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Freswick Castle

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Freswick near John o' Groats, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park Show on map

Sykes rating

  • 12 Guests

  • 6 Bedrooms

  • 7 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi


  • Over four flours
  • Six bedrooms: 1 x second-floor family room with a double and single with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC, 1 x second-floor double with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC, 2 x second-floor double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x double, 1 x second-floor twin with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • First-floor cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Lower-ground floor wet room with shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Lower-ground floor cloakroom with basin and WC
  • First-floor open-plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with open fire
  • First-floor sitting room with open fire
  • Seating area with open fire
  • Sitting room with open fire
  • Lower-ground floor function room
  • Lower-ground floor chapel
  • Electric central heating and 4 x open fires
  • Double electric oven, ceramic hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and dishwasher, 2 x TV's, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and travel cot available on request
  • Off-road parking
  • Enclosed rear garden with gravelled area and lawn
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 3.8 miles, pub 3.9 miles
  • Note: Children should be supervised when taking the stone, spiral staircase
  • Please note: owner cannot accommodate Sunday check-ins

The property

John o' Groats 3.8 miles.

Idyllically positioned in a glorious remote location overlooking the marvellous waters of Freswick Bay, in the peaceful hamlet of Freswick, rests this remarkable Grade A listed ancient tower house, Freswick Castle.

Built upon the foundations of a 12th century Viking settlement and boasting original period featurers, Freswick Castle is steeped in fascinating history, making the perfect base for a group of friends or family looking to explore the delights of this extraordinary region.

Journey along the track road where you'll be greeted by a spacious off-road parking area nestled at the foot of this impressive holiday home; unload your belongings and marvel at the stunning sea views in front of you before climbing the stone steps to begin your staycation.

Step through the studded castle door and into the main hall, traditionally decorated with exposed stonework and a warming open fire, providing a delightful introduction to the period décor that runs throughout the entirety of this historic home.

Follow the stone spiral staircase, peppered with olde-worlde charm, to the first floor, where you'll find the open-plan living space, home to a fully-equipped kitchen, dining table and a snug seating area; here you can look forward to gathering together with your loved ones to indulge in a hearty meal, or a moment of peace with a good book, gently enveloped in the warmth of the open fire.

A second sitting room is settled across the way, ideal for little ones to enjoy a movie marathon together whilst the grownups catch up over a crisp glass of wine with a seat in the third and final sitting room, resting in the ground floor.

In the warmer months, carry your conversation outdoors where you can enjoy a sociable seat in the enclosed garden, backed by the tranquil sounds of the waves washing up on the shores nearby; with no light pollution, the spectacular night skies provide a truly lovely spot to gaze at the canopy of stars above.

For a truly unique experience, the lower ground floor hosts a hidden chapel and cavernous party room in the oldest part of the castle, where guests, if brave enough, can throw a spooky celebration, whatever the weather.

When the day draws to a close, guests are spoilt for choice between six well-presented bedrooms, with a sumptuous double nestled alongside a bathroom on the first-floor.

Climbing the spiral staircase to the second floor you'll discover three further double bedrooms, each with access to their own en-suite, a twin room, perfect for little ones, and a family room, home to both a double and a single bed, offering flexible sleeping arrangements for children, family or friends sharing.

Servicing the property is a ground-floor wet room, ideal for guests with limited mobility, as well as two cloakrooms, each positioned on different floors for your convenience.

Take advantage of your coastal position and explore the rugged coastline of Freswick Bay, renowned as a haven for wildlife; be sure to keep your eyes peeled for seals in the bay, otters in the burn, or a remarkable selection of sea birds decorating the skyline above.

Jump in the car and journey to the nearby village of John o' Groates, famed as the most north-eastern tip of Great Britain, where a photograph with the iconic signpost is obligatory whilst you're in the area.

Here you'll find all of your local amenities to assist with your self-catering needs, including a handful of delicious eateries alongside a well-stocked convenience store; savour fresh fish and chips as you watch the world go by at the harbour, or sample the local goods with a tour of John o' Groats Brewery.

Be sure to pack your walking boots and embark on a two-footed adventure along the John o'Groats Trail toward the bustling city of Inverness, stretching 147 miles of coastal paths and cliff tops, and framing some of the best views of the Scottish Highlands.

For a truly unique experience, whisk your loved ones away on an unforgettable escape to Freswick Castle.

EPC Rating: Band F

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £750.

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About the location


Orkney 6 miles, Keiss 8.5 miles, Dunnet 11 miles

Surrounded by dramatic, unspoilt scenery of the Scottish Highlands, John o' Groats is a village known for its 'end of the road' location in an area rich in history, culture, wonderful amenities and an abundance of wildlife. There is a Post Office with a village shop, lovely cafés and restaurants for self-catering holidays, whilst walkers will relish the breath-taking coastal paths. Starting at the east of the town, the path leads to Duncansby Head Lighthouse and onto impressive rock stacks called the Stacks of Duncansby. Boat trips are available from John o' Groats for spotting birdlife, seals, dolphins and whales, or explore the surrounding bays and beaches. Orkney is just 6 miles away, with day excursions taking guests to heritage sites of the Standing Stones, the Churchill Barriers and Skara Brae. To the south, Keiss is a small fishing village with the ruins of Old Keiss Castle standing on sheer cliffs overlooking SInclair's Bay, alongside a scenic harbour and attractive beach. Sitting 11 miles west, Dunnet sits on a rugged peninsula and is home to Dunnet Head RSPB, the most northerly point of mainland Britain, as well as a fantastic sandy beach for bathing or water sports. John o' Groats is a fantastic choice for a holiday in the Scottish Highlands, whether it's your base or the start of your adventure along the famous 'End to End' journey to Land's End in England.

Please note: owner cannot accommodate Sunday check-ins
Note: a minimum of for nights required

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas