Prestonfield

Priestfield Rd., Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH16 5UT, Scotland

The cattle grazing on the hotel's 20-acre grounds let you know that you've entered a different world, even though you're five minutes by car from the Royal Mile. Inside this 1687 mansion, baroque opulence reigns in the well-restored public rooms; there are plenty of gilt treasures to relax among as you sip a whisky. Guest rooms are individually decorated, mixing antiques with the latest amenities for total indulgence. The romantic Rhubarb restaurant created by James Thomson—the man behind the Witchery—is suitably sumptuous: expect theatrical decor and a menu starring the best Scottish produce, such as hand-dived scallops, venison, and partridge.

PROS

  • eccentric grandeur
  • comfortable beds

CONS

  • slightly haphazard service
  • brooding decor can look gloomy

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 0131-225–7800

HOTEL DETAILS

18 rooms, 5 suites
Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted Breakfast; Some meals

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