Fenton Tower

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Sleeps: 8 - 12 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 7

Overview

Wedding Venue Beach Nearby Ideal for Kids Walk to Village All Bedrooms En-Suite Ideal for Parties Stag/Hen Allowed

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 12 guests. 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. 

Fenton Tower is also available for smaller groups of 8 people for £8,640.00 per week. Additional guests are charged at £180.00 per person per night, maximum of 12 people.

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What you should know…

  • The accommodation is set out over five levels and is accessed via spiral staircases making it unsuitable for those with limited mobility
  • The rural location of the property means that a car will be needed in order to reach nearby attractions and amenities

Property Features

Internet All Bedrooms En-Suite Cable TV Indoor Games DVD Working Fireplace Heating Conference Facilities Waterfront

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 12 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 our 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.

Location

About the surrounding area of Fenton Tower
Beach Nearby Walk to Village Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Golf Nearby Stalking/Hunting Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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Fenton Tower is situated 4 miles from the A1 and only a 40 minute drive from Edinburgh Airport. The location of the Tower makes it ideal for all kinds of country, sporting and recreational activities.

Arrangements can be made for parties of up to eight people for Grouse, Partridge and Pheasant shooting, as well as fly fishing on the rivers Tweed and Tyne - just speak with our Concierge Team! 

Horse riding, archery, and 5-star local attractions (including The National Museum of Flight, home to Concorde, and the Scottish Seabird Centre) are all within a stones-throw of the Castle making your visit to East Lothian one to remember. 

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Edinburgh

(21-25 km)

Nearest Village Kingston

(1 km)

Nearest Town/City North Berwick / Edinburgh

(3 km)

Nearest Restaurant Greywalls, Gullane

(4 km)

Nearest Bar/Pub Castle Inn, Dirleton

(3 km)

Nearest Beach North Berwick

(3 km)

Nearest Golf Gullane

(4 km)

Region

 Ah, bonnie Scotland! A wild and beautiful part of the world, where you can explore the rugged highlands or enjoy the colour and vibrancy of cultural capitals like Edinburgh and Glasgow. But how do you know you’re getting the very best out of your trip? That’s where we come in. If you’ve had a browse through our range of luxury cottages and castles in Scotland, you’ll know there’s some great places to stay, but to find all the great things to do, see and eat you’ll need our handy Scotland travel guide  – so read on and enjoy! 

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Kids

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

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Beach Nearby
  • Walk to Village
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages

Onsite Facilities

  • Indoor Games
  • DVD
  • Waterfront

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Included
  • Babysitting Available

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Included
  • Babysitting Available
  • On-Site Concierge
  • Butler Available
  • Full use of our in-house concierge service (and we can arrange golfing teetimes, car hire and dinner reservations on your behalf); and complimentary drinks in the bar on arrival, as well as drinks trays in each room, a full Scottish Breakfast, daily maid service and daily papers

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. The 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. *Dinner at Fenton Tower starts at £80.00 per person

Dinner
Dinner at Fenton Tower is an experience never to be missed.  Dinners start from £80.00 per person per night and must be supplied by one of our chosen house caterers.  Picnics, packed lunches and any other meals can be catered for.  Please ask for details at time of booking.
 
Wines
Fenton Tower operates a subsidiary wine company, Fenton Tower Wines Ltd.  Guests are welcome to purchase wines directly from Fenton Tower Wines Ltd.  Guests who would prefer to provide their own wines will be subject to a corkage fee of £10.00 per guest per day for the duration of their stay.

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

Event information

Fenton Tower is wonderfully unique, the location was originally chosen so that enemies could easily be spotted approaching in the distance, but today it allows those lucky enough to wed here truly beautiful panoramic views. Whether you choose to have an intimate ceremony in the tower or a large gathering in an external marquee, couples will have a perfectly romantic day at Fenton Tower.

All of the Weddings held at the Tower are fully bespoke to suite your own individual requirements, and because of this we offer a complimentary wedding planner service. The price of the Marquee is available on application to the manager. Please note that the Wedding Venue Fee is £1500.00. If you are having a wedding at Fenton Tower it is your responsibility to apply directly to East Lothian Council for your wedding license.

Wedding Reception
A reception with up to 300 people is possible in the grounds with the hire of a marquee or the Great Hall inside the tower can seat up to 32 people. Dancing could continue in the dining room for smaller groups, in the Great Hall for up to 50 people or in a marquee in the grounds with music playing until 1am.
 
Wedding Ceremony
A ceremony could also take place in the Great Hall with up to 32 guests or in the grounds or marquee for larger groups. The property is fully-licenced to host legal marriages.

Where to Stay
Up to 12 people can sleep at the property. Nearby, there is a range of hotels, B&Bs and guest houses within 6 miles of the tower for other guests to stay.  The owners can supply details of local transportation firms.

Wedding Planning
The venue can provide wedding planning or the client may provide their own (for marquee weddings). The venue manager can help with suggestions for all event suppliers required and can help manage the day for events happening within the tower.

Catering

The venue has external caterers to choose between for events happening in the tower. For marquee events the client should provide their own catering and management team.

Other information
There are two packages available for event bookings – smaller events that are contained within in the tower and larger events which require a marquee in the grounds. Variable fees depending on wedding and guest number.

Please note that any event rental may be subject to additional charges, venue hire fees and to a higher security deposit, which will be in addition to any published rental rates and fees.

All events are on request only and subject to prior agreement from the owner, who reserves the right to refuse all events without their prior authorisation.


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 The exclusive use of the Tower and its grounds from 1pm on the day of arrival
Departure time Before 11am on the day of departure
Energy costs included? Included in the rental price.
Linen & towels included? All linen and bath towels are included in the rental price.
Pets welcome? No
Changeover day Any day of the week.
End of stay cleaning included? Included. Please leave the property in the state that you found it.
Smoking Allowed? No smoking in the property.
Insurance It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Nov 22nd 2019 - Dec 13th 2019 £9,288 £10,114 £11,765
Dec 13th 2019 - Dec 11th 2020 £9,288 £10,114 £11,765
Dec 11th 2020 - May 25th 2021 £9,288 £10,114 £11,765

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Nov 22nd 2019 - Dec 13th 2019 £6,192 £7,224 £9,288
Dec 13th 2019 - Dec 11th 2020 £6,192 £7,224 £9,288
Dec 11th 2020 - May 25th 2021 £6,192 £7,224 £9,288

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Nov 22nd 2019 - Dec 13th 2019 €10,183 €11,009 €12,898
Dec 13th 2019 - Dec 11th 2020 €10,183 €11,009 €12,898
Dec 11th 2020 - May 25th 2021 €10,183 €11,009 €12,898

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Nov 22nd 2019 - Dec 13th 2019 €6,789 €7,821 €10,183
Dec 13th 2019 - Dec 11th 2020 €6,789 €7,821 €10,183
Dec 11th 2020 - May 25th 2021 €6,789 €7,821 €10,183

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Nov 22nd 2019 - Dec 13th 2019 $11,265 $12,091 $14,268
Dec 13th 2019 - Dec 11th 2020 $11,265 $12,091 $14,268
Dec 11th 2020 - May 25th 2021 $11,265 $12,091 $14,268

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Nov 22nd 2019 - Dec 13th 2019 $7,510 $8,542 $11,265
Dec 13th 2019 - Dec 11th 2020 $7,510 $8,542 $11,265
Dec 11th 2020 - May 25th 2021 $7,510 $8,542 $11,265

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

History

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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