Closed Strathearn Hotel is put up for sale

Strathearn Hotel
Strathearn Hotel

A Kirkcaldy hotel which closed its doors suddenly last month has been put up for sale - for an undisclosed price.

Wedding couples were left high and dry when leaseholders, Tina Syme and Stephen Stewart, bailed out of the business on Wishart Place amid claims of crippling debt.

The 18-bedroom hotel, which is owned by Bruce Taverns, is being marketed by local agents Graham and Sibbald.

A spokesman said: “It just went on the market this week and we are inviting offers.

“The hotel once had a fine reputation and we would love to see it open up as a hotel again but that’s not for us to decide. It’s an open book.”

The building comes with one acre of grounds and is being marketed for use as a hotel or for residential development, subject to planning permission.

The B-listed building, which was built for industrialist James Wishart and his family in 1901, features fine cornicing and a particularly impressive stained glass window in the hallway.

Known initially as Strathearn Villa, it was converted to a hotel between 1936 and 1945 and - until last month - was a popular venue for weddings in Kirkcaldy.

Lochore couple Sabrina Roberts and Kevin Mercer learned via Facebook that their wedding had been cancelled.

They are among a number of couples seeking refunds.

He said: “The leaseholders tried to blame Bruce Taverns for the hotel closing without notice. But Bruce Taverns said the leaseholders were in so much debt, they were left with no choice but to close it down.”