History

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

Origin

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 ‘Provost Magistrates and Councillors of the Royal Burgh of Burntisland’. It was probably built around 20 years before that.

Gallery

"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

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. It seems to have been around this time that the front garden was also removed and paved over.

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, and this was when it became a private home.

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 old bath house 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 after selling The Beach House in late 2016.

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 completely private family home for a couple of years before old bath house was reopened as guest accommodation in 2018.

The front garden was then restored in 2019.

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.