Living room | Castle Balbegno, Fettercairn
Dining room | Castle Balbegno, Fettercairn
  • Cottage
  • Fettercairn
  • UK34579

Castle Balbegno


out of 10

  • 14

  • 6

  • 2

  • 0

Hot Tub
Car parking on site

A stunning castle and home, steeped in history, set in spacious grounds on the outskirts of Fettercairn.

Ground Floor:
Dining room: With open fire.
Kitchen: With breakfast area, range, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and coffee machine.
Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed.
Bedroom 2: With kingsize bed (access from one side only).
Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.
Narrow stairs to...

First Floor:
Living room: With open fire, Freeview Smart TV with Netflix and wooden floor.
Bedroom 3: With super kingsize bed and wooden floor.
Bedroom 4: With double bed and wooden floor.
Bedroom 5: With twin beds and 2 single pull-out beds and wooden floor.
Bedroom 6: With kingsize bed, sloping ceiling and wooden floor.
Bathroom: With shower over roll top bath, toilet and heated towel rail.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels, Wi-Fi and logs fuel for open fire included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Welcome pack.

Enclosed lawned walled garden. Wood-fired hot tub for 4 (private). Bike store. Private parking for 4 cars. No smoking. Please note: Access is via a rough track.There are 6 steps in the garden.

This amazing property really has the wow factor, yet informal enough to really relax and enjoy a fabulous holiday in a unique setting! With a very absorbing history, this was the childhood home of William Gladstone, the former Prime Minister, and is stuffed with interesting artefacts and paintings. Juxtaposed is the unique style of the present owners, ensuring a high standard of comfort, with deep mattresses and high-quality bedding lying side by side with original features. The remains of the castle are accessed from the main part of the Victorian house and feature the most fabulous banquet room with double vaulted ceiling, stone floors and depictions of the coats of arms of the forbears. A truly amazing space to host a special dinner.
In addition, the original 15th Century dungeon with its thick stone walls, has been converted into a bar with pool table. The rest of the house is very comfortable and spacious, with a large separate dining room, a large drawing room with open fire in surround, and overlooks the lovely lawns to the front of the property. The bedrooms are of various sizes and all feature comfy beds, crisp linen and plenty of space and light.
Although in a wonderfully rural setting, the castle is only one mile from the pretty village of Fettercairn, with its Royal Arch, matched by the one in nearby Edzell. Fettercairn has a good hotel serving food, as well as a lovely restaurant and a well-stocked village shop. Edzell with its selection of shops, tearooms and parks also has a very good golf course where visitors are welcome. Excellent walks abound from the doorstep (the area is ideal for wildlife lovers), or slightly further afield at Glen Prosen, Clova, Glen Isla and Glen Esk.
Numerous golf courses are within a short drive, and this coupled with excellent beaches at St Cyrus and Montrose, make it an ideal spot for a varied and relaxing holiday. Take the Victorian Heritage Trail from Fettercairn to Braemar for an interesting day out through some gorgeous scenery or visit the numerous castles and stately homes which populate the area. The Distillery at Fettercairn is worth a visit, or just relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of this beautiful area.


Cot Available - Cot

Cycle Store

Detached Property


Enclosed garden / patio

Games Room

Garden or Patio

Golf nearby


Historical Property

Hot tub Privacy - Private

Internet Connection - Internet Wifi

Open Fire

Parking-designated on site

Pub within 1 mile

Quirky - Castle

Shower Cubicle

Unique Cottages

Washing Machine

Water Side Breaks


Good to know

Check in and check out times

  • Arrive after 15:00
  • Depart before 10:00


  • No pets allowed

Car parking

  • On-site

What's included?

  • Wifi
  • Electricity
  • Bed linen
  • Towels


  • No smoking, please

Overall holiday experience

Based on 7 reviews


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  • Peebles Scottish Borders

  • Family


out of 10

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Castle Balbegno and would definitely visit again, The History of the Castle and Countryside setting made it for us. The wood fired hot tub was fabulous and super relaxing and the gardens are truly stunning.

10 Jul 2022


  • Fife


out of 10

We had a fabulous family gathering here with croquet on the lawn, hot tub in the evenings, brisk beach walk at St Cyrus beach, swimming in heated outdoor pool at Stonehaven, quiz night in the family room and celebratory meals in the dining room. Only drawback was not enough fridge space for a large group....just a normal small kitchen fridge & freezer. There is certainly enough room in the utility room or games room to accommodate another fridge/freezer which would have been convenient. Kitchen cupboards and drawers could do with a deep clean but nothing bad. We would definitely recommend it as a brilliant venue.

27 Jun 2022


  • Shoreham by Sea

  • Friends


out of 10

Absolutely fabulous stay at Castle Balbegno ! The best we have ever stayed in! So much history and beautiful surroundings! The grounds are beautiful as much as the Castle! Would 100 percent recommend!

6 Jun 2022

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