The Goldsmiths Apartment ref: UK5852

Balbirnie, near Markinch, Kingdom of Fife

Scottish Tourist Board 4 Star Self Catering



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  • Dishwasher 
  • Golf nearby 
  • Pub within 1 mile 
  • Pets – no charge 
  • Rural Location 
  • Decorated at Christmas 
  • WiFi 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Heritage Collection 
  • Parking - On Site 


The Goldsmiths Apartment is situated on the first floor and has been renovated maintaining some of the original features, including a Juliet balcony overlooking the courtyard and a circular window. Light and airy, this holiday apartment has a cosy, open-plan living/dining room leading to the kitchen with good quality appliances, a family bathroom and three bedrooms.

Set in 400 acres of parkland on the Balbirnie Estate, in central Fife between Edinburgh and St Andrews, the building and cobbled courtyard dates back to the 1700’s when it was part of the estate and housed the stables, coach house, grain store and gardeners cottage. In the mid 1970s, the building was converted to a craft centre with individual workshops and apartments. The estate has a rich history and was owned by the Balfour family until 1969, and during the 18th and 19th centuries, the estate landscape was designed by Robert Robinson and Thomas White, who created one of the most extensive and significant collections of rhododendrons in the east of Scotland. Guests are able to see a magnificent display of around 200 varieties from India, China and the Himalayan provinces.

From the apartment, guests can explore the parklands with bridle paths and woodland walks, ideal for a picnic and a good place to spot wildlife. There is also a an 18-hole golf course. The conservation village of Markinch is only a short walk and is a good place to pick up supplies and have a coffee. If you prefer to leave the car behind, the local railway station has links to most major cities and you can enjoy a day out to Edinburgh, Perth or Inverness. For a day at the seaside, Leven offers a promenade and sandy beaches, you can also explore the coastal towns and villages on the Fife coastal route. St Andrews is just over 30-minute drive. Beach 7½ miles. Shop 800 yards, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

First floor

18 steps to entrance.
All on the first floor.
Hall: With Juliet balcony.
Living/dining room:
With 32" Smart TV and CD player.
Kitchen: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed.
Bedroom 2: With double bed.
Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack.


Sitting-out area with garden furniture. Courtyard (shared with other properties on-site). Private parking for 2 cars; additional public car park, free of charge. No smoking.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    800 yards
  • Distance
    800 yards
  • Restaurant
    300 yards
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    300 yards
  • Railway station distance
    1.3 miles
  • Lake
    3.5 miles (reservoir)

About the local area

Fife was home to Scotland's capital for six centuries, the evidence of which can still be found in its many castles, cathedrals and places of historic interest. Apart from its historical heritage Fife is also renowned for world class golf courses and lovely stretches of picturesque coastline.

Long sections of the Fife Coastal Path can now be enjoyed by walkers and there are a variety of linear and circular routes which have been graded and waymarked, from which you can enjoy beautiful seacapes and spot spectacular wildlife such as grey seals, dolphins and maybe even the odd basking shark. For bird lovers the offshore islands of Inchkeith and Inchcolm are home to thousands of seabirds, including large numbers of Puffins in May.

In the northeast the gentle rolling hills of the hinterland extend eastwards to windswept cliffs, rocky bays and sandy beaches, where scenes from the film `Chariots of Fire' were filmed. South down the coast a short distance is the ancient university town of St. Andrews, home to the world-famous Royal and Ancient golf club.

St. Andrews University was founded in 1410 and is Scotland's oldest university town. The medieval town centre has narrow alleys and cobbled streets which lead to the now ruined cathedral and the church of St. Regulus, which has a spiral staircase leading to the top of a 108-foot tower, offering magnificent views over the town. There are also two great beaches, botanical gardens and an aquarium here.

South of St. Andrews the picturesque small stone harbour fishing villages of Crail, Anstruther, Piteenween and St Monans are all places to experience the un-hurried pace of life by the sea. Further round the coast there are a number of first class golf courses such as Elie and Leven Links, to name only two of more than forty golf courses in this region!

Southern Fife is dominated by Dunfermline, Scotland's former capital. The Queensferry crossing, the longest bridge of its type in the world, The Forth Road and Rail Bridges over the Firth of Forth to Edinburgh are the most distinctive landmarks on this stretch of coast and allow easy access to the capital for days out.

Things to do nearby

Mills Observatory

Open every weekday evening from October to March, and with free admission to the observatory and displays, Mills observatory is an exciting attraction.

The Black Watch Castle and Museum

This historical military regiment is a great destination for a family day out.

Perth Museum and Art Gallery

One of the oldest museums in the U.K., Perth Museum and Art Gallery is the perfect day trip out on one of those famous Scottish rainy days!

Scone Palace

Contrary to what its name may lead you to believe, Scone Palace is actually a place rich in history.

Fife Coastal Path

Stretching for over 150km, the Fife coastal path runs form the Forth Estuary in the South to the Tay Estuary in the North.

St Pauls Cathedral
St Pauls Cathedral

This magnificent cathedral is located in the heart of Dundee city centre and is a fully functioning home to a vibrant Christian community. It is also open for visitors to view its beautiful, decorated period gothic architecture.

V and A Museum

V&A Museum Dundee is an international centre for design for Scotland - the first ever design museum to be built in the UK outside London.

St Andrews Castle
St Andrews Castle

This largely ruined castle situated in the Kingdom of Fife is an excellent starting point to an exploration of St Andrews.

Camperdown Country Park

Camperdown Country Park is the largest country park in Dundee and is famously home to no less than 190 different species of trees!

St Pauls Cathedral
St Pauls Cathedral

This magnificent cathedral is located in the heart of Dundee city centre and is a fully functioning home to a vibrant Christian community. It is also open for visitors to view its beautiful, decorated period gothic architecture.

Glamis Castle

Glamis Castle was the childhood home of the Queen mother and the setting for Shakepeare's `Macbeth'.

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