- The Dunstane Houses are set across two handsome historic buildings in central Edinburgh, and a 10-minute walk away from the lovely shops and restaurants of Princes Street.
- We designed the main house, including the 18 bedrooms and the bar/ lounge. We took inspiration from the neoclassical architecture and opulence of the Victorian era, when the houses were built.
- Our creative starting point was the figure of the wealthy gentleman, returning from his travels with chests full of beautiful things, like intricate Persian rugs and luxurious textiles.
- My favourite bedroom is the Dunstane Suite. Centre-stage is a free- standing copper bath in the large bay window, where you can wallow and take in the amazing Edinburgh views across the rooftops to the countryside beyond.
- We created the lounge to be a really comfortable, cosy restaurant in the evenings.
- The Scottish seasonal menu is modern and refined but relaxed and, not surprisingly, it always features fresh Orkney seafood – including delicious dishes like crab scotch eggs, oysters and wild salmon. So delicious.
- The owners Shirley and Derek are from the Orkney Islands so we made sure we wove their heritage into the design story.
- We developed the idea of the Ba’ Bar in honour of the Kirkwall Ba’ – a crazy, rough-and-tumble traditional-football game which sees the men of the town divide into two sides and try to wrestle the ba’ (ball) to one or other end of the Orkney capital.
- A montage of old photos taken at the event line the walls and an original ba’ ball sits on the shelf. It’s a great spot to relax, listening to the tales of the mixologist while he whips up a whisky cocktail.
- If you want to venture out for dinner, my favourite restaurant in Edinburgh is The Kitchin – Tom Kitchin’s Michelin-starred waterfront dining room in a very cool converted whisky house in the old dock area of Leith.
Need to Know
4 West Coates, Edinburgh, EH12 5JQ, UK
All day dining room and lounge
Seasonal Scottish Produce