Local Business Features - Troustrie House B&B
Updated: Jun 30, 2020
Troustrie House is a 200 year old Georgian farmhouse which has been lovingly renovated retaining many period features, to create an exceptional B&B. Open all year, Troustrie offers a peaceful, home from home stay, where familiar guests regularly return for a few days, whilst others pass through as they travel around Scotland. Set in a quiet rural location with off road parking, yet just a mile from Crail, we aim to give guests a comfortable stay to recharge their batteries.
Troustrie has two south facing bedrooms with idyllic views over open fields towards the Firth of Forth and the Isle of May. Four star quality is achieved with spacious luxury en-suite bathrooms, cosy goose down duvets with crisp cotton linen and attention to detail.
The twin aspect Shellycoat double room has a beautiful hand-made 5 ft fourposter bed whilst the Kelpie twin room has comfy 3 ft wide beds.
Both rooms have everything guests expect from a luxury B&B – organic teas, coffee, hot chocolate and of course Scottish biscuits. If guests arrive before 6 pm, they are welcomed with a cup of tea and home-made cakes in our exclusive guest lounge with woodburning stove for those chilly autumn evenings. They are welcome to use this lounge during their stay for some peace and quiet, to read a book, enjoy the view, have a snooze or play a board game.
At the heart of Troustrie House B&B is a wish to trade as ethically as possible and delicious breakfasts are prepared from organic, free-range and locally sourced produce wherever possible.
When we moved to Troustrie in 2003 the second big attractions of the property was that it included six acres of featureless grassland and a derelict steading which we immediately began to manage in a low impact way aiming to provide a wildlife friendly habitat.
In 2007, 350 broad leaf trees and a mixed hedge boundary were planted and a further 120 trees were added in 2014. Varieties include hawthorn, willow, oak, alder, elder, rowan ash, gean cherry, apple, field maple and hazel and beech. 17 years on and the woodland continues to mature and the boundary hedge now provides a 7 ft shelter belt of mixed hawthorn, wild rose and elder. We’ve seen brown hare and badger and the bird population are thriving with species including sky larks, reed bunting, yellowhammer, tree sparrow, yellow wagtail, martins, barn owl and tawny. And bats regularly hunt the growing insect population.
Other projects for the future within this relatively small rewilding project would be to dig a large pond to attract more birds and increase biodiversity and the addition of bee hives.
Troustrie House has been welcoming guests and evolving since 2004 and despite the major difficulties experienced during the current pandemic, it has gratefully received huge support and encouragement from past guests and friends made over the years and is now looking forward to opening up once again. You can find Troustrie at www.troustrie.co.uk and on Facebook.