Good Hotel Guide Review
Fall under the thrall of this dramatic restaurant-with-suites by the gates of Edinburgh Castle, where bewitching candlelit rooms, secret doors, and plenty of nooks and crannies fill the conjoined 16th- and 17th-century buildings. It is owned by James Thomson (see Prestonfield, Edinburgh, Shortlist entry); Jacquie Sutherland is the manager. Astonishing and atmospheric – think tapestries, painted ceilings, antique candlesticks, even a suit of armour – the two dining rooms serve theatrical splendour with their modern Scottish menus. The sumptuous, Gothic-style bedrooms carry on in the same vein. Most are swathed in antique velvet drapes and gold-laced brocade; a tapestry-lined entrance leads into the Turret Suite, whose lucky residents will find a collection of stags’ antlers, an oak-panelled bathroom and exceptional views over the city’s rooftops. A bottle of champagne is presented on arrival; in the morning, a breakfast hamper is delivered to the room. 2 dining rooms (the Witchery and the Secret Garden). Free Wi-Fi. Background music. Terrace. No children under 18. 9 suites. Per room B&B £325–£395. Dinner £55.
one of the most important megalithic monuments in Europe. You can see his fascinating finds on display in the museum, still housed in the stables but now also in the 17th-century threshing barn, where