Fenton Tower, East Lothian, Scotland, UK
Accommodation Sleeps 12
5 double bedrooms and 1 twin bedroom, all with en-suite bathrooms
Close to all the famous East Lothian golf courses
30 minutes from Edinburgh International Airport
There has been a fortified tower at Fenton since the 11th century and it has been owned by a variety of noble families.
James VI of Scotland took refuge there after being defeated in battle and later the Tower was sacked by Oliver Cromwell.
It was not restored until 1998 when the present owner undertook a massive project to rebuild the Tower. Using a team of architects, engineers and designers, this huge undertaking included installing Fenton's first roof for 250 years and the return of spiral staircases, turrets, eleven fireplaces and a garret.
The warm pink harling on the exterior was created by combining local soil and ground sea shells. The fortified walls are up to eight feet thick, with narrow defensive windows on the ground floor.
Fortunately the unusually large windows on the upper levels make the reception rooms and bedrooms very light.
The exclusive use luxury accommodation is spread over five elegant floors, all inter-linked with two spiral staircases. The first staircase leads you to the third floor, whereas the second takes you to the very top of the Tower and out onto the battlements where you can enjoy views of the East Lothian countryside and the Lammermuir Hills beyond.
There is a huge upstairs sitting room with a high ceiling and massive fireplace for entertaining or a smaller library/TV room next door for quieter moments. On the ground floor there is a vaulted dining room with a long walnut dining table.
To the west of the main tower is a separate entrance where guests can store golfing equipment and other outdoor kit. The Tower is kept in beautiful condition and the bedrooms and bathrooms are decorated to a very high standard.
The area around Fenton is a golfers paradise with 11 top courses within 15 minutes drive, including Muirfield, Gullane, Luffness, Dunbar, North Berwick, Royal Musselburgh and Craigielaw.
From the Tower you can take a boat out to see thousands of sea birds on Bass Rock, go on fishing trips from North Berwick, go hill walking in the Lammermuirs or enjoy easy access to Edinburgh which is only 30 minutes away by road or rail.
There are excellent local restaurants and the East Lothian shoreline is very attractive and dotted with old coastal towns. Glenkinchie, the only lowland malt distillery is close by along with a number of ancestral homes, gardens and small museums.
This is a great base for exploring central Scotland.