Edinburgh, Scotland

With peacocks in the garden, kilt-wearing staff, fire-warmed sitting rooms and antiques at every turn, this 17th-century country house is an indulgent experience. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

'Rich, sumptuous and seductive', this twin-gabled house lies adjacent to Royal Holyrood Park; it was designed in 1687 by Sir William Bruce after he had finished the Palace of Holyrood House. It retains a traditional air, with kilt-wearing staff, fire-warmed sitting rooms and artwork and antiques at every turn. Owned by James Thomson of The Witchery by the Castle, it is 'incredibly peaceful' yet is just minutes from Waverley station and Princes Street. Glamorous interiors of brocade sofas, tapestries, art and curios are set against deep-red and purple colours; one drawing room has Cordovan leather on the walls, another 17th-century tapestries, while the bar contains quirky antler furniture. 'Bedrooms are rich and romantic', with velvets, flowing curtains, darkly patterned wallpapers, beds heaped with cushions – some four-posters require a footstool – rococo mirrors and marble bathrooms. All spoil with robes, books, magazines, hair straighteners and Tunnock’s tea cakes. A candlelit dinner might include pan-fried fillet of stone bass with roasted cauliflower or deer with smoked kidney, truffle mousseline. Breakfast is ‘sheer delight’.

Hotel details


Priestfield Road
EH16 5UT


0131 225 7800


23. 1, on ground floor, suitable for disabled.


all year.


lift, 2 drawing rooms, sitting room, library, whisky bar, restaurant (vegan menu), drawing rooms, private dining rooms, in-room TV (Sky, Netflix), wedding facilities, terraces, tea house, 20-acre grounds, putting green, EV charging, public rooms wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.

Background music

‘as suitable’ in public areas.


all ages welcomed, extra bed £25.


allowed in bedrooms (no charge), public rooms and park, not in restaurant.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.


B&B doubles from £375. Set 3-course dinner £65, à la carte £75.