Prestonfield

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Address: Priestfield Road, Edinburgh, EH14 5UT, United Kingdom

Star rating:
5 star hotel

4.9

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
4.6
90%
Eating/drinking
4.7
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
4.8
90%
Value for money
4.7
90%
Bedrooms
4.7
90%
Public areas
4.8
90%

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.

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.

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.

Amenities

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Foodies
  • Mature travellers
  • Romance
  • Special occasions

Pros & Cons

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