Beautifully restored private home consistently awarded 5***** by Visit Scotland
About Alan Thomson
Ian Simpson & John Macaskill are two friends who have known each other since school and who own the Tower jointly. Ian and his family live on a neighbouring farm whilst John lives in New York with his family.
Alan Thomson purchased this Castle in 2002
Why Alan Thomson chose North Berwick
Ian's grandfather bought the farm that the ruined tower stood on in the late 1800's. Ian and John used to play in the ruin as children, and vowed that when they 'grew up' they would restore the castle to its former glory. Their vision was realised in 2002 when the house opened to the public after standing as a ruin for over 350 years.
What makes this Castle unique
Their love for the old tower is evident as no expense was spared during the restoration. The house benefits from modern conveniences such as under floor heating and power showers that similar properties do not have, as well as a warm, welcoming family-run atmosphere.
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Felt like a Royal
Thank you to Alan and his staff for a memorable time at Fenton. Every bit of our stay at this lovely property was unique and special. We enjoyed the lovely tower home, meals were amazing, and activities and surrounding town were charming.
Recently back from an entire week at Fenton Tower. The Castle is magnificent. We had ten people and didn't even use one of the bedrooms. The staff was so kind, and the breakfasts were astonishingly good. The tower is a five minute drive from North Berwick, which has many nice restaurants and shops, and hourly train service to Edinburgh Waverly station. The train to Edinburgh is about 30 minutes, but it flies by. So you can very easily spend a half day in Edinburgh, and the rest of the day at the tower, or vice versa.
We had a few catered dinners at the Tower which were off the charts. We also did archery one day, with participants aged 8 to almost 80 and everyone had a great time.
We've been around, and rented some great places, but Fenton Tower is one of the very best.
Honestly can't say enough good things. At the risk of soundly cheesy, the place is magical.
There's also tons of golf courses around, it that's your scene.
It was a pleasure to have you and your family to stay. I'm so glad that you enjoyed your time with us and hope that you took a great many memories back to Los Angeles with you.
Kind Regards and Best Wishes.
Alan and the Fenton Tower Team!
A beautiful and comfortable castle in the gorgeous countryside very near North Berwick Scotland
I highly recommend Fenton Tower- my family and I just loved the accommodations and the surrounding peaceful countryside. The facilities are top notch, the staff great, and the location ideal- we loved exploring North Berwick which is an adorable seaside town about 10 minutes away. Fenton Tower is also quite easily reached from Edinburgh either by car or train (35-40 minutes).
Ellen and her family were wonderful guests and we are flattered that you decided to end your Scottish holiday with a few nights at Fenton Tower. Best wishes from us all at Fenton Tower.
Our two week visit in July couldn't have been better. We chose the self catered option which worked very well for our group of 11 people including kids. North Berwick is an awesome town with several pubs, shops and an excellent Tesco grocery store. We did a bird exploration boat tour, rode horses on the beach, a castle tour, the aviation museum, hiked Berwick Law, watched a local bagpipe parade (Wednesday evenings -highly recommend), clay pigeon shooting right in the "backyard" of Fenton Tower and drove to St. Andrews - although the roads closer to St Andrews got a little twisty for back seat passengers. Suggest a more northern route before heading due east into St Andrews.
Manager Alan Thompson could not have been more helpful not only for setting up our visit, but also during our visit suggesting restaurants, pubs and things to do. The castle itself is extremely comfortable with excellent water pressure and very comfortable beds. There were sheep in the nearby pasture and the views were spectacular. Plenty of opportunities for short hikes around the fields immediately surrounding the castle and our 6-13 year old kids could roam the property unsupervised.
We planned on doing a short day visit to Edinburgh, but am slightly embarrassed to say we never made it since we enjoyed the country atmosphere so much at Fenton Tower and North Berwick had everything we needed. Finally, we did our "big" family dinner (celebrating parents 50th wedding anniversary) at the Castle and was truly one of the best experiences of our lives! Not only was the meal incredibly delicious but the presentation/service at the table was superb.
Only words of caution are there are a lot of steep stairs to climb getting to the bedrooms which could cause issues for some. However, there is a bedroom available near the dining room if needed.
I highly recommend Fenton Tower for an unforgettable holiday!
I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay with us and am very happy that your parents 50th anniversary celebration was a success. Enjoy the rest of your summer - From us all at Fenton tower.
A week at Fenton Castle
The week stay at Fenton Castle was phenomenal. I've stayed at hundreds of places all over the world, and the staff, the food, the accommodations were the absolute BEST I have ever seen. Every single detail was thought of to make our stay remarkable. The kitchen staff made meals that were cooked perfectly. Alan, the property manager, couldn't have done more to help us at the castle and travelling about. The rooms were clean, very comfortable and outright spectacular. If you're ever visiting Scotland, you must stay there and feel like a king!
Thank you for such a kind review David. It was a pleasure to have you and your friends to stay for your Scottish golf trip. I hope we can welcome you back sometime.
Alan and the team at Fenton Tower
The facilities were great and the staff was extremely friendly and accommodating.
Good morning Tom,
Thank you for your very kind review. It was great to have you and your family to stay. I hope that all is well and that you are enjoying the rest of your time in Europe.