A four-star St Andrews guest house has reopened after the new owners completed a luxurious top-to-bottom revamp.
Dukeside Lodge’s 13 bedrooms have been completely refurbished with ensuite batherooms and individual themes by Marileisi Rodriguez and Stuart Mackenzie. It has been entirely refurnished with a new kitchen and landscaped garden.
The property now sleeps 30 people and is being marketed as a destination for golfers and other tourists looking to tour north-east Fife. It is near to the well-known Duke’s Golf Course, one of north east Fife’s many renowned links.
Stuart Mackenzie from Dukeside Lodge, said: “The Dukeside Lodge building and its surroundings are truly exceptional – we’ve put a lot of work into making each room unique, as well as offering guests local knowledge to make their stay as good as it can be. We’re now open for business and our 2020 calendar is filling up fast.”
The purchase and work was funded partly with a £615,000 loan from peer-to-peer lender Assetz Capital , which recently appointed Lucie Martin as its relationship director in Scotland, in a deal was brokered by Craig Patterson at Ayrshire-based Zen Commercial Finance. The finance has helped pay for new fire doors, lighting, ceilings, carpets, furniture and fire safety provisions throughout.
Mackenzie added: “The purchase and refurbishment process hasn’t been easy and we have faced a number of setbacks along the way, but John and his team at Assetz have been pivotal in helping us get up and running.”
John Hewitt, regional director at Assetz Capital’s UK – North team, said: “It was great for us to support a borrower who was committed to refurbishing Dukeside Lodge into a luxury guesthouse. Now complete, the property offers unrivalled one-of-a-kind accommodation and venue hire space in the St Andrews area. It’s fantastic to see it up and running and we’re pleased to have been a part of that.”