Set in the shadow of the extinct 800-foot volcano Arthur’s Seat, this extraordinarily lavish boutique property housed within a late-17th-century mansion is situated 3 miles southeast of Edinburgh’s city center. Converted to a 23-room hotel in the 1960s, this hotel, nestled amid 20 acres of gardens, is now owned by well-known local restaurateur James Thomson. The interior décor is operatic and rococo, especially in the Tapestry Room, which is bedecked with grand English Mortlake tapestries, and the Leather Room, where panels of 17th-century leather from Córdoba adorn the walls. The grand Benjamin Franklin Suite is imaginatively decorated with a silver-leaf sleigh bed, walls covered with black and pewter brocades, and silver- and gold-gilded mirrors. The separate sitting area is dramatically appointed with dramatic trompe l’oeil drapery, classical furniture and leopard-print carpet. Public spaces include a second-floor terrace where guests can order from the bar menu and gourmet Rhubarb serving locally sourced cuisine and a superlative afternoon tea. The property also comprises an 18-hole golf course, a putting green and a croquet lawn. Overall, though the interior design may be idiosyncratic, the staff are extremely hospitable and the food consistently excellent.
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Lowest Rate: Luxury Room, $320; Editor's Choice: Benjamin Franklin Suite, $540.
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