Only one word for Homelands ... fantastic!

Homelands Trust - Paxton Centre -  Lundin Links - Fife -'Paxton Centre/Homelands Patron Sir Menzies Campbell with Trustee Mike Teevan and centre users  '  - FIFE PHOTO AGENCY -

Homelands Trust - Paxton Centre - Lundin Links - Fife -'Paxton Centre/Homelands Patron Sir Menzies Campbell with Trustee Mike Teevan and centre users ' - FIFE PHOTO AGENCY -

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Celebration was in the air for the Homelands Trust-Fife team as patron Sir Menzies Campbell officially opened the site on Monday.

The day has been a long time coming, with several delays and legal wrangles since Isobel Paxton gifted her home, Homelands, and the surrounding land to the MS Society in Fife almost 20 years ago.

The four unique, accessible, self-catering holiday cottages in Lundin Links were completed last month, and have already welcomed several guests in the last two weeks.

Sir Menzies enjoyed a full tour of the site, which also includes the Paxton Visitor Centre, to be opened later in the autumn, before revealing an official plaque in front of a full crowd of trustees, fundraisers and other supporters.

He said: “The way in which the project has emerged is as remarkable as the generosity of Miss Paxton. Anyone who sees inside the properties will see that the standards in construction and the finish are absolutely outstanding.

“The real story behind this is the determination of the local community to see that the Paxton request was properly spent and in a way which ensures the maximum opportunity for the disabled to enjoy a holiday or even a short break in the East Neuk.

“The word fantastic has been used many times to describe it and if ever there was a proper description, that is it.”

Mike Teevan, Homelands chairman, said: “The accessible cottages have been open for a few weeks now and the initial feedback for guests has been great.

“Once the therapies and activities are running from the Paxton (drop-in) Centre, this will enhance their stay. I am confident guests and visitors will enjoy the warm and relaxing, accessible holiday and will return to Homelands again and again.”

Dave Paton, development coordinator added: “This has been a long time coming, but the feedback coming from the guests we’ve had has been largely positive.

“One of the ladies had a lump in her throat when she arrived, because she hadn’t had a holiday in 10 years, and she has family in the area that she hadn’t been physically able to visit because of lack of facilities, so that made it a bit more special.”