Let’s face it, they don’t make hotels like Prestonfield anymore. Not usually. It’s romantic, it’s opulent and it’s shamelessly seductive. The mansion, in a quiet location, gives no hint of what lies inside. Minimalism be damned. There are swags and columns, brocades and velvets, rich colours and intimate corners. Bedrooms are better described as boudoirs, where velvet, silk and antiques mix with high-tech playthings, and surfaces are scattered with flowers, fruit and candles. Suites are even more lavish: a Gothic day bed, a velvet-hung four-poster, silk toile wallpaper, a silver chariot bath. The two oval-shaped dining rooms become a candlelit Gothic fantasy at night, and the food and the hotel’s impressive wine cellar live up to the ambience. Staff are relaxed and friendly, and will track you down in whatever intimate sitting room (there are at least four) you are curled up in. And, once you manage to uncurl, Edinburgh awaits.
Doubles from £345
+44 (0)131 225 7800; prestonfield.com
Visit Holyrood Palace nearby (an even grander building by Prestonfield’s architect), and then explore the less-visited end of the charming old town.
The menu changes frequently, but the ever popular Chateaubriand is always a favourite.
Book in for a luxury transfer in one of the hotel’s Land Rovers for an easy and lovely end to your journey.
CLAIM TO FAME
The hotel has always welcomed presidents, princes and stars of stage and screen, such as Lauren Bacall, the Dalai Lama, Elton John and Sean Connery.
Want to find out more? Visit the hotel's website.
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