Prestonfield

Edinburgh, Scotland

‘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. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘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. For James Thomson OBE, who bought it in 2003, it was the fulfilment of a long-held dream, and a dream it is, a vision of lavishness, with paintings, tapestries, gilded mirrors, carved four-posters, chinoiserie lacquered cabinets, tooled and gilded leather wall coverings in the principal bedchamber … The atmosphere is so rich you could bottle it. ‘When we arrived, the remnants of a wedding were in progress. Pipers and pretty maidens abounded.’ Bedrooms have a minibar, mood lighting, perhaps a view of Craigmillar Castle ruins. In Rhubarb restaurant ‘dinner was superb’, from ‘a leek thing and duck pâté’ to ‘rack of lamb and a gorgeous strawberry concoction’. Introduced to Scotland by former resident Sir Alexander Dick, rhubarb appears at breakfast in compote and porridge, along with a full Scottish, full vegan, house-smoked salmon and much more, all just ten minutes from the city centre. (JB)

Hotel details

Address

Priestfield Road
Edinburgh
EH16 5UT
Scotland

Telephone

0131 225 7800

Bedrooms

23. 1, on ground floor, suitable for disabled.

Open

all year.

Facilities

lift, 2 drawing rooms, sitting room, library, whisky bar, restaurant (vegetarian /vegan menus), private dining rooms, in-room TV (Sky), wedding facilities, terraces, tea house, 20-acre grounds, EV charging, public rooms wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music

‘as suitable’ in public areas.

Children

all ages welcomed, extra bed £25.

Dogs

allowed in bedrooms (no charge), public rooms and park, not in restaurant.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £375. Set 3-course dinner £44, à la carte £70.