Greywalls Hotel & Chez Roux Gullane
Only outside the East Lothian golfing town of Gullane, overlooking the Firth of Forth as near as you can get into the Muirfield championship class without really resting on the greens. Edinburgh is only 30 minutes’ drive away and there are loads of long walks, sandy shores and attractive coastal cities nearby if you’re put off by placing.
Style & personality
Although no longer handled by the Weaver family, it looks and feels just like a specially well-run, professionally expansive house – discretely lavish and unashamedly conventional. Total of novels, movies and family memorabilia, it attracts state home style with aplomb from the Sybil Colefax design: flowery patterned cloths with hefty fringing, luminous polished span furniture, log fires and blossoms, chintz and heat and simplicity. In case you’ve ever wished to live within an E.M Forster book, this is the place for you.
Service & amenities
As well specific golf packages (you’ll find no fewer than 22 courses within 10 miles), you will find several other distractions: tennis courts and croquet, fishing, clay pigeon shooting and bikes by arrangement (even though you might end up reluctant to leave the stunning garden). The team, whizzing effectively around the area in their conventional long black aprons, hit a happy balance between slick professionalism and just plain fine – that the gardener is straight from central casting; the housekeeper, a treasure.
The 23 individually decorated bedrooms keep the personal home texture, but with superbly classy new baths. There are televisions and Roberts Radios, slippers, robes, hairdryers and tea/coffee-making facilities. The ‘King’s Loo’, constructed into the backyard wall, provides more seclusion, as do the garden rooms. ‘Golfers’ Rooms’ have terraces overlooking the sea and links while ‘Caddy Closets’ are ideal for single golfing fanatics. Exclusive use and self-catering from the Colonel’s House also offered.
Food & beverage
The very first Chez Roux Restaurant at Scotland still faithfully pleases with upgraded classics: pike quenelles with lobster sauce, confit duck eggs, and poultry with pink strawberry hollandaise. The collection three-course dinner (#31.50) is a deal.
Come all Scottish and also have whisky, brown sugar and cream porridge followed by venison sausages for breakfast. Food is served at the pub, but you are not likely to linger there with cosy fires at the panelled library and drawing room and the backyard space and terrace to select from. There is room support, also along with also a lavish afternoon tea.
Value for cash
Double rooms from #255 in low season; climbing to #295 at large. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.
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