Prestonfield

Priestfield Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH14 5UT

Price from: £150

A Prestonfield bedroom

By Alison Craig, your Edinburgh expert

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#2 of 40
expert-rated hotels in Edinburgh
Expert overall rating:4.9 out of 5
Location:
4.6
4.6
Bedrooms:
4.7
4.7
Eating/drinking:
4.7
4.7
Public areas:
4.8
4.8
Leisure facilities:
0
N/A
Service:
4.8
4.8
Value for money:
4.7
4.7
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Foodies, Mature travellers, Romance, Special occasions

Best for Luxury - Expert review of Prestonfield

A Scottish mansion house stuffed with style, stone, dark damasks and velvet.

Privately owned by James Thomson, this is my favourite place in town. Several rooms lead off the main hall and staircase offering intimate areas to sit and wile away the hours. In the winter candles, roaring fires, and the smell of Scots pine permeates the whole place and in the summer vast displays of fresh flowers can be seen. Interiors are excessive when it comes to choice of fabrics, size and squishyness of sofas, plus endless yards of oversize drapes.

Location: 

Set in 14 acres of lovely grounds where peacocks strut and highland cattle meander, this feels more like the highlands than an Edinburgh hotel. It's too far to walk to the centre of town, though why you would want to leave at all is beyond me. It's only 10 minutes to the heart of Edinburgh in a cab if you do.

Bedrooms: 

No two are the same. Rich, exotic tapestry, fabrics, cashmere and silks. Hand selected antiques, flat screen TVs, DVD and WiFi.

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Public areas: 

There's the library, and throughout this wonderful mansion house you'll find decadent dark velvets, over-stuffed chaise longues and sofas you could live in. In the winter open fires crackle all day and night. Scottish kitch at its most desirable and wanton.

Eating and drinking: 

Rhubarb is a destination restaurant. MIrroring the style of the hotel it is dark and dramatic with linen table clothes, silver cutlery and wonderful views over the grounds outside. If you were going to propose to someone this would be the place to do it.

Leisure facilities: 

No leisure facilites as such but a wander round the grounds is a very Zen way to start the day.

Service: 

Blushingly good looking staff clad in Howie Nicolsby's stylish black kilts.

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Who stays there: 

Prestonfield is too discreet to reveal exactly who has stayed but I know for a fact George Clooney and Joan Collins are within those numbers – not together I had better add.

Price advice: 

You do pay for such luxury but if I could I would. Some rates include Champagne on arrival and breakfast for two in Rhubarb. One night in this lush paradise would be the equivalent to a week somewhere else.

Pros: 
World class luxury
Historical, beautiful building
Cons: 
You will need transport to get into the centre of the city

More information on Prestonfield:

Price from:
£150
Type:
Hotel
Address:
Priestfield Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH14 5UT
Free tags / Keywords:
Scottish castle, luxury, decadent
Amenities:
Room Service, High-Speed Internet, Restaurant, Parking, Swimming Pool, Pets Allowed, Business Centre
Neighbourhood:
Southside of Edinburgh

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