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Issue 89 - Premium Choice

Scotland Magazine Issue 89
October 2016


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Premium Choice

A selection of Scotland's best places to stay

Ten Hill Place
Edinburgh, EH8 9DS

Ten Hill Place opened in 2006, but it is relatively a hidden gem of a hotel that is perhaps better known and frequented by delegates attending events at Surgeon’s Hall, which is across the street. For leisure visitors, especially during the Edinburgh Festival in August, this smart, well-designed boutique hotel is the ideal base for those seeking a central and, specifically, a central Old Town location.

The location of Ten Hill Place is perfect for exploring all of the famous historic sights: from Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, museums, galleries, and theatres. All are within walking distance. Just a short stroll away on Nicolson Street is a bus stop that includes services with routes reaching destinations across the city.

The choice of accommodation ranges from fabulous Skyline suites – with superb views of the majestic Arthur’s Seat and Salisbury Crag – to Superior, Deluxe and Classic rooms, all offering the same good standard of homely comfort, decor and furnishings. You can be assured of a quiet night’s sleep given the location down a narrow cobbled Georgian Street, with almost no traffic, that is surrounded by college buildings – like your very own private campus.

The 10 Wine Bar is a buzzing place for coffee, wine, whisky, beer, cocktails and tasty pub-style meals, with piano music at the weekend. Alternatively, for a touch of class, the 10 Restaurant presents authentic modern Scottish cuisine with inventive dishes that you can select from a la carte and bar menus. Dinner here is highly recommended.

The Hotel works in partnership with the Royal College of Surgeons, which has purpose built a world-class conference, banqueting and wedding facility to cater for all kinds of corporate and private events, and family celebrations.

The young team of staff provide a warm, friendly welcome from reception to restaurant. There is a high level of repeat custom with many business guests returning week after week. Some guests have become so much part of the hotel’s ‘family,’ that their favourite tipple is already poured for them by the time they reach the bar! At Ten Hill Place, you can expect a relaxed and personal level of fine hospitality in a great location.

SHA – Conference Hotel of the Year 2015 (National Winner)
+44 (0) 1316 622 080

The Portree Hotel
Portree, IV51 9EH

Dominating the main square of the Isle of Skye’s largest town, Portree, the eponymous hotel is a traditional stone-built property that dates from the late 19th Century. The hotel is steeped in local history and many members of the hotel’s young, local team will enthusiastically relate how their relatives (going back as far as great- grandparents!) have worked or frequented the establishment over the generations.

And one can see why. The greater portion of this recently renovated hotel’s ground floor is devoted to the Antlers Bar and Grill, a large and lively pub that remains very popular with Portree’s inhabitants. Utilising much local and Scottish produce, the hearty menu includes traditional pub fare alongside more contemporary gastropub options such as cold- cut sharing boards. Residents will also enjoy delicious, cooked-to-order breakfasts that are sure to set you up well for a day exploring the island.

Guests arriving at the property via the main reception door are greeted by the comforting aroma of the log-burning stove and a ‘country lodge’ theme which continues throughout the hotel’s public areas. Bedrooms are of a much more modern style; however Scottish touches such as tweed cushions, curtains and chairs are accompanied by contemporary art depicting local landmarks – this all lends personality to the warm colour scheme, which is consistent throughout the rooms.

Of particular interest for the modern traveller, bedside sockets include USB charging slots in addition to the standard 3-pin plug sockets and all rooms include an iron and ironing board; hospitality trays and televisions equipped with Freeview.

Overall the property offers a very friendly ‘town hotel’ experience, at a very attractive rate, a great atmosphere for those who want to stay up a little later getting to know the locals and a comfortable night’s sleep for those who’d rather recharge their batteries before tackling the next day’s activities.

SHA – Town Hotel of the Year 2016 (National Winner) +44 (0) 1478 612 511

Melville Castle Hotel
Midlothian, EH18 1AP

At one time the hunting seat of Mary, Queen of Scots, the castle was commissioned by the first Viscount Melville and designed by the eminent Scottish architect William Playfair in 1791. It remained the seat of the powerful Dundas family until after the Second World War. In recent years Melville Castle has been carefully restored and brought back to life by the Hay family, who continue to be responsible for the castle to this day.

This Category A listed, 18th Century turreted mansion can be found nestled within 50 acres of beautiful woodland on the outskirts of Edinburgh – only 20 minutes from the City Centre and Edinburgh Airport.

With just 32 bedrooms – Classic Standard, Family Rooms, and Four Poster Suites – the castle has an intimate, homely feel with log fires in the Library Bar, Brasserie and Lounge.

The Brasserie, which is situated in the atmospheric cellar, offers a pub menu – soup, sandwiches, burgers, fish and chips and Sunday roast beef – and welcomes non-residents as well as hotel guests. The Ballroom Restaurant offers a more formal ambiance a la carte and specialises in Scottish beef, game and seafood.

Weddings for up to 70 guests take place in the castle while there is a marquee in the garden for receptions with up to 200 guests.

Guests can enjoy various local country pursuits and activities such as clay pigeon shooting, golfing, horse riding and falconry, and many fascinating local attractions of Midlothian and Edinburgh are nearby.

SHA – Wedding Hotel of the Year 2015 (Edinburgh & Lothians)
+44 (0) 1316 540 088

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