The Historic Rofsie Estate dates from the 11th century and is centrally located within the beautiful Kingdom of Fife. The Estate woodlands were formerly used as a hunting ground by Mary Queen of Scots. A hidden Covenanters Tomb and charming Walled Garden, are set within the organically managed farmland which abounds with roe deer and red squirrels.

Thought provoking restored 1½ acre walled garden, with themes of family, art and science. Rare plants and daffodils bred by the family’s forbears, the Backhouses, form a unique historic collection. The Backhouse Heritage Daffodils are in the process of seeking National Collection status, they caused a sensation in the mid 1800s - mid 1900s and changed daffodil breeding forever. This rare and unique collection of original daffodils bred by three generations of the family are grown in designed beds as a special display, a further 14,000 daffodils grow in the grounds’. Graceful 100 metres interrupted rose archway, stunning herbaceous borders, original Victorian Glass House, formal potager, pond, grass labyrinth, new orchard, shade border and sunny lawns. Research of family papers informs plantings and shows close links with Kew Gardens.

Situated between Auchtermuchty and Collessie on A91. One mile east of Auchtermuchty turn right for Charlottetown, turn first right into Rofsie Estate onto an untarred drive.

Please see our Backhouse Products - under The Backhouse Centre:

  • Every product you invest in helps us journey back in time to bring Backhouse heritage back to life for people to enjoy. 
  • If you liked our coffee at our garden openings why not... percolate your day with our Backhouse Blended Coffee.
  • The magic ingredient to the lemon biscuits served in our cafe is: Lemon Myrtle (Backhousia citriodora), named after our relative James Backhouse.
  • Following in our horticultural family's footsteps, the Backhouse Nursery offers cut flowers and home grown plants and herbs for your garden!
  • Our 100% pure-beeswax candles help to purify the air and are a lovely natural gift.
  • Caroline's limited edition postcards are prints of her original artwork which depict some of our favourite Backhouse Daffodils.

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The Backhouse Centre and Heritage Daffodil Collection

Caroline Thomson, through her mother's line, is a direct descendent of the Backhouse's and it is this connection that has led to the formation of the Backhouse Centre and Heritage Daffodil Collection at Rofsie, which is currently seeking National Collection Status. We are delighted that this resource has been utilised by PhD students writing their thesis and academics researching Quaker and Horticultural links to our family's legacy. 

This week's activity includes working on the new herb area including 16 different mints.

Rose Arches

Garden Openings

BBC-2's Beechgrove Garden Episode 5 compared the benefits of old and new daffodils, Rofsie Arts Garden & Backhouse Centre was featured in this episode and the fact sheet.  See also Scottish Field March 2016 for an eight page feature "Spring Fling" on us. We are also listed in Kenneth Cox latest edition of 'Scotland for Gardeners' - A Guide to Scottish Gardens.

Sorry we are now closed for the season, look forward to seeing you in April 2017.

Backhouse products continue to be available via this website.


"Our second visit to the cottage and still fabulous. Lots to do and not enough time!" - P,T,P&G F from Southport      "Fabulous weather allowed us to enjoy lots of outdoor pursuits. Hiking, walking & running along Fife Costal Path was great. The cottage was absolutely perfect." - J&J S from West Sussex      "A perfect relaxing hideaway just what we needed. No incentive to travel from the cottage any distance although we enjoyed exploring the fishing villages in East Neuk." - T&S P from North Norfolk      "Another great week at this great cottage. Fisheries Museum, Isle of May, Culross, Deep Sea World all very good and excellent walks. Thank you!" - L&M C      "Lovely & peaceful spot. Good for visiting local & charming area. Great cottage." - N&J M from Shropshire      "Perfect! No car, but visited Falkland, Pillars of Hercules, Newburgh, St Andrews, Hill of Tarvit. Thank you." - EH from Edinburgh      "Really lovely cottage, beautifully furnished, equipped, prepared and presented. Too many things to do to fit into a week – we need a few more days!" - C-M Family Oxford      "A delightful cottage and a perfect base to explore what was for us, a previously undiscovered part of Scotland. Hope to return." - G&J P from Yorkshire      "It has been wonderful to be back in this elegant, comfortable cottage and enjoying the surrounding countryside at a different season." - UJ & DrEW from Surrey      "Perfect! We have enjoyed the cottage as a wonderful base to explore ~ the wildlife including doe & her two fawns on the lawn & the seals at Tentsmuir Forest which you can hear before you can see them as they lie on the sandbanks." - H Family from Surrey      "Such a beautifully presented cottage and very homely. A big tanks to the owner for making my birthday present so enjoyable. Lovely weather and lovely places to visit." - L&G W from Northamptonshire      "Cottage a delight, loved the villages of East Neuk, Falkland & Lomonds." - D&S C from Worcestershire      "Lovely stay. Wonderful cottage. Immaculate as last time – thank you." - C,L,L&M Backhouse      "Not far from home, but a lovely chill-out weekend to celebrate our 20th anniversary. …Lovely as always." - J&G D from Edinburgh      "Great cottage. Elegant and relaxing. Tasteful with all you need. Enjoyed area. East Neuk village charming. Enjoyed Stirling and Perthshire." - P,R,A&A from Liverpool      "Fabulous – we didn’t want to leave…we’ll be back again. Thank you." - P,T,P&G F from Southport      "Excellent stay in beautiful surroundings – very chilled local Roe Deer kept us interested!" - E&D from Shropshire      "We enjoyed a very comfortable & relaxing stay at this delightful cottage. It exceed our expectations with its luxurious furnishings & scenic outlook. The central location with many interesting walks and historical attractions nearby kept us fully occupied, most definitely a home away from home." - G,K,A,J A from Harrogate      "This is a delightful, comfortable cottage and we have greatly enjoyed our stay in spite of the weather. We strongly recommend the Venison Farm 2 miles away, sign posted." - P&M C from Staffordshire      "Lovely stay ….in cottage, weather poor, we’ll be back!" - I&F from London      "Back again (3rd visit). Once again enjoyed cottage and surrounding areas. Quit simply a great place to chill out and visit the East Neuk of Fife." - A&E Mc from Stirling      "An excellent cottage. We were very comfortable. Thank you so much." - F&M P from Lincolnshire      "Fantastic 3 days – cottage and weather! Would highly recommend this property to anyone wishing peace and quite in glorious surroundings – soft furnishings v. tasteful and have gone home with lots of ideas. Fife coastal path well worth walk – porpoises off Fifeness. Crab from harbour at Crail, excellent." - C,D&G from North Yorkshire      "Very enjoyable week. Both red and grey squirrels nearby. Also roe-deer and goldfinches." - D&J S from Ballater      "Well – it didn’t take us long to return! This time for 9 days – bliss!" - M&S S from Sunderland      "A tastefully restored, elegant cottage in a beautiful setting – thus welcoming, cost atmosphere made a marvellous venue for a very restful and most enjoyable holiday." - UJ & DrEW from Surrey      "A wonderful ‘taster’ to this part of Scotland. A truly fantastic cottage, so peaceful & beautifully presented. We will definitely return as soon as possible!" - M&S S from Sunderland      "Really looking forward to seeing the walled garden being brought back to life. Enjoyed lovely walks, such a special, magical place with a presence……" - A&D Mc families from Stirling & Perth      "Such an elegant, beautiful little cottage. We have enjoyed every minute being at this delightful cottage. We all needed a peaceful break and that’s exactly what we got. Wonderful." - L,G,S & B from Surrey & Grimsby      "Lovely stay- beautiful comfortable cottage! We enjoyed Elie, St Andrews and the wee restaurant at NQ!" - I&F from London      "A real trip down memory lane for me, my late grandfather was the Head Gardener for the Estate from 1944 – 1974 and lived in this cottage. I would like to congratulate Caroline and Andrew for carrying out a fantastic sympathetic conversion of the cottage." - A&E Mc from Stirling      "2nd visit we came in April, great to be back again." - K&S W S from Stamford      "Beautifully quite cottage in idyllic surroundings, well placed for access to various castles, places and houses. Thoroughly enjoyable … will definitely use again." - A,M&D A from North Norfolk      "Fantastic holiday, relaxing and quite, lovely & clean. Well done .. couldn’t have been better." - Y,S,E&R      "Perfect property, lovely location, wonderful wildlife (we have seen red squirrel, fox, pheasant, deer as well as all the ‘bouncy bunnies’!). Lots for the children to do in this area." - M,A,H&A W from Lytham-St-Annes      "A beautifully restored cottage with some delightful touches. Our stay here has been idyllic, we will recommend you to our friends and will return again." - P&C from Suffolk      "A charming, beautifully appointed, well equipped cottage. Each day here was a pleasure. Truly the best holiday cottage we’ve ever stayed in." - D&N S Washington DC      "Beautifully restored with many very thoughtful touches, thank you." - B&D O from Dumfriesshire      "We had a lovely, peaceful stay. It’s a beautiful cottage and the red squirrel on the lawn made it perfect! Thank you!" - C,L,B&M B from Essex      "Celebrated our 1st anniversary & also news of expecting our first child. Beautiful cottage, very peaceful & relaxing. Thank you." - J& S E from Leeds      "Thoughtfully restored – both cottage + us after our stay, which has been perfect. Thank you." - R&J C from Cumbria      "Well done ..a beautiful property in a wonderful location. We’ve had a lovely anniversary. Thanks" - P&M H from Yorkshire      "Excellent …peaceful and wonderful wild life. Many thanks." - C&P      "Thank you for a lovely time it was very relaxing. My husband particularly enjoyed the study." - D McC from Glasgow      "We’ve had a lovely relaxing time, in a beautiful setting. We’ve felt really spoilt as every last detail has been considered." - S&R S from Manchester      

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