With Scottish tourism opening up this week it’s time to get planning your first staycation. Situated only five minutes from Edinburgh city centre is the impressive and renowned Prestonfield House hotel, owned by hotelier-restaurateur James Thomson OBE. This historic building sits within its 20-acre garden, its white baroque exterior standing proud against the rugged backdrop of Arthur’s seat. As you turn into their impressive driveway, the city noise fades away and you are greeted by the hotel’s resident peacocks that wander aimlessly around the grounds. The adjacent field is also home to some large and hairy resident Highland cows aptly called Toffee and Treacle.
I often visit the hotel for their delicious and renowned afternoon tea and to also dine in their atmospheric restaurant, Rhubarb. However last year I was lucky enough to spend a night for my 40th birthday. With Prestonfield House Hotel opening up again this week, I couldn’t help but share how fantastic this luxury hotel is.
The quant entrance to the hotel is often strikingly decorated to reflect the ever-changing seasons; billowing with pumpkins in the autumn, twinkling with Christmas trees in the winter and beautiful displays of fresh flowers in the spring/summer. Here, you are always greeted with the most attentive and friendly members of staff who constantly strive to make your visit extra special.
As you enter the foyer, the space opens up into a beautiful staircase and hallway of deep rich hues whilst the air is filled with the scent of fresh flowers which are impressively displayed throughout. This gorgeous decor continues into the hotel reception which is located towards the back of the hotel.
The hotel boasts 18 luxurious bedrooms along with 5 opulent suites which all take in impressive views over the hotels surrounding gardens and parklands. Because of its green countryside setting you almost forget that you are so close to the city, it is not until you catch a glimpse of Edinburgh’s iconic Arthur’s Seat from your room window that it reminds you where you are. Although each of the rooms is individually designed, Prestonfield’s lavish trademark style runs through each one of them. I stayed in one of their luxury rooms on the ground floor which looks out towards Prestonfield’s very own golf course.
The first thing you notice about the room is its plush decor of elaborate wall coverings, antique furniture and a large bed embellished with luxurious linens. The rich hues of the space bring such a comforting warmth and the clash of numerous patterns used in the design somehow work. The doors and sash windows are swathed in sumptuous fabrics with fanciful tassels and it feels as if you have travelled back in time as though you are residing in a Scottish castle chamber.
Comfortable seating around the room allows you to sit back and enjoy Prestonfield’s very own champagne which you receive when booking directly with the hotel. However, if weather permits you can also enjoy a glass of fizz in the surrounding gardens located adjacent to the hotel.
The adjoining gold and black bathroom again carry on that boudoir style with elaborately patterned floor tiles, a luxurious fabric shower curtain and a heavy framed mirror. Penhaligons toiletries and Dr Vranjes room fragrance all add to those little luxurious touches that make a stay at Prestonfield so special.
For dining, you can opt to visit their renowned restaurant Rhubarb, appropriately named due to Prestonfield House being the first Scottish estate to propagate rhubarb, which still grows in their garden today. Situated in the heart of this beautiful building, Rhubarb spans over two large adjoining rooms. Each room is adorned with high ceilings, sash windows and walls of beautifully restored historical paintings. Again, the décor echoes the rest of this estate with antiques, historic architectural features and lavish materials. You can find my full review of this beautiful restaurant in my previous post.
The tasty breakfast is also served in Rhubarb, however as I was here celebrating a special occasion the hotel very kindly allowed us to have breakfast in their Salon Privée. This intimate nook is located just off one of the hotels stone turrets staircases and is just big enough for two guests. Here we sat in our very own private space which looked out towards the hotels’ rhubarb garden and beyond. The waiter was just one bell ring away and it wasn’t long before the table was filled with a delicious spread of hot and cold food. I couldn’t help but sample their full Scottish breakfast which was truly delicious. There is of course a full array of choices that cater for all.
From the moment you walk through its elegant doors, Prestonfield House Hotel provides a truly enriching experience to every one of its guests. The hotel manages to strike a perfect balance between providing an opulent experience without it being overly pretentious, which personally allows me to feel more relaxed. Its friendly and approachable staff, luxurious facilities and peaceful yet central location all combine to create the perfect staycation.
Blu Blazer Guy Rating:
Location – 5/5
Customer Service – 4.5/5
Accommodation – 4.5/5
Cleanliness – 5/5
Food and Drink – 4.5/5