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15th-century Tower House, 2.5 miles from Edinburgh city centre.

People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Separate WC's1
Property type castle
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

2 bedrooms, full of character with breath-taking views of Edinburgh.

Liberton Tower with its breathtaking panoramic views of Edinburgh is situated just 2.5 miles from the city centre. The Tower has been painstakingly restored to a high modern standard whilst still maintaining the historic, rustic feel of a 15th-century castle. It comprises two floors and a cellar.

The Tower is accessed from an outer wooden staircase which occupies the position of the original drawbridge. This leads directly into the Great Hall living/dining room area on the first floor which is furnished in a lavish style with wall hangings and oak furniture. A log fire and under-floor heating create an inviting atmosphere in this spectacular room, with oak beams, refectory table, tapestry wall hangings, rugs on the flagstone floor.

From this room, a descending stone staircase leads to the kitchen which has a vaulted ceiling with an original iron grail. A spacious bathroom (with bath and over-bath shower) is also found on the same level.

Another staircase from the Great Hall leads to the master bedroom with a king-sized four-poster bed.

The twin bedroom has two single beds and a small WC. There is a sink in the room too. From this bedroom a ladder provides access to the stone-parapet with splendid views of Edinburgh as well as Arthur's Seat and the Salisbury Crags.

Please note: Each of the bedrooms are accessed by very steep staircases (one spiral).

More Details

Owner
Roderick Berg
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
9 July, 2017

About Roderick Berg

Liberton Tower is owned by Castles of Scotland Preservation Trust. The Trust was established to promote and encourage the protection and preservation of Scotland’s rich architectural heritage and to restore or conserve where possible. Although the Trust operates as a company, it is a charitable organisation registered in Scotland whose directors and secretary give freely of their time and expertise in the running of the Trust. Liberton Tower is the Trust’s first completed project. It has received great acclaim from many sources including the coveted Europa Nostra Award.

Roderick Berg purchased this castle in 1992

Why Roderick Berg chose Edinburgh and Lothians

A unique experience with the City of Edinburgh being in arms-reach

What makes this castle unique

Built in the latter part of the fifteenth century, Liberton is an unique property, and has been hailed as 'the most perfect and unspoilt tower within the precincts of Edinburgh". Liberton contains many features typical of tower houses, including deep walls, slit windows and a listening hole called a 'lairds lug'. At Liberton this is a small hole in the wall between the hall and the North stair.

Liberton was built by the Dalmahoy family in the late fifteenth century and remained in their hands until 1587. A carved panel on the building shows their crest emblems of an arm and a sword. Later Liberton passed into the hands of the Littles, a merchant family and Lords Provost of Edinburgh, who found the tower too inconvenient and consequently abandoned it to erect Liberton House, a short distance away, in the early seventeenth century.

In 1992 the Castles of Scotland Preservation Trust (COSPT) took a 100 year lease of the building and proceeded carefully to conserve, repair and restore the building.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday castle in Edinburgh in Scotland

Property Type:
  • castle
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , There is a toilet off the twin room,with sink in the bedroom
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot , A cot can be provided in request
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Four-poster king-size bed
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
Outside:
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • ski lift pass
  • ski
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Friends and relations are very welcome to visit during your stay, but additional people are not permitted to stay overnight.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(15 traveller reviews)

15th-century Tower House, 2.5 miles from Edinburgh city centre.
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 15 reviews
5

Great Vacation Property

  • 5 of 5

Our family enjoyed our time at the Tower Castle. Rod made sure that every detail was as promised. We look forward to making this our home base again as we explore all the sites in the area. We highly recommend this property and hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Once in a lifetime experience

  • 5 of 5

We (2 couples, 1 toddler) traveled to Edinburgh for 3 nights in late May and staying at the Liberton Tower was one of the highlights of the trip. From start to finish this property is perfect!

All of us enjoyed our stay and our only regret was we had to leave.

As other reviewers have said this is an opportunity to experience a 15th century tower with modern finishes. The proprietor, Rod, was immensely helpful both with booking and driving instructions.

The kitchen is amazingly well stocked with everything (and I mean everything including high end appliances and all crockery and cookware you would ever want in your own kitchen) we needed to prep food.

There was a welcome basket upon arrival which was a blessing as we arrived late and the supplies allowed us to quickly prep a dinner for our daughter without having to visit the shops. This is just an example of the many thoughtful touches such as the fire laid out in the hearth just waiting to be started, the impeccably clean rooms, fresh linens, fantastic shower which made the views and experience all the better.

There is a lovely pub called The Stable Bar a short country walk away (cross the street to the golf course and walk along the path to the T-junction - take a right and you will find it). The bus stops are a short walking distance away, even shorter if you take the shortcut through the fields. You are best to have a car to access the property but if you have very few bags then you can get there by bus from downtown (37, 47 and 7 are the closest).

For overseas guests, I don't believe there is wifi so if you need Internet you'll have to purchase that but the only thing we needed the Internet for was to figure out how to get to the bus stop and I've included that in the review.

The large Sainsbury is a 20 minute walk away (through the field - longer by road).

And the added bonus is the neighbors are lovely. They provided us with some recommendations and let us use their clothesline as our daughter was car sick on the way up and we had to do some laundry.

The tower is right beside a working farm so our daughter enjoyed seeing the animals - especially the baby goat, lambs and roosters.

All in all a perfect way to experience Edinburgh in a unique way! We will recommend this property to anyone travelling to the area!

  • Review Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The Tower House is wonderful

  • 4 of 5

Being built in 1453, the tower is just what you would expect. It is old, with very thick walls and small windows. The renovations make it comfortable without loosing the old world feel. I struggled with the stairs up to the bedroom but did fine if I took my time. We were able to sleep with the windows open at night and cool air inside and snuggled under the comfortable think comforter. It was very nice to have our first breakfast already provided and I loved the Scootish bacon. Very enjoyable stay.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

A week of Castle Life

  • 5 of 5

My wife, son (age 14) and I took spring break staying at Liberton Tower and seeing central Scotland. The Tower House is everything you would expect from a 15th century fortified home. It is drafty, the floors creak at times, the high winds batter the windows making for all kinds of unusual noises in the night... In short, perfect! We went out late one evening and took a cab. On returning, the only question the cab driver had was "is that place haunted?". Nice! The second floor entrance onto the Great Room is a neat touch. The Great Room itself is where we spent evenings in front of a blazing fire in the fireplace.

On arrival, we found a nice little basket of food and wine as well as some fruit on the dining table in the Great Room. This is a nice touch.

The Kitchen is well appointed with a fridge, freezer, stove/oven, microwave, washer/dryer and dishwasher and the kitchen stocked with laundry soap and dish soap. We didn't know these items were provided and got into town a little early on our first day, so we went to the local grocery and bought all of the same.

We basically used the Tower as a base to explore. We rented a car and went out every day to see castles, distilleries, cathedrals and churches. It is centrally located and an easy place to begin most any exploring.

With a medium length telephoto lens, you can get some very nice pictures of the city of Edinburgh from the roof of the tower. On a nice sunny clear day you can see Edinburgh Castle, The Observatory and Arthur's seat quite well from the roof. Clear nights, the view is spectacular, but we only got one of those, was cool and windy with rain most of the week.

Traveling should be an adventure. This tower house fits that bill. It isn't the downtown Hilton with maid service, it's a quirky 500 year old tower that has looked down on Edinburgh from that hillside since long before electric lights lit the city, since before there were cars on the streets and since long before it would have been possible for me to travel there from the States as Columbus hadn't even discovered the new world when this was built.

If you want your bed turned down and a mint on your pillow, pass. If you want to get some kind of idea what it may have been like in the 15th century (with modern plumbing, hot water and hot water heat), this is the place.

I wrote this as a 5 star review, this place is so unique, I'm not sure that says enough. I hope to be able to return some day

  • Review Submitted: Mar 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Liberton Tower is indeed truly unique and a perfect example of a well restored and authentic tower house. It is a pleasure to be able to be a part of the project which allows our guests to enjoy an unspoiled part of Edinburgh. One can't help but try to imagine what it must have been like through the hundreds of years the tower has stood. The changing landscapes and sky-lines that it has witnessed. Indeed our work continues in trying to find out more about the role of Liberton Tower down the centuries. It is evocative and very much a living historical venture. We are grateful to all our guests who appreciate the building and the work of the Castles of Scotland Preservation Trust.
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Fantastic accommodation!!

  • 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Liberton Tower. It definitely has the wow factor and it surpassed our expectations, Close to bus route into town centre. We loved returning to the tower and lighting the open fire.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Stepping back in time!

  • 5 of 5

Liberton Tower was an amazing place to stay. The character of the building was fabulous. Although just a few miles outside of Edinburgh, you feel like you're in the middle of nowhere! The welcome hamper was very thoughtful and enjoyable! We definitely felt like it was our own castle. Just brilliant! Thank you Rod! Edinburgh Dungeons is a must!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
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Location

Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Edinburgh
Nearest Barpub
0.8 Miles
Waugh Tavern
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Rosyth
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Braid Hills Golf Centre
Nearest Train
2.5 Miles
Edinburgh \Waverley
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
A1
Nearest Ski
3.2 Miles
Midlothian Snowsports Centre
Nearest Beach
5.25 Miles
Portobello
Car: recommended

Liberton Tower situated on the southside of the city is the perfect base for exploring the beauties of Edinburgh.

Historic attractions include: Edinburgh Castle, Trinity House Maritime Museum, Linlithgow Palace, Edinburgh New Town, Edinburgh Old Town, Forth Road Bridge, Scottish Parliament, The Discovery Dome, St Giles Cathedral, South Queensferry, The Palace of Holyroodhouse and The Queen's Gallery. The Edinburgh Pass is a city sightseeing card providing entry to over 30 attractions and ideal for first time visitors to Edinburgh.

Other activities include: numerous art galleries in Edinburgh, golf at St. Andrews and Braid Hills Approach, walking on Blackford Hill, Arthur's Seat, the Pentland Hills and along the Water of Leith.

From Liberton it's easy to explore further afield to East Lothian, West Lothian, The Kingdom of Fife and the Scottish Borders.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday castle in Edinburgh, Scotland

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Mid Summer 2017
12 Jun 2017 - 30 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
£807
for 3 nights
From
£269
£1,211
 
 
Late Summer 2017
31 Jul 2017 - 3 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,526
for 7 nights
£1,526
 
 
Autumn 2017
4 Sep 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
£699
for 3 nights
From
£233
£1,050
 
 
Winter 2017
30 Oct 2017 - 17 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£648
for 3 nights
From
£216
£973
 
 
Xmas - New Year 17-18
18 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,526
for 7 nights
£1,526
 
 
Winter > 2018
8 Jan 2018 - 11 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
£582
for 3 nights
From
£194
£875
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

During the month of August (Edinburgh Festival) and the Christmas and New Year period we usually take full-week bookings only but please contact the owner to discuss. Strictly no smoking allowed in the property. Well behaved dogs and cats are welcome but subject to prior approval. A compliment of logs are supplied. Gas & Electricity are included. The property is not suitable for people with walking difficulties or toddlers and there are low doorways. There is a cot for a baby but guests must bring their own cot bedding. Rental rates subject to change but not after the payment of a deposit. Personal Belongings and baggage are at the Hirers risk at all times. No responsibility can be accepted for the loss of any car or its contents.
Cancellations - must be notified in writing to the owner. Once a confirmed booking has been made the person making the booking is responsible for the total cost. The deposit paid on the booking will be automatically forfeited if written notice of the cancellation is received by the owner fewer than 8 weeks before the start of the holiday date. The Hirer is responsible for the property and is expected to take reasonable care of it. All equipment, fixtures and fittings must be left clean and tidy at the end of the hire period. The owner reserves the right to reclaim any costs accrued should the property be left in an unsatisfactory condition. All breakages and damage must be notified immediately and are the Hirers responsibility. The right of entry to the property at all reasonable times is reserved by the owner with or without workmen to inspect or carry out any repairs that may be necessary provided prior notice has been given.
Check-in is from 4pm onwards and check-out by 10am unless otherwise agreed beforehand with the owner and the owner reserves the right to levy additional charges if the property is not vacated by 10am on the day of departure.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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