Prestonfield House, Edinburgh, Scotland
An indulgent country-house hotel only ten minutes from Edinburgh centre with richly decorated rooms, smart cooking, a cossetting atmosphere and intuitive staff.
Rooms available from £295 per night
Your expert reviewer
The hotel is surrounded by 20 acres of parkland, so feels rural. The private drive, mature trees and pretty rose gardens keep it feeling secluded. It's in the shadow of the volcanic outcrop of Arthur's Seat.
You're on the southern outskirts of the city, only 10 minutes' drive from the city centre.
By car: around an hour from Glasgow, 2 hours 30 minutes from Newcastle and 4 hours 30 minutes from Manchester. Free on-site parking available.
By train: Glasgow Queens Street to Edinburgh Waverley takes around 50 minutes, it's 3 hours from Manchester Piccadilly and 4 hours 45 minutes from London Kings Cross - after which, it's a 10-minute drive to the hotel. Book trains to Edinburgh.
CHARACTER & STYLE
From the exterior, it looks like a typical Scottish country house dating back to the late 17th Century. Inside, you'll find seductive reds and purples, art-covered walls and antiques, brocades and velvets. It's opulent and dramatic, where more is definitely more.
There is a choice of four lounges, each with a log fire - one leads out onto the terrace. In warmer weather, tables and chairs are in outdoor areas. You can hire electric bikes or play golf next door. Speak to staff about other local activities, they are happy to arrange anything from chauffeured day-trips with picnic hampers to theatre tickets.
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
Rooms follow the seductive feel of the rest of the hotel, with a riot of velvet and satin, dimmed lighting and draped curtains. All have marble bathrooms, complete with toiletries. There's a mix of old with new - for example, TVs hidden behind mirrors.
Room types: Luxury, Classic, Estate rooms; Lord Provost, Winston Churchill, Allan Ramsay, Benjamin Franklin, Owner's suites
Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, hairdryer, Nespresso machine, TV, fre Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
Expect unpretentious Modern British cuisine with locally-sourced ingredients at Rhubarb Restaurant. Try the home-smoked Scottish salmon or golden beetroot with crowdie cheese and black trompettes, followed by Angus featherblade en croute or pan-fried sea bream with Parmesan risotto. The drinks list is extensive - 800 wines by the bottle, and over 100 malt whiskies.
Rhubarb Restaurant: Scottish fine dining, à la carte and set menu options. Open daily, 12-10pm. Afternoon tea served daily from 12pm, £50 per person.
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