Scotland on Sunday Travel Wishlist - Prestonfield House, Edinburgh

Unique rooms, rich history and destination restaurant Rhubarb

Tuesday, 29th September 2020, 6:17 pm
Set within 20 acres of grounds and gardens, Prestonfield is an easy walk from Edinburgh city centre
Set within 20 acres of grounds and gardens, Prestonfield is an easy walk from Edinburgh city centre


Prestonfield House, Edinburgh

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Opulence, theatre and luxury are combined in this unique five-star hotel in one of the Scottish capital’s finest historic buildings. Just five minutes from Edinburgh city centre, James Thomson’s Prestonfield House is one of Edinburgh’s most exclusive hotels, offering the privacy and seclusion of a country estate in the heart of the city.

One of Prestonfield's 23 unique bedrooms which are filled with statement antiques and tactile furnishings

Originally a private home, Prestonfield began a new life as a hotel over 60 years ago. Set within 20 acres of grounds and gardens, guests are treated to a peaceful oasis a stone’s throw from the vibrant city centre where unique bedrooms, notable heritage and excellent food and drink await. No two rooms are the same, each featuring classic antique furniture and characterful feature beds, dressed with fine linens.

Covid-19 update

As always, the safety and wellbeing of guests is top priority at Prestonfield House. But even with enhanced hygiene and safety measures, the team of hospitality professionals are committed to always providing a warm welcome and five-star service.

Budget or boutique?

Prestonfield House is a five-star destination hotel, known for glamour, decadence and luxury.

Room service

In Prestonfield’s 23 luxurious bedrooms and suites expect warm, rich colours, statement antiques and tactile fabrics. The rooms are furnished to a very high standard with mosaic-lined en-suite bathrooms, desks with comfortable seating and dining areas with adjustable lighting for a relaxing ambience.

All rooms have expansive views over Prestonfield’s gardens and parkland, either over the iconic Arthur’s Seat, the adjacent golf course and Royal Holyrood Park, or over the impressive historic ruins of Craigmillar Castle. Some rooms feature views in two directions. All accommodation is fully air-conditioned and features bespoke media cabinets with Bluetooth TVs and a minibar stacked with treats.

Wining and dining

Enjoy breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner in one of the most memorable settings in the city. The destination restaurant, Rhubarb, (so named as the estate was one of the first in Scotland to propagate the vegetable in the 18th century) offers inspiring dining from daylight to twilight. The restaurant, occupying grand Regency rooms, delivers all of the gourmet delights, magic, drama and romance you would expect from the creator of the Witchery by the Castle.

Enjoy exceptional cuisine with Scottish produce, locally sourced from small, artisan suppliers. The current menu includes classic sharing dishes for two, such as a Chateaubriand of Angus beef or Tweeddale Scotch lamb, or perhaps try fresh hake from Scrabster and East Neuk crab.

You can also enjoy one of the city’s most distinguished afternoon teas, a Prestonfield tradition and memorable whether served by the fireside throughout the winter, or in summer in the rose-filled gardens or whimsical gothic tea house. A selection of leaf teas, including Prestonfield’s own blends, are available, as well as home baking, savouries, scones with homemade raspberry jam and traditional sandwiches.

Worth getting out of bed for

Some very distinct wildlife is on display, with Prestonfield’s majestic peacocks parading on the front lawn and around the gardens, adding that extra air of opulence to the whole experience.

A short walk away is Craigmillar Castle, where Mary, Queen of Scots, convalesced in 1566 after the birth of the future James VI, during which time the pact known as the “Craigmillar Bond” was made to dispose of her husband, Lord Darnley.

Little extras

Prestonfield’s history is there to be discovered in the hotel’s artwork, paintings and antique furniture, with a story around every corner.

Enjoy a complimentary bottle of champagne when you book online.

Guestbook comments

A decadent world away from everyday stresses hidden right in the heart of the capital.

Prices Large double rooms start from £275, suites from £350. Prices include breakfast and complimentary champagne if booked online.

Prestonfield House, Priestfield Road, Edinburgh EH16 5UT, 0131-225 7800,


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