23. 1, on ground floor, suitable for disabled.
lift, 2 drawing rooms, sitting room, library, whisky bar, restaurant, private dining rooms, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Sky), wedding facilities, terraces, tea house, 20-acre grounds (gardens, croquet, putting, paddocks, woodland), public rooms wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.
‘when suitable’ in public areas.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in bedrooms, public rooms and park, not in restaurant (£25 per dog per night).
all major cards.
per room B&B from £220. Set dinner £40, a la carte £50.
Good Hotel Guide Review
A tapestry room, a state drawing room, a whisky room, a sitting room lined with gilded Cordoba leather… James Thomson’s 17th-century mansion beside Royal Holyrood Park pleases by a fine excess. It is filled with antiques, ancestral portraits, Mortlake tapestries, statuary, swags and drapes. Bathrooms are lined with Venetian glass, mosaic and marble. Suites are named after past visitors. Benjamin Franklin has a silver-leaf sleigh bed, an antique chaise longue, trompe l’oeil drapery, views over gardens and parkland. A former resident, Sir Alexander Dick, is credited with introducing rhubarb to Scotland – hence Rhubarb restaurant, where chef John McMahon’s use of local and artisan ingredients is as lavish as everything else. A typical dish: roast roe deer loin, haunch pie and haggis, salt-baked beetroot, red cabbage purée, confit purple potato, semi-dried cherries, pink peppercorn jus. At breakfast, there are freshly squeezed juices, kippers, Finnan haddie. A bar menu is available from noon to night. ‘The staff are welcoming, helpful and charming.’ In the ‘fantastic grounds with peacocks and Highland cattle’ there are woodland walks, statues, topiary. Mr Thomson also owns The Witchery by the Castle, Edinburgh (see Shortlist). (JP)
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Tours of the vineyard are available, alongside a farm shop.
The remains of the largest known Roman villa in the UK.
A recreation of the Victorian house that Lawrence was born in, with guided tours.
An award-winning visitor attraction.
A working watermill.