Discover this B Listed Arts and Crafts house designed by Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott, one of only two in Scotland. Set in seven acres of glorious Fife countryside and first known as ’Sandford Cottage’, it was built in 1902 for Harben J Valentine, the photographic publisher from Dundee and photographers to Queen Victoria.
Originally, the house was built with red brick walls and thatched using reeds from the River Tay. As the Valentine’s business grew, another wing was added, also brick with a thatched roof, but disaster struck in 1910 when the house suffered a catastrophic fire. Baillie Scott was once again commissioned to redesign the house and it was re-built this time with brick walls that were harled and a rosemary tiled roof to reduce the fire risk. In the 1930s, Sandford House became the family home of Sir William and Lady Walker, and during the war years, the house was used as the leaving centre for the Norwegians of the 333 Catalina flying boat squadron, who moored their aircraft at Wormit Pier. During 1960, the house was converted to a hotel and a wing was added later in which the majority of the holiday accommodation is situated and has been restored, in keeping with the arts and craft style. Using solid oak beams, posts and flooring , the property is furnished to a high level of comfort it has a mixture of contemporary and antique furniture. You are at the ideal all year round location to explore this area of rural Fife; historic St Andrews (ten miles), Dundee (five miles) and Cupar (eight miles) are just a short drive as are the white sandy beach and dunes of Tentsmuir Country Park (eight miles).
Baillie Scott is situated at the gable end of the holiday homes wing with stunning views over the Fife countryside. The private, south-facing terrace with garden furniture and a barbecue is perfect for relaxing on summer evenings or the cosy open plan living, kitchen, dining room with a wood burner on cooler days. For Arts and Crafts architecture fans a guided tour can be arranged.
Baillie Scott can be booked with Valentines (CC526038), Lady Bluebell (CC526039) and The Giddy Limit (CC526040) to accommodate up to 20 guests.
Ground Floor: The property has five steps to the entrance, oil central heating and comprises:
Utility room: With washing machine and freezer.
Bedroom 1: With zip and link king size bed (which can be made to 2ft 6in twin beds – please advise when booking) and en-suite with shower and WC.
Bedroom 2: With double bed and en-suite with shower over bath and WC.
Cloakroom: With WC. First Floor: Open plan living space: Beamed with wooden floor.
Lounge area: With wood burner, 40" Freeview TV, blu-ray player and iPod dock.
Dining area: With French doors to Juliet balcony.
Kitchen area: With electric oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge with ice box and dishwasher.
All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided, remainder available at £3 per basket. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Terrace with sitting-out area. BBQ. Shared 7-acre woodland grounds. Ample parking. Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Sloping banks, steps and unfenced pond in grounds.
This Arts and Crafts property is brimming with character, and has a rich history. It is the ideal base to discover the wonders of Fife.