Dunstane Houses – Scotland
Hotel Type: A family run five star boutique hotel in Edinburgh. The hotel is spread between two beautifully refurbished Victorian townhouses that date back to 1865: Dunstane House and Hampton House.
Location: Located in a peaceful corner of Edinburgh’s West End, a short walk from Haymarket station and a 15 minute walk into the city centre. It is a short 15 minute drive from Edinburgh’s airport.
Style: The best of both traditional and modern day Scotland – a breath of fresh air.
Rooms: 35 rooms and suites spread over two stately Victoria town houses set on opposite sides of the road.
Ideal For: Those searching for a stylish and welcoming city retreat with an authentic Scottish soul. The perfect place to explore Edinburgh.
Dining: In Dunstane House dine all day in the relaxed Ba’Bar & Lounge. The menu here is focused on local, seasonal Scottish produce from small suppliers as well as boasting the most extensive rare whisky selection in the city. Head to the Stroma Lounge in the Hampton House for breakfast and to relax with a coffee in the garden conservatory to feel a world away from the fact pace of the city.
Activities: Explore Edinburgh before returning for afternoon tea or an evening gin!
Spa: There isn’t a spa here but treatments can be organised on request.
Price from: £150 per night for a Cosy Wee Double B&B
Facing opposite each other, the Victorian Gothic Dunstane House and the large Edinburgh stone Hampton House, epitomise Scottish heritage chic. This is five star city boutique luxury at its very best, elegantly surrounded by elements of the Highlands and islands. Original features and contemporary design sit side by side with handsome tweeds, bold fabrics, individual furniture, prints and paintings. Wonderfully welcoming staff – just what you’d expect from a family run hotel, make for a relaxed and informal atmosphere and they can’t do enough to make your stay more enjoyable. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, and everything in between are all delicious, using locally sourced ingredients, and you can’t leave without trying at least one of the vast choice of whiskies and gins in the very cosy bar.
None of the rooms or suites here feel like a hotel bedroom. Nothing has been spared in the design and decoration, from the Vispring mattresses, to the four-poster beds, copper baths, oriental rugs and richly patterned wallpaper. The bathrooms are magnificent, and we love the original features like the cornicing and parquet floors, not to mention the very high count Egyptian cotton linen and Scottish treats in the minibar. In Dunstane House, the Cosy Wee Doubles are described as “bonny” and they are indeed intimate and luxurious., with a double bed and en suite walk in shower. The Luxury King Doubles are just grand for a weekend away. Super comfortable beds and en suite walk in showers or bathtubs, they have their own sitting area. You can choose from four suites, all of which have a unique character, and are styled meticulously and beautifully. The Hoy Suite has high ceilings, bold tweed fabrics and a king size four-poster bed, whilst the Ronaldsay Suite is bright and airy with a freestanding bath that will fit two! For romance, the Scapa Suite surely wins. A velvet chaise longue, roll top copper bath and four-poster bed make this a little haven. The largest of them all is the Dunstane Suite, with views out across the city and the hills beyond. This is a suite you’ll find hard to leave. Across the way in Hampton House, there are Cosy Wee Singles and Doubles, for a little bit of Scottish luxury. The Luxury King Doubles and Luxury Twins are really roomy and come with sofabeds and en suite baths and showers. For lovers of gorgeous bathrooms, you should book the Hamnavoe Suite – the silver bathtub, full of Noble Isle product, will definitely make you late for dinner. The largest suite of them all, the Hampton Suite, comes with its own living room that doubles as a home cinema, complete with snack fridge.
Everything that comes from the kitchen is utterly delicious. Start the day with an Orkney kipper; snack on a “wee bite” before heading out for a wander, or feast on modern Scottish cuisine for dinner. Fresh and seasonal ingredients, sourced from the land and sea are created into Scottish favourites and classic dishes, with their own spin, full of flavour. The Ba’ Bar, with its dark and intimate décor, has an overwhelming choice of craft spirits, with a dizzying range of rare whiskies and artisan gins.
Folding beds and cots can be put in bedrooms, and the kitchen will make food to order. However, Dunstane House is much more of a grown-up retreat.
This is a place for relaxing and soaking up all things Scottish. Lazy mornings, late breakfasts before heading out to explore Edinburgh, and back for an afternoon tea or cocktail. It’s an easy walk into the centre and the attractions of the city – private tours can be arranged. Or you may be tempted to just sit at the bar for your very own whiskey tasting.