Downfield House and garden are centrally located in the Kingdom of Fife. St Andrews, the home of Golf and the oldest university in Scotland and third oldest in the United Kingdom, is 12 miles northeast of Downfield. It is an excellent shopping centre with a variety of restaurants and recreational facilities. There is a theatre and cinema and exhibitions at several venues. Sandy beaches here and at Tentsmuir north of St Andrews provide opportunities for walking, swimming, sunbathing and bird watching in a quiet and unspoilt coastal environment. On the south coast of Fife there are fishing villages two which, Crail and Pittenweem, host annual arts festivals. The major annual event is the Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe; access to Edinburgh is facilitated by train and bus services which take about 40 minutes or by car to Halbeath, Dunfermline and shuttle bus to central Edinburgh.
There are three botanic gardens – Edinburgh, Dundee and St Andrews – and private and public gardens to visit. More than thirty private gardens open in Fife at various times throughout the year as part of Scotland’s Gardens Scheme and public gardens such as Craigtoun near St Andrews and Ravenscraig Park Kirkcaldy are worth visiting.
Fife is a county of castles and stately homes, many of which open regularly and are in the care of the National Trust for Scotland and Historic Scotland.