Rufflets Country House Hotel (FIFE/ST ANDREWS)

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Hotel Info

Strathkinness Low Road, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9TX, Scotland
Tel: 01144 (0) 1334 472 594   Fax: 01144 (0) 1334 478 703
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Joanna’s Comments

Rufflets Country House is set in 10 acres of award-winning terraced gardens. The hotel has been owned and managed by three generations of the same family since 1952. Many of the rooms look over the manicured lawns and the walled vegetable garden, which produces much of the fresh produce for the restaurant. Golf is a serious business in St Andrews, and Rufflets has a special golf concierge who can book tee times at all the local golf courses, including St. Andrews (with a good deal of prior warning), Carnoustie, Kingsbarns, the Castle Course and others. Clubs can be obtained for those who do not want to travel with them. For those who do not wish to play golf, Edinburgh is just an hour and 15 minutes’ drive. Glamis Castle, the home of the late Queen Mother, is close-by. St Andrews University, where William and Kate first met, is just a mile down the road.

Rufflets Hotel was awarded Scottish Hotel of the Year at the 2015 AA Awards.

Special Promotions


Classic Room Category – £1770.00 for the 3-Night Package
Saturday, 30 December
Check-in at leisure from 2.00pm onwards. Settle into your room and familiarize yourself with your surroundings. In the afternoon you may wish to take a stroll in the grounds, explore the historic town of St Andrews, or simply relax and unwind by the drawing room or front hall fire.
At 4.30pm, we will be having a Scottish country dancing coaching session in the garden suite for approximately 1 hour – so that you can have a chance to learn and practice some of the dances for Hogmanay. Gary Sutherland, our band leader, will be making sure that no muscles are strained!
From 7.00pm a welcome cocktail party will be held in the drawing room and library – a chance to meet the management team and your fellow guests. A four-course dinner in the Terrace Restaurant shall follow.
Sunday, 31 December
Start the day with a full Scottish breakfast. Enjoy a day at leisure to explore St Andrews with its attractive wide streets, interesting craft shops and galleries. Walk along the beautiful sandy beach running alongside the Old Course. Take a drive along the coast to visit the picturesque fishing villages of the East Neuk (one of the most beautiful in Scotland), or visit Tentsmuir Forest & bird sanctuary.
HOGMANAY GALA DINNER festivities begin with a delicious four-course dinner followed by dancing to the Gary Sutherland Ceilidh band, a piper welcomes in the New Year followed by traditional black bun and shortbread and the dancing continues until 1.00am.
Dress – Black Tie
Monday 01 January
Between 11.00am and 1.00pm, a sumptuous buffet brunch will be served in the Terrace Restaurant.
1.00pm – 3.00pm – Rufflets Highland Games Challenge. Always a popular event to help blow away a few cobwebs. A variety of Highland Games will take place on the West Field. Much fun and laughter to be had by all, and always becomes most competitive. Team and individual prizes will be presented in the bar before dinner.
7.30pm – The Last Night………A surprise event for the final dinner – sumptuous food, fabulous wines, but with a memorable finish!
Dress – lounge suit.
Tuesday, 02 January
Full Scottish breakfast before departure.

The above promotion is based on two people sharing, requires a 3-night minimum stay and is inclusive of tax.  The above is subject to availability and change without notice.


Have you ever wanted to play a round of golf

on the worlds most famous and iconic golf course?

Make that Dream a Reality!

In partnership with St Andrews Links, Rufflets Country House

Hotel has a small number of highly coveted, guaranteed

Old Course tee times in May, August and September of 2018.

These are sold in conjunction with a round on the Castle Course.

This promotion requires a 5-night stay for 4 golfers.

To find out more about this Exclusive Golf Deal, please contract their reservations team at or call 011 44 (0) 1334 472 594.  This promotion is subject to availability and change without notice.  Terms and conditions do apply.


General Information & Rates

Peak Rate
NOV ’17–mar ’18
april &
october ’18
may–sep ’18 
Nov–Dec ’18
Single Room
Standard Double
Classic Twin/King
Turret Room
Family Suites (2 adults & 2 children)
The above 2018 rates are based on 2 people sharing and are inclusive of breakfast, tax, in-room coffee, tea and mineral waters. Child’s rollaway: £20 per night. Cancellation Policy: 72 hours. The above rates are subject to availability and change without notice.

23 Rooms
 Connecting Rooms – No
   3 People Sharing – Yes
   4 People Sharing -  Yes, in the Family Suites
Free WiFi
Molten Brown Toiletries
Mini-Bar in the Suites and Turret Rooms
Flat-Screen Digital TV and Telephone

AA 4 Red Star Hotel
VS 4 Gold Star Hotel
2-Rosette Restaurant

Stephen Owen

Leuchars Station — 5 mi (transfer approx. £10)

International:  Edinburgh Airport — 45 mi (transfer approx. £120)
Regional:  Dundee Airport — 15 mi (transfer approx. £30)



ST ANDREWS CASTLE:  The castle is now a picturesque ruin located on the coast in the town of St Andrews, and overlooking the Castle Sands and the Old Course.  There has been a castle standing here since 1189.  Over its long history it has been used as a royal palace and as a prison.

ST ANDREWS UNIVERSITY:  The university is the oldest of the four ancient universities of Scotland, and the third oldest in the English-speaking world (after Oxford and Cambridge).  It was founded in 1410 by a group of Augustinian clergy. Over 30% of the student intake comes from over 100 countries, including 15% from North America.  At first a liberal arts university, it became more diverse after merging with the University of Dundee.  Today, it is perhaps best known for its 2 famous graduates, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

GLAMIS CASTLE:  The castle has been the home of the Lyon family since the 14th century, though the current structure dates mainly from the 17th century.  Glamis Castle was the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, wife of King George VI.  Their second daughter, Princess Margaret, was born here.

KELLIE CASTLE AND GARDENS:  The oldest part of the castle dates from 1360 and is said to be haunted!  The castle is a fine example of Scottish Baronial architecture.  There are magnificent plaster ceilings, painted paneling and furniture.  The castle passed into the hands of the painter Hew Lorimer and his wife Mary, who still live in the castle.

FALKLAND PALACE:  Along with Stirling Castle, Falkland is one of the truly Renaissance palaces of Scotland.  James V of Scotland lived in the palace and renovated the castle and redesigned the gardens.  He died here in December 1542 after hearing that his wife had given birth to a daughter Mary Queen of Scots.  In the 1950s the palace became part of the National Trust for Scotland.

FIFE VILLAGES:  The south coast of Fife is famous for its attractive fishing villages, such as Anstruther, Crail, Pittenweem, St Monans and Elie.   These villages are worth a visit for their charm and excellent fish restaurants.

GOLF:  St Andrews is the home of golf, and there are more golf courses in the County of Fife than anywhere else in Scotland.  Rufflets Hotel's golf concierge can set guests up with tee times at the golf courses in the area.  

Commuting Distances

Edinburgh — 1.5 hrs
Glasgow — 2.5 hrs
Inverness — 3.5 hrs
Killiecrankie — 1.5 hrs
Culloden House — 4 hrs