Rufflets Country House Hotel
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This morning we woke up to weather worth bragging about. The sun made us feel motivated today so we woke early, got ready, had breaky and made our way down to the town of Dunfermline. - Shopping?!: Yes, you heard me right...shopping! It was only at mountain warehouse, but still. Matt came out with a couple of bargains and I came out with a whistling kettle. This meant cup of teas when we wild camped, I was one happy girl. - Dunfermline castle ...
... the water is so soft.
There are often baths - in the case of our flat, for example. But the hot water for the bath comes from a separate geyser, some distance away from the bath, and it has cooled to lukewarm by the time it reaches the bath via some elaborate system of pipes left over from the Romans (or Picts, if north of Hadrian's Wall); also, in our flat, there was something very strange about the drainage and the bath drain had the most immense difficulty ...
There's this famous walk, see, that runs for 117 miles (yeah, I know, that's another question to ask about the country that invented penicillin - some larger number of km) all around the coast of Fife. People come from all over the world to walk it. Well, maybe from all over Scotland. Oh, okay, some people come from parts of Fife. So here we have a nice little Sunday, beautiful sunny weather, what could be better than to go and walk along the beach or along the rugged ...
... br> Best places were both inland: the lovely little church of Boarhills, set in wheat fields near the sea, where Gray finally ate his lunchtime sandwiches, and Kilconquhar (and how would you pronounce that???) where I posted the postcards I have been lugging around since Riga. We will have to go back to the unpronounceable Kilconquhar because I have just discovered, looking up the spelling on Google maps, that it is surrounded by Kimberley Wood, Bloemfontein ...
... here. As we passed the point at berwick the classic scottish weather came in with a little rain drizzle and heavy cloud and mist. It is a pretty place to sail past. I kept hoping that each time we changed course the wind would let us get the sails back out. But each point we rounded gave us another wind direction, and allways further onto the nose. We arrived at port edgar just after dark. The marina girl i called gave me directions to the ...
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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).