An Edinburgh icon fronted by a kilted doorman, this Victorian railway stop-over is today a grand 21st-century hotel (Rocco Forte Hotels) with a Michelin-starred restaurant, a chic brasserie, an award-winning spa and a choice of inviting places to take tea.
‘Neatness and sweetness all around, These at Prestonfield are found’, wrote Benjamin Franklin, after a stay at this 17th-century mansion in parkland under Arthur’s Seat. ‘This hotel was wonderful,’ a trusted reader waxes no less lyrical.
There’s a definite Scandi-Scottish style at Tom and Michaela Kitchin’s gastropub-with-rooms. The impressive beamed restaurant in the former village inn’s horse stables has a stripped-back look, with designer lighting, original stone walls and a massive fireplace, while bedrooms might feature wallpaper with a thistle design or Nordic birch forests.