Rufflets Shortlist*

‘The elegance of the beautiful birdsong and gardens’ characterises this turreted 1920s mansion, an ‘extremely welcoming’ country hotel in large grounds outside the town. More

Contact details

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

Hotel information

Bedrooms

24. 5, on ground floor, in gatehouse and lodge, 1 suitable for disabled, plus 3 self-catering cottages in gardens.

Open

All year.

Facilities

Drawing room (open fire), 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.

Prices

Per room B&B from £150, D,B&B from £220. À la carte £38.50.

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘The elegance of the beautiful birdsong and gardens’ characterises this turreted 1920s mansion, an ‘extremely welcoming’ country hotel in large grounds outside the town. Family owned for 66 years, it is managed by Stephen Owen; the ‘helpful staff’ are ‘excellent’. ‘Superb bedrooms’ are well supplied with bathrobes, top-end toiletries and home-made shortbread; a hot-water bottle is tucked under the covers on a cool night. At lunch and dinner, find a seat overlooking the award-winning gardens in the restaurant, where a modern Scottish menu of home-grown produce is served on bare wooden tables. (‘The food looked good, but we wished the menu had changed during our three-night stay,’ a guest said this year.) Never changing: the popularity of afternoon tea on the terrace on a balmy day, with finger sandwiches, sweet cakes and a mini sausage roll or two. 1½ miles W of town.

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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. The food was OK. ' - 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.