Whether you’re in town for a business meeting or want to escape the hustle and bustle for somewhere more relaxing, here are some of Scotland’s swankiest – and priciest – hotel rooms.
Glencoe House – £598
This mansion house, just outside Glencoe Village, used to be part of the estate owned by Lord Strathcona, a leading light in the development of Canada and its railways. He bought 48,000 acres in 1895 and commissioned Sir Robert Rowand Anderson to design the house. The estate was later divided up and the house donated in the early 20th century to the NHS, which used it as a maternity hospital.
It is now in the hands of “guardians” Roger Niemeyer and Judy Pate, who oversaw a painstaking restoration project that has retained original features such as marble fireplaces and ornate ceilings. The house has just seven suites, boasting private sitting rooms and offering in-suite dining.
Cromlix – £595
Owned by tennis star Andy Murray, this Perthshire hotel has just been named the most luxurious in Scotland – for the third year running.
Cromlix, close to the Murray’s hometown of Dunblane, has been voted Luxury Hotel of the Year at the Scottish Hotel Award every year since it first opened its doors in 2014.
Set amid a 36-acre woodland estate, the Victorian country house has celebrity chef Albert Roux as its culinary consultant and its ten bedrooms and five suites are all named after Scottish greats – from Hoy and Ferguson to Conan Doyle and Mackintosh. As well as the restaurant, guests can dine in the small study, first floor snooker room and garden room, and of course the venue has its own tennis courts.
Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa – £420
Continuing with the sporting theme, this 144-room St Andrews venue flanks the famous links course’s legendary Road Hole. It is owned by US plumbing products maker Kohler, which also has the town’s luxury Hamilton Grand development within its portfolio.
The hotel was built in 1968 and is surrounded by no fewer than 11 golf courses, including its own championship course, The Duke’s. For those who want to continue their business discussions after the 18th hole, the Old Course also offers a dedicated event manager and on-site IT manager to assist with conferences and meetings.
Gleneagles – £365
Gleneagles, which opened its doors in 1924, has more than 230 bedrooms, 850 acres of grounds and three championship golf course. Last year Diageo, owner of Johnnie Walker and Smirnoff, sold the Perthshire venue to a group of private investors led by London-based hospitality firm Ennismore, which also has London’s Hoxton Hotel.
At the time of the deal, Diageo chief executive Ivan Menezes said the spirits giant was “proud” to have owned Gleneagles for the past three decades, “but the hotel is not a core business for us”, while Ennismore pledged to retain the management and 900-strong workforce at the venue, which hosted the 2014 Ryder Cup.
Prestonfield House – £335
Originally built as the grand baroque home of Sir James Dick, the city’s Lord Provost, in 1687, Prestonfield has been transformed into an opulent 24-bedroom hotel.
Surrounded by 20 acres of gardens and parkland, and with Arthur’s Seat on its doorstep, the venue provides the privacy and seclusion of a country estate but is situated just minutes from Edinburgh city centre. Since 2011, Prestonfield House has hosted a spring ball to fund work looking into paediatric inflammatory bowel disease – which includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis – at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children.
Note: prices sourced from TripAdvisor, based on two adults checking in for one night on Friday 3 June.