Fenton Tower Estate

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Sleeps: 16 Bedrooms: 8 Bathrooms: 9


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Fenton Tower is a magnificent, fortified 16th Century tower located 18 miles East of Edinburgh near the coastal town of North Berwick. The castle’s location was originally chosen in the 11th Century because it afforded panoramic views in all directions and has had many distinguished visitors, among them being King James VI of Scotland (son of Mary Queen of Scots and Lord Darnley) who took refuge there as he fled from the rebel army in Fife across the Firth of Forth.   

The Tower has now been meticulously restored, and opened in 2002 to provide 5-star accommodation for up to twelve guests,while an additional four guests can be accommodated in the new Fenton Lodge, set in the garden just meters from the Tower. Set among rolling countryside and surrounded by many of the worlds’ most famous golf courses (Muirfield, Gullane & North Berwick), Fenton Tower is the perfect base for a magnificent golfing experience.

On the ground floor sits the beautiful vaulted dining room, complete with its own suit of armour and antique French walnut dining table. Lit by candle-light for evening dinners this truly atmospheric room will do justice to any dinner party.  32 guests can be seated comfortably within the 4ft thick walls of this fortified home. Our chefs, using fresh local produce, and with years of culinary expertise, will create dishes to suit your individual requirements. From simple lunches to elegant candle-lit suppers, complimented by a selection of fine wines from around the world, your dining experience will be second to none.

The accommodation is spread over five impressive floors, all interlinked by two spiral staircases, and can accommodate up to twelve guests. The Great Hall, with its double height, oak-beamed ceiling, can be used to entertain family and friends as you relax in front of the roaring log fire, or alternatively why not curl up with a good book or your favourite film in the library, with its own private bar.

All of the beautifully furnished bedrooms come fully equipped with complimentary drinks trays, bath robes and hair dryers, as well as free-view television, DVD players, Wi-Fi internet access and direct-dial telephones. Each bathroom has its own individual style, with an antique bath and power shower, as well as under floor heating, sumptuous towels and luxurious toiletries.  Close the door on the world and relax in your very own piece of Scottish history.

Fenton Lodge makes a sensitive new addition to the Tower and can accommodate an additional four guests across sits two beautiful super-king en-suite bedrooms. The rooms feature zip & link beds and so can be set up as twin rooms on a request basis, making them not only ideal for two couples but also for four friends.

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What you should know…

  • The accommodation in the Tower is set out over five levels and is accessed via spiral staircases making it unsuitable for those with limited mobility, however, the Lodge does offer ground floor accommodation
  • Two of the bedrooms are situated in the Lodge which is a few meters from the main Tower and so may not be suitable for all group types

Property Features

Heritage Collection Wi-Fi/Internet Ground Floor Bed & Bath Satellite TV Working Fireplace Heating

The Tower

Ground Floor
- Fully-equipped kitchen
- Vaulted dining room with seating for 32 guests
- Cloakroom

First Floor

- Great Hall with roaring fire
- Library snug with TV and private bar
- "Seton Suite" with twin single beds (accessed via its own spiral staircase)

- "Sydserff Suite" with single bed

Second Floor
- "Carmichael Suite" with Italian silver-gilt double bed and adjacent bathroom with freestanding cast iron bath and walk-in shower
- "Ruthven Suite" with Provincial Half-tester king size bed and en-suite bathroom with original Doulton of Pisley canopy bath

Third Floor
- "Erskine Suite" with super-king size bed and en-suite bathroom with French antique copper bath (can be set up with twin single beds on request)
- "Stewart Suite" with super-king size bed and en-suite bathroom (can be set up with twin single beds on request)

Fourth Floor
- "Garrett Suite" with double bed, sitting area and en-suite shower room (can be set up with twin single beds on request)

The Lodge (set just a few meters from Fenton Tower)

Ground Floor
- Open-plan living space with TV and terrace access
- Fully-equipped kitchen
- Bedroom with super-king size bed and en-suite bathroom (can be set up with twin single beds on request)
- Bedroom with super-king size bed and en-suite shower room (can be set up with twin single beds on request)

Exterior Grounds
- Terrace
- Lawns
- Plenty of parking


About the surrounding area of Fenton Tower Estate
Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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Fenton Tower Estate holds a wonderful location set in the heart of East Lothian, guests will feel a million miles away from any hustle and bustle while the closest amenities can be found in the coastal town of North Berwick, which is less than 10-minute drive away. North Berwick is home to beautiful beaches and a helpful selection of shops and restaurants. Those with a keen interest in wildlife will enjoy a visit to North Berwick's Scottish Seabird Centre, informative and educational for the whole family!

The capital of Scotland, Edinburgh, is less than a forty-minute car journey from Fenton Tower Estate, and with its Medieval Old Town and Georgian New Town, it is bursting with excellent attractions, including, iconic Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the excellent Scotch Whisky Experience and Edinburgh Gin Distillery as well as Camera Obscura & World of Illusions and the Edinburgh Zoo, which the whole family will enjoy! For guests travelling in from afar, Edinburgh Airport is less than a 50-minute car journey away making for a short transfer time.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Edinburgh Airport


Nearest Town/City Edinburgh


Nearest Town/City North Berwick


Nearest Restaurant Osteria, North Berwick


Nearest Supermarket Tesco Superstore, North Berwick


Nearest Golf Gullane Golf Club


Nearest Beach North Berwick



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Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites


Dining at Fenton Tower Estate
Dining at Fenton Tower Estate can be tailored entirely to suit you. When hired for exclusive use, you can arrange to have as many or as few meals as you like. All meals are made using fresh local produce, and some examples of dishes would be; smoked trout with an avocado and tomato compote; fillet of Scottish beef glazed with mushrooms and burgundy sauce; rolled berry and rosewater pavlova. All dietary requirements can be accommodated. Please note that there will be an additional charge on top of the rental prices for catering subject to menus and number of guests etc. Please enquire for further details.

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting/childcare services

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfill your requests!

Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs

Terms & Conditions

Booking Deposit
A non refundable deposit for 50% of the total booking cost of hiring the Castle is required at the time of booking.

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit Please enquire
Arrival time 1pm
Departure time 11am
Energy costs included? Yes, included in the rental price
Linen & towels included? Yes, included in the rental price
End of stay cleaning included? Yes, included in the rental price. Please leave the Tower & Lodge tidy and in the state that you found it.
Internet access? Yes, Wi-Fi is included in the rental price
Changeover day Flexible
Minimum stay Please note that there is a 3-night minimum stay
Smoking Allowed? No smoking
Pets welcome? No pets
Other Ts and Cs The rates advertised on the "rates" tab are inclusive of bed and breakfast. Any additional catering will be quoted for separately.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 16 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Aug 12th 2020 - Jan 8th 2021 £8,278 £12,040 £15,695 £15,695
Jan 8th 2021 - Feb 13th 2022 £8,278 £12,040 £15,695 £15,695

Prices based on an occupancy of 16 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Aug 12th 2020 - Jan 8th 2021 €8,642 €12,405 €16,167 €16,386
Jan 8th 2021 - Feb 13th 2022 €8,642 €12,405 €16,167 €16,386

Prices based on an occupancy of 16 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Aug 12th 2020 - Jan 8th 2021 $10,141 $13,903 $17,666 $19,227
Jan 8th 2021 - Feb 13th 2022 $10,141 $13,903 $17,666 $19,227

Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Owner Profile


Fenton Tower’s location was originally chosen because it afforded views in every direction, so that you would have early warning of an attack, while also being sheltered from the elements on the side of Kingston Hill.

There has been a fortified tower on this site since the 11th century. To the north of Fenton Tower there is a medieval burial site and the remains of the foundations of one of the earliest Christian chapels in Scotland.

Patrick Whytelaw, son of Lord Ruthven, constructed the current building around 1550, a typical fortified tower of the time. But in 1587, ownership of the tower was forfeited to Sir John Carmichael. No doubt Fenton Tower was the reward for being the Scottish Ambassador to Denmark and a loyal subject of the crown.

In 1591, King James VI of Scotland, son of Mary Queen of Scots and Lord Henry Darnley, was surrounded by a rebel army in Fife, north of Edinburgh. Fortunately the local townspeople rallied to his support and helped him to escape. James took the ferry across the Firth of Forth to North Berwick and took refuge with the Carmichaels at Fenton Tower.

James VI later became James I of England and Scotland, and upon the death of Carmichael he granted Fenton Tower to Sir Thomas Erskine who became Lord Dirleton, Viscount Fenton and later Earl of Kellie.

In 1631, the Tower passed to Sir John Maxwell of Innerwick, who became Earl of Dirleton in 1646. However his enjoyment of the castle was shortlived. In 1650, Oliver Cromwell invaded Scotland and he sacked Fenton Tower along with the nearby Dirleton Castle. With Fenton Tower now just a ruin, the surrounding land passed to Sir John Nisbet in 1663. In the 1850s the land and ruins passed to the Simpson family.

Ian Simpson and his life-long friend John Macaskill, decided to start the Tower’s restoration in 1998. As it is a listed ancient monument and a Category A-listed building, Historic Scotland supervised the meticulous restoration. Fenton Tower has been two years in the planning and two years in restoration. It has opened its doors once again as a great Scottish house.


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