Prestonfield is a luxury hotel that is "So extravagant it's like walking onto the set of some flamboyant costume drama." Conde Nast Traveller Magazine. James Thomson, owner of the capital's celebrated Witchery and Tower restaurants, acquired this historic 17th-century mansion, which had already been a hotel for fifty years. The purchase of this luxury country house hotel realised a long held ambition. For, while still a student at catering college, Thomson had worked at Prestonfield as a banqueting waiter. He fell in love with the magical place, and dreamt of one day becoming its owner. Distinguished by opulent furnishings, fine paintings and antiques, the decadent and quixotic splendours of Prestonfield provide the ultimate retort to minimalism. It is surely Edinburgh's most indulgent chic retreat. For, although only 5 minutes from the heart of Scotland's historic capital, this ravishing 17th-century mansion is set in 20 acres of verdant parkland.
Originally built by the king's architect, Sir William Bruce in 1687, Prestonfield was home to successive generations of the Dick-Cunynhams one of Scotland's wealthiest and most distinguished dynastic families. Throughout its long and colourful history, this unique and memorable place has always been fabled for its hospitality. Successive Dick-Cunynham baronets of Prestonfield entertained the luminaries of their day. In the eighteenth century, these included the writers and intellectuals of the Scottish Enlightenment.
Prestonfield is situated only 10 minutes by taxi from Edinburgh's finest shopping streets and the historic attractions of the Royal Mile. Yet, as this luxury country house hotel is surrounded by 20 acres of parkland (which is home to a herd of highland cattle plus eighteen peacocks), it provides all the privacy of a country estate.
More recently, the sumptuous interiors at this luxury hotel have become the preferred hang-out for famous names from the worlds of music and film, and the Prestonfield's long-established reputation for fine dining has been rekindled with the debut of Rhubarb, the splendid restaurant at Prestonfield. With approaching 1000 wines to choose from our sommelier's help could be useful with delicious wines selected for packages ranging from £19.50 per guest to one including Dom Perignon Champagne at £75 per guest.
The 23 guest bedrooms and suites at Prestonfield have state-of-the-art technology discreetly located amid their antique splendours. All are air-conditioned, with WIFI, Bose sound systems, DVD players and flat screen TVs. Bed linens by Frette, luxurious bathrobes, fresh flowers and exclusive toiletries complete the pampering experience. New for 2009 is The Owner's Suite - Prestonfield's premier suite is located in the most historic part of Prestonfield, in rooms traditionally reserved by former owners for their personal use. Entered from a private stone turret stair and hallway, this dramatically furnished suite comprises entrance hall, bedroom with library-style bathroom and large separate sitting room. The views over Prestonfield's parkland and gardens include the romantic ruins of Craigmillar castle which can be admired from the bathroom. Lavishly-draped in raspberry silk, the domed four-poster bed is complete with ostrich plumes and is the centrepiece of the opulent bedroom, which also features a second plasma TV and seating area. A complimentary laptop with WIFI is available for the duration of your stay.
Each of of the 18 luxurious and romantic bedrooms is furnished in Prestonfield's trademark opulent and individual style with rich, warm colours and sensuously luxurious fabrics making them the most indulgent and romantic five-star hotel rooms in the city.
All of Prestonfield unique and romantic bedrooms features a comfortable seating area, a desk, a collection of antiques and individual characterful beds dressed with fine linen and piled high with cushions.
Each luxurious room features expansive views over Prestonfield's secluded gardens and parkland to Edinburgh's iconic hill, Arthur's Seat, over the adjacent golf course and Royal Holyrood Park or to the historic ruins of Craigmillar castle. Some rooms feature views in two directions.
Rooms are fitted to the highest possible five-star standards with luxurious en-suite bathrooms, ample wardrobe space, a practical desk with free wi-fi and internet connections for when you must work, ample comfortable seating, dining areas and dimmable lighting to relax.
All rooms feature bespoke media cabinets with large plasma TVs, DVD and CD players and a minibar packed with treats.
Lord Provost Suite
With walls lined in red velvet, reminiscent of the Lord Provost's ceremonial robes, guests will find every indulgence in this sumptuous and luxurious suite including a romantic four poster bed.
This luxurious five-star suite features views over parkland to Arthur’s Seat from both the double bedroom and separate sitting room.
The romantic bedroom is richly decorated in dramatic reds and features an antique mahogany four poster bed, lavishly hung with red and gold velvets. The bedroom also features a media cabinet with 36” plasma TV & DVD, a desk and seating.
Velvet-lined walls and a collection of dramatic black Chinese lacquer furniture ensure that the dramatic separate sittingroom is a memorable location to relax, work or entertain.
Both rooms are fully air-conditioned, have free wi-fi and feature media cabinets with large plasma TVs, DVDs and Bose sound systems. The Lord Provost Suite features two bathrooms; an en-suite and a second guest bathroom lined in marble and red Venetian glass mosaic.
Guests now find every indulgence in this sumptuous suite, from an elegant tapestry-hung tester bed to an atmospheric antique-filled sitting room with luxurious gothic day bed and a colourful collection of militaria. This luxurious five-star suite features views over the parkland to Arthur’s Seat from both the double bedroom and separate sitting room.
The bedroom is chic, with dramatic red walls and a romantic antique four-poster bed hung with red and gold velvets. The bedroom also includes a small seating area and a bespoke media cabinet with 36” plasma TV & DVD
A gothic day bed and a collection of military antiques all ensure that the dramatic red, black and gold separate sittingroom is a memorable location to relax, work or entertain.
Both rooms are fully air-conditioned, have wi-fi and feature media cabinets with large plasma TVs, DVDs and Bose sound systems. The Churchill Suite features two bathrooms; an en-suite and a second guest bathroom lined in marble and red Venetian glass mosaic.
Allan Ramsay Suite
A regular visitor to Prestonfield, in 1736 he embarked on a Grand Tour of Europe with Prestonfield’s then owner, Sir Alexander Dick.
The painted scenes in Prestonfield’s Italian room still provide a sumptuous souvenir of those travels. Our twenty-first century guests now find every indulgence, from a four-poster bed to a decadently furnished sitting room in this sumptuous suite. One of Prestonfield’s largest suites, the Ramsay has views of gardens and parkland from both the large double bedroom and spacious separate sitting room.
The bedroom is chic and elegant, in amethyst and ivory with a four poster bed, deep French chaise and media cabinet with plasma TV.
Walls of dramatic silk toile, grand seventeeth-century furniture and antique chests ensure that the
separate sittingroom is a memorable location to relax, work or entertain.
Both rooms are fully air-conditioned, have wi-fi and feature media cabinets with large plasma TVs, DVDs and Bose sound systems. The Ramsay features two bathrooms; an en-suite and a second guest bathroom. Both are lined in marble and black and gold Venetian glass mosaic.
Ben Franklin Suite
Twenty-first century guests now find every indulgence in this sumptuous suite, from a huge silver-leaf sleigh bed, to a decadently furnished sitting room. One of Prestonfield’s largest and most luxurious five-star suites, the Franklin has views of the gardens and parkland from both the large double bedroom and spacious separate sitting room.
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The bedroom is chic and elegant, decorated in black and pewter brocades, with a huge silver leaf sleigh bed, a seating area with antique chaise-longue and a media cabinet with 36” plasma TV & DVD.
Walls of dramatic trompe-l’oeil drapery, bold classical furniture and dramatic black lacquer all ensure that the separate sittingroom is a memorable location to relax, work or entertain.
Both rooms are fully air-conditioned, have wi-fi and feature media cabinets with large plasma TVs, DVDs and Bose sound systems. The Franklin Suite features two bathrooms; an en-suite and a second guest bathroom lined in marble and black and gold Venetian glass mosaic.
The Owners Suite
Prestonfield' most opulent and indulgent suite is entered from a private turret stair and hallway. Dramatic and romantic, this lavishly furnished suite comprises entrance lobby, bedroom with library-style bathroom and large separate sittingroom. There are views over Prestonfield’s parkland and gardens in three directions, including the romantic ruins of Craigmillar castle from the bathroom.
A lavishly-draped, domed four-poster bed, complete with ostrich plumes, is the centrepiece of the opulent bedroom, which also features a second plasma TV and seating area.
Both rooms are fully air-conditioned, have wi-fi and feature media cabinets with large plasma TVs, DVDs and Bose sound systems and i-pod docking.
The dramatic library-style bathroom is lined with books and darkest red marble. It features a huge freestanding silver chariot bath large enough for two, with rainfall shower above and a large window with views to the ruins of Craigmillar castle.
How to get there?
Prestonfield by Air
Prestonfield is just over an hour's flight from London and is only nine miles from Edinburgh airport with its many international flights. Taxis from Edinburgh airport take approximately 30 minutes.
Guests wishing to arrive in discreet style and luxury can book an airport collection and be met by our black-kilted driver in Prestonfield's sleek black Range Rover. Advance booking required from £60.
Prestonfield by Helicopter
Prestonfield's coordinates are 1.8 nautical miles from Edinburgh N55 degrees 56.13 W 003 degrees 09.54 Altitude +200 feet above sea level. Please advise us in advance if you are arriving by helicopter.
Prestonfield by Rail
We are a five minute taxi ride from Edinburgh's Waverley Rail Station.
Prestonfield by Car
Prestonfield has lots of free on-site parking for guests travelling by car. If you use sat nav the postcode is EH16 5UT.
Prestonfield by Bike
Prestonfield has secure bike racks for guests and we have some mountain bikes that you are free for guests to use during your stay.
Prestonfield by Public Transport.
The following buses run to with half a mile of Prestonfield Nos. 2, 14 & 33.
How to find us...
If you use Sat Nav the postcode is EH16 5UT
From the South or East or West
From the A720 City bypass take the Sherriffhall exit and follow A7 signs to City Centre. At the Cameron Toll roundabout follow signs to the Old Town and proceed up Dalkeith Road heading north.
At the third set of traffic lights turn right into Priestfield Road where you will find the gates of Prestonfield a few hunderd metres on your left.
From the Royal Mile
Turn off of the Royal Mile at St Mary's Street (just below John Knox's House) and cross the traffic lights at the Cowgate proceeding up the Pleasance. After a mile or so you'll pass the Royal Commonwealth Pool on your left. At the next set of traffic lights turn left into Priestfield Road where you will find the gates of Prestonfield a few hundred metres on your left.
Nearest Airport: Edinburgh.
Distance from Airport: 30 minutes.
A £100 per room per night non refundable deposit is required at time of booking.
Payment of deposit will be taken on same day reservation is made.
Cancel by 12pm 7 days before arrival or the full stay will be charged including tax. £100 per night deposit is non refundable
Please note: rates indicate FROM price for the given period and may differ for higher number of visitors. Rates currency is GBP.
All rates include Vat, a welcome bottle of Champagne with dark chocolate pots and full breakfast menu served in the restaurant Rhubarb.
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