Savills | Upper Rathmore, Kennedy Gardens, St. Andrews, Fife, KY16 9DJ | Property for sale
125.51 sq m
Offers over £730,000(€803,941)

Upper RathmoreKennedy Gardens, St. Andrews, Fife, KY16 9DJ

  • Under offer

Key features

  • Fully modernised penthouse apartment
  • Tower study and roof terrace offering panoramic views
  • Top floor of impressive Victorian house
  • Close to town centre, golf courses and University
  • Restrictions against letting

Modernised penthouse apartment with roof terrace and panoramic views

About this property

  • 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
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    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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Local information

  • Rathmore House is set back off Kennedy Gardens which forms part of the Victorian and Edwardian residential expansion of St Andrews.
  • The property is just outside St Andrews town centre with all of its shops, restaurants and bars .The University of St Andrews , founded in 1413, is Scotland's oldest university and is the third oldest in the English-speaking world. The University owns buildings in Kennedy Gardens and also in the campus immediately below.
  • St Andrews is renowned worldwide as the ‘Home of Golf'. The Old Course is a regular host to the Open Championship which is next held at St Andrews in 2021. There are six further golf courses run by the St Andrews Links Trust, in addition to the many other golf courses in the area including the Duke's Course, two courses at Fairmount, St Andrews Bay and Kingsbarns.
  • The town provides state schooling at Madras College which is going to move to a new site to the west of the town. There is private schooling at St Leonards and The High School of Dundee is also within easy reach.
  • Access by rail, road and air is good. Leuchars railway station (4 miles) is on the main Aberdeen to London line and provides a fast link to Dundee and Edinburgh. Edinburgh Airport is 50 miles away.

Additional information

  • Directions: From the roundabout next to the Bus Station on City Road in the centre of St Andrews turn into Double Dykes Road and right again into Kennedy Gardens. Follow this road around the corner. Rathmore is the big house on the left hand side. The front door gives access to a shared hall and stairway to three apartments. Upper Rathmore is on the top floor.
  • EPC Rating = D