Modernised penthouse apartment with roof terrace and panoramic views
Rathmore House is described as a good example of the work of the architect John Milne (1823-1904) who also designed Westerlee in Kennedy Gardens, now part of the University of St Andrews.
Kennedy Gardens in characterised by large villa construction, in small plots, taking advantage of views to the north. . Its layout is evident in the Feuing Plan of 1857 produced by Milne. The plan shows that Rathmore House was built for Mr Andrew Aikman, founder of the St Andrews grocery firm Aikman & Terras.
Rathmore is a large villa with idiosyncratic Gothic detailing and a dominant tower which gives it a distinctive profile. The quality of the design, such as the decorative timber bargeboards and tower, highlights the building's prominence in the streetscape. The upper stage of the central tower was added in around 1900 to provide a viewing platform towards the renowned golf courses.
Plans dated 1906 by the Edinburgh based architect Charles Stewart Still Johnston show additions and internal alteration being made at this period. Johnston and Milne both worked with the celebrated Baronial architect David Bryce. Walker & Pride, the St Andrews based architects, were involved in the subdivision of the building on behalf of the St Andrews Building Company in the 1930's.
Upper Rathmore is the top floor or penthouse apartment which includes the tower and a roof garden. It has stunning views from all of its windows. It was fully modernised in 2018 when the windows were replaced.
The front door to Rathmore House gives access into a shared entrance leading to the main stairs. There are two other flats on the first floor.
Upper Rathmore is situated on the top floor with a landing with coat hooks and a glazed door and screen to the reception hall. This has a parquet floor and has a separate dining area off with built in bookshelves. This area could be divided off as a third bedroom if required.
The kitchen/living room also has a parquet floor and a fully fitted kitchen with a Brora hob with extractor fan above, Quooker tap, Siemens double oven, sink, wine fridge, fridge freezer, and dishwasher.
The principal bedroom is south facing and has built in wardrobes. It has an en suite bathroom which is fully tiled with a bath with shower over, wash basin and WC. The second bedroom has coombed ceilings and a built in wardrobe. There is a tiled shower room beside.
Stairs lead up to the servery on the roof level which has floor cupboards with a sink, dishwasher and fridge. Steps lead up to the Tower study with an ornate, stone door surround. It has wooden panelling and exposed beams with arched windows on three sides.
The decked roof terrace with its glazed screen around is a very special feature of the property. The views in all directions are utterly superb, particularly the views over the golf courses and out to sea.
A lane leads down the side of the house to a gravel yard behind. Upper Rathmore has a dedicated parking space in the corner with space to build a garage if required. There is a wooden storage shed.
Strictly by appointment with Savills - 0131 247 3738.
Thorntons, Kinburn Castle, St Andrews KY16 9DR
Tel: 01334 477107
Mains water, drainage, gas and electricity. Central heating from gas fired boiler.
Local Authority & tax band
Upper Rathmore is in Fife Council tax band F.
Conservation Area and Listing
Rathmore House is listed Category C and is within the St Andrews Conservation area.
There is a title condition which states that the properties in Rathmore must be occupied solely by the owners and their immediate family and used as a private dwelling house only. Letting of a property or any part of it is restricted to no more than three weeks each year. Owners are allowed to have an employee or companion reside with them.
Fixtures & Fittings
All fixtures are included in the sale.
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