all year except 24–25 Dec.
2 dining rooms, free Wi-Fi, terrace.
in public areas.
all ages welcomed.
Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
per room B&B from £345. 3-course set menu £40.
Good Hotel Guide Review
All is fair in the candlelit rooms of James Thomson’s enthralling 16th- and 17th-century buildings overlooking the Royal Mile, with their hidden doors and dramatic nooks and crannies. The atmospheric restaurant-with-suites, by the gates of Edinburgh Castle, is swathed in tapestries and fine carvings. An indulgent Scottish menu is served in two theatrical dining rooms under a painted ceiling, with such dishes as roast loin of Cairngorm venison, honey-roast root vegetables, parsnip mousseline, bramble jus. There’s no lounge, but each of the eclectic, Gothic-style bedrooms has a bottle of champagne on arrival, a bath made for sharing, a huge four-poster, high-spec technology. Come morning, a breakfast hamper may be delivered to the room. See also Prestonfield (main entry).
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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