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Prestonfield House
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General information
LocationPrestfield Road, Edinburgh
Other information
Number of suites23
Number of restaurants1

Prestonfield House is a five-star boutique hotel located in Prestonfield, Edinburgh.

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 renowned by hotel and hospitality critics.[2][3]

The hotel is situated on grounds at the foot of Arthur's Seat, and it also owns a large roundhouse, which was previously used for keeping horses. The stables were repurposed and are now used to 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]

Around 1510 Walter Chepman had built Priestfield House on the site. James Dick bought the house in 1671. This was 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.[6]

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

In 1751 the house was inherited by Sir Alexander Dick[7] from his elder brother William and his eccentric wife Anne Dick. The Dick family continued to modify and improve the estate, adding paintings, a grand 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 hotel in the 1960s, and in 2003, the hotel was bought by restaurateur James Thomson.


  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. ^ "Luxury 5 Star Boutique Hotel, Edinburgh | Prestonfield House Hotel".
  7. ^ "Dick, Alexander" . Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.

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