History

The house was built in the late 1800s, and was run for most of its life as a tearoom.

Origin

Black and white photo of The Beach House and the beach, showing people in Victorian dress.
The Beach House taken from the beach, early 1900s. Photographer unknown.

The house was built in the late 1800s, originally as the town bath house and tearooms. It is now a Category B listed building.

Although the exact construction date is unknown, the first recorded sale of the property was in 1905, an Alexander McIntosh selling to the ‘Provist Magistrates and Councillors of the royal Burgh of Burntisland ‘.

There are still many people around Burntisland who remember the building when it was public baths, and still more that have fond memories of it as the Tea Rooms.

Sixpence for a bath, and you got your soap and towel…[They heated the water] with driftwood from the beach.

Cherry Rigby’s recollection, from Burntisland Voices, by Iain Sommerville. Available from the Burntisland Heritage Trust.

Boundary wall

A boundary wall was built around the edge of the property in 1991, cutting off the grounds from the beach and grass outside.

Council sale

It was owned by the council in various forms for nearly 100 years, being sold off by what was then ‘Kirkcaldy Council’ in late 1992.

Alteration and restoration

In 1999, retrospective planning permission was granted for a number of internal works, including converting the ‘front door’ to the back of the property into a downstairs toilet.

The house was sold the same year, with the new owners doing a considerable amount of internal restoration. These same owners ran the annexe as a B&B for several years.

Construction of ‘The Summer House’

In 2014, the owners divided the garden of the property to build a new three-bedroom eco house, which they moved into when they sold The Beach House.

Latest incarnation

Lizzie and Ari, the current owners, bought the house in 2016. They are the fourth owners since the house was sold by the council. It was a private family home for a couple of years before being reopened as a B&B in 2018.

Tell your stories

We’re trying to put together a more detailed history of the property. If you have memories of the house in past years, and/or any photos, we’d be very happy to buy you a cup of coffee and listen to what you have to say.