Kinghorn Town Hall
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Apartment | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 5
Built in the Tudor Gothic style, this impressive castellated stone structure enjoys glimpses out across the Firth of Forth. The Town Hall was constructed in 1826, replacing an earlier medieval building which was hit and seriously damaged by lightning. Part of the original building is thought to date back to the 12th century. Latterly it was used to provide the debating chamber, offices and prison cells for the Burgh Council. The new building was designed by the architect Thomas Hamilton (1784-1858) and was used for Council functions for almost 150 years but fell into disrepair in the 1980s. It was restored by Fife Historic Buildings Trust in 2009.
The apartment is owned by Fife Historic Buildings Trust, a local Building Preservation Trust. It is a company limited by guarantee and has charitable status. It was formed in 1997 primarily for the purpose of saving and restoring historic buildings in Fife which are at risk. We are very proud of our beautiful historic building and would love to welcome you here.
Accommodation is on the 1st and 2nd floors, with the old ground floor jail housing the office of Fife Historic Buildings Trust. The apartment has been sympathetically restored, retaining many period features. The rooms are furnished in keeping with the history of the building, while providing all the modern amenities you would expect.
There's a magnificent living/dining area on the 1st floor with floor-to-ceiling windows and 2 stone fireplaces, one with a gas-fired stove. A perfect space for the whole group to meet and relax. The carved, wooden dining table seats 6, and there are 2 large comfy sofas. Off this huge room is a well-equipped kitchen. The bedrooms are on the top floor.
Bedroom 1 is truly unique with its wooden sleigh bed, exposed wooden beams and stonework, 'port hole' windows and the original bell housing.
Bedroom 2 is a twin room with stone fireplace.
Bedroom 3 is a single room for 1 adult. The bed is a 'continental double' and could accommodate 2 children if they were willing to share! The en-suite bathroom has WC, sink and rain shower.
The main bathroom has a WC, sink and bath with shower attachment. Essential toiletries are provided. The bathrooms have heated towel rails.
A washing machine/dryer is housed in a cupboard in the hall.
Freshly-laundered towels and Egyptian cotton bed-linen are all provided.
Guests have exclusive use of a private walled garden with a table and chairs. Access to the garden is via a gate at the side of the property. There is also a BBQ for guests use. (Charcoal not included.)
Access to the top floor is either via a main stone staircase or via a fascinating internal spiral stone staircase. Children love to explore this 'secret' stairway!
Please note, there is no lift access.
Cot and high chair can be provided on request.
This is a listed building so we can't allow pets or smoking
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Kinghorn 500 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Edinburgh 33 km, Nearest railway: Kinghorn 500 m|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Single beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
About this location
The Fife region
The Kingdom of Fife will greet you with colourful fishing villages that are framed by glorious beaches which sweep the coastline, and miles of peaceful countryside nestled inland. Explore the Kingdom of Fife and unearth the rich history of the royal burghs and castles, and marvel at the breath-taking views around every corner, from the rolling hills of the countryside to the quaint fishing villages along the coast.
Golfers will find plenty to keep them busy! Fife boasts over 45 famous, historic and challenging golf courses. Whilst Kinghorn has its own golf course, it is also just 20 miles from the world-famous home of golf, St Andrews, with its seven courses, including the famous Old Course.
Other courses nearby include Ladybank Golf Club, Lundin Golf Links and Scotscraig Golf Course. The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship takes place over three venues - Kingsbarns, the Old Course at St Andrews and Carnoustie in Angus - every October
The beautiful fishing villages of the East Neuk of Fife such as Crail, Anstruther, Pittenweem, St Monans and Elie are easily reached by car, as are the historic towns of Dunfermline and Kirkcaldy.
There are plenty of activities to entertain families, whatever the weather, with play parks, a loch and ecology centre, indoor leisure facilities, and Kirkcaldy museum and art gallery all close by.
There is a quiet, sheltered beach only a few minutes walk from the apartment. At the other end of the village is Pettycur Bay - a long, wide stretch of golden sand which is excellent for walks and outdoor activities. From here you will be rewarded with stunning views across the Firth of Forth towards Edinburgh and The Lothians. If the tide is out, you can walk right along to Burntisland.
There are several shops on Kinghorn High Street, just a few minutes walk from the apartment. These include a baker, butcher, a Co-op supermarket, post office, chemist and bank. There are also a number of pubs in Kinghorn. The Ship Inn opposite the Town Hall serves food, and there is also a 'cupcake café' and a delicatessen.
A number of high-street shops and supermarkets can be found in Kirkcaldy which is 4 miles away.
Kinghorn has its own railway station with a regular service that takes you across the famous Forth Bridge, straight into the heart of Edinburgh where you can visit the famous Castle, Edinburgh Zoo, Sir Walter Scott's Monument, the Scottish Parliament Buildings, the newly refurbished National Museum of Scotland or in the summer, take in a show at the famous Edinburgh Festival or military Tattoo. There is high-street and designer shopping on Princes Street and George Street, or you can enjoy the many bars, cafes and restaurants before returning by train to put your feet up in your 'coastal retreat'!
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2 May 2014
It's like staying in your own fort! Very nicely fitted out, quality bedding, fully stocked kitchen etc. Excellent value for money. Lounge area is just stunning and the whole place is just so fu… More
Thank you very much for your review. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay so much and hope we can welcome you again sometime!
29 Apr 2014
"our own historic building!"
Wwe stayed at Kinghorn Town Hall during our Easter holiday. This is really a landmark building with for instance a really impressive dining hall (we simply can't call it a dining room anymore). O… More
Thank you very muchfor your review. We're really pleased to hear that overall you enjoyed your stay. But we are sorry to hear that things weren't perfect. Unfortunately the downside to our beautiful coastal location is the seagulls! We have spikes on the roof to prevent them nesting, but some of these have come off over the winter and are due to be replaced this month which should hopefully deter the birds from settling on the roof, and reduce the noise.
We also have a plumber coming out to find out why the boiler was playing up during your stay. Thank you for bringing this to our attention so that we can solve the problem for future guests.
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