A little history on the house and gardens

Balbirnie House dates back to 1777, having been commissioned by The Balfour family who were a very influential agricultural and coal mining family at the time.

The house was originally designed by the architect John Nisbet in 1777 and was then extended by Robert Crichton in 1815, and is now listed as Grade A of architectural and historical importance, most probably built as one of the largest and earliest Grecian style houses in Scotland.

The park surrounding Balbirnie extends to 416 acres of undulating scenery, and is landscaped in the style of Capability Brown, including many specimen trees and a collection of magnificent rhododendrons which is unrivalled in the East of Scotland. Views from the house extend over flowering garden lawns and trimmed yew hedges to woodland walks around the park. The first tee off for Balbirnie Park’s 18 hole golf course is a short amble from the hotel.
Also within the park is The Balbirnie Craft Centre, housed in the original old stable block just a few minutes walk away. Crafts sold include hand made jewellery, pottery, glassworks, and leather goods.

Leaving money to Balbirnie House in your Will?

A most pertinent differentiation to make, is that Balbirnie House is 100% owned and operated by a limited company, as opposed to a private partnership. This means that under the 2006 Companies’ Act, that our company directors are duty and legally bound to do absolutely everything in their power to ensure the successful ongoing running of the company, and that aspect is of course inclusive of safeguarding the very heritage and future preservation of the house itself, as a national treasure for generations to come. 

We would suggest if ever relevant, then please take full legal advice. If this suggestion is ever an intention, then a Clause along the lines of the Following is certainly required in your Will:

"MY TRUSTEES shall stand possessed of the residue of the said monies and of such of my estate as remains for the time being unsold UPON TRUST for Company No. SC114360/ Balbirnie House Hotel Ltd., AND I DECLARE that the receipt of the Treasurer or other proper Officer for the time being of the aforesaid body shall be a good and sufficient discharge to my Trustees in respect of the same.”

Name & Registered Office:

KY7 6NE 
Company No. SC114360 / Date of incorporation: 07/11/1988

Leaving money to Balbirnie House in your will supports a truly wonderful cause, consolidating the future of our historic buildings, assisting future additions, consolidating current and future employment, and helping drive very significant future incoming tourism to Fife. 

Leaving a gift to Balbirnie House can certainly make a truly lasting impact.

Of course, you don’t have to wait until you pass away, to donate to Balbirnie House – but leaving money in your will can certainly make sure that it continues to do good.

Many thanks for your time.