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Prestonfield House
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General information
LocationPrestfield Road, Edinburgh
Opening1960s
Other information
Number of suites23
Number of restaurants1
Website
www.prestonfield.com

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]

HistoryEdit

Originally known as Priestfield, the site was once a wealthy monastery, founded in 1150 by Henry, Earl of Northumbria.[5] Over the subsequent centuries, the estate changed hands many times, until when newly in the possession of the Catholic Dick family, the monastery was in the 1670s burned down by Protestant students. The Family quickly enlisted William Bruce to design a replacement building, which was renamed Prestonfield.

In 1751 the house was inherited by Sir Alexander Dick[6] 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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Porter, Darwin; Prince, Danforth (2009), Frommer's Scotland (11 ed.), Frommer's, p. 101, ISBN 978-0-470-47075-6
  2. ^ http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g186525-d189563-Reviews-Prestonfield-Edinburgh_Scotland.html
  3. ^ http://www.prestonfield.com/accolades.html
  4. ^ Taste of Scotland.
  5. ^ http://www.prestonfield.com/history.html
  6. ^   Dick, Alexander (DNB00). Wikisource. 

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