Positioned on the outline of Muirfield championship golf course and with spectacular views over the Firth of Forth and East Lothian, Greywalls Hotel, which has the reputation as ‘a golfer’s paradise,’ looked stunning as we approached the hotel in our chauffeur-driven car.
The impressive driveway sweeps up to a spectacular façade – alike those depicted in old, romantic novels. As I approached, I almost felt transported back in time. The gentle whir of the car engine as the only reminder of 21st century life. The house itself was stunning, retaining the charm, personal touches and character of a family home. As I entered, I noticed that even the cloakroom is scattered with wedding and school photos. A gentle reminder of previous residents.
The warm welcome I received from the duty manager, transports me back to present day. I listen, captivated, as I learn more about the property itself. Constructed in Edwardian times, Sir Edwin Lutyens, an architect, built the property with the intention of it being a ‘dignified holiday home.’ Nowadays it is known as a haven of peaceful tranquillity, and is celebrated for its excellence in food and service – with resident Master chef Albert Roux delighting dining cognoscenti from all around the world. The elegant drawing rooms, delectable dining areas and 23 en suite bedrooms, all furnished with exquisite antiques, give the feeling of ‘a home away from home.’ Outside, the charming walled gardens are comprised of a hard and grass tennis court, croquet lawn and putting green – which are all encircled with herbaceous plants.
I noticed that photographs of golfing legends are scattered throughout the different rooms and it is explained to me that the home is particularly adored by golfing enthusiast’s due to its proximity to the championship course of Muirfield. It is also only a few miles from several other championship courses such as Gullane, Luffness, North Berwick, Renaissance and Archerfield so is a prime location for those wanting a taster of some of Scotland’s finest courses. Greywalls can be booked for corporate entertainment, family gatherings and golfing experiences. What’s more, if golfing isn’t necessarily your thing, Edinburgh is just over half an hour away and can be explored by chauffeur driven car. Whether you have a few hours like we did, or a full day set aside to discover the magnificent Scottish capital, Edinburgh is full of interesting attractions.
Greywalls is everything you would expect from an ICMI property. It is completely charming and a true asset to the collection. I look forward to visiting many of the other hotels, particularly – Fasque Hotel, Inverlochy Hotel, Crossbasket Castle and The Roxburgh Hotel.
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