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Edinburgh & The Lothians

Muirfield, Gullane, East Lothian. EH31 2EG.

Tel: +44 1620 842 144


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You don’t have to be a golfer to enjoy the magical experience of Greywalls, located beside Muirfield, the Open Championship golf course. But it is certainly a pilgrimage for those who are. This is a stunningly beautiful Country House designed by the architect Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1901, (said to be his favourite architectural creation) complemented by a magnificent garden attributed to Gertrude Jekyll.

Purchased in 1924 by Sir James Horlick, (his father invented Horlicks, the malted milk drink), Greywalls is now owned by his grandson and has been a hotel for nearly seventy years. This family legacy, preserving its architectural heritage and elegant lifestyle, has won numerous accolades.

Staying at Greywalls is a time travel experience back to the Edwardian era. Surrounded by antiques, portraits, paintings, guests find it easy to relax in cosy comfort beside a roaring log fire. Bedrooms are equally homely, with vintage furnishings, magazines, books, a Roberts Radio and soft tweed and chintz, with views over the garden or across the golf course to the sandy seashore beyond.

Tradition is the ethos here: Play grass court tennis; enjoy Afternoon Tea with home-baked scones, a glass of champagne in the library before dinner in the intimate, soft green Chez Roux Restaurant.

Albert Roux is the Executive Chef overseeing the Francais-Ecossais menu prepared by Chef Mark Saddler, who combines seasonal local Scottish fish, meat and game for his inventive cuisine. The kitchen garden provides all the herbs, vegetables, fruit, fresh laid eggs and even honey from the beehives.

The standard of hospitality is impeccable from a young team of uniformed staff, who, like modern day footmen, ensure friendly, attentive professional service.

Located just half an hour from Edinburgh, this is a wonderful getaway amid the tranquil East Lothian countryside, somewhere to enjoy beach walks, historic castles, horse-riding, country sports and, of course, golf.  Or guests can simply wander around the enchanting garden with its flower borders, hedges, trees, stone sculptures and sundials.

Greywalls is utterly authentic – a classic Country House as comforting, homely and warming to the soul as a vintage, bone china cup of Horlicks.

October 2015


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