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Standing in a tranquil ‘elegant gardens’, this ‘extremely welcoming’, turreted 1920s mansion is owned by Mark and Christopher Forrester, grandsons of two of the original founders. More

Contact details

Rufflets
Strathkinness Low Road
St Andrews
Fife
KY16 9TX
Scotland
01334 472594

Hotel information

Bedrooms

23, 4 on ground floor, 1 suitable for disabled, plus 3 self-catering cottages in gardens.

Open

all year.

Facilities

drawing room, library, bar, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), wedding/function facilities, 10-acre grounds.

Background music

in bar and restaurant.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in some bedrooms by arrangement.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B £145–£315, D,B&B £180–£385. À la carte £40.

Good Hotel Guide Review

Standing in tranquil, ‘elegant gardens’, this ‘extremely welcoming’, turreted 1920s mansion is owned by Mark and Christopher Forrester, grandsons of two of the original founders. It was one of Scotland’s first country house hotels. Long-serving Stephen Owen manages the ‘helpful staff’. The ‘superb bedrooms’ are packed with thoughtful touches (high-end toiletries, home-made shortbread, a hot-water bottle on a chilly night, a teddy bear); some have a huge four-poster, a private balcony. Seasons at Rufflets restaurant, opened in 2018, replaces the Terrace. Chef David Kinnes serves a seasonal Scottish menu, incorporating much home-grown produce. The ever-popular afternoon tea is taken on the terrace on clement days; more than 100 whiskies and 40 gins are an alternative.

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Map

Rufflets
Strathkinness Low Road
St Andrews
Fife
KY16 9TX

Guest comments

'I am not surprised that Jack Niklaus used to take over this hotel. Service is extremely welcoming and helpful. Beautiful gardens, pleasant decor, personal touches. ' - Ann Thornton - April, 2014
'Our room in the lodge offered four-star accommodation. The lounges were most welcoming. An elegant dining room with a wide choice of food, cooked to perfection and served by attentive staff. Everyone most helpful. ' - Frank and Florence McKain - October, 2011

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Tourist attractions

  • Fishguard Jazz Festival

    Bands and workshops throughout August.

  • The Settle-Carlisle Railway

    Running through the Yorkshire Dales and Cumbrian Fells, taking in huge stone viaducts and remote station buildings.

  • Weymouth Sealife Centre

    The biggest sealife centre in the UK, with a shark tunnel and a turtle sanctuary.

  • The Jane Austen Centre

    A permanent exhibition telling the story of Austen's experience in the city of Bath.

  • Harewood House

    Built in the mid-18th century, this house has magnificent interiors, with furniture by Thomas Chippendale and paintings by JMW Turner, Reynolds, Titian and El Greco, among others.