Situated on Elie Estate, a small family run estate in the heart of the East Neuk of Fife, Catchpenny Safari Lodges is an excellent example of the diversification of a small rural business.
Undoing its zips for the first time in 2018, Catchpenny is a collection of 8 luxury safari lodges, each sleeping up to 6 people in two double bedrooms and a twin room, with fully equipped kitchens, private bathrooms, open plan living/dining area with wood burning stoves and a large front deck to soak in the views over to East Lothian.
Taking its name from a former tavern that in years gone by used to be situated close to the entrance of the site, Catchpenny sits on part of an old railway line that was unable to be cultivated but benefited from spectacular views across the Firth of Forth.
Being completely off grid, Catchpenny’s eco credentials were important to the owners Alex and Tara Nairn who installed a small wind turbine at the back of each lodge and an array of solar panels with the power stored in batteries within each lodge. The kitchen worktops are made from their own sustainable supply of Scottish hardwoods grown locally on the Estate and they have been working closely with Butterfly Conservation to promote the population of Common Blue Butterflies which used to be prevalent along the coastline.
The site is shared with corn buntings, yellowhammers, curlews, lapwings and grey partridges which give their names to the lodges and whose populations are being supported by the Estate’s conservation efforts with the RSPB and the GWCT.
Whether you are enjoying the many walks, cycle paths, seal spotting, rock pooling or partaking in sports such as tennis or golf, in Elie, St Monans, Pittemweem, Anstruther, Crail and Kingsbarns or St Andrews there is something for everyone. Alternatively, simply enjoy the delicious food on offer in local restaurants, such as the Ship Inn, East Pier Smokehouse or Craig Millar’s, or sampling the best in locally grown produce at the award winning Ardross Farm Shop.
Catchpenny is a unique coastal get-away and more information can be found at www.catchpennyelie.co.uk