It was just over 12 months ago that Trustees, friends, family and supporters of the Homelands Trust-Fife charity gathered together in the empty grounds of the former Paxton home to celebrate the cutting of the first turf at the site of a longed-for facility for those suffering from long term, life debilitating and life shortening illness.
And now, in just two weeks time, the charity will welcome its first guests to each of the four, purpose built holiday cottages, with the Paxton information centre - called after Miss Isobel Paxton who made the whole thing possible after leaving her home and its land to the MS Society in Fife - expected to open in the Autumn.
The year has flown in, and trustee Jan Kerr has just one word to describe the now stunning facilities - “Amazing - there’s no other word for it. Campion Homes have done a fabulous job.”
Three of the four cottages have an open plan kitchen/living space, with complete disabled access, and sofa bed for extra guests. A bedroom and wetroom with hoist facilities are on the ground floor, with a carers bedroom and bathroom upstairs. The remaining cottage, situated at the top of the site, is slightly larger, with a top floor walkway and extra bedroom.
But the most beautiful feature of them all, are the views out over the golf course, the Forth and right across to Edinburgh. Each cottage makes the most of the flooding natural light, and every room is bright and airy - perfect for a relaxing getaway.
Jan said: “I think Miss Paxton would be pleased. She left the money for the benefit of the people of Fife, and while she was alive, people in Fife who had disabilities probably went on holiday in Fife too. Nowadays, disabled people travel the world, so to honour her wish for it to be for the people of Fife, we hope that the Paxton Centre will do that part, as well as welcoming people from Fife to stay as well.”
And this weekend, local residents are invited along to see the views, and the cottages, for themselves at two special open days. On Friday, between noon and 7.00 p.m., and Saturday between 10.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m, the Trustees will be there to welcome those interested in finding out more about the facilities. Anyone attending the open days is advised entry is via Links Road.