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 and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs 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

Cycle Store

Detached Property


Enclosed garden or patio

Games Room

Garden or Patio

Golf nearby

Highchair Available

Historical Property

Hot Tub Privacy - Private

Open Fire or Woodburner

Parking - On Site

Pub Within 1 Mile

Shower Cubicle

Unique Cottages

Washing Machine

Waterside Breaks

Welcome Pack



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 11 reviews


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  • Dingwall

  • Family


out of 10

Brilliant weekend for renewing our wedding vows / 60th Birthday party at Balbegno Castle Absolutely perfect  Leah such a lovely lassie so welcoming and helpful with everything No problems at all  Fabulous place to stay and a wrench to leave it

14 Sep 2022


  • Aberdeen

  • Friends


out of 10

Great place for a weekend getaway. My only comment would be is that the fridge and freezer is far too small for a house that can sleep up to 14 people. We had a shop delivered and had to take some of the food home to store and run back and forth for it later in the weekend. Just a heads up to those who would thinking of doing the same! Such a fun wee place though!

4 Sep 2022


  • Hampshire

  • Family


out of 10

A great castle and location for my 60th birthday. The castle is a little faded but that is part of the charm. As mentioned in other reviews, in my opinion, the fridge is too small for the size of the place and a larger fridge is needed plus a rationalisation and "uniformity" to the crockery and cutlery. Another loo and bathroom would be good and a revamp of the upstairs bathrom. not let any of this put you off - the location is stunning, the castle is stunning, the "banqueting hall" is "something else", having a coffee sitting below an oil painting of Gladstone - where else would you get that?? I am only going to be 60 once and Castle Balbegno ensured that it was a truly memorable birthday. NB seafood platters/lobster from Stonehaven Seafood Bothy were divine and the Aberdeen and Angus countryside and coast are amazing.

23 Aug 2022

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