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The Preston Tower Apartment - Fyvie Castle

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Rothienorman, Moray, Aberdeenshire & The Coastal Trail Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 12 Guests

  • 6 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


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

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20 Customer Reviews

  • "This was a wonderful experience for everyone there for the week."

    The Preston Tower exceeded expectations. Wonderfully decorated, and exceptionally clean. is beautiful. Yes, many stairs, but we adapted and how else can you live in a tower? The staff were very helpful.

    Reviewed by Nancy5.0Jun 2024

  • "Wow, this property has to be seen to be believed."

    The winding staircase leading up to each floor, 80 steps in total really did set the scene. ( we would not recommend for those with mobility issues - very hard on the knees) Each room was spacious and impressive, we all felt like kings of the castle. The castle was very clean, with plenty of crockery, pans etc for our party of 10. The bedrooms were all a very good size with beds comfy. The grounds were exceptional.and we could have spent all week exploring our surroundings. We had an issue with one of the toilets, but very understandable for the age of the property- the issue was sorted the same day by the staff on site. With this booking we received a free tour around the rest of the castle. A big shout out to all the volunteers especially Sheila who was very engaging and informative and certainly gave us a lot of her time. We would definitely recommend Preston Towers and would love to return in the future.

    Reviewed by Donna5.0May 2024

  • "Second stay at the Tower, just as perfect as the first time."

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Apr 2024

  • "Superb! There were 12 of us, 6 children from 18 months to 7 years."

    My mum, 77 and my son and daughter and families. Loads of room.Spotlessly clean. Extremely comfortable. The kitchen didn’t look big enough on photos but there was plenty of room and every appliance you could need. Loads of stairs but steady. We loved it. Myself and 2 grandchildren slept on the top floor. They loved the turrets. Plenty of bathrooms and toilets with one bathroom 2 shower rooms and a further 3 cloakrooms. So much history of the people who lived in the castle. We had a tour of the castle, even though it’s closed through these months. We had the grounds to ourselves. Best part of all, it snowed the day we arrived and stayed until the day before we left. Absolutely fantastic. Could not have asked for more. Snow people made. Sledging. And a part of igloo made. 100% recommend. Only one issue and wasn’t a problem to us, there is no signal for tv. Maybe that could have been solved if we had asked. National Trust Scotland are a treasure ❤️

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Jan 2024

  • "11 of us, and 1 furry friend, spent Christmas week staying in the Preston Tower at Fyvie Castle."

    It was magical in the snow, and after storm Gerrit we had the whole place to ourselves after the grounds were closed to the public - we really did feel like Kings and Queens of the castle then! The living and dining rooms were especially Christmassey with a decorated tree and 'presents' underneath. The dining room table was beautifully laid with Christmas centre pieces, table cloth, tartan runner and even crackers! The only disappointment was the size of the tv - for a living room that size, and the amount of people the accommodation caters for, it's baffling why there is only a 32in tv - and not even a Smart tv so we could login into our Netflix, Disney, Prime etc accouns. It was a shame that the castle itself was closed during our stay as we would have loved to have seen the inside - but on the plus side, this meant that there were less people about. Definitely a holiday we will all remember for years to come.

    Reviewed by Elaine4.4Dec 2023

  • "Perfect place to stay for family gathering!"

    Reviewed by Sabrina4.7Oct 2023

  • "This was a lovely and very different place to stay, the spiral staircase is not ..."

    This was a lovely and very different place to stay, the spiral staircase is not for the faint hearted but it was stated on the website so no complaints, the staff at the castle were extremely helpful and friendly we would love to stay there again

    Thank you for the lovely comments and we hope to welcome you back to one of the NTS cottages and apartments. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alan4.1Oct 2023

  • "The property was amazing and so warm for a bigger property."

    The furnishings were lovely, the beds were comfortable, the bath was huge and filled quickly, the showers had good pressure. The grounds were beautiful too and we did not need to go anywhere else for the weekend. We also enjoyed the tour of the castle with an excellent guide.

    Reviewed by Rhona5.0Sep 2023

  • "Thank you so much for our lovely holiday."

    The castle is so welcoming, and the high, beautifully decorated, ceilings seem to give us all the space to let our thoughts and worries float up and away. I think there were new carpets in a few rooms too which made it even more luxurious, and I have to say I love the feeling of vintage lino under foot. The exquisite kitchen oak joinery drew a lot of attention from my family -- the whole thing was just luxury and delight. Amazingly well furnished, and equipped. Being able to slip out to the walled garden was a complete delight. Saw two red squirrels! And thanks to the kind staff for helping in our hour of need when we ran out of milk on the last day. The whole thing was finished off by a Morris Minor rally in the grounds which is my family's favourite car (though they should have wrestled the microphone off the bloke on the tannoy an hour or two earlier!)... a great holiday, and thank you very much, as all your hard work really does show. I know how much effort it takes to clean a one bed house -- I just cannot fathom how you get an actual castle to sparkle like you do -- the cleanliness was astounding. Oh, and the beds with their crisp linen. Just an all-round WOW. I hope we'll be back!

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Sep 2023

  • "Had the most wonderful stay in the last week of August."

    We met many of the volunteers and staff and they were so hospitable. A special mention to the charming Bob Ray, who we met several times during the week, a true gentleman and overwhelmingly knowledgable - he also treated us to a very memorable tour of Fyvie Castle. Preston Tower itself is beautiful, with many grand bedrooms, spiral steps, a dining room to seat 12 and a very comfortable lounge/snug/study. The cleanliness was second to none, which was made all the more impressive given how spacious the Tower was. We had a wonderful week and feel very fortunate to have stayed here at Fyvie Castle - many thanks!

    Many thanks for your lovely comments, great to read that you enjoyed yourselves and appreciated living in the historic tower. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jacobus5.0Aug 2023

  • "Superb setting for getting three families together in a beautiful part of Scotland; very much appreciated the space, and the kids absolutely loved it!"

    Only suggestion would be the provision of some baking trays for the otherwise superbly equipped kitchen - the drinks cupboard and fridge were especially appreciated!

    Reviewed by Beccy5.0Aug 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at Preston Tower."

    Almost everything was perfect, except according to the descrpition there should have been 3 double and 3 twin rooms. However it turned out that there were 4 doubles and 2 twins. This meant the sleeping arrangements had to be re-thought and was not ideal. So your listing needs updating. (Also, the cellar mentioned in the listing is locked and inaccessible). The room I was in contained a locked cupboard containing what I think was the pump for the water supply. Every time a tap was turned on it made a very loud sound which woke me up on many occasions. Despite the things I have mentioned we thoroughly enjoyed our time in such an historic building.

    Thank you for your feedback and we are sorry that you found the bed configuration to be different to the advertised setup. We have zip and link beds that could have been separated for you if we had known that you required the bed as a twin. We are looking at how the bed setup is communicated to us from Sykes for each booking. We are sorry about the disturbance you had from the water pump, with an old building we are often confined in what we can offer and where we can site it in a listed building. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Robin4.1Jul 2023

  • "Great property and grounds."

    Must be able to handle a lot of stairs

    Reviewed by Katherine3.8Jun 2023

  • "This apartment was one of the cleanest places we have stayed in."

    The building and location are stunning and the staff were extremely helpful and friendly. Really enjoyed the week’s stay

    Thank you such much for the lovely comments, the team at Fyvie work very hard to ensure the apartment and the Castle are well presented. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Cat5.0May 2023

  • "A gorgeous apartment - extremely comfy, well stocked and clean."

    We loved the apartment and the style, and had a wonderful walk round the grounds. Would love to come back!

    Reviewed by Hannah5.0May 2023

  • "Beautiful place to stay for the weekend"

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Apr 2023

  • "Like living in a fairytale!"

    All it needed was the pea and twenty mattresses! (Although there are enough for 16!) What a wonderful week we had in this incredible castle, where we stayed for a belated milestone birthday celebration. And how lucky were we to have the whole week in gorgeous snow! We never left the castle grounds and surrounding estate for the whole week, with long snowy walks each day with our dog, returning to the ambience of the castle where we could relax and unwind in complete peace and quiet (and enjoy games of hide and seek haha). The rooms are large and filled with oil paintings (loved the shutters!) and the bedrooms are sumptuous with extremely comfortable beds. The freestanding bath is enormous and unlike some large baths fills extremely quickly! The kitchen is well equipped and the cooker doesn’t need a degree in physics to work it out! It was a real privilege to stay somewhere so special and having only visited Fyvie Castle in summer before, lovely to see in all its wintry beauty.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback, we hope to welcome you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Katie4.7Mar 2023

  • "What a fabulous property, enjoyed by all our family it will be hard to match the experience of staying in a castle."

    Thank you so much for your feedback, it's great to read that you enjoyed staying in the castle. We hope to welcome you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kay5.0Feb 2023

  • "We stayed here over 3 nights when we got married at Fyvie Castle along with some of our family and friends."

    The Preston tower is lovely and very comfortable. Everyone commented on the wonderful atmosphere in the apartment. All of the bedrooms are finished to a high standard and there are loads of bathroom facilities dotted about throughout the tower. We would highly recommend the Preston tower to anyone, especially anyone getting married at the castle. 5 stars from us!

    Congratulations on your recent marriage and thank you for your positive feedback about Preston Tower Apartment. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rebecca4.7Feb 2022

  • "The Castle was an amazing place to stay."

    It is owned by the National Trust for Scotland and was like living in a stately home. Couldn't fault it

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Aug 2021

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  • Over four floors with spiral staircase
  • Six bedrooms: 2 x king-size, 2 x double, 2 x twin rooms
  • Ground-floor cloakroom with basin and WC
  • First-floor bathroom with roll-top bath, basin and WC
  • Second-floor cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Third-floor shower room with basin and WC
  • Fourth-floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Second-floor kitchen
  • Second-floor dining room
  • Second-floor drawing room
  • Second-floor snug
  • Cellar
  • Electric storage heaters
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher
  • TV, radio, CD player, DVD player
  • Wifi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available on request
  • Offroad parking for 4 cars
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.1 miles, pub 4.5 miles
  • An additional 4 people can be accommodated on request for an additional fee, please enquire
  • Two well behaved dogs welcome
  • Holiday guests have access to the estate grounds outside of the regular opening hours
  • 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

Rothienorman 4.9 miles.

One of the National Trust for Scotland's most prestigious holiday properties, The Preston Tower Apartment offers a truly exceptional stay at any time of the year, resting in the rural location of Fyvie, near to Rothienorman, Aberdeenshire.

Stretching across Fyvie Castle's Preston and Seton Towers, providing stunning accommodation for twelve guests, it is the ultimate choice for a memorable escape to Scotland.

Discover four floors of winding nooks and mezzanines, a spiral staircase and even a bedroom within one of the traditional turrets, a truly magical stay in Fyvie, Aberdeenshire.

Spend quality time with your loved ones within these historic walls, where medieval stone cedes seamlessly into Edwardian opulence.

Celebrate a special occasion in the grandiose second-floor dining room, complete with traditional Scottish tartan carpet, or delight in a catch-up within the spacious drawing room, with a TV in here too for an evening of entertainment.

The well-equipped kitchen is also on the second floor and has everything you need to rustle up feasts for the group, with the cellar being home to a freezer too.

Find a peaceful moment within the snug, which can also be used as a study where you can delve into a good book.

The bathroom on the first floor boasts a beautifully classic roll-top bath, perfect for a hot relaxing soak, while you will discover two shower rooms in total, one on the third floor and one on the fourth floor, offering plenty of space for guests to prepare for their day in style.

The bedrooms are made up of two king-size, two doubles and two twins, spread across all floors making the most of the lavish space and providing each guest with an elegant place to rest their heads, boasting antique furnishings throughout each unique sleeping spot.

Explore the stunning redeveloped gardens of Fyvie Castle, now home to Scottish fruits and vegetables, with impressive lawned areas to roam, making a pleasant picnic spot in the summer.

This dramatic castle is a prime example of Scottish Baronial architecture; with ghosts, legends, and folklore lurking within the walls, you can take a complimentary tour during your stay and see the elaborate wood panelling, suits of armour and fine tapestries, all symbolising the wealth of its past owners.

The village of Fyvie is home to a shop where you can pick up any essentials, along with a lovely tearoom, great for an afternoon treat, while the nearby village of Rothienorman has a welcoming pub and a shop.

Another National Trust for Scotland gem, Pitmedden Garden & Museum of Farming Life, comprises five miles of weaving geometric boxwood hedging, fountains, and orchards; a truly wonderful day outdoors.

The 18th-century mansion of Haddo House is close by too, while there is excitement to discover at Lochter Activity Centre, where you can partake in trout fishing, clay pigeon shooting, highland games and even raft building.

Choose the opulence of The Preston Tower Apartment for an unrivalled stay in Scotland.

EPC Rating: Band D

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: AS-00159-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 10.3 miles; Newburgh 21.6 miles; Aberdeen 27.5 miles

Resting in the luscious green setting of Aberdeenshire, you will find the traditional Scottish village of Rothienorman. Home to a welcoming local pub and a handy supermarket stocking all of the household essentials, this village has everything you could ever need for a smooth-sailing self-catering stay in Scotland. Rich with history, this wonderful area is filled with fascinating historical sites and imposing landmarks all waiting to be explored. Visit the grand Haddo House to explore charming Victorian rooms and well-kept grounds, or head to Chapel of Garioch to see the Maiden Stone and Balquhain Castle of Duguid. Spend your days on breath-taking walks through the countryside or hiking through the National Forest of Rowan Tree. Rothienorman offers an idyllic rural retreat for every type of holiday to Aberdeenshire.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas