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Nira Caledonia

Edinburgh & The Lothians

6-10 Gloucester Place, Edinburgh. EH3 6EF.

Tel: 0131 225 2720

http://niracaledonia.com/en/

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In the heart of Edinburgh's New Town are two grand adjoining Georgian town houses on Gloucester Place, beautifully re-designed to create the Nira Caledonia Hotel and Blackwood's Bar and Grill.

Nira Caledonia is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World collection. “Nira” is a Sanskrit word meaning “Pure.” It also means that something is honest, and sincere. 

MPS Puri, founder of Nira Hotels, has a distinctive background in luxury travel. Having worked in leading 5 Star hotels throughout the world, his philosophy is to offer an authentic hotel stay and ensure that every guest experiences the very best on offer  -  food, drink, history, heritage and culture, matched by personal, professional service. 

From 1826 until 1854, Gloucester Place was the home of John Wilson, philosopher, essayist, wit, and leading writer for Blackwood's Magazine, the leading literary journal of its time.

Using the pseudonym Christopher North, and with flowing hair and a flamboyant personality and wit, he was  regarded as “ the greatest magazine writer of his time.”

Both town houses retain the original cornices, wood panelling and ornate staircase enhanced with contemporary plush and lush fabrics and furnishings created by local design team Jeffrey’s Interiors of Stockbridge. 

There are 28 bedrooms of varying size ranging from romantic boudoirs with double Jacuzzi baths to fabulous hideaway garden suites resembling little cottages. Guests are therefore able to sit outside with a drink or enjoy a leisurely breakfast surrounded by plants and trees.   In-room facilities include Nespresso coffee machines, mini bar, Flat Screen TVs, radios, (classical music is playing on arrival to calm the weary traveller),  artwork, fabulous sofas,  and a selection of excellent books. 

Visitors are invited to relax on velvet draped chairs in the cosy and glamorously dressed black and gold Blackwood’s Bar for a glass of fizz or a cocktail before dinner.   The menu places an emphasise on Scotland’s finest beef and seafood, cooked to perfection on a Josper Grill. The provenance is clearly given, for example: Isle of Mull Scallops,  Arran Mustard, Loch Duart Salmon, Puddledub Lamb, and Highland Drovers Beef.   The hotel supports local suppliers too, such as I.J. Mellis cheesemonger, Peter’s Yard bakery, and the Stockbridge Farmer’s Market.

Start the day well with a gourmet Scottish breakfast – fresh fruit, cheese and cold meat, eggs, bacon and haggis, scrambled egg with smoked salmon, pastries, croissants and jams. 

John Wilson’s grand and gracious Georgian residence therefore now provides a charming, stylish and romantic retreat in the quiet, classy district of  Stockbridge, beside the Water of Leith.  

This is a home from home yet just a few minutes walk from Edinburgh's city centre.

August 2015

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