My husband and I stayed here in the Winston Churchill suite on the night after our wedding night. The thinking was that if we were spending that much, we wanted to spend the afternoon and the evening at the hotel too! We were not disappointed. From the moment you sweep in down the drive you know this is a very special place. The grounds and house are stunning from the outside and there are 2 very sweet highland cows in the field. I checked in earlier than my husband who was still sorting out the post-wedding chaos, so that I could relax, have a bath etc before dinner. The staff couldn't have been more welcoming. The suite was utterly beautiful and full of character. It had every mod con but technology was tucked discreetly away behind the fantastic baroque furnishings. We had chosen one of the suites that was most sumptuously furnished but for those who like things a little more minimalist there are also other suites that are decorated differently. The suite had 2 bathrooms, both really luxurious. We had been given a chilled bottle of champagne and some chocolates, they were aware we were a honeymoon couple but I think the champagne is standard service in any case for the suites.
We had dinner at the Rhubarb restaurant and our waiter/sommelier was fantastically knowledgeable. We were overwhelmed by the enormous wine list but he steered us through it and recommended probably the best bottle of wine I've ever had at a price we could afford. We had the Chateaubriand for two which was utterly excellent. Afterwards we enjoyed a few drinks in each of the other rooms which are all uniquely and beautifully decorated with some very unusual antiques and period furnishings. (Check out the chairs made out of antlers in the whisky room...) The breakfast was also excellent the next day (full Scottish breakfast, plus any of the usual continental breakfast, cereals etc).
We found the staff incredibly pleasant and helpful throughout. Nothing is too much trouble, but the atmosphere is still very relaxed. You really do feel as though you are staying in a (very rich!) friend's country house. We cannot wait to go back and will definitely be booking back in for our first year's anniversary next year. It is pricy but is undoubtedly worth every penny.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Prestonfield is Edinburgh's most indulgent retreat and Scotland's latest 5-star hotel. Rated one of the "Best 101 Hotels in the World" by Tatler/Abercrombie & Kent and AA Hotel of the Year 2005, this exceptional hotel is near Edinburgh's Royal Mile. Prestonfield has been lavishly restored by new owner James Thomson of Edinburgh's famous Witchery by the Castle. Now guests find every modern convenience hidden behind the velvet-upholstered walls of Edinburgh's most talked-about bedrooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Prestonfield Hotel Edinburgh
- Prestonfield Edinburgh, Scotland