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.
No two are the same. Rich, exotic tapestry, fabrics, cashmere and silks. Hand selected antiques, flat screen TVs, DVD and WiFi.
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.
No leisure facilites as such but a wander round the grounds is a very Zen way to start the day.
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.
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.
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- World class luxury
- Historical, beautiful building
- You will need transport to get into the centre of the city