The first thing to strike you when you enter Wilby House is the friendly, caring environment, the second is it's fantastic hallway with beautiful sweeping staircase. Staff at Wilby House aim to help people feel at home, and we think it's important that each Service User has privacy and personal choice.
All the bedrooms are single with en-suite facilities, centrally heated and comfortably furnished, with a call-bell system if help is needed. There are lounges, and a bright, airy conservatory overlooking the garden. The house itself is a traditional stone-built villa with recent purpose-built extensions.
Wilby House was built in 1909 and owned by John Waldegrave Blyth, a prosperous Linen Mill owner in Kirkcaldy and maternal Grandfather of politician Michael Portillo. The Blyths owned a linen weaving business based at the Hawkleymuir factory in Kirkcaldy's Gallatown (the factory closed in 1961). They helped to fund the town's art gallery which was built on land donated by John Nairn, the linoleum manufacturer. The museum was opened in 1925 and Mr Blyth's daughter Cora presented a bouquet of roses to Gertrude Wemyss Honeyman - the daughter of John Nairn. John Blyth was the first chairman of the trustees and remained so until his death in 1962, aged 89. Blyth, known as 'Jack' built his substantial residence, Wilby House, on Loughborough Road and became an avid but discerning buyer of Scottish colourists - as early as 1910 he purchased Away to the West by William McTaggart. He hung paintings everywhere - in his office, at the factory and at home.
Michael Portillo has visited the house on a few occassions and has pointed out the bedroom that he slept in when he used to stay with his Grandfather for holidays. His most recent visit to Wilby House was in 2009 when he was filming for "Great British Railway Journeys" which was televised in early 2010. He recalled fondly the railway tracks at the bottom of the road where he would watch the trains go by as a boy and Wilby House's grand staircase where all of his Gransfather's artwork was hung. He also recalls his holidays to Scotland on his website , "http://www.michaelportillo.co.uk/articles/art_nipress/lino.htm"
Address & Contact Details111 Loughborough Road
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