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Unique Spacious Period Apartment On The Fife Coast



Updated: 23-Oct-2016
Apartment in Kinghorn, Nr. Burntisland, Fife, Scotland

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. 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.

  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

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.

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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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8 Reviews

based on 8 holidaymaker reviews


really great accomodation!

  • 5 of 5

All was fine, highly recommended

  • Review Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Marvelous location, great hospitality

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week in late summer 2016 as a family of five (kids 18, 16 and 4 years old) exploring southern Scotland.

The apartment comprises the belle etage and top floor of historic Kinghorn Town Hall. It is a lovely combination of a grand room with 12ft high stucco ceiling, stone fireplace (operable with a gas oven), historic furniture etc., and modern amenities (three bedrooms, two bathrooms - one ensuite with a shower, the other separate with a tub, a kitchen fully equipped with oven, dishwasher, microwave etc.

It had been lovingly prepared by our host, not just linen and towels, but fresh flowers on the table, too, and even a loaf of bread and a bottle of milk. Speaking of provisions, there is a co-op store only 400 yards away that is open 7am to 10pm 7 days a week and a supermarket 2 miles away in Kirkcaldy open until 8pm on Sundays - so there is no need to carry food from far away even if you are arriving at an awkward time.

Parking a car is actually as easy as announced in the description. Edinburgh can be reached in 40 min, many destinations throughout Scotland are within reach by car (times given by Google routing are a bit optimistic, though, because it may prove challenging for a foreigner to fully exploit maximum permissible speeds on those lovely small country roads). Don't overlook the nearby sights of Fife!

We loved every bit of our stay and recommend this apartment to everyone.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Town Hall in Kinghorne

  • 5 of 5

We (parents and one of our three children at age 17) stayed three nights at the town hall.

Contact to the owner or landlord while booking was fast and pleasant. Late access to the appartment was easy due to a key safe.

The fabulous and very spacious living/dining room and a modern and well equipped kitchen are located on the second floor. Three bedrooms for at least five persons are on the third floor which accessible by a wide staircase (as the second floor) or a rather small spiralcase adjoining the kitchen. There are two bathrooms on the third floor,

Upon arrival we found fresh bread, milk and a bottel of wine as a welcome in the kitchen.

Although located on the main street through Kinghorn there is no traffic noise. It takes less than 5 minutes to get to the beach by foot. A local pub is just across the street. A coop store and other small shops are 3 minutes down the street.

The appartement was very clean and well-maintained.

From Kinghorne we made trips to Falkland Palace, Travit HIll, Glemis Palace, St Andrews, Blair Castle, ...

We can recommend the property to all kind of groups and regret not having it booked longer.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay and enjoyed exploring the many wonderful places in the area.
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Very stylish and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

We chose the flat because of location and of the pictures of the elegant flat, and to be honest were a little bit doubtful if it would really be as stylish as it looked like. We were not disappointed. It is a very lovely flat, fitted to a very good standard including lovely linens and towels. Easy to find parking and a great base for touring the southern part of Scotland. Can highly reccomend it.

  • Review Submitted: May 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review and recommendation. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay and were able to explore all the wonderful places in this part of Scotland.
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Original and interesting

  • 5 of 5

A lovely place like staying in a mini castle!

The plumbing was a bit erratic (the shower in particular),but the town hall was so interesting it made up for that.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We are really pleased to hear how much you enjoyed your stay. Thanks for , letting us know about the plumbing which we will check.
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Unique and spacious!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the apartment and had a great time while we were there. Out six year old granddaughter thought it was like living in a castle. Unique and well equipped.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write about your stay. We are pleased to hear how much you enjoyed it. The spiral staircase is always a hit with our younger guests!
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Edinburgh at 21 Miles Nearest Barpub : Ship Inn at 50 Metres Nearest Ferry : Rosyth at 11 Miles Nearest Golf : Kinghorn Golf Course at 0.5 Miles Nearest Train : Kinghorn at 0.3 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Ship Inn at 50 Metres Nearest Beach : Kinghorn beach at 200 Metres 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, 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’ 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.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 11
3 Sep 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 12
29 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas and New Year
17 Dec 2016 - 1 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Winter 2017
2 Jan 2017 - 28 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early Spring 2017
1 Mar 2017 - 19 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 3
20 Mar 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Spring 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 16 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early Summer 2017
17 Apr 2017 - 25 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer 2017
26 Jun 2017 - 4 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
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

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Tax Rate 20.0%

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 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 23-Oct-2016
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Property Type

  • apartment


  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • beach
  • near the sea
  • village


  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


  • 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 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 1 Cot, Please let us know if you require a cot and highchair
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed, Large single bed suitable for 1 adult or 2 children
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king size bed Bedroom 2 with twin beds Bedroom 3 with single bed with en-suite bathroom


  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • 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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