Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, EH1 2NF
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Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, EH1 2NF
The Witchery hotel is an historic 16th century building located at the gates of Edinburgh Castle. The eight theatrical and decadent suites are perfect for those looking to stay in the most indulgent and magical of settings – the perfect antidote to bland hotels. Lavishly decorated and antique-filled, these suites scream romance with a capital R! The Witchery has developed a world-wide reputation for sensation food in the most indulgent setting. Using the very best of Scotland's produce such as Angus beef, lamb, game and seafood, which then features on a classic menu in a relaxed and unfussy style.
The Witchery by the Castle is part of the following Inspirations:
"The Witchery is without a doubt the most remarkable hotel in Edinburgh. Created over the last four decades by the splendiferous James Thomson, this hotel and restaurant nestling against Edinburgh castle offers a remarkable visual experience. Each room is an OTT treat, a Victorian extravaganza of colours and fabrics. The last suite that Thomson created was the Turret, which opened four years ago on the third floor of the original sixteenth-century building. Now a new suite is underway which will be situated above the Turret on the fourth floor of The Witchery. Opening in 2018, the new suite will offer extraordinarily good views north and south of the city as well as east down the Royal Mile and westwards up towards the Castle. This will be the hotel’s largest suite to date and the first with its own roof terrace.
At the moment Mr Thomson is scouring auctions in Britain and abroad to find the right items of furniture and decoration to incorporate into what will be another unique and arresting design. The Witchery is also greeting 2018 with a new Afternoon Tea which will include scones, haggis bonbons and sandwiches of Edinburgh Gin-cured salmon, a snip at £30 or £40 with champagne."
Edinburgh is famous for its international festival which helped put the arts centre stage after World War II, but cultural events don’t end after all the litter on the Royal Mile has been picked up and the Castle is restored to normal use. In the (now) picturesque port of Leith over the weekend of 21 – 22 October the EH6 Festival offers craft beer, food and music. Taking its name from Leith’s postcode, this event features festival more than 100 bands in a dozen different venues around the old port. There’ll be craft stalls, art exhibitions, food from across the world plus a beer market, children’s entertainment and a wide range of music from House to Gaelic. The idea behind the festival is, after all that business up at the Castle is over, and now it’s Leith’s turn!
Stay the Friday and Saturday nights at The Witchery close by Edinburgh’s castle, which is one of the most remarkable hotels in a city full of character. Actually stay any night there you can. With just eight bedrooms the Witchery is a triumph of design and panache. Under guidance of owner James Thompson, roll-top baths, ornate statuary, oak-panelling, tapestried walls and large red leather armchairs have been squeezed into this sixteenth-century former home in the castle walls. The redesign is eclectic, with an emphasis on indulgence and decadence.
The only problem is you may be reluctant to stir outside your room for the EH6 Festival. When you do be sure to book dinner at The Tower, Witchery’s sister restaurant which sits above the National Museum of Scotland and offers superb food and unexpectedly good views of the castle."
"My final suggestion takes the romantic concept to its ultimate conclusion – a place to propose. Plus it has the bonus of being in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Edinburgh. Here’s the plan: sneak the ring and a bottle of fizz in your bag and suggest a stroll around the historic Stockbridge area of the city. Tucked behind New Town, this spot seems untouched by modern life – particularly as you stroll amongst the birdlife by the Water of Leith. When you arrive at the crumbling 18th century well (a popular spot for romantic fools like yourself), whip out your bag’s contents and pop the question, in the hope your love will be so entranced by the natural beauty that they will immediately agree. Now toast your future together and head off to walk possibly one of the loveliest roads I know, the Royal Mile, at the top of which is your entrancing hotel, The Witchery. Nothing touches this oak panelled, tapestry-strewn 17th century gem for romance. Think Jacobean tavern owned by hedonistic millionaire. Think red leather upholstery, theatrical swags and candle-lit murmurings. Got it? You’re welcome."
"For a night of pure un-adulterated passion, check into the Witchery. This opulent lust den lies hidden, just a stone’s throw from Edinburgh castle off the cobble-stoned Royal Mile. With just eight suites to choose from, I plumped for the Old Rectory – offering up lashings of drama, in the form of a huge gothic bed; flamboyant red décor and array of quirky antiques. The ultimate climax, however, is the ridiculously sexy, silver roll-top bath which sits seductively in the centre of the red and gilt leather walls of the bathroom. Big enough for two - just make sure the complimentary bottle of champagne is within reach. Book in advance, as suites are snapped up months ahead of time."
The Witchery by the Castle is part of the following Inspirations based on location:
"While England has been going through its “Ginaissance”, Scotland has seen its national drink –unfashionable as late as the 1980s - reach stratospheric levels of desirability around the world. Wealthy people want to own bottles that retail in four figure sums. Wealthy companies want to own whole distilleries.
Edinburgh doesn’t have any distilleries within the city, but it is full of people who want to experience Scots whisky. Walk down the Royal Mile and you are assailed by shops selling whisky, tartan and cashmere. There is a subtle preponderance of certain retail companies who give their outlets different names but sell all the same whiskies at all the same prices.
So how to get an authentic experience of whisky while visiting in the Scottish capital? Here are ten places worth visiting where you are guaranteed to learn and enjoy – and not get ripped off in the process."
Information on The Witchery by the Castle , Castlehill , The Royal Mile , Edinburgh
|No. of bedrooms:||
Types of room: Suites
|Room rates guide:||
Suites from: £325.00
Room with Breakfast
Credit Cards Accepted: Amex, Mastercard, Maestro/Switch, Solo, Visa
When Closed: Christmas
Child Friendly: No children
Dog Friendly: No
Romantic Details: the most romantic suites imaginable
Smoking Permitted: No
Wheelchair Access: No
Accreditation/Awards: AA 5 Star Guest Accommodation, STB 5 Stars, AA Rosette, Good Food Guide 2/10
Cable TV, Direct dial telephone, Bose sound system, CDs, Bottle of champagne on arrival, Daily newspaper, Four poster bed in some Suites, Luxury toiletries
Terrace, Restaurants, Private dining
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At the historic heart of Edinburgh's Old Town so surrounded by speciality shopping & cultural delights
|Local directions:||The Witchery is located at the very top of the Royal Mile close to the gates of Edinburgh Castle in the heart of Edinburgh's historic Old Town. A gilded heraldic metal sign marks the entrance to this historic sixteenth century building.|
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Edinburgh , Glasgow
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