Abbot House is a beautiful 16thcentury building situated in Dunfermline’s heritage quarter. It’s distinctive pink colour and medieval architecture makes it a real focal point of the historic Maygate area. The house is steeped in royal and industrial heritage, located at the heart of Scotland’s ancient capital and has stood firm through the ages.
The oldest section of the house dates back to the 1570’s with a few of it’s original features still existing, including a frescoed mural believed to depict Virgil and a beautiful tracery window. The house has had many practical uses over the centuries from iron forgery to bakery to residence to doctor’s surgery, adapting to reflect the needs of the evolving community around it.
Dunfermline has a fondness for their ‘pink hoose’ so when it’s doors closed to the public in 2015, there was a sense of loss without it. Despite this, Abbot House’s owners, the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust, continued to maintain the building to prevent it from falling into serious disrepair. As time passed and with the completion of the stunning Dunfermline Library and Galleries next door, the appetite grew for the re-opening of Abbot House.
Renovation plans commenced and Abbot House was assigned charitable status, with a Board of Trustees appointed from the local community to steer the project. Funding applications were secured, with over £400,000 of grants awarded to date from a variety of sources, elevating the renovation from plan to reality.
Abbot House’s build programme will start around the beginning of 2019 and aims to be completed towards the end of the year. Heritage experts will manage the process to ensure works are carried out sympathetically by heritage licensed tradesmen to reinstate the original beauty of the house.
The renovation of Abbot House will transform it into a thriving cultural hub that will attract locals and visitors alike. It will be ‘hearth’ of the heritage quarter, providing a warm and welcoming venue for everyone to enjoy.
Abbot House will be inclusive and supportive of local small businesses and suppliers, offering many Fife based produce and goods. In particular there will be an emphasis on heritage skills and this will be encouraged by Abbot House through on site workshops and sign posting learning opportunities throughout the area.
An information centre will provide cultural, arts and heritage information from venues, clubs, businesses and associations from all over Dunfermline and the surrounding areas. It will provide a one-stop shop of everything that’s on offer within the community to locals and visitors.
The much loved café will return, with the addition of a beautiful artisan bakery situated within the outbuildings, a high quality restaurant will offer modern Scottish dining and the long gallery will be used to host special occasions, events and intimate weddings.
Abbot House will once again come to life with the buzz of the community and so begins a new chapter in it’s history.