Characterful and historic holiday home | The Gate House, Markinch, near Glenrothes
Warm and welcoming living/dining room with open fire | The Gate House, Markinch, near Glenrothes
  • Cottage
  • Markinch, near Glenrothes
  • UK5788

The Gate House


out of 10

  • 4

  • 2

  • 1

  • 1

Pets stay free
Car parking on site
Enclosed Garden / Patio

Located on the historic Balbirnie Estate, this cosy cottage is surrounded by parkland and perfectly placed for exploring the surrounding countryside.

Ground Floor:
Step to entrance.
Living/dining room: With open fire, 32" Smart Sky TV (sports package), DVD player and bluetooth speaker.
Kitchen: With breakfast area, double electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, Siemans coffee machine, washing machine and wooden floor.
Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed.
Shower room: With shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.
Narrow, steep, spiral stairs to...

First Floor:
Bedroom 2: With double bed, seating area with Sky TV (sports package), Xbox and sloping ceiling.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial fuel for open fire included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Welcome pack.

Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There are 2 steps in the garden.

Situated at the entrance to 400 acres of beautiful parkland on the Balbirnie Estate, The Gate House is a beautifully furnished and extremely cosy and comfortable cottage. Dating back to the 1800s, the cottage provides a contemporary home while still maintaining many of its original features. There is a quirky spiral staircase to the first floor double bedroom with its own relaxing seating area. On the ground floor, guests will find the living/dining room has an open fire, which is just the spot for spending a lazy afternoon on cooler days. There is also a good size kitchen with breakfast bar, family shower room and double bedroom with a king size bed.
From the front door you can take a stroll into the delightful conservation village of Markinch, rich in history and once the medieval capital of Fife. The village has a good selection of supermarkets, local independent quality shops, cafés, a deli, restaurants and pubs and the local butcher, whose award winning steak pies are well worth sampling. This semi-detached cottage is part of Balbirnie South Lodge which was built in 1861 and designed by the architect David Bryce. The gates were usually locked and visitors were required to ring the bell, still on one of the pillars today, to gain entrance to the estate. In 1837 John Balfour became master of the estate and in 1840 married Lady Georgine Campbell, (daughter of the Earl of Cawdor) and the inter-twining initials in the date stone is thought to represent this. The Balfour family continued to own Balbirnie House and the estate until 1969.
During the 18th and 19th century, the estate landscape was designed by Robert Robinson and Thomas White, who created one of the most significant collections of rhododendrons in the east of Scotland. There are around 200 varieties from India, China and the Himalayan provinces and when the plants are in bloom it is well worth seeing. The Gate House is ideal for guests attending a wedding or event at Balbirnie House as you are only a short walk to the hotel. The location is ideal for walkers and cyclists as the Balbirnie Estate has parkland to explore and the Lomond Hills Regional Park is only a short drive away. This is a brilliant choice for golfers with an 18-hole golf course on your doorstep and many local courses nearby, and St Andrews, the home of golf, with its championship courses is just 30 minutes’ drive away. The British Golf Museum is close to The Old Course and there is the only hickory golf course in the UK at Kingarrock. For days at the seaside, the sandy beaches of the East Neuk of Fife are within a short drive and the Fife Coastal Path takes you to secluded coves, little fishing villages and award winning sandy beaches with plenty of places to visit and find refreshments. Beach 6½ miles. Shop 500 yards, pub and restaurant 300 yards.


Coastal within 5 miles

Cot Available - Cot

Decorated at Christmas


Enclosed garden / patio

Garden or Patio

Golf nearby

Highchair Available

Historical Property

Internet Connection

Open Fire

Parking - On Site

Pet - More Than Dog Friendly

Pets Free of Charge

Pub within 1 mile

Romantic Getaways

Satellite TV

Shower Cubicle

Train Station within 1 mile

Washing Machine


Good to know

Check in and check out times

  • Arrive after 15:00
  • Depart before 10:00


  • 1 pet allowed

Car parking

  • On-site

What's included?

  • Wifi
  • Electricity
  • Bed linen
  • Towels


  • No smoking, please

Overall holiday experience

Based on 21 reviews


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  • Bournemouth

  • Family


out of 10

Fabulous place to stay, has all you need very comfortable. The location was perfect with plenty of dog walks and a train station within a ten minute walk with routes to Edinburgh, Perth and Dundee. Would highly recommend to visit the Fife area.

6 Jun 2022


  • The Cotswolds

  • Friends


out of 10

Lovely, lovely cottage. Owners are lovely too! Would really recommend the Gatehouse as you are so close to so many beautiful places to visit.

5 May 2022


  • Glasgow

  • Couple


out of 10

We had a smashing week in the Gate House. We had a lovely welcome by Julie when we arrived and a guided tour of the property which set us up for a great week. The property is perfectly located for access to the village of Markinch (a 4 min walk to the Laurel Bank pub!!)), to the woodland around the local large hotel (literally at the back of the property) and to lots of wonderful beach walks (Leven and Elie became our favourites). The house is also wonderfully equipped for a very comfortable stay - log fire, dishwasher, snazzy coffee machine and a dog-proof back garden to mention only a few aspects. The upstairs bedroom is accessed via a spiral staircase - this made the room particularly fun to use. The downstairs bedroom is easily accessed from the sitting room. If you have mobility limitations then the downstairs bedroom is probably the simplest to use - both are very comfy!! There is plenty of space for 4 x adults to live very comfortably. We had a smashing week and would certainly return for another week of peace and quiet!!!

20 Mar 2022

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