Stately Homes & Gardens in Kingdom of Fife

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Kingdom of Fife Stately Homes, Country Houses & Gardens

Falkland Palace

Falkland, Cupar, Fife, KY15 7BU
Tel: 0844 4932186    Fax: 0844 4932188

Built on the site of an earlier fortress that dates back to the 13th century, Falkland Palace was a country retreat of the Stuart Kings. The castle belonged to the MacDuffs, Earls of Fife, and the remains of its Great Tower are still visible in the gardens. It was adopted as a Royal residence by James II in the mid 15th century and work began to convert it into a more comfortable property. Mary, Queen of Scots spent some of the happiest days of her life here. The Stuarts used Falkland as a lodge when hunting deer and wild boar in the forests of Fife. Portraits of the Stuart kings and queens hang in the palace and you can get a flavour of palace life when you enter the King’s Bedchamber and the Queen’s Room, both restored by the National Trust for Scotland. Garden enthusiasts will appreciate the colourful herbaceous borders, lush green lawns and many unusual shrubs and trees. Here you will also find the Royal Tennis Court, built in 1539, Britain’s oldest tennis court, which today is home to a flourishing local royal tennis club. Learn more about this fascinating corner of history from the dedicated exhibition. National Trust for Scotland

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Cambo Estate Gardens

Cambo Estate, Kingsbarns, St. Andrews, KY16 8QD
Tel: 01333 450054   Fax: 01333 450987
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Victorian walled garden supplying the house with fruit, flowers and vegetables. Designed around the Cambo burn, the garden has willow, waterfall and wrought-iron bridges. Spring brings snowdrops, massed spring bulbs, a lilac walk, herbaceous borders, 250 named roses in summer, colchicum meadow and September borders lovely in autumn.

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Hill of Tarvit Mansion House & Garden

Cupar, Fife KY15 5PB.
Tel/Fax: 01334 653127

Early 20th-century family house was remodelled in 1906 around Mr F B Sharp’s collection of French and Chippendale-style furniture, porcelain and paintings by the Scottish architect Sir Robert Lorimer, who also designed the gardens. There are formal lawns, flowering borders and a sunken rose garden. National Trust for Scotland

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