If you were to dream up what one would expect from a country house Scottish hotel, your imagination wouldn’t stray far from what Prestonfield delivers. Built in 1687 as the grandiose home of Lord Provost, Prestonfield delivers opulence of the highest scale throughout its 23 bedroom, whilst maintaining its reputation as a foodie mecca for its acclaimed restaurant, Rhubarb. Luxurious fabrics, roaring log fires and indulgent furniture are the order of the day from which to admire the stunning views out over Prestonfield’s secluded gardens and parkland to Arthur’s Seat.
The bedrooms may be Miss Havisham meets Willy Wonka (expect purple hues throughout – we are in Scotland after all) but surely that’s what a stay in a 17th century manor is what it’s all about. Enjoy a special occasion in one of their cosy nooks and book a private dining area to impress the other half but be sure to keep the alcohol to a minimum; you do not want to knock over one of their priceless antiques on the way up to bed.
Wake up to a hearty Scottish breakfast featuring traditional specialities, heavy on the kippers, before hopping in a cab for the 5 minute journey to enjoy all that Edinburgh has to offer.