Rufflets Country House Hotel
Travel Blogs from St. Andrews
This morning I managed my first run along the coast for the first time in a week. Need to get back into the swing of it. We went over to Meg's to watch Holly while she was at the hospital. Her eye operation went well. We had lunch with her then set out for a walk along the beach at Kingsbarns. However we discovered we ...
... struck me was how flat the course actually is. You can barely tell between the fairways and the greens. The early evening was magnificent and the sun was shining. We had a walk of the 1st, 17th and 18th with a customary photo on the Swilcan Bridge. So far no luck in the ballot so I think it may be an early start on Thursday in the line hoping for a game. I just so wanted to be out there playing. I was at the home of golf and was in ...
... right here in my pack!" What do you respond to that??
We had with us our booklet from Scottish Heritage, which we joined at Corgarff Castle, and decided to break the homeward trip at Dunkeld Cathedral and Abernethy Tower, the latter only half an hour from home but as this was our last day with a car, probably the last chance we'll get for drop-in visits to interesting places.
Dunkeld is clearly to Perth and Dundee as Franschhoek is to Cape Town ...
... few people on the course the hospitality was sensational and that matched the course.
The third day had to be golf free and we explored the city of St Andrews, This is one great town which is steeped in history outside of golf. We explored the castle ruins and those of the cathedral which is imbedded with stories of murders, wars and raids as well as being the original home of the church in Scotland. It is interesting when you wander the grounds of the cathedral as ...
... drink mixed with lemonade and fruit) and it was delicious. We soon finished that off and sat for dinner. Aunite Fiona made a superb dinner - a creamy chicken with veggies, bread, and WINE...lots and lots. I have missed her cooking so much and wished that it would be possible to have it sent overseas. Dessert (or pudding as it is referred to here) was good too and then it was time to put the kids to bed and return to visit. It feels so good to be back and so well loved and cared for. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Rufflets Country House Hotel St. Andrews
Reading other reviews we thought we were in for a treat but how wrong. We should have known on entry - the porch smelled of cats and after hiking up the stairs found a room with old "bobbly" sheets, no fridge/minibar and a breakfast buffet with mouldy raspberries! Don;t know what standards others are used to but could not see how this could be one of the small luxury hotels of the world. Previous night had stayed at Malmaison in Edinburgh - completely different standard!
It saved our trip
We had a group of 8 couples make the journey to Scotland for what else but golf. The first three nights we stayed in Troon at a place called the Anchorage Inn. This was the worst hotel I have ever driven by let alone stay in. Needless to say we were all a little worried about the new hotel called Rufflets. Upon entering the lobby the smiles returned to all of our faces. We found the service to be great and very flexible to our schedule. The rooms were spotless and everything worked. The grounds were outstanding. If I ever return to St Andrews I will make sure that I am at the Rufflets.
Rufflets - a gorgeous place to stay!
The folks at Rufflets run a fabulous inn. They take of every small detail and are extremely curteous and helpful. The rooms are very nicely decorated and comfortable.
We just returned from a couple of days at Rufflets.
This was our second visit to Rufflets and I must admit I was worried that it would not live upto our first wonderful experience. It did! and was actually better!
A great weekend
Wonderful stay, attentive staff and great food. Easy to see why Americans love this hotel. I hope to be back at Rufflets soon.
Enjoyed our stay
We stayed for nearly a week and enjoyed fine accomidations and service.
We look forward to our stay next year.
Experience less than good. Service poor and food average. What you would expect from a 3 star hotel, only with 5 star prices! However good location and peaceful gardens.
Well, it is the most fantastic place anywhere. In fact I loved it so much that I returned from Islay and Edinburgh rather that going on with friends to the Orknays. The place is is exquisite and highly maintained...beautiful gardens, lawns, trees and divine entrance. The staff is most professional and helpful, the food was excellent and the chef goes out of his way to create dishes for people like me who are vegan. The Scottish breakfast is probably the best in the country with a beautiful view to the garden. It is so relaxing and just perfect in all ways. The other beauty of the place is that it is quite personal and small. If it had a spa and other facilities it would be too over crowded. Rufflets has a reciprocal pass to the Old Course hotel spa if you need a treatmenr. I liked it that it was a bit away from all the golf courses yet just a 25 minute pretty walk to town. I look forward to another visit.
Great service and location
Rufflets is a short taxi ride from Leuchers train station, and only a 30minute walk from the centre of St Andrews.
The service in Rufflets was excellent, and the room even better (we stayed in thier 4 poster turret room) The food and wine were both also excellent.
The room had a four poster bed, 2x TVs (with Sky News and Sport), mini bar, jacuzzi bath, large shower, plus all the other extras you'd expect (ther is no safe in the room, but they do have a hotel safe).