Queens Gardens has an enviable setting just off South Street in the centre of St Andrews. It is a terrace of period houses which overlooks gardens on the opposite side of the one way street and with St Andrews Episcopal Church at its end. It is close to the University, shops, bars and restaurants and just a short walk from the world famous Old Course and the West Sands beach.
St Andrews is renowned worldwide as the 'Home of Golf'. There are seven golf courses under the management of the St Andrews Links Trust, including the Old Course, which played host to the 150th Open Championship in July. There are many other golf courses in the area including the Duke's Course, St Andrews Bay, Kingsbarns, and Dumbarnie and traditional links courses at Elie and Crail.
St Andrews is also well known for its university which is one of the oldest in Britain, founded in 1413. The historic town has a good range of shops, hotels, restaurants and recreational and cultural facilities which include a cinema and The Byre Theatre. Beyond St Andrews is the East Neuk of Fife, with a spectacular coastline which boasts fishing villages built around picturesque harbours and sandy unspoilt beaches.
Access to St Andrews by rail, road and air is good. Leuchars railway station (6 miles) is on the main Aberdeen to London line and provides a fast link to Dundee and Edinburgh. Edinburgh Airport, with a wide range of domestic and international flights, is 50 miles away and Dundee Airport is 15 miles.
5 Queens Gardens is a terraced house with an extension to the rear which provides a garden room, shower room and bathroom. It has raised dormers along the roof line giving the top floor rooms good ceiling height. The rooms retain the house's original character and many period features.
5 Queens Gardens is unusual in the street in that it has no front garden opposite but a very large garden behind. Over the wall from this are the gardens of Queen Mary's meaning that there is a lot of green space behind the house.
The tiled entrance vestibule leads to a hall. The dining room has a tiled fireplace with wooden mantel and a shelved cupboard with the dumb waiter connecting to the kitchen below. The study (or bedroom 5) has a tiled fireplace with wooden mantel, recessed shelves and a door which opens out over the light well to the basement room below. Steps could be added to make this into a direct garden entrance.
Stairs lead down to the garden level with a shower room and a garden room which contains the Worcester boiler. This room is plumbed and stripped back ready for renovation.
The stairs continue down to the basement where there is a fitted kitchen with tiled floor, two oven gas fired AGA, Schott Ceran electric cooker, fridge freezer and scullery area with a sink and which is plumbed for a dishwasher and washing machine. There is a dumb waiter connecting to the dining room upstairs, a cupboard with hot water cylinder and a store room with cupboards off. There is a sitting room beside with a blocked fireplace.
There is a beautiful drawing room on the first floor looking over the rows of gardens on the opposite side of the street. It has an Adam style fireplace with cast iron grate. There is a bedroom with built in wardrobes and a wash basin on this floor. There is a bathroom at mezzanine level.
On the top floor are three further bedrooms – two good sized double bedrooms and a single bedroom. The west facing bedroom has a curving outer wall with three windows. There are two walk in cupboards opposite, one with hanging rails and the other shelved. The attic is accessed through one of these cupboards.
5 Queens Gardens owns a large back garden of 760m2 (0.19 acres) running the full width of five houses in the terrace. These gardens have become overgrown but offer huge potential with some nice mature trees and shrubs. At the end of the garden is a stone-built outhouse with tiled roof. Over the wall from this are the gardens of St Mary's College (the University of St Andrews Divinity School) meaning that there is a lot of green space behind the house.
Queens Gardens is half way along South Street on the southern side. It is a one way street accessed by car from Queens Terrace to the south.
Driving east along South Street from the West Port continue to the roundabout near the Cathedral, turn right into Abbey Place, right again into Greenside Place and fork right onto Queens Terrace. Queens Gardens is after about ¼ mile on the right hand side.