THE Old Unicorn in Pittenweem is like a revitalising breath of fresh, tangy sea air – and taking in its jaunty, red, pan-tiled roof and exquisitely fashioned inner courtyard garden, you could easily see this traditional two-bedroomed cottage in a village on the Mediterranean instead of the east coast of Scotland.

Dating from the 7th Century, Pittenweem is the most active of the quaint fishing ports in the East Neuk of Fife. The town is also renowned for its annual arts festival and vibrant artistic community – and situated off Browns Close, the cottage is close to the village’s many and varied amenities, the harbour, and the beach.

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Accessed via a secret inner courtyard radiating character and charm, double doors lead directly into a wonderfully spacious 30ft living/dining room with white, woodpanelled walls, wood flooring, feature fireplace, and log-burning stove. Another door from the courtyard opens into a hall, which as well as linking to the main living space, gives access to a fitted Shaker-style kitchen with wood flooring, matching wooden work surfaces, integrated appliances, and bespoke fitted seating/dining area.

Beyond, is a shower room, and a double bedroom with fitted storage and a window overlooking the courtyard. The principal bedroom and en suite shower room are positioned on the other side of the courtyard, with access also off the living room.

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Other notable features include new electric heating, and new double-glazed windows, which coupled with numerous Velux roof windows, ensures the accommodation receives abundant sun and natural light. However, the undoubted star of this home is the colourful courtyard, which sports a tiled base, shady seating/dining area, and cobalt blue window dressings, a vibrant contrast to the red roofs.

Curiously named, as the only other ‘old Unicorn’ is the 200-year-old Dundee-based HMS Unicorn, Scotland’s only surviving wooden warship – The Old Unicorn is picture perfect and ready to move into as either a permanent home or a weekend/holiday haven.

Offers over £320,000 are invited by Thorntons in Anstruther.