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Faside Estate B&B
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Reviewed 21 June 2013

Our stay here was a surprise treat which my fiancée had arranged for us after I mentioned I had never been to Scotland before. As a first taste of Scotland I have to say I'm in love with the place and it's all thanks to Fa'side Castle.

Our arrival in the afternoon was met by the family's friendly dog who came to say hello as we walked in the gate. Sue greeted us and immediately made us feel welcome by taking us on a tour of the tower we were staying in. It was amazing to hear about all the history of the building from the time of Mary Queen of Scots, to the later days where the castle had fallen into ruin before escaping near demolition and eventually being lovingly restored before Ian, Sue and family took over in 1989. The ceiling mural in the grand hall documenting much of this. What an amazing room and a beautiful fireplace!

The bedroom further up the stairs was lovely, beautifully furnished with what I can only describe as literally the best bed I have ever been lucky enough to sleep in! Seven feet to lose yourselves in and chase rabbits while you sleep! Everything here was spot on from the breakfast which was laid out freshly in our room each day to the beautiful free standing bath.

The two evenings that we stayed we built a fire in the grand hall and played backgammon with music playing in the background. It really was a magical experience for both of us. It was nice to have spoken to both Sue and Ian and then read a little bit more about Fa'side's history and the role the castle still plays during the Honest Lads and Lasses event every year.

Edinburgh is such a lovely city and it was worth staying a little outside the city to experience Fa'side Castle. If you are one of the people who likes to stay centrally in hotels then you'll be pleasantly surprised if you stay here. It's a short taxi ride from the castle to the local Wallyford train station which is just two stops from Edinburgh Waverley with Musselburgh in between. The taxi fare is reasonably priced as is the return train fare and the local taxi drivers are all friendly fellows.

Again, such a privilege to have been a guest here. We will be back some time that's for sure!

Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
3  Thank Alan C
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Reviewed 9 June 2013

I unfortunately only got to stay one night out of a planned two, even with a late arrival (2230) Sue greeted us warmly and showed us around the tower including an informative chat about the history of the building.
The tower itself is more than i'd expected and the photos just don't do it justice. The accommodation is spread over two floors connected with a spiral staircase, the 1st floor is the Grand Hall which has a great comfy sofa and an amazing painted ceiling as well as lots of wee cubby holes and lots of character. Upstairs is the bedroom with a very comfy 7x7ft bed...very easy to loose someone in there! There are only 2 windows in the bedroom but that doesn't matter when you have access to the roof where the views are amazing. You can see all the way over to Edinburgh and the forth bridge.
Highly recommended for a romantic getaway or even just a weekend away in some truly special accommodation.

Room Tip: I chose the Tower as i was after something special and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone.
  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Craigmacbeth
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Reviewed 5 June 2013

It was magical staying in the Tower at Fa'side Castle and definitely the highlight of my holiday in Scotland.
Sue and Ian are wonderful hosts and make you feel so welcome. It was interesting learning from Sue about the history of the castle.
If you enjoy walking there are a number of footpaths in the vicinity and there is public access in a woodland with wildflowers, where you can spot deer.
In the evening you can stretch out by the log fire in the living room or relax with organic bath oil in the elegant slipper bath.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled solo
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1  Thank Sally35_13
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Reviewed 31 May 2013

I hesitate about writing anything as it ws so special, the family so nice, it doesnt seem right to do so. I stayed in the old stone barn at the castle door with my trusty dog. The family are so nice and welcoming ~ they make you feel totally at ease, in what is actually a very special place. Beautiful without fuss. Close to Edinburgh yet a world away. It is great for anyone with a love of history and romance. It is great for space, great views, well layed out accomodation, added extras like the fresh eggs, the visiting fox, lovely grounds & truly pet friendly. Deceptively close to major routes for ease of touring. The od barn is right at the castle door and so feels like being within a keep and part of the castle.
Special, maybe I should just keep it secret.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled solo
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3  Thank Alison F
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Reviewed 30 April 2013

Although Fa'side Castle isn't far from where we stay, we didn't realise there was accomodation there. It was good to see the local area from high up in the Tower, and the views are great. The rooms are fantastic, and a lot of time and effort has gone into sharing the history of the building for you to enjoy. Sue and her family were great hosts - when arranging our stay, and also in showing us around the rooms. As another reviewer has said, its a little gem.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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