Historic Kirkcaldy hotel up for sale for £850,000

Dunnikier House Hotel
Dunnikier House Hotel

One of Kirkcaldy’s oldest and grandest hotels is up for sale, with a price tag of £850,000.

Dunnikier House Hotel is a category B listed Georgian mansion house dating from 1793, when it was built as the family home for the Oswald family.

Today it is a 15-bedroom country house hotel with bar, lounge, restaurant and bistro, as well as meeting and function rooms, set in acres of beautiful public parkland next to Dunnikier Park Golf Club.

It has been put on the market by Colliers International which bought the hotel in 2007 to complement its hotel portfolio in Fife, and in the sales particulars, it says it is selling Dunnikier House to enable it to concentrate more on the other hotels it owns.

The building still maintains much of the character and features from the Georgian period in which it was built as a family home for the Oswalds.

James Townsend Oswald was a Scottish politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1768 and 1779. The Oswald family became the dominant force in Kirkcaldy politics in the 18th century. Oswald was elected Member of Parliament for Dysart Burghs in succession to his father in 1768 and was Secretary for the Leeward Islands in 1772. In 1776 Oswald was elected MP for Fife, and it was he who had the house built for his family.

It remained in the family for seven generations until around 1940 and in 1944 was bought by Kirkcaldy Town Council. It became a hotel in 1972.