Absolute Gem in St. Andrew's
Absolute Gem in St. Andrew's
Submitted: April 19, 2012
Stayed: April 2012
Sandmill House exceeded our expectations! The location is prime within the adorable town of St. Andrew's. The views are inspiring from every room. The spaciousness of this home is only part of the luxury you will find. It is less like a "condo rental" and more like a 5 Star exclusive holiday home. It is a Victorian row-house and the interior is reflective of the time period of the original construction but completely remodeled to today's highest standards. The kitchen was easy to use--we took advantage on our final two nights when we grew weary of trying to find the "authentic Scottish meal" at restaurants and instead visited the butchers, the bakery, the local produce market and the cheese shop to construct our ideal meal!
Traveling from San Diego, California, we opted to pack light for convenience and were able to wash our clothes in the washer and the dryer. The owner, Mary Boulter, provides laundry detergent as well as dishwasher detergent and dishwashing liquid. She also provides plenty of T.P. and toweling. This is important to note since not all vacation homes provide these essentials. Sandmill House is truly complete. The breakfast and snack groceries she stocks are also welcome and continuing with the obvious theme, "top notch." I discovered a new amazing coffee thanks to Mary--Taylors of Harrogate "Lazy Sunday!" YUM.
We like to travel comfortably and when researching possible vacation rentals I look for key words like, "luxury," immaculate," and "view." These words all describe Sandmill House and I consider myself not only a seasoned traveler but fairly particular. My husband is the hardest of all to please and he was so smitten with this property, he wished he could buy it! He kept saying, "LeAnn, you did good with this one!" We will definitely return--hopefully with friends and family to share this gem in the perfect town in the lovely country of Scotland.
Owner's Response: We so enjoyed welcoming this lovely American family to Sandmill and do hope they will return one day.
We find all our visitors so interesting in their different and varied ways and really love getting to know them a little.
I do admire those who travel from the other side of the world and arrive, after an enormous amount of travelling, looking so fresh and eager to start their holiday - always so polite and friendly.
We have welcomed visitors not only from the British Isles but also from Japan, Canada, America,Germany and Australia, most of whom have become regular once a year visitors, which is marvellous, as they become our friends as well.
I am always eager to hear how they find everything and seek to improve things for our visitors - so am grateful for any suggestions and comments.
We are fortunate in being situated in St Andrews which is so full of history, character - and of course the University and the golf!
All of which is an attraction and provides a lovely base from which to explore Scotland.
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