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East Wing - Castle Fraser

(Ref. 1102923)

Sauchen near Kemnay, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Aberdeenshire & The Coastal Trail Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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12 Customer Reviews

  • "Castle Fraser is not only a beautiful set of buildings, grounds and gardens - it is also full of the history and stories of an incredible family."

    The NTS team are so friendly and enthusiastic that the collectibles, furniture and family history jump off the page and you can feel like you are right in the midst of the old days.

    Reviewed by Frazor5.0Mar 2024

  • "All we could have asked for is a little more hot water to fill the « royal » bath."

    The quietness and the beauty of the estate will remain in our best travel memories!

    Thank you very much for your kind comments. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elyse4.4Sep 2023

  • "Amazing place to stay, we felt like the lord and lady!"

    There was a lovely welcome basket and the accommodation had everything that we needed. Lovely walks around the grounds and further afield on the two marked trails. The guides on the tour of the castle were knowledgeable and helpful. Loads of places to visit around the area and luckily we were blessed with great weather. We have now returned home and are recharging our batteries after such a busy holiday.Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Richard4.1Sep 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our stay - the only downside was not being able to access the walled garden out of hours."

    Thank you for your feedback and great to read you enjoyed your stay at Castle Fraser. Unfortunately we have to lock the garden overnight to the general public as we have had some items gone missing. It is open during the day - 7 days a week all year round. Property Owner

    Reviewed by William4.4Jul 2023

  • "Overall a clean and well presented apartment in an interesting castle with a beautiful garden and extensive grounds."

    A few things that could be improved are: replace or resurface the bath, have a bin in the bathroom, and provide bin bags that fit the kitchen waste bin.

    Many thanks for your feedback, we do welcome any feedback that can help us improve our guests stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by James4.1Jul 2023

  • "The property was perfect for our needs."

    Its in the East wing of the Castle and there is plenty of room for four persons. The kitchen is well equipped and again roomy. The living room/ diner is comfortable and I would think on colder weeks would be very cosy. The beds are very good although we only used the double and I got the best nights sleep for a long time. Five star.

    Many thanks for the great feedback, we hope to welcome you back to Castle Fraser or one of the other NTS cottages. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0May 2023

  • "Absolutely fantastic stay, lovely facilities and location."

    Welcome basket was lovely, castle was surprisingly warm! Great value for money and will definitely recommend to others. The free castle tour was good, the National Trust volunteers and staff, as always, were informative and helpful. Great family staycation!

    Reviewed by Sian5.0Apr 2023

  • "A lovely stay at east wing."

    Everything was provided for a comfortable was so clean. The complimentary basket was a lovely touch and most welcome, the Christmas tree was an added bonus as our stay was over the new year period. The grounds are fantastic to walk around and we saw deer one morning, unfortunately the castle was closed so we couldn’t visit which was shame. The bed a little soft but still slept well. And maybe a long mirror in the bedrooms would be handy. We would definitely stay again if we visited the area at a later date. A lovely start to 2023.

    Many thanks for your lovely comments about your stay at Castle Fraser and we have made sure that the team at the castle have seen them. It would be lovely to welcome you back to Castle Fraser or any of our other holiday cottages. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mandy5.0Dec 2022

  • "Wonderful property in an outstanding location."

    Great for people who enjoy peace and quiet and good walks. Property very comfortable and has everything you could need.

    Many thanks for your very positive review and we hope to welcome you back at Castle Fraser or any of our other NTS properties. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Oct 2022

  • "The directions given for arriving at Castle Fraser East Wing were very good."

    Car parking close to the accommodation was good. Access to the the house key was easy. The welcome food basket with milk and soft drinks in the fridge was a very warm and friendly gesture. The accommodation and equipment was well furnished, clean, and of good quality. Three issues could be improved on. Lighting in the lounge was inadequate, a clear notice in the entrance hall to remove your shoes when you first arrive, and we considered the double bed mattress to be too soft. Our overall impression would encourage us to return for another short break.

    Many thanks for your kind feedback about your stay at the East Wing. We have noted your comments about the lighting in the lounge which we are sure can be sorted out. The bed is new and it is difficult to know what level of firmness to buy as everyone has a preference. One person may think a bed is too firm whilst other guests may feel it is soft. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Douglas4.7Oct 2022

  • "The East Wing of Castle Frazer was really very good."

    we have stayed in many National Trust properties over the years, and this "Cottage in the Castle" was one of the best. The National Trust of Scotland staff did themselves proud with the standard shown. Excellent

    Many thanks for you very kind words about the East Wing at Castle Fraser. The East Wing is one of our new properties brought on in 2022. We will certainly pass on your comments to our property team at Castle Fraser as they worked very hard on the refurbishment. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Robert4.7Sep 2022

  • "We had a wonderful time staying at Castle Fraser."

    The East Wing was very clean and comfortable with everything we could need. There was even a lovely basket of goodies left for our arrival. Thank you. The only issue was the cold water tap often ran hot so we bought bottles of drinking water. However, as this was a castle we didn’t mind too much! The grounds and walled garden are just beautiful and so well maintained. The staff in the castle were so friendly and knowledgeable, telling us lots of history about the castle. Also, the staff in the tea room were lovely too. We would highly recommend a stay here and would love to come back one day.

    Many thanks for your very kind words about your stay at East Wing Castle Fraser. We have investigated the problem with the cold water tap. The water passes through a UV filter before it comes out of the tap and does heat it , then it does run cold after the first wee while. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ruth5.0Jul 2022

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  • Ground-floor duplex apartment
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room with electric fire
  • Electric central heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, coffee maker
  • Smart TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair, travel cot and stairgate available on request
  • Off-road parking for 3 cars with additional parking in the main visitor car park
  • Communal walled gardens and gravelled courtyard
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 2.8 miles, pub 3.5 miles
  • Holiday guests have access to the estate grounds outside of the regular opening hours
  • Note: There is a step into the property and a spiral staircase within, may not be suitable for the elderly or infirm
  • Note: Candles are not permitted in property
  • Note: No campfires or barbecues in grounds
  • Note: The charging of electric vehicles is not permitted
  • Note: The opening times, visitor facilities and entry prices of all National Trust for Scotland properties and attractions can be viewed on their website here

The property

Kemnay 2.8 miles.

Resting on the outskirts of Sauchen near Kemnay in Aberdeenshire is this unique, family-friendly, ground-floor maisonette of East Wing, in the remarkable National Trust for Scotland Castle Fraser.

A duplex apartment in the countryside with access to a traditional walled garden, this beautiful abode is part of Castle Fraser, one of the largest tower houses in Scotland dating back to the 1450’s, now welcoming a family of four to discover old Scotland.

The castle is home to an impressive portrait collection and offers tours of the mediaeval Great Hall and Victorian bedrooms, whilst your holiday home is tucked away in the East Wing overlooking the spectacular grounds and castle courtyard.

On arrival, admire the picture-perfect exterior of Castle Fraser with its many turrets, before stepping inside your home from home.

To your right, a bright living/dining room offers leather sofas, a Smart TV, and a selection of books to put your feet up and relax with loved ones.

The unique, domed ceiling continues into the neighbouring, contemporary kitchen, featuring all the appliances you could need to whip up delicious meals, ready to enjoy at the dining table for four as you recount the days adventures.

Climb the spiral staircase to find two well-presented bedrooms, one king-size and a twin, both offering lovely views of the castle grounds.

At the end of the hallway sits a pristine bathroom complete with a bath and shower over, perfect for freshening up after a day of exploring.

Start your day with a stroll around the grounds with a walled garden, and plenty of walking trails through the parkland, including Miss Bristow’s Trail and The Alton Brae Trail.

Why not get to know the Fraser family with a castle tour to discover family portraits, ornaments, and mementos, each with their own fascinating story?

If you can tear yourself away, the village of Kemnay is nearby to dine at Cafe 83 or The Burnett Arms, whilst you can stock up at the convenience stores and farm shop.

Pack your clubs for a round of golf at Kemnay Golf Club or escape to Bennachie, a popular choice for hill walkers hoping to see Scotland's woodland trails and moorland views!

Alternatively, Cairngorms National Park guarantees an unforgettable day out, whether that's hiking up Ben Macdui, sailing across a loch, or cycling through spectacular scenery.

For a change of pace, spend the day in the port city of Aberdeen with plenty of attractions, pubs, and eateries to choose from.

Your superb location puts you within easy reach of numerous National Trust for Scotland gems, the first being the 17th-century Pitmedden Garden & Museum of Farming Life, with its five miles of vibrant renaissance gardens, wildlife rich woodland trails and insight into agricultural history, along with the stunning 17th-century Leith Hall, well-known for its garden boasting exceptional views over Aberdeenshire and the surrounding countryside, and a decadent interior with military exhibition and a fascinating insight into the Leith-Hay family history.

Other National Trust for Scotland properties within close proximity include, Crathes Castle, Drum Castle, Craigievar Caste, Haddo House and Fyvie Castle.

For further details please visit the National Trust for Scotland’s website here.

For a truly unique stay in Scotland, secure your stay at the historic East Wing, Castle Fraser.

EPC Rating: Band F

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: AS-00125-F

National Trust For Scotland

Whether searching for your next city to explore, or seeking a homely dwelling to relax in with your loved ones in rural surroundings, the wonderful collection of properties from National Trust for Scotland is sure to have something perfect for you. Discover the beauty of Scotland's two national parks and stunning countryside, with lots of properties catering to a wealth of outdoor pursuits to enjoy on your doorstep, with some featuring additional facilities for angling, field sports and cycling, making it easy to enjoy your stay to the fullest. Alternatively, immerse yourself in the lively city scenes of Scotland, with properties in and around Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness and Glasgow, all teeming with historic sites, beautiful architecture and plenty of entertainment. Being Scotland's largest conservation charity, National Trust for Scotland has been able to beautifully preserve and renovate many historic buildings to offer unique holiday locations. With over two-million visitors each year across twenty-seven castles and great houses, forty-six munros, thirty-five major gardens and designed landscapes, and seven national nature reserves, National Trust for Scotland has something for everyone. Each property is equipped with all you need for a self-catered stay, with kitchens complete with essential appliances and more, dining areas to come together for hearty meals, and many sitting rooms boasting open fires or woodburning stoves to settle down in front of, not to mention elegant bedrooms and sparkling bathrooms where you can feel refreshed. Bring your canine companion along with you to some of the properties, and keep up to date with the world via the WiFi connections offered in most cottages. With more and more people discovering the beauty and allure of Scotland every year, ensure your stay is special with a National Trust for Scotland cottage.

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About the location


Inverurie 5.6 miles; Aberdeen 15.8 miles; Stonehaven 26.3 miles

Kemnay is a lovely, small village resting between Huntly and Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire. The village has become a popular spot for those seeking Scotland's open countryside and offers a selection of attractions including Kenmay Gold Club, Dalmadilly Ponds Nature Reserve, and the nearby Castle Fraser for tours of the gardens, medieval Great Hall and Victorian bedrooms. Dining options include The Burnett Arms for hearty pub fare, Kenmay Golf Club's clubhouse which serves hot meals and refreshments, and Cafe 83 for tasty lunches and small plates, while you can stock up on essentials at the nearby convenience stores. Just outside of Kemnay you'll find Bennachie, a paradise for hill walkers with multiple trails and moorland views, but if you're looking for more adventure, Cairngorms National Park is within easy reach for hiking, cycling and watersports on its many lochs. The port city of Aberdeen lies east of Kemnay where Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Duthie Park, and the historic streets of Old Aberdeen are just some of the wonderful attractions.

Note: There is a step into the property and a spiral staircase within, may not be suitable for the elderly or infirm.
Note: Candles are not permitted in property.
Note: No campfires or barbecues in grounds
Note: The opening times, visitor facilities and entry prices of all National Trust for Scotland properties and attractions can be viewed on their website here