Prestonfield House

Prestonfield House is a boutique hotel in Prestonfield, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Prestonfield House
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General information
LocationPrestfield Road, Edinburgh,  Scotland
Coordinates55°56′11″N 3°09′27″W / 55.936426°N 3.157475°W / 55.936426; -3.157475Coordinates: 55°56′11″N 3°09′27″W / 55.936426°N 3.157475°W / 55.936426; -3.157475
Other information
Number of suites23
Number of restaurants1

Prestonfield House was originally built in 1687 by architect Sir William Bruce,[1] and was once considered a wealthy rural estate, but in recent decades has come to serve as a hotel.

Although it falls on the small side as an establishment, having only 23 rooms, Prestonfield House is well-known to hotel and hospitality critics.[2][3]

The hotel is at the foot of Arthur's Seat. The hotel owns a large roundhouse, previously used for keeping horses. The stables were repurposed and now host events, including the "Taste of Scotland Festival".[4]


Originally known as Priestfield, the site was once a wealthy monastery, founded in 1150 by Henry, Earl of Northumbria.[5]

Circa 1510, Walter Chepman built Priestfield House on the site. Thomas Hamilton, Lord Priestfield was clearly living in the house in 1607, when he adopted Prestonfield as his style as a Senator of the College of Justice.[6]

James Dick bought the house in 1671. It burned down during an anti-Catholic riot in 1681. Dick employed Sir William Bruce to design a replacement building, which was then renamed Prestonfield, distancing it from its Catholic connections.[7]

The house remained the home of the Dick baronets for many centuries.

In 1751 the house was inherited by Sir Alexander Dick[8] from his elder brother William and his wife Anne Dick. The Dick family continued to modify and improve the estate, adding paintings, a new staircase with reception rooms and a porte-cochère. Most notably, the stable house was built in the 19th century, as designed by James Gillespie Graham.

The estate was converted for use as a hotel in the 1960s and, in 2003, the hotel was bought by restaurateur James Thomson.

In 2004 Mike Watson, Baron Watson of Invergowrie was charged and later convicted of Wilful fire raising after setting fire to a set of curtains in the hotel following a night of heavy drinking in The Stables at The Scottish Politician of the Year party.[9][10]


  1. ^ Porter, Darwin; Prince, Danforth (2009), Frommer's Scotland (11 ed.), Frommer's, p. 101, ISBN 978-0-470-47075-6
  2. ^ "PRESTONFIELD - Updated 2019 Prices, Hotel Reviews, and Photos (Edinburgh)".
  3. ^ "Luxury 5 Star Boutique Hotel, Edinburgh | Prestonfield House Hotel".
  4. ^ Taste of Scotland.
  5. ^ "Luxury 5 Star Boutique Hotel, Edinburgh | Prestonfield House Hotel".
  6. ^ An Historical Account of the Senators of the College of Justice
  7. ^ "Luxury 5 Star Boutique Hotel, Edinburgh | Prestonfield House Hotel".
  8. ^ "Dick, Alexander" . Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
  9. ^ "Prison for drunken peer who set fire to hotel curtain". the Guardian. 23 September 2005. Retrieved 27 January 2022.
  10. ^ "MSP admits setting fire to hotel curtains". The Independent. 1 September 2005. Retrieved 27 January 2022.

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