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... Margaret's Chapel, the oldest building in Edinburgh at over 900 years old.
It is the sheer architectural magnificence that pleases us the most. You have to see it to believe it.
It is oh so busy. Noel reckons every tourist in the world is here today but it is the peak tourist season after all. We spent about 2.5 hours walking around the Castle and decided it was time to move onto to what is known as the Royal Mile.
... coastal roads.
Many of them were single track and in spite of being the height of
tourist season, were still relatively untraveled. I think this has to have been my favourite
journey of all and many stops were made for picture taking. The third trip, taken this week, was by
train to Inverness and back to Skye.
This was a completely different experience as the train doesn’t always
follow the roads but cuts ...
... that were 500 years old and stencilling over 200 years old on some walls. We learnt who lived on the different levels and why. Some of the buildings were 14 stories high at one stage with around 700 people living in this tiny little Close. Back to the cathedral cafe for lunch, then to the Children's Museum which covered 5 levels of toys dating way back. There was very little there that I recalled from my childhood. ...
... cramped but I managed to send a couple of e-mails and then read and watched the scenery – which was beautiful if a little soggy.
Just as I had picked the busiest time in the year to visit Galway, I have managed to do the same with Edinburgh. Not only is the Military Tattoo on but also the Fringe Festival (similar to our Comedy Festival)… but it all adds to the atmosphere.
Two hours later, I arrived in Edinburgh to cloudy skies but ...
... to the plastic crisis, we also didn't get sick! We loved watching people's
faces when we'd fill our bottles out of taps in scummy toilets in the middle of Cambodia :)
Headlamps: This was another last minute buy that has come in so handy. Whether it be loss of electricity in Laos, caving in Malaysia, night walks in Borneo, camping in Australia, or reading
under the covers we got lots of use out ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Prestonfield Edinburgh
Opulence in a City/Country Setting
The Prestonfield in Edinburgh was like a dream come true from the moment my wife and I arrived there. Set on a lush estate (complete with roaming animals, which adds to the charm) minutes from the heart of the city, we felt we got the best of city and country life at this hotel. Though the prices are high, they reflect the quality of service and attention you get. The staff were amazingly helpful and friendly, never once causing us to question an action they did. The Rhubarb restaurant served us awesome meals and our room was as opulent and comfotable as you could get. We will definitely stay at the Prestonfield again on next visit!
Rhubarb - Oh My Word!
My husband and I celebrated a special birthday at the Rhubarb restaurant, and I have to say that I have never been anywhere as good. We arrived and were led into a beautiful, candlelit room, where we chose our meals from a delicious sounding menu. The staff, and the whole atmosphere was welcoming and warm, from the smiles as we were served, to the suggestion that we take our deserts upstairs in our own private lounge with a log fire. Our evening was very special, and I would recommend Rhubarb to anyone wanting to experience a relaxing and romantic evening. Even the ladies powder room was amazing; raspberry pink, with a huge chaise longe and orchids to add to the opulence of the experience!
Just got back from a 3 night stay at Prestonfield. My wife and I visit Edinburgh about five or six times a year, on weekend breaks, and usually stay at the Scotsman. However this time we decided to see if all the hype surrounding this hotel was justified.
From the minute the taxi pulled up at the main entrance, right up until our departure, we were stunned by the sumptuous design and furnishings, quality of service, total lack of fuss, and of course the beautiful setting. Nothing could be faulted. Everyone should stay here once in their life. We were in Edinburgh for one night for the Crosby Stills and Nash concert (fab too) and could not sample the dining experience - but we will be back for our 25th wedding anniversary next year and can hardly wait.
One of the most beautiful hotels I have ever stayed in. True scottish feel to it- the decor is amazing and the rooms are wonderful. The main restaurant- rhubarb is stunning. The hotel has separate bars and living areas which are magical.
Would highly recommend it as it has a rural feel although in the city of edinburgh. I great place to relax and feel pampered.
Me and my boyfriend had a truly atomospheric and characteristic meal at Rubarb, the restaurant at Prestonfeild House Hotel. I would love to go back to stay at the hotel evan though we live in Edinburgh! I'm sure I'll think of an excuse! The sight of the peacocks and highland cows in the grounds really does give the place a certain special quality. In the restaurant we were suitably impressed. Well placed service and well presented and executed food. We have eated better, but we've also paid much bigger bills than we got at Prestonfield. It's not cheap, our bill was in the £200 ($380) range but this was with a good bottle of wine and all the drinks and extras you would expect to want. Service is attentive but you get the idea that not everyone is exactly confident, probaly due to the fact that the place was taken over not that long ago and everyone is still finding their feet. Our wine waiter was young and very enthusiastic and was an absolute darling treating the very ordinary desert wine that we had ordered like it was the best thing on the list. Not exactly approprate but it shows they are investing in their staff and are hiring the right sort of people in the first place. The lounges upstairs are lovely, open fires, old country house furniture, board games and books ect. The only thing the staff got really wrong was when we were informed by no less than three different people that we only had the table for 2 hours till the next booking. This was something that had been explained when I telephoned for a reservation, and they were quite right to check that I had been informed of this. However, this should of been the job of the person greeting the guests only, or at least he should of informed the others. We had arrived 20mins early especially to enjoy a pre-dinner drink and did not wish to feel rushed. However other than this I very much enjoyed the experience.
Stunningly decorated and comes with Highland Cows out your window
Prestonfield House is a beautifully decorated hotel. Some rooms appear small, after putting in a king size bed and a big TV cabinet inside, there's not much room for even a work desk. Food at Rhubarb restaurant is great but slow service. Make sure you look outside the window for the cute Highland Cows!! Would be great location for a weekend away rather than for business travellers. The hotel staff looked a bit stunned when we showed up at 7am sharp for checkouts as the breakfast buffet isn't even ready!
We stayed here for a wedding anniversary. I know Edinburgh fairly well but had never heard of this hotel and could not understand how it could claim to be in a quiet setting, yet close to the city.
I stayed here with my wife and toddler. It is a wonderful spacious country house right in the middle of Edinburgh, complete with fields and interesting highliand cattle and a peacock on the front lawn. Plenty of space in the car park, lovely grounds and although probably not their target market, a great place to bring small kids! We had a lovely large room overlooking the garden and they had a baby listening service so we could eat dinner in the resturant just down the corridor and not be too far away from the sleeping toddler. The hotel is a well preserved historic house, within easy reach of city centre by bus or car, too far to walk. The breakfast were excellent, dinners however were not great and I would recommend dinning out. However I would recommend a stay and would return.