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Prestonfield House – The Hotel
I am all about those indulgent moments in life and finding an excuse to treat yourself any time – I am surprisingly good at those! Now, this was one of those short-but-sweet kind of moments where I wanted to slowly take it all in and despite staying for one night only, I left completely relaxed and feeling elevated. Prestonfield House is a very unique place and to be honest, I haven’t stayed anywhere quite like it before. The interiors are theatrical and opulent, you almost feel like you’re in a French museum. You wouldn’t be far off – some of the rooms have been designed back in the 17th century, making this an incredibly special place to visit.
The reception area welcomes you with an opulent Borne Settee and the corridor floors, leading up to the bedrooms are also decorated with fresh flowers as well as various antique lamps, vases, and chairs. Each floor has its own style and theme. We were told at reception that there may be a sight of the hotel peacock Colin, which did appear moments after being mentioned. He is a beautiful and sophisticated peacock who roams free looking for snacks and making sure everyone is feeling welcome.
The hotel has a few different rooms, each more impressive than the other. The baroque Tapestry Room is Prestonfield’s grandest space and was designed back in 1687 by the craftsmen working at Holyrood Palace. There is also a Leather, Whisky and Yellow rooms, each individually equipped with historic features such as a Chinese cabinet from 1687, a collection of antique equestrian portraits, golden velvet wallpaper, and ancient Mortlake tapestries. Today you can admire these historic interiors over a leisurely afternoon tea or a pos-dinner drink and experience what it felt like to be royalty staying here back in the day.
Walking around these different rooms transports you back in time and makes you forget what year you’re living in. There was so much to take in and admire.
The hotel is located moments away from the Arthur Seat in a really quiet area which will guarantee a good night’s sleep with no distractions. The gardens stretch out across 20 acres and there are two adorable Highland Coos around named Toffee and Treacle (Toffee pictured below). It’s a picturesque place to walk around, admiring the beauty of the architecture, scenery and animals.
We stayed at the Lord Provost Suite which consists of a living room area, two bathrooms with shower and bath, and a bedroom. As soon as I entered the room I noticed the incredible scent by Dr Vranjes which filled the space with beautiful Middle Eastern aromas. We were welcomed with artisan chocolates and their signature Prestonfield champagne. Is there any better way to start a weekend?
Our suite matched the rest of the hotel perfectly – antique wooden furniture, historic decor and art, beautiful fresh flowers, and ambient lighting. Entering our bedroom, we found a lovely red vintage Roberts speaker playing classical music which tied the whole room together really well.
On the first night of our arrival we were kindly invited to dine at the Rhubarb restaurant which I’d heard do many great things about and it totally lived up to my expectations. The room feels really intimate and sophisticated with dimmed lights and classical music. I did not take any images of the food as it was really dark in the room, however I can assure you, it was delightful!
We had breakfast in the same room and we ordered from the menu – my favourite as I don’t particularly enjoy breakfast buffets. I started off with a delicious croissant that was extra crispy and tasted so fresh, it was definitely made in house.
For my main breakfast dish I ordered the Eggs Bennedict on a crumpet and Oh-My-Goodness, it was one of the best things I’ve eaten my entire life. The crumpet had so much flavour, crispy on the outside and really soft inside, the hollandaise sauce was incredibly tasty, pulled ham was juicy and flavoursome and the egg was the perfect consistency. In all honesty, it was perfection. We also shared some pancakes with blueberries and lemon mascarpone to share alongside some coffee and fresh juice. We couldn’t move for about an hour after that haha! Ridicularly good breakfast food.
Until next time, Prestonfield House!
This was definitely one of the most sumptuous hotels I’ve visited, my favorite things about it are that it’s truly a hidden gem with the most amazing views of the Arthur seat, animals that seem really happy to be among people and roaming free, incredible food, and of course, all the history that’s so deeply ingrained in every room you step into. This hotel is part of PoB Hotels and I really hope I will get a chance to visit their other locations across the UK as they all seem incredible. Thank you for looking after us this time, Prestonfield! I will be back for another breakfast crumpet, or 10.