10 Reasons to Visit Rufflets

July 12, 2016

1. Location, Location, Location!
Rufflets is situated less than a mile from the historic town of St Andrews. A place of history, learning and culture, a wonderful coastal resort.

2. 10 Acres of Gardens
Our turreted mansion house sits proudly surrounded by 10 acres of award winning gardens. From rose gardens to old oak trees and our famous creeping Virginia you can spend hours exploring the grounds or simply admiring them over a cold glass of something on the terrace.

3. Two AA Rosette Restaurant
Seasons Restaurant is highly acclaimed and possesses 2 AA Rosettes. Our Head Chef and Head Gardener work closely together to produce the freshest produce straight from the garden. Our chef is proud of our Scottish larder and works hard to create contemporary Scottish dishes to suit all palates.

4. Tipples!
After enjoying the best of Scottish produce at Seasons Restaurant retire to our cosy bar where we stock an eclectic range of tipples from around the world. With 30 gins and over 100 whiskies you are sure to find one (or more) that take your fancy.

5. Rufflets Touches
We have lots of special touches here at Rufflets from homemade shortbread to a hot water bottle in your bed during turndown but most importantly we have Rufus. Rufus is our Do not Disturb Teddy, when placed outside your room he stands guard, he has been known to get up to mischief however our housekeeping team always ensure he is tucked up in bed come night time!

6. Delectable Afternoon Tea
With a selection of fresh sandwiches, homemade scones and delicious cakes, how could you say no?! Also available, Children’s, Sparkling, Champagne, Vegetarian and Gluten Free Afternoon Tea.

7. Garden Suite
Our purpose built function suite is the perfect space to host any meeting, event or special occasion. With a capacity for up to 170, this versatile space is beautifully styled with glass walled foyer and large bar area. Our twinkling fairy light ceiling is also very popular!

8. The Bothy
Also known as our barbeque hut! Situated in the lower gardens this spot is perfect to gather friends and family and relax. With large BBQ, food preparation area, fridges and outdoor furniture the Bothy has everything you need.

9. We are Family
Rufflets was built in 1924 by Mrs Ann Brydon Gilroy, the widow of a Dundee jute baron. It was then bought and turned into a hotel in 1952 by the Cooks and the Meldrum’s, the women were sisters and the men lifelong friends. Today the hotel is owned by Mark and Christopher Forrester, grandsons of two of the original founders of Rufflets. Their mother, Ann Murray-Smith, who took over the management of the business from her parents in 1976, remains a Director and acts as an adviser to the business.

10. And we have to mention
Golf – how could we not when we are situated right in the home of Golf itself! With 48 courses in the county of Fife and the Old Course 5 minutes away you will be spoiled for choice!

why book direct?

We always offer our lowest prices on our own website. If you find a lower qualifying rate within 24 hours of making your reservation, we will match the lower rate, and add an extra 5% discount.

If you need to cancel your reservation, as long as it’s at least 24 hours prior to your planned arrival date, we won’t charge you. Just e-mail reservations@rufflets.co.uk (does not apply to advance purchase rates)

When you book directly with us, we will upgrade your booking to the next room category, subject to availability at check-in


Lunch and bar served from 12pm daily

Afternoon Tea served between 2pm and 4.30pm daily 

(minimum 24 hour advance booking required)

Dinner served between 6pm and 9pm daily