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Rufflets Hotel, St Andrews Review

I have just returned from a short visit to St Andrews where I would spend one night at the Rufflets, a luxury country house hotel on the edge of town and discover the perfect base for non golfers visiting The Home of Golf.

It was an accommodation which has for years been a favourite of visiting golfers to the town including Jack Nicklaus nonetheless. So while only a flying visit with my girlfriend it was one with much anticipation and intrigue.

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I have been an advocate of visiting golfers basing themselves in the heart of town where you can walk to and from golf, enjoy the many bars and restaurants and indulge in the aura of this special golf town. Admittedly though such a preference has been generalised for those visiting solely for the golf. With non-golfers, particularly spouses the Rufflets Hotel on the edge of town is the perfect alternative.

The ‘Welcome to St Andrews’ sign can be seen from the entrance of the 24 bedroom hotel however the countryside surroundings, including large woodland grounds gives an instant sense of tranquillity. A visit to the town centre or the Old Course is only minutes by car making it the perfect spot for a rural retreat while on a golf vacation to St Andrews.

The hotel room interior as described on the website offers ‘a hint of tradition’ something that very much rang true during our stay.

The Molton Brown bathroom products were a pleasant surprise to my girlfriend (I’m yet to understand the excitement) but it was the warm water bottle placed under cold bed covers during the evening maid service which had me smiling upon my return from dinner. Such gestures make you feel that you aren’t just a room number but a guest, something that you find at all great small hotels.

When comparing this countryside accommodation with the town centre counterparts, a stay at Rufflets is the ideal base for leisurely luxury at The Home of Golf. Of course you pay a price for such pleasures, £220 for a classic double to be exact.

As the car doors slammed shut and we headed for the exit it was clear the hotel had made an impression on my girlfriend who turned to me and asked, ‘I wonder if they do weddings?’ We aren’t even engaged yet..

Couples and parties with non golfers coming to St Andrews be sure to head for the leafy suburbs of the  town and stay at the Rufflets, you won’t be disappointed.

Ru Macdonald

For more information on the Rufflets Hotel check out their website.


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