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Lundin Links Hotel Excluding Lower Two Storey Wing to West Elevation, Corrugated Metal Fire Escape, Single Storey Cottage Wing to North Elevation, and Late 20th Century Conservatory to South and West

A Category C Listed Building in Leven, Kennoway and Largo, Fife

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Latitude: 56.2141 / 56°12'50"N

Longitude: -2.9511 / 2°57'3"W

OS Eastings: 341108

OS Northings: 702794

OS Grid: NO411027

Mapcode National: GBR 2K.DGY0

Mapcode Global: WH7SP.M2XK

Entry Name: Lundin Links Hotel Excluding Lower Two Storey Wing to West Elevation, Corrugated Metal Fire Escape, Single Storey Cottage Wing to North Elevation, and Late 20th Century Conservatory to South and West

Listing Date: 7 June 2012

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 401956

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB51927

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Largo

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: Leven, Kennoway and Largo

Parish: Largo

Traditional County: Fife

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Peter Lyle Barclay Henderson, 1900 with later alterations (see Notes). 3-storey and attic, irregular-plan, multi-gabled, Tudor-Revival hotel, located on prominent corner junction near centre of Lundin Links. Dressed red brick to ground and first floor; half-timbering and harl (painted white) to second floor and attic. Jerkin-head gables with overhanging timber eaves. Pedimented wallhead stack with fluted pilasters. Rosemary tiles to steeply pitched roofs.

S ELEVATION: large projecting oriel window to first floor with round-arched fanlight to centre and bowed corner angles; pair of round-arched windows above and small oriel to attic. To right, three large tripartite windows with brick pilasters; projecting timber cornice, pedimented gablets and dormer windows above. Further oriel window with round-arch detail and timber cornice to far right. Half-piended, jerkin-head gables.

W ELEVATION: tall, brick pilastered wallhead stack with 'Lundin Links Hotel' signage at mid-point; decorative round-arched detail and pediment above break of eaves. To left: pedimented gablet dormer and then advanced gable with bipartite windows at each floor, timber bracket corbelling at second floor and also at gable apex.

N (REAR) ELEVATION: jerkin-headed gable in brick with overhanging timber eaves at attic level.

Predominantly timber sash and case windows to ground and first floor with some timber casement windows to first floor S elevation. Predominantly non-traditional replacement windows at second floor and attic level. Red rosemary tiles. Coped brick stacks with clay cans. Predominantly cast-iron rainwater goods.

INTERIOR: round-arched doorways to ground floor reception; egg and dart cornice; Tuscan-columned support with decorative capital to left of stair; staircase with later timber newel post to ground floor; original decorative cast-iron balusters and timber handrail to upper floors. Glazed margins to round-arch doorway to 'Green Room' with Adam-esque timber fireplace. Oak-panelling to bar room with original timber bar, rear gantry and round-arched serving hatch. First floor principle rooms: 'Largo' function room to SW: large segmental arch to bay window and decorative timber panelling throughout; dentiled cornice. Large moulded stone fireplace to S end of 'Cameron' function room' to NW.

Statement of Interest

The Lundin Links Hotel is a large and well-detailed example of Tudor-Revival architecture, occupying a prominent site on the scenic coast road through the East Neuk of Fife. The building uses a wide range of architectural elements including oriel windows, pedimented dormers and gablets, steeply-pitched roofs and jerkin-headed gables to create a unified whole. A strong verticality characterises the principal facades, accentuated by the tall pilastered wallhead chimney. The building is designed to be seen from the corner so that both south and west elevations are visible from the approach road to the west. Dominating the centre of the village, it is a key landmark building in the area.

The Tudor-Revival, or Neo-Tudor, style was first popularised in domestic architecture in England during the latter half of the 19th century, with notable early examples by eminent architects of the period including Norman Shaw and George Devey. Its use is relatively uncommon in Scotland and is more likely to be found in smaller coastal resorts rather than large towns and cities. The use of dressed red brick and red rosemary roof tiles are also typical of the Art and Crafts period.

Peter L B Henderson (b. 1848) was primarily a brewers and licensed trade architect from Edinburgh with fourteen major clients in that field. Some of his work, such as Mackay's Brewery St Leonards (demolished), the former Meat Market in Fountainbridge, the Central Bar on Leith Walk and a number of Edinburgh tenement buildings (see separate listings) all have considerable merit. Henderson was captain of the Lundin Links Golf Club at the time the hotel was built and was also the architect of the red-tiled clubhouse at Lundin's 18-hole course.

The interior includes large round-arch doorways to ground floor, plasterwork cornincing, clay floor tiles and an oak-panelled bar room, all representative of the building date and adding to the architectural interest. The hotel has twenty one bedrooms and three function rooms. The largest features decorative panelling and runs the length of the south elevation at first floor level with three large tripartite windows and a large projecting window with bowed corner angles emphasising the functional significance of this room on the exterior design.

The bar area was remodelled in 1935 with much original fabric including the bar counter and rear gantry retained. Other more recent internal alterations to the building include re-location of the kitchen from first to ground floor and the remodelling of the Cameron Room to provide modern conference facilities.

The second Edition Ordnance Survey map of 1895 shows the footprint of a former L-plan Coaching Inn at the site, located slightly to the west on the line of the road. The earlier building was probably of 18th century origin and it is also understood that an inn has operated in some form or another at this location since the 17th century. The third Edition Ordnance Survey Map of 1919-21 shows that the single-storey managers house and adjoining cottage addition in red brick were extant to the rear of the property at that date. The lean-to timber conservatory with brick base-course was added in the late 1990s.

Excluded from the listing are the lower two-storey wing to the west elevation, the corrugated metal fire escape, the single storey cottage wing to the north elevation, and the late 20th century conservatory to south and west elevations.

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