It would be easy for me to criticise those who have left disparaging remarks or cast negative views about the Witchery. I shall not , not because I dont want to but perhaps the Witchery is only there for we special people, people who appreciate and love it, people who view it as a treat and see the love that has been laboured upon it. People who have become part of its history just by staying there. The Witchery is magical, it is special and loving and kind and dark and mysterious and seductive. It is Narnia through the wardrobe only better.
On with the show...
We stayed in The Old Rectory and Margaret showed us to our room, she was lovely and more importantly she was proud to show us the room. Margaret didnt seem at all surprised when I had an "emotional moment" when she opened the door to our room. The Old Rectory is so beautiful and the pictures dont do it justice as it is far more opulent and mysterious than shown. The room if i can call it that is just enormous, a reception area with a huge day bed and tea and coffee etc greeted us and then lead to a sitting area where we had our breakfast. The room has so many things to look at i wandered for a good hour just examining all the hidden delights. The bed is huge and faces the windows out of which you can see the sea. I can't say (like others) that i was disturbed by traffic or people passing as there was only a little noise and it was enjoyable to people watch out of the window.
The bathroom is without doubt the most remarkable room I have ever seen. The bath is roll top and has space for two. The ceiling is beautiful and hand painted with angels paying homage to the wonder of Scottish history. The mirrors are amazing and play tricks with your imagination. I didnt notice the sink for a while as i though it was a reflection from somewhere!
The final act...
We ate in the Secret Garden, it is beautiful, like we imagined it would be. The food was marvellous and the staff were wonderful. Yes the reception is at the top of that stairs - SO WHAT. If you want a nice symmetical spacious boring layout then please go away and stay somewhere else. The Witchery is a maze of excitement, interest and secrecy. To stay there is a dream and to eat there is a marvel. It is truly bewitching. Inside every door you find something new. The staff are lovely, kind and thoughtful people and the atmosphere is one of wonder.
Without doubt, the stay of a lifetime.
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- The Witchery By The Castle Edinburgh, Scotland