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6 Luxury Self Catering Properties, totalling 14 bedrooms, all en-suite   

Owner’s house, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms  


Magnificent B listed Arts and Crafts house close to St Andrews


  • Designed by renowned architect M H Baillie Scott for James Harben Valentine 1901-2 as Sandford Cottage

  • Comprising stunning 3 bed owner’s house; and six luxury, 5 star self-catering properties totalling 14 en-suite letting bedrooms

  • Fully restored in keeping with the Arts and Crafts style

  • Delightful setting glorious Fife countryside, just 10 miles from St Andrews and 5 miles from Dundee

  • Extensive mature gardens and grounds

  • Garaging, workshop, treehouse, BBQ house

  • Dating from circa 1902

  • Category B listed with Historic Scotland


9,041 SQFT
840 SQM
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Property Details & Description


6 Luxury Self Catering Properties, totalling 14 letting bedrooms, all en-suite   

Owner’s house - 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms  



Delightful extensive mature gardens and grounds    

Garaging, workshop, treehouse, BBQ house

Ample parking  


Original history
Sandford House is one of only two houses in Scotland designed by the renowned Arts and Crafts Architect Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott. First known as 'Sandford Cottage' it was built in 1902 for Harben J Valentine, the photographic publisher from Dundee. At this time, they were photographers to Queen Victoria and were also the official photographer for the inquest into the Tay rail bridge disaster in December 1879. 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. The house was sold in the 1930s to Sir William and Lady Walker as a family home, and during the war years they supported the war effort by utilising the house as a leave centre for the Norwegians of the 333 Catalina flying boat squadron who moored their aircraft at Wormit pier. The Walkers sold the house in the 1960s when it was converted into an hotel. The hotel was initially very successful and popular under various ownerships, especially the Robertson family who still live locally. They added the west wing in 1979 to increase the number of bedrooms by 10. It's in this wing that the majority of the holiday accommodation is now situated.From about 2007 it lay empty for over three years before the current owners rescued it with the intention of restoring it to a family home with additional guest accommodation. The restoration came to the attention of the BBC who filmed the changes over a period of 18 months and produced a program 'Restoration Home - Sandford House' which was hosted by the popular Actress Caroline Quentin and broadcast worldwide.

Recent History
Many will remember Sandford as 'The Sandford Country House Hotel' or 'The Sandford Hills Hotel' as it was known until 2007 when it closed. Some will remember it as the Valentine’s home then following that, the home of Sir William Walker and his wife, Lady Bluebell Walker. In more recent times many local people were married at Sandford, held their receptions or private function/celebrations there, or came up to the hotel with their families to relax on a Sunday afternoon.


Sandford House sits in an idyllic, very private country setting close to the popular coastal villages of Newport on Tay and Wormit, with outstanding views over the magnificent surrounding Fife countryside which include glimpses of the mighty River Tay to the north. The property is highly accessible, well positioned for access to Dundee, Cupar and St. Andrews, with Perth, Aberdeen and Edinburgh also within comfortable driving distance. Good local services are available in Gauldry, Wormit and Newport on Tay with all of Dundee's facilities and amenities on hand across the River Tay. Cupar, Fife's bustling market town, lies ten minutes' drive to the south and offers an excellent range of shops and services as well as a thriving monthly farmers' market whilst the ancient and historic town of St. Andrews, globally acclaimed as the Home of Golf lies about ten miles to the south-east. North-east Fife provides access to an area of particularly outstanding and varied countryside with hill, wood, river, farmland and coastline. As a result there is a wide range of outdoor activities on hand with walking, cycling, sailing and riding all readily available. It is perhaps golf for which Fife is most well-known however with numerous top-quality courses in a comparatively small area including the world-renowned Old Course at St. Andrews which regularly hosts the Open Championship and Dunhill Cup. Other notable courses nearby include Carnoustie, Ladybank, Scotscraig, Kingsbarns, Dumbarnie, Blairgowrie, Downfield and Crail. Shooting and fishing may be taken locally whilst the lovely quaint fishing villages of the East Neuk such as Elie, Anstruther, Pittenweem and St. Monans are well within striking distance. There are good state primary and secondary schools in the area with independent schooling on hand at a number of highly rated schools including St. Leonards at St. Andrews and the High School of Dundee. There are railway stations in Leuchars, Cupar, Ladybank and Dundee with Edinburgh airport approximately one hour to the south. The regional airport at Dundee offers short-haul flights

General Description

Fully restored in keeping with the Arts and Crafts style, and stunningly presented throughout, Sandford House presents a unique opportunity for purchasers to acquire a magnificent B listed period property in the most wonderful of locations. Lovingly completed by the current owners, the property is currently operated as a thriving 5-star self-catering business comprising a stunning 3 bed / 2-bathroom owner’s house along with six luxury self-catering properties totalling 14 en-suite letting bedrooms as follow:         


Baillie Scott - a two bedroomed cottage that sleeps 4 in two ensuite bedrooms. It is named after the architect Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott who designed Sandford back in 1902.

Valentines - a two bedroomed cottage that sleeps 4 in 2 en-suite bedrooms It is named after Harben J Valentine who commissioned Baillie Scott to design ‘Sandford Cottage’ as the house was known in 1902.

Lady Bluebell - a three bedroomed apartment that sleeps 6 in 3 en-suite bedrooms It is named after Lady Bluebell Walker who lived here along with her family from 1930 - 1960. This apartment has its own private terrace leading to the garden.

The Giddy Limit - a three bedroomed apartment that sleeps 6 in 3 en-suite bedrooms. It is on the first floor and has a balcony looking over the garden towards the River Tay.

The Coach House - a new detached cottage which is also suitable for wheelchair users. It is very spacious with 3 large ensuite bedrooms, one of which has a large walk-in wet room.

Red Squirrel - a one bedroom apartment located on the second floor of the original old Arts and Crafts house.



Delightful extensive mature gardens and grounds    

Garaging, workshop, treehouse, BBQ house

Ample parking  


Additional ground

There may be scope to acquire additional ground a short distance to the east of the main house – further details are available from the selling agents.



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General Remarks & Information


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Viewing is strictly by appointment with the selling agents Rettie & Co, 28 Bell Street, St Andrews KY16 9UX. Tel: 01334 237700.

Satellite Navigation

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The property’s postcode is DD6 8RG.

Fixtures and Fittings

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Only items specifically mentioned in the particulars of sale are included in the sale price.

Certain items of furniture may be available to purchase by way of separate negotiation.

Entry & Possession

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Entry and vacant possession will be by mutual agreement and arrangement.


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Mains water and electricity.

Private drainage.

LPG and ground source.

Local Authority

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Fife Council

EPC Rating

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Band C/D

Council Tax

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Band H

Rateable Value

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Offers should be submitted in Scottish Legal Form to the selling agents Rettie & Co at 28 Bell Street, St Andrews KY16 9UX.

Servitude Rights, Burdens & Wayleaves

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The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all servitude rights, burdens, reservations and wayleaves including rights of access and rights of way, whether public or private, light, support, drainage, water and wayleaves for masts, pylons, stays, cable, drains and water, gas and other pipes whether contained in the title deeds or informally constituted and whether or not referred to above.

Particulars and Plans

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These particulars and plan are believed to be correct, but they are in no way guaranteed.  Any error, omission or misstatement shall not annul the sale or entitle any party to compensation nor in any circumstances give grounds for action at law.

Photos September 2023.

Websites and Social Media

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This property and other properties offered by Rettie & Co can be viewed on our website at as well as our affiliated websites at and  In addition, our social media platforms are, RettieTownandCountry,, Rettie and Co, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Proof and Source of Funds/Anti Money Laundering

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Under the HMRC Anti Money Laundering legislation all offers to purchase a property on a cash basis or subject to mortgage require evidence of source of funds. This may include evidence of bank statements/funding source, mortgage or confirmation from a solicitor the purchaser has the funds to conclude the transaction. All individuals involved in the transaction are required to produce proof of identity and proof of address. This is acceptable either as original or certified documents.


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1. The property is sold with all faults and defects, whether of condition or otherwise and neither the seller nor Rettie & Co, the selling agent, are responsible for such faults and defects, nor for any statement contained in the particulars of the property prepared by the said agent.


2. The Purchaser(s) shall be deemed to acknowledge that he has not entered into contact in reliance on the said statements, that he has satisfied himself as to the content of each of the said statements by inspection or otherwise and that no warranty or representation has been made by the seller or the said agents in relation to or in connection with the property.


3. Any error, omission or misstatement in any of the said statements shall not entitle the purchaser(s) to rescind or to be discharged from this contract, nor entitle either party to compensation or damages nor in any circumstances to give either party any cause for action.

Important Notice

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Rettie & Co, their clients and any joint agents give notice that:


1. They are not authorised to make or give any representations or warranties in relation to the property either in writing or by word of mouth.  Any information given is entirely without responsibility on the part of the agents or the sellers.  These particulars do not form part of any offer or contract and must not be relied upon as statements or representations of fact.


2. Any areas, measurements or distances are approximate.  The text, photographs and plans are for guidance only and are not necessarily comprehensive and it should not be assumed that the property remains as photographed.  Any error, omission or misstatement shall not annul the sale, or entitle any party to compensation or recourse to action at law.  It should not be assumed that the property has all necessary planning, building regulation or other consents, including for its current use.  Rettie & Co. have not tested any services, equipment or facilities.  Purchasers must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise and ought to seek their own professional advice.


3. All descriptions or references to condition are given in good faith only.  Whilst every endeavour is made to ensure accuracy, please check with us on any points of especial importance to you, especially if intending to travel some distance.  No responsibility can be accepted for expenses incurred in inspecting properties   which have been sold or withdrawn.



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