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May 24, 2017

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With our first foals born this month for the 2017 season we now have our first foal on the website on the Foal Page. There are also some photos now on our Facebook Page.
We are also pleased that we are fast approaching having 50 thousand Facebook likes which which we take as a huge compliment and a great achievement. At Faside its been a busy start to the year and we are very pleased summer is now upon us.

December 25, 2016

Faside Estate
We would like to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and an amazing 2017 full of fun and happiness.
In our Photo Gallery you can see one of our favourite photos of Faside in Snow.

June 6, 2016

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We are pleased to be ale to present the first of our foals for 2016. Our first foal is called Faside Joella and is by Johnson and Donnatella. The second foal is called Faside Jasmine and she is by Johnson and With Love and our most recent foal is called Faside Got The Love and is by Grey Flannel and San Amour.
It is possible to view all our 2016 foals on both our Foal Page or our For Sale Page.

April 16, 2016

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With this years foaling have just begun we should soon be able to post some updates on this years years foals in the next few weeks.
We have also revamped our mobile website for both the estate and the horses.

December 19, 2015

Faside Estate
The foals have been practising loading through the trailer. We change the location of the trailer each session. It is much easier to load the foals who's mums will happily stand quietly on the trailer. Usually a bit of bribery for the mares helps, especially the first few attempts when we let the foals go at their own speed and explore the trailer. We find a few of the foals like to test the ramp with their hoof by pawing it. We keep the sessions really short, loading each foal three times. The foals get a good scratch when they stand quietly. Once they have practiced a couple of times this becomes really quick. Often the way out is the bigger challenge as the aim is to walk out sensibly, not to jump out! I like using a trailer to practice with as the ramp is at a gentle angle.
All the foals lead to their field now. They are all wearing their winter rugs to keep them dry. They get very fluffy coats so we use lightweight rugs. They are weighed every month. The oldest foal, Japonica, is fast approaching 300kg. She weighed in at around 50kg when she was born in April. Its incredible how fast they grow in the first year. The youngest foals, born at the end of June, are still closer to 200kg, its amazing the difference a couple of months head-start can make.
The first foals have been weaned. As per usual there was no great stress involved, the foals took a while to notice that the milk bar is in the next field. We put both fields hay at the same point in the fence so that the mares are encouraged to stay nearby. Usually the mares are more bothered than the foals. The foals are in the groups of friends they made growing up.
Most of the other foals are due to be weaned, but the weather has been very wet so we are waiting until the ground conditions are better as we wean them in the fields. We will leave a couple of 'nanny' mares with the weaned foals. It doesn't feel particularly Christmassy with the mild, wet weather we've had. We were lucky that our 'flooding' was more mid-welly puddles at the foot of the fields. Glad we're not near a river.
We had a fabulous trip to London to watch the Grand Prix at Olympia with the owners of Safiya, Sir Don Allure and Tobias. It was great to see such amazing horses and riders.
Soon our foals will be yearlings. I always think of them as being foals until the first foal of the next season is born. Our first foal is due in April, and mirroring this year most of our mares are due in June again.

December 15, 2015

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With the self catering accommodation being discontinued we have rejigged our website with The Tower remaining available as holiday accommodation and we have retained the eating out, towns, golf and museums sections.
Both Woodside and Gateside are now on long term lets.

April 18, 2015

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This year at Faside Stud we have an exciting selection of foals due from mid April by Sir Donnerhall, Johnson, San Amour, Barrosso, Tolegro, Franklin and Sandro Hit and updates will be posted here and on our Facebook page at
The lambing has been going well and the weather has been fairly kind this year.
We also now have a large number of reviews for the castle accommodation and these include reviews from FreetoBook and which you can read online.

December 21, 2014

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With just a few days left to Christmas, we would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

August 4, 2014

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We have just added the foals born so far this year to the Foal Pages on Faside Stud. This year has been very successful with six foals born so far and another three due shortly. We are also about to pass the 30,000 fan mark on Facebook for our horses.
More photos will be getting adding in the following weeks but feel free to check out the photos so far on our Facebook Page.
Also, you can now add us easily as a contact on your mobile using our vCard.

May 15, 2014

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We have now added reviews from FreetoBook for our self catering holiday accommodation and the bed and breakfast and these reviews. The following links are for the reviews of Woodside, Gateside and The Tower and are also available in our Guestbook. When a guest books using the booking on our website they are sent a follow up email after the date of stay by FreetoBook to collect reviews and this ensures only guests can make reviews.

February 28, 2014

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We have now improved our photographs across our various holiday accommodation listings for both the self catering and bed and breakfast holiday accommodation. These listings include AirBnB - Guesthouse, AirBnB - Self Catering, Holiday Lettings and Flipkey. The photographs we have selected show the castle and the estate in at its very best.
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November 23, 2013

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We have just added a Guestbook section to our accommodation page. This amalgamates comments and reviews from TripAdvisor, Holiday Letting, FreetoBook Google and and Flipkey.
We have now created a separate Facebook Page for our flock of Black Wensleydale and White Wensleydale sheep. We think we now have the largest flock of Black Wensleydale in Scotland. Black Wensleydale sheep are extremely rare and there are less Black Wensleydales in existence than giant pandas.
They also now have a new web address at

September 15, 2013

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An online version of a book about Faside Estate is now available to preview here. It covers the history of Faside Estate including details of the Battle of Pinkie which resulted in it becoming a ruin.
The book also includes details and photos of the horse breeding facility, Faside Stud. Photos of the interior of the castle are also included, including both the private residence and the Bed and Breakfast within the tower and the self catering holiday accommodation within the grounds.
We also have just created an accommodation listing on the website.

July 31, 2013

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To start our 2013 season Reggae produced a fantastic colt I Spy who is the spitting image of his sire Metall, who is also the sire of Carl Hesters Olympic ride Uthopia. This was the first of 2 Metall foals we had this year and we are very pleased with both.
At the start of May our Sir Donnerhall colt Sir Derry arrived and he is the spitting image of his dam! Sir Donnerhall keeps producing first class offspring each year, for example, his son Sa Coeur was the 2012 World Champion of 5-year old dressage horses and was then auctioned for 2.31 million Euro as top horse of the PSI Auction. The Sir Donnerhall foals always have very friendly personalities. On the 20th May our homebred Sunny Boy mare Sundance produced an athletic little filly by Metall whom we have named Mystery. Then Champagne Supernvova had a huge chestnut filly Ilya by Furst Romancier on 26th May. Furst Romacier is by the World Champion Furst Heinrich who also sired the exceptional British bred mare Woodlander Farouche.
At the end of May Dawn Til Dusk had a pretty filly Isla May by Sir Donnerhall who is internationally recognised as a sire of World Champions, auction price highlights and licensing winners. On the 4th July Donnatella had her long awaited foal by the British owned stallion Wolkenderry. He is full of character with correct conformation and the super movement expected from this combination. Our mares have been scanned in foal for 2014 to Hotline (Hofrat x De Niro), Johnson (Jazz), Sandro Hit, Bretton Woods, San Amour, Furst Romancier (Furst Heinrich), Sir Donnerhall (Sandro Hit x Donnerhall), Metall and Bordeaux (United x Gribaldi). The first ones are due next April. Three of our mares With Love, Eutopian Love and Faside Rubins Black Magic have been professionally backed at KA Equestrian this year and we hope to send more there in the future.

May 5, 2013

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With this years foaling currently underway we are now starting to put together the first foal pages for 2013! We have so far had two foals with the next mare due in around one weeks time. We have added a lot of photos to the Faside Stud Facebook Page and we have now updated the Foals Page with our first foals.
We have also now bought four new types of chickens which each provide different coloured eggs including brilliant white, blue, freckled and brown as we wanted to introduce some variety. The lambing for the year is now complete and despite the snow, we are happy to report that it was a successful start the the year.
We have also created a Video Slideshow on our Youtube Channel of The Estate including the self catering and the bed and breakfast accommodation.

February 1, 2013

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We just found the very early original Flash website for Faside Stud which we used up to 2007 so if anyone wants a look out of general interest the old website is still online here. Its amazing how much websites change, although we stil quite like the early one!
We have also revamped all the horse pages so that they now include embedded videos and an improved gallery with higher resolution images.
Also, The Tate Gallery are now displaying a previously unkown to us sketch of Faside Castle by the water colourist Turner.

January 21, 2013

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A useful bit of information for anyone coming to Edinburgh for a holiday is you can purchase something called an Edinburgh Pass which gives you access many of the main attractions in Edinburgh for a flat rate. It is also quite economical for getting around The City as it covers certain transport to the destination.
We are also are about to host the prize winners of a Visit Scotland competition last year which was won by a couple in Yorkshire. We expect to be offering the same prize again this year and details will follow soon!

January 18, 2013

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We have now a separate Trip Advisor listing for out Self Catering Listing and our existing listing which is now dedicated entirely to the B and B Listing. Anyone that has stayed is welcome to contribute and we welcome any feedback.

December 29, 2012

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With New Year just about upon us we would like to wish everyone a happy and successful 2013. We will soon be updating the Faside Stud page for the coming years breeding.
A new property has recently been added to Domestic Lets Edinburgh Property Rentals.

September 16, 2012

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We have just got a Pinterest Account so we can share some photo's of Faside Estate. If anyone is on Pinterest, please feel free to add us and to share photos with us. Also, if anyone has stayed and has photos they would like to share please do!
Other than that, just a quick update on what has been going on. We recently just sold one of our beautiful mares, Faside's Melody and will be staying locally near Edinburgh. We have also got the details for next years breeding at and we have seven currently in foal for 2013.
We also now have an offical page on Wikipedia which contains information about the history of the castle.

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