The Witchery by the Castle
The Witchery is located at the top of the Royal Mile just below the entrance to Edinburgh Castle. It is hidden in a collection of ancient buildings in the heart of Edinburgh's historic Old Town. Built in 1595 for merchant Thomas Lowthian, the candlelit Witchery is entered from a traditional close off the Royal Mile. The hotel takes its name from the hundreds of women burned at the stake at the stake as witches on Castlehill during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. It is reputed that more witches were put to death on Castlehill during the reign of James VI than anywhere else in Scotland.
In the Witchery heraldic painted and gilded ceilings, based on those at the Palace of Holyrood house, reflect the close links of the Auld Alliance between France and Scotland. The tapestry-hung walls are panelled with seventeenth century oak rescued from a fire at St Giles Cathedral and panelling is from a Burgundian Chateau. Gilded leather screens, opulent red leather upholstery, tapestries, and antique church candlesticks complete the scene.
Although famous for its restaurants, The Witchery also offers just 8 uniquely luxurious and fabulously theatrical suites which located in the adjacent 17th century Sempill's Court. Filled with antiques, lavish interiors, opulently draped beds and roll-top baths for two, they are a truly indulgent treat. Suites are individually named and have their own charms and quirks but each are lavish, sumptuous, gothic luxuriously opulent and very romantic.At £325-350 per suite per night, including a continental breakfast served in your suite and a complimentary bottle of Champagne welcomes you.
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Dinner at the Witchery
on September 23, 2011
I haven't stayed here but I have had dinner and a look around. We went as a crowd to the Edinburgh festival one year and chose this as our luxury restaurant treat. The architecture is beautiful and has an evocative atmosphere, the staff were wonderfully friendly even though we can be a rowdy bunch and the food and wine were superb - With the restaurant achieving such an impressive performance I would love to try the hotel next time.
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