When you step through the front door of Wayside, you enter a two-story great hall lined with wood paneling, stained glass and dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows. Delicate hearts and fleurs-de-lis are subtly stippled into the walls. A wood balcony is inlaid with decorative carving. A green-tiled fireplace with a copper hood creates a charming corner for conversation and relaxation.
Rich in handcrafted detail, the house was built during the Arts and Crafts movement in 1902. It was designed by premier Scottish architect Sir Robert Lorimer and is listed as a historic landmark.
Located within easy walking distance of the center of St. Andrews, Wayside is permeated with history and antiques. The hand-wrought hardware, handmade tiles, wood carving and stained glass were all commissioned especially for this house.
The grounds are private and quiet. Just outside the great hall, a sun loggia and fieldstone dining terrace are edged with climbing roses, perennial herbs and flowers. A beautiful rose arbor arches over a stone walk, inviting you to enjoy the garden. Beyond the rose arbor and lawn is a short, private woods walk.
You can still spot some of the original garden, attributed to the famous garden designer Gertrude Jekyll. Plantings include holly bushes, blackberries, peonies, Japanese anemone, lavatera, and some very large and unusual specimen trees -- including a monkey puzzle tree popular with the Victorians.
Wayside provides a very comfortable base from which to explore the unique history and beauty of St. Andrews and the region of Fife.
Beds and Baths: Sleeps six in one queen bedroom and two twins on second floor. Two full baths on second floor, one with tub and hand-held shower, one with tub only. Half-bath on ground floor. Queen bedroom has a sitting alcove with large windows overlooking rose arbor.
Living Space: Two-story-high great hall with floor-to-ceiling windows and comfortable sofa and chairs grouped around tiled woodburning fireplace. Living room with gas fireplace and French doors opening onto terrace and rose arbor. Dining room with electric fire and large window overlooking lawn and gardens. Entry hall with built-in closets and plenty of room for golf club storage. Oriental rugs and beautiful antiques throughout first floor.
Outdoors: Sun loggia and stone dining terrace face southwest and are edged by climbing roses and perennials. A long rose arbor, some large specimen trees and private garden/woods walk combine to make a very peaceful setting.
Essentials: Good working kitchen with dishwasher, microwave, and lots of cabinet and counter space. Large stained glass window covers one wall. Washer/dryer. TV in living room. VCR, stereo. Full central heating. A Peugeot sedan is available for weekly rental.
Details: Because of the many antiques and special features of this property, all renters must be 18 or older. Property is not handicapped-accessible. Smoking not permitted. Telephone available in house for local and long-distance calls.
It's a 15-minute walk from the house to the main shopping streets of St. Andrews, where bakeries, fish markets, restaurants and cafes, newsstands, pharmacies, etc., are located. Supermarkets within easy driving distance.
All six St. Andrews golf courses are within a five-minute drive of the house.
The University of St. Andrews, Scotland's oldest university founded in 1411, is an integral part of the town.
Historic sites nearby include the haunting ruins of 12th century St. Andrews Cathedral, as well as St. Andrews Castle, whose ruins sit at the edge of the sea.
St. Andrews' West Sands beach has been voted to be among the best beaches in all of Great Britain and is well suited to invigorating walks.
Edinburgh and its airport are one hour away. Glasgow and its airport are two hours.
The nearest train station is at Leuchars, 10 minutes away.
Rates include heat and electricity, all linen, and cleaning service after departure.
Security deposit required.
Peugeot sedan available at an additional $100/week.
Note: Rentals begin between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. any day of the week, with a one-week minimum.