Grace and Martha’s Story
Fife Carers Centre – Rufflets Country House Hotel
Grace and I would like to thank you for the opportunity you gave us to have a Respitality Break at the beautiful Rufflets House Hotel at St Andrews. The hotel and grounds are truly amazing. The staff could not do enough for us and really went out of their way to make us feel special. We both felt we were treated like Royalty.
We had a nice drive up to St Andrews. When we arrived at the hotel we were welcomed then shown to our room which had a lovely view overlooking the gardens. After unpacking, we decided to have a coffee and a piece of the most delicious shortbread we have ever tasted (homemade). After a read of our books we could not believe we both fell asleep. That was a good sign we were both relaxed.
Dinner was excellent. We decided to go all out and have the Rib Eye Steak (which was cooked to perfection), washed down with a glass of wine. The whole meal was delicious and the presentation was 11/10. After dinner we had another glass of wine, then off to bed.
Tuesday: after a healthy continental breakfast, we had a walk around the gardens and met some nice people out walking their dogs. We then got a taxi to take us into St Andrews for a bit of retail therapy. The taxi driver was a character (Dave). He dropped us off at Clarks Shoe Shop – so of course we had to go in. I bought a black handbag (3rd this year) but after all it was in the SALE. Grace and I took bargain hunting to a new level. As it was a lovely sunny day we decided to have lunch outside. We met a young Spanish couple; they too were surprised by the weather. Their English was much better than my night school Spanish – between us we had a nice wee chat.
After lunch I said to Grace I am not coming to St Andrews without having the famous Jannetta’s ice cream. I had a double rum and raisin and Grace had double chocolate, worth the long wait in the queue. Onward we charged to see if there could possibly be any shops we had missed. After a few more must-have bargains we decided to call it a day and called Dave, the taxi driver, to take us back to the Hotel. We decided to dress up a bit for our last night. I thought we looked pretty good. Dinner was another great success. The pecan pie was to die for. After dinner we had our coffee and petit fours in the lounge with the fire on. It was really special.
Wednesday: again another healthy breakfast after saying goodbye to everyone as it was time to head home. We were so lucky with the weather and have loads of photos.
I don’t think we realised how much we needed the break. The Good Lord must have been looking after us (as well as you).