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Unique Spacious Historic Apartment On The Fife Coast close to Edinburgh

Bedrooms 3
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

Apartment in Kinghorn, Nr. Burntisland, Fife, Scotland

The self-catering apartment consists of a large open planned living/dining area, with a fully equipped kitchen just off the main space. The living room is comfortable and spacious, with a Smart TV, DVD player, selection of books, DVDs and board games. The dining table seats 6 although there are a couple of extra seats is required.

To access the upstairs, you can reach the top floor by the main staircase out from the Livingroom door or by the secret spiralled staircase by the kitchen. On the top floor there are 3 bedrooms, bathroom and the washing machine/tumble dryer. There is a twin bedroom; with two single beds, Queen sized double bed, 3/4 / small double bed - which we normally recommend for 1 adult or two children, this has an ensuite with shower. In the main bathroom, there is a bath and shower over the bath.

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.

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 in 2009.

More Details

Beth Bell
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
22 September, 2017

About Beth Bell

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.

Beth Bell purchased this apartment in 2009

Why Beth Bell chose Fife & St Andrews

Some guests have called it a little private castle, it is such a unique property with original features, which somehow makes you feel special the moment you step in. Kinghorn Town Hall is the ideal central location for staying local or traveling further afield. Whether you want to visit Edinburgh for the many festivals, shops or restaurants or eat local and explore the independent shops in Kinghorn and Fife.

What makes this apartment unique

Because this historic property has been restored in keeping with the history, it is a fascinating apartment to stay in. Plenty of room, however still remaining cosy and intimate. There is Gas Central Heating throughout the property, which heats the apartment well. Kinghorn Town Hall is positioned well for access around Fife as well as close to Edinburgh, without needing to be in the centre of the city.

Guestbook comments from the owner

''Had the pleasure of staying at Kinghorn Town hall for 3 nights. This is such an amazing experience and if you are in or around the area I highly recommend! We loved character of this place and it's such a nice change to staying in hotels. Everything we needed was supplied for. This will be certainly be our first choice on any returns to the area. Our stay was made all that sweeter knowing that the fees paid were going towards the upkeep of an important historical building known and loved by many in Kinghorn. Not to be missed!''
Jan 2016
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Nearest Airport
21 Miles
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Ship Inn
Nearest Ferry
11 Miles
Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
Kinghorn Golf Course
Nearest Train
0.3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
31 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Ship Inn
Nearest Ski
74.3 Miles
Nearest Beach
200 Metres
Kinghorn beach
Car: recommended

Kinghorn is a great base for exploring the many locations in Fife where the drama series 'Outlander' is filmed. Aberdour Castle, Falkland, Dysart Harbour and Balgonie Castle are only a short car journey away.


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.


Kinghorn is 24 miles from Edinburgh and easily reached by road. Airlines that fly to Edinburgh from other parts of the UK include Flybe, Easyjet, Ryanair and British Airways. There are several car hire companies at Edinburgh airport. There is plenty of space for parking on the street outside Kinghorn Town Hall.

Kinghorn railway station is only a few minutes walk away and provides easy rail access to Edinburgh and to the north.


The nearest town, Kirkcaldy is 4 miles away and can be reached by train, car or bus.

Edinburgh - 24 miles

St. Andrews - 20 miles

Dundee - 35 miles

Further Details:

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 and chemist. 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’ on the high street.

A number of high-street shops and supermarkets can be found in Kirkcaldy which is 4 miles away.

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.

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’!

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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Kinghorn in Fife

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • town
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite bathroom to bedroom 3 with WC, sink and shower Main bathroom with WC, sink, bath and shower over the bath
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 (Queen Bed) - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot , Please let us know if you require a cot and highchair
    Bedroom 3 (Small Double) - 1 Single Bed , Small Double bed suitable for 1 adult or 2 children
    Bedroom 2 (2 single beds) - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with queen size bed Bedroom 2 with twin beds Bedroom 3 with small double bed with en-suite bathroom 2 cots available on request
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: 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. This is a listed building so we can't allow pets or smoking Outside: 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.) Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Freshly-laundered towels and Egyptian cotton bed-linen are all provided. The apartment will be cleaned ready for your arrival.


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(21 traveller reviews)

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Unique Spacious Historic Apartment On The Fife Coast close to Edinburgh
average rating of 4.904762 based on 23 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at Kinghorn Town Hall. We were pleasantly surprised by the spaciousness of this property. We kept opening doors and finding one more room.

I would recommend this home to anyone wanting to visit the area.

I would definitely come back to this rental.

Thank you for a great time and your great hospitality.

Elisabeth and Tom U.S.A.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 28, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your fabulous review. I always feel the same everytime I go into the property. We would love to welcome you back in the future. Beth, Fife Historic Buildings Trust
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Beautifully restored historic building.

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at the Townhall in Kinghorn. The location was good for our frequent trips into Edinburgh by train. We also enjoyed hiking the Fife Coastal Trail and seeing the seals was a bonus. Kinghorn itself has a beautiful beach and a good variety of restaurants and cafes. The staff were responsive and professional throughout the booking process and during our stay. I would not hesitate to book the Townhall for future stays in Scotland.

Deb and family from Canada

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We loved it!

  • 5 of 5

We just can recommend the apartment. The rooms look exactly as shown in the pictures. Lots of space in the living room. We felt at home immediately. Thanks again for the hospitality!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your feedback, it was lovely to host you and your famiy and we hope we can do it again in the future. Beth
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Urlaub in einem schönen, alten Gebäude

  • 4 of 5

Das Gebäude ist ein historisch wertvolles Gebäude mit guter Ausstattung. Bei der Ankunft fanden wir ein Willkommen des Vermieters vor (Rotwein, Brot, Milch). Die Kontaktpersonen des Eigentümers waren sehr freundlich. In unmittelbarer Nähe verläuft der sehr schöne Küstenwanderweg Coast Path. 5 Minuten vom Gebäude entfernt befindet sich der Bahnhof, von dem häufig Züge zu Fern- und Nahzielen abgehen. Einkaufsmöglichkeiten bis 22.00 Uhr täglich befinden sich im Radius von 4 km umfangreich. Der Ost ist auch für Autofahrer gut geeignet, da die ländliche Umgebung gute Übungsstrecken bietet.

Aber: Der Ort Kinghorn ist fest "in der Hand" von Seemöwen. Diese benötigen wenig Schlaf und machen Tag und Nacht Krach. Man sollte nachts gegen zeitweiligen Krach resistent sein.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Unique and Charming Accommodation

  • 5 of 5

Our family of five stayed here for a week in June, had a terrific time in Kinghorn, and enjoyed the use of the Town Hall in every way. Large, flexible, and spacious can be hard to find in the UK, but this rental is all three. Everything works, multiple bathrooms, laundry facilities, and even a walled garden for when the sun pops out. The hostess, Beth, was helpful as well. Thanks, we will be back!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your kind words. I am glad that you enjoyed your stay at Kinghorn Town Hall and the uniqueness of the property. I hope we can welcome you back in the future. Thanks - Beth
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Kinghorn Town Hall - a unique place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful family reunion in very special surroundings. Very comfortable and well appointed venue. Looking forward to celebrating my 90th. Birthday there!

  • Review Submitted: May 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review and for your repeat booking. I am delighted you had a great time and the pictures looked great. Looking forward to welcoming you all back for your 90th. Thanks - Beth
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Kinghorn, Scotland

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Autumn 2017
5 Sep 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Winter 2017
30 Oct 2017 - 16 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas 2017
17 Dec 2017 - 1 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday but we can be flexible, depending on our other bookings.

Notes on prices:
Short breaks available from £258 for 3 nights.
Please contact owner for details.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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