Gilmerton House, Athelstaneford, North Berwick, East Lothian.

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Being the proud owner of multiple, well-thumbed Jane Austen novels, and with a secret penchant for late 18th century living, the invite to visit and ‘make merry’ at Gilmerton House had me all aflutter. An exclusive use country mansion, in prime East Lothian countryside, Gilmerton hosts private … [Read more...]

The Mill at Lewinshope, Yarrow Valley, Selkirkshire

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Familiar as I am with the Scottish Borders, the breathtaking inland scenery of Scotland’s borderlands never ceases to impress. Completely identifiable, with bursts of lowland and flat pastures contrasted against hillside towns and villages with beautiful forest-lined backdrops, it offers a unique … [Read more...]

Castle View Apartment @ Castle Terrace with The Edinburgh Address

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One of the many beautiful joys of Edinburgh is the city’s accessibility and the very “towny” feel of Scotland’s capital. No more is that felt than when in Castle Terrace, the very hub of the city and yet, with amazing views over Princes Street, The Gardens and the majestic Edinburgh Castle, a … [Read more...]

The Scotsman Hotel and Spa, Edinburgh

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If you are looking for exceptional service, naturally welcoming and helpful staff and a gloriously central, 5 star boutique hotel; The Scotsman Hotel is possibly the place for you. Edinburgh’s former Scotsman newspaper offices present a refreshing departure from more modern new city builds, with … [Read more...]

Sheraton Grand Hotel, Edinburgh

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An integral part of Edinburgh’s centre and at the heart of both the commercial and retail sectors of the city; The Sheraton Edinburgh demands attention as part of a global brand. Everything about the Sheraton is large; space, décor, furnishings, accessories, personalities; yet, each unforgiving in … [Read more...]

Dundream, Kirkcolm, Stranraer

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Do you ever dream of escaping to a beautifully remote, idyllic retreat, far away from reality with spectacular views and a wealth of varied wildlife for company? I did precisely that when I explored Scotland’s south-west recently and discovered my Xanadu in Dundream – the soul of rural … [Read more...]

Ardtorna

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No more vivid could the contrast be, between the rugged water and land vista on which this revelatory property sits, to the contemporary modern, clean lined interior of Ardtorna, on Argyll’s western fringes. Only the highly avant-garde exterior suggests that surprises may await within; its … [Read more...]

The Glasshouse Hotel, Edinburgh

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The 150 year old façade belies the interior of this wonderfully voguish hotel within Scotland’s capital; rather apt, with a central location midway between Edinburgh’s historic Old Town and elegant New Town. A unique frontage; the only residual structure of the old Lady Glenorchy Church; … [Read more...]

Pool House, Poolewe

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“O the summer time has come And trees are sweetly blooming And wild mountain thyme Grows around the purple heather. Will you go, lassie, go?” The Wild Mountain Thyme, Francis McPeake It is commonly accepted that the best time to see heather bloom in Scotland is towards the end of August and … [Read more...]

Stobo Castle, Stobo, Peebleshire

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A true haven of tranquillity, perfectly situated, comfortably furnished, expertly managed; my luxurious idyll – at least, for one weekend. Sitting comfortably amidst the rolling green landscape of the Border hills, with which I am more than a little familiar, Stobo Castle assumes a majestic … [Read more...]