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 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 and 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).
Valentines is situated in the middle of the holiday homes wing with lovely views over the back garden and it is immaculately presented, providing spacious, contemporary accommodation. Relax in the open plan living area in front of the wood burner, enjoy a barbecue on your private south east facing terrace or explore the grounds with grassy wooded area suitable for picnics and leisurely walks. For Arts and Crafts architecture fans a guided tour can be arranged.
Valentines can be booked with Baillie Scott (CC526037), Lady Bluebell (CC526039) and The Giddy Limit (CC526040) to accommodate up to 20 guests.
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The property has five steps to the entrance, oil central heating and comprises:
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, WC and heated towel rail.
Bedroom 2: With double bed and en-suite with shower over bath and WC.
Cloakroom: With WC.
Open plan living space: Beamed with wooden floor.
Lounge area: With wood burner, 40" Freeview TV, DVD player and Bluetooth speaker.
Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided, remainder available at £3 per basket. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack.
Private paved terrace with sitting-out area, garden furniture and BBQ. Shared seven-acre woodland grounds with sitting-out area. Bike store. Parking for five cars. No smoking.
Please note: There are sloping banks, steps and small unfenced pond in grounds.
A refundable damage deposit of £100 is payable.
Nearest railway station
Railway station distance
7 miles (beach)