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“Stay here in The Tower and enjoy !”
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Faside Estate B&B
Ranked #1 of 5 Tranent B&B and Inns
Perth, Australia
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“Stay here in The Tower and enjoy !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2013

We stayed here for two nights in August 2013 rather than pay the high prices in Edinburgh - and we are glad we did! What a great experience, we stayed in "The Tower".
Our hosts gave us a fabulous welcome and we recomend this B&B if you are looking for a different experience.
Get fit climbing the spiral staircase, first stop the communal living area - huge fireplace, hand-painted ceiling and prison cell in the corner! Comfortable armchairs and television and hifi, a selection of CDs and DVDs. Make sure you read the story of the castle on the side table.
Next level is the very spacious accomodation, a huge bed, dining table and more than enough food for breakfast, all fresh. There is also a fridge to keep your drinks cool as well as a microwave etc. A modern bathroom completes the creature comforts.
Climb further up the spiral staircase, remember to take the camera with you because the view from the roof is breathtaking.
Medieval enough but with plenty of comfort for your romantic Scottish getaway. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2013

I don't spend £150 a night on a hotel, let alone a B&B. But this B&B for 2 folk gives you TWO FLOORS of a castle, plus the open roof! Amazing views of Edinburgh, the Forth Bridges, Fife, Bass Rock, N Berwick Law, and East Lothian. GREAT VALUE FOR MONEY!
Bedroom floor means a huge bedroom/dining room, and a nice bathroom (slipper bath for 2). Toasty warm bed is 7' wide! And the views again (little windows in 6' thick walls!).
Floor below is HALL (the size of a 2-bedroom flat), with enormo=fireplace and very efficient woodburner - no maintenance or fiddling to light it like some real fires - light it, it burns, it keeps burning. Just chuck logs on every hour. Enough seats for large family. And more views.

Looks like middle of nowhere (30 min walk up tarmac but single track road), however, bus service at end of that road, and local taxis are fairly cheap (£12 or less home from Musselburgh bright lights at night). Anyway, don't you WANT to take your beloved away to a hideaway location? I suspect most folk will drive, but we wanted to be able to have a drink in the evenings. We went out one night, stayed in other night.

Although "Continental Breakfast" is advertised, it's very varied and well-stocked, changed daily - way more stuff than you can use! Half-size fridge, microwave, kettle, toaster, and lots of crockery means you can do food/takeaways at home too (dishwashing option is bathroom sink, or feel guilty and leave it for owners...who seemed very graceful about the latter option!). We took a camping stove, thinking we might use it on the open roof for bacon rolls etc, but we never got round to it.

Lots of stuff to do in nearby E Lothian (or Embra if you can be bothered with city hassle - we live there, so we couldn't), or stay holed up! In good weather, enjoy the rooftop or walk around, in bad weather get fire on and cosy up. TV/DVD if you must, hifi and full CD collection, and radio in bedroom - civilisation!

Nice doggie, horses about the place, and motorcycle-friendly.

We thought of staying in the cottage (it looks nice) but for that wee bit extra, your special person will thank you for living at the top of the tower! 2 days recommended, then you've got full day in the middle. Can't fault it (maybe one day it'll have a mini-kitchen, but then the price will go up, availability down, so it's swings and roundabouts).

Owners super, really helpful, informative tour/history of the building, and there's a mental painted ceiling featuring the family - well, you would, wouldn;t you?

Spiral stairs are a little narrow for fatties with limited mobility (this middle-aged couple were ok, both hands full of luggage/bike gear, but be aware)

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2013

My girlfriend has always wanted to stay in a castle and be a princess.
The tower is awesome and soaked in history.
Which the owners were only too happy to tell us about.
The views are amazing.
We very much appreciated the breakfast too. As there was no expense spared.

Room Tip: The 7 foot bed is a dream to sleep in
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Espoo, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2013

I highly recommend the place as the owners are very helpful and nice. Would be perfect for a long time stay as the kitchen is equipped with washing/dryer and all the things you need to feel yourself comfortable, even home. Owners even gave us fresh eggs in the morning and great advice where to go, visit or play golf. Will come again, for sure!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Tyler, TX
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2013

We spent two nights at Fa Side during a recent 2 week trip around the UK. It was without a doubt the best accommodation of our entire trip - maybe the best of any trip. My husband chose it b/c he wanted to stay in a real castle. The restoration is amazing. There are before and after pictures to give visitors a good idea of the extent of decay before the restoration. Would highly recommend a stay here. We stayed in the main part of the castle - The Tower. It is couples only and includes exclusive use of a sitting room -kitchen. Very spacious sitting room. Bedroom is upstairs - tight winding stone stairs - and is also very spacious. My favorite thing - a real tub in the bathroom!!! There are accommodations on the grounds for families. The owners are very friendly, helpful and informative.Tea, coffee, breakfast supplies and snacks are available in the sitting room- kitchen. There is no hot breakfast but there is a toaster and refrigerator with a variety of offerings so the lack of a cooked breakfast was NO loss. The views are beautiful and the whole area is peaceful. There is a train station nearby. Trip into Edinburgh is about 15-20 mins. Station is too far to walk but there is a local taxi service with friendly and reliable drivers. The castle is out in the country so there are no restaurants nearby. One night we ate in - plenty of supplies available.The second night we took the train to North Berwick. Beautiful area.

Room Tip: Tower room is couples only. Barn is converted to accommodate families.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2013 via mobile

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
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Property: Faside Estate B&B
Address: Faside Castle, Tranent EH33 2LE, Scotland
Region: United Kingdom > Scotland > East Lothian > Tranent
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Tranent
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Faside Estate B&B 4*
Number of rooms: 1
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
...At the top of the 14th century old tower within Faside Castle lies our B & B accommodation, ideal for a romantic get-away and breaks to Edinburgh. The steep spiral staircase leads up past a glass walkway over the old dungeon and up to to a roof top walkway with panoramic views over the Firth of Forth. Why not enjoy a leisurely breakfast on the roof walk on a nice sunny morning? The barrel vaulted bedroom has an en suite bathroom with stand-alone slipper bath. The bed is an enormous 7 foot wide Emperor bed and their is a TV with DVD player in the Great Hall. A microwave, mini-fridge, kettle and toaster are provided within the bedroom suite.Guests staying in the Tower Vaults also have exclusive use of the finest room in the castle, the Great Hall. This magnificent old room has an original stone built fireplace with a log-burning stove, perfect for winter evenings. Beside the window there are stone window seats built into the thick castle walls. In the corner of the room are what remains of the now inaccessible old staircase.Up on the ceiling are some of the original corbels from when the castle was destroyed by fire after the Battle of Pinkie. Behind the tartan curtain is an original stone toilet called the "Laird's Lug" where the Lairds could listen to their prisoners down in the dungeon. In 2010 we commissioned an artist to paint the ceiling and a photo of this can be seen in the photo section.A continental breakfast is provided for guests to enjoy in the bedroom suite at their leisure and tea and coffee facilities are provided in the suite. From the battlements you can see the Forth Rail Bridge, Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh and the coast of Fife. The Tower sits within two and a half acres of garden including an orchard and sitting areas. ... more   less 
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