Monument Cottage is located on Camustane Hill and possesses a surprising amount of history principally revolving round the ancient monument of Camus cross and the Panmure Testimonial. The Panmure Testimonial dominates the skyline from afar, from the parapet at the top of the monument North Berwick Law can be seen on a clear day.
The Camus Cross is an ancient monument and occupies a central point within the avenue. According to the legend, Camus was a general of the Danes, who fled to the north following the rout of his army at the Battle of Barry in the year 1010. It is reputed that Camus was pursued to the ridge of Downie Hill and killed with a single blow to the head. Camus was buried where he lay and a cross erected to mark the spot. Many years later, Sir Patrick Maule, 1st Earl of Panmure, ordered exhumation of the body, the skeleton was in good order, but found to have part of the skull missing….
The Panmure Testimonial (or Live and Let live Testimonial) was erected in 1839 at the sole expense of the tenantry of Panmure in tribute the their landlord, Lord Panmure, who had allowed them to remain on their holdings at reduced or nil rentals during a period of agricultural recession. The building was originally 105 ft high, however the top 5ft was blown down in the same gale, on 28th December 1879 that led to the Tay Rail bridge disaster.
Camustane Hill occupies a prominent ridge overlooking the fertile coastal plain below, with the Firth of Tay beyond and the Fife and East Lothian coastlines in the distance. The locality benefits from a relatively mild, dry and warm maritime climate. The woodlands have evolved since the construction of the Panmure Testimonial is 1839 and are mostly mature and include beech, sycamore, larch, Scots pine and Fir. This environment provides perfect conditions for a wide variety of wildlife including roe deer, pheasants, red squirrels to name a few.
This was our second visit - and hopefull wont be the last. We have family in the Dundee area and Forfar, so it is an ideal location for us. It is in a beautiful peaceful setting, perfect to just sit and watch the variety of wild birds at the feeder or catch a glimpse of a visiting hare, squirrel or deer.
Beautiful, secluded, peaceful location but handy for visiting beaches and towns. Sharon and her husband were welcoming and so friendly and helpful. The cottage was extremely clean and well equipped. The welcoming "goody" pack was fantastic. The outside space was exceptional. The cottage itself had various seating areas and the woods were lovely, we even caught site of hares and deer.
We've been to this gem 3 times now. Every visit is a joy and exactly what you want for an escape. Wildlife around you and views that go on forever. Real fire, long walks and dog friendly; some of the things we love as a family. Recommend this holiday home to those who want to escape the hum drum of everyday life.
We had a lovely stay at Monument Cottage over the New Year holiday. The cottage was warm and welcoming, decorated for Christmas, and Sharon had gone out of her way to make sure we were comfortable: lighting the wood burner for us arriving, providing a generous hamper and keeping us informed by text of weather conditions for our arrival (it was snowing!).
Beautiful house in amazing surroundings. Sharon and David were very helpful and left a lovely hamper to welcome us. Great walks for our dogs from the door, lots of places to visit nearby. We will most definitely return to this property.
A super property, spacious but cosy at the same time, well equipped and presented in great wooded surroundings that you are free to explore. A real credit to the lovely owners.
Lovely cottage surrounded by woodland, very well equipped, owners lovely, left a lovely welcome basket for us. House is really well located and would recommend.
Cottage superbe dans un bel environnement
We thoroughly enjoyed our week in Monument Cottage. Our stay coincided with the sudden cold snap in March but we were warmly welcomed by Sharon and felt very comfortable in the sensitively modernised cottage. There was lots to explore in the surrounding countryside and an intriguing history to the Panmure Estate (They are not kidding about the monument, it's huge! Built in the 19th century by grateful tenants to thank the Earl for sparing them rent in hard times – it towers high on the hillside above Monikie). Or, we could just it in the sun room and watch the birds, with occasional visits from the hares. And in the evenings light the wood-burning stove. It was also a nice surprise to find a welcome pack of well-chosen essentials in the kitchen when we arrived. Altogether, very relaxing. We were sorry to leave. And highly recommend.
Had a wonderful week at this secluded cottage, surrounded by trees and nature. Arrived to find the cottage immaculately clean, with a lovely welcome pack of food which included homemade jam, and the log fire lit - such a lovely touch. We spent the week exploring the area and watching the wildlife in the garden - we were regularly visited by deer, as well as woodpeckers, jays and voles. Would thoroughly recommend and will be back.