There are some places that you immediately connect with, and Prestonfield House Hotel in Edinburgh is one of those places for me. It is an indulgent retreat and the perfect getaway, and I could quite happily move there.
I first came across Prestonfield when it was mentioned in a book I was flicking through and immediately promised myself a visit having never been to Edinburgh before. Several years on and Harriet was offered a place at Edinburgh University, and dropping her off for her first term in September provided a perfect excuse to stay. This was the first of many stays during the four years of too-ing and fro-ing from Edinburgh to Hampshire, and last week a stay at Prestonfield for Harriet’s graduation provided the perfect end to her 4 years at university.
Built in 1687 as the grand baroque home of Edinburgh’s Lord Provost, it is now the most glamorous historic hotel, with inspiration bursting from each room. Filled with the finest antiques and artwork, upholstered walls in velvet and leather, and the most opulent furnishings, you can imagine it suits my style perfectly, and is such a treat to visit. Every aspect of the hotel has been carefully considered and coordinated to create a traditional and luxurious style, but with a cosy and homely feel. There is so much atmosphere and character there, and it is clear that the antiques, artwork and furnishings in each room have been lovingly collected and added over time to create such a unique place. I think this is one of the key elements in making somewhere feel homely, no matter what your style.
The attention to detail is superb, the food in the Rhubarb restaurant is exquisite and the staff are simply fabulous – nothing is too much trouble. One of my favourite things to do is to have a walk around the grounds after breakfast, and joining the peacocks on the roof terrace for afternoon tea is not bad either!
If all of that wasn’t enough, on top of this Prestonfield is set in 20 acres of wonderful green surroundings, including a golf course and a croquet lawn, and is overlooked by the magnificent Arthur’s Seat from which you can achieve fantastic views over the city if you can cope with the steep hike!
If you hadn’t already guessed Prestonfield really is one of my favourite places to visit, it always provides me with inspiration as well as a relaxing and indulgent break. Even though Harriet is no longer at university in Edinburgh, I still endeavour to visit this wonderful home from home in this fabulous city, and I really would recommend it.