Well-presented three bedroom flat in impressive Victorian house
'Rathmore' 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 is characterised by large villa construction, in small plots, taking advantage of views to both the north and south. Its layout is evident in the Feuing Plan of 1857 produced by Milne. The plan shows that Rathmore 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.
South Flat occupies part of the first, mezzanine and second floor on the south elevation of Rathmore. The imposing main front door on Kennedy Gardens gives access into a shared entrance vestibule, entry intercom and hallway leading to the main staircase. There are two other flats who share this common stairwell, one on the first floor and the other on the top floor.
South Flat is entered from the first floor. The private mahogany panelled front door opens into a hallway with coat hooks and two storage cupboards. The well-designed kitchen, upgraded and renovated in 2018 with plenty of cupboards and space, leads off the hallway, and has views to the south. The kitchen is fitted with AEG 5 plate induction hob, double oven and micromat-combi oven, with Lamona integrated fridge freezer, slimline dishwasher, cooker hood and double sink in stainless steel finish with textured laminate work surfaces.
The sitting/dining room is bright with beautiful cornicing and is double aspect facing south and west. There is a bay window with views across to Strathvithie, Kinkell Braes and the countryside beyond. The room features an integrated electric fire within the angled fireplace. There is a large under stair storage cupboard.
Stairs from the hallway lead up to a mezzanine level. There is a shower room (upgraded in 2019) with walk-in shower incorporating a rain water shower head and hand-held shower. There is a large vanity basin, WC, storage drawers and cupboards, towel rail and combination heat bulb and extractor unit.
There are two double bedrooms (one currently used as a family room). There is also a utility room which the current owner also uses as a study, with attic storage above.
From the mezzanine landing there is a door leading outside to a roof terrace and sizeable attic/eaves store room.
The roof terrace railing may require further enhancement to ensure security and safety.
Stairs continue from the mezzanine level up to the second floor leading to the principal bedroom with dressing room. There are views across St Andrews and the countryside to the south and west. There is a further bathroom with a shower over the bath in addition to a large linen cupboard on this landing.
The grey front gravel and paved drive leads down the west side of the house to the red gravel rear garage and private parking areas. South Flat owns a car port, garden store, and space to park two further cars within a block paved area towards the rear of the garden. Two rockery areas, one to the south elevation and the other to the west elevation are also owned by South Flat, with responsibility to look after these areas.
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It is very special to be within walking distance of everything St Andrews has to offer yet be in a very quiet and private setting.Ele Robertson