an opulent treat in a magical country estate
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.
Prestonfield House, Priestfield Road, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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.
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.
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
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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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