Gleneagles, in the heart of the Perthshire countryside, expanded its brand to open a 33-room hotel in one of Edinburgh’s most historic buildings on St. Andrew Square. Home to some of the most vibrant eating and drinking experiences in the city, including an all-day restaurant The Spence and roof terrace bar Lamplighters with views across Edinburgh’s iconic skyline. It is home to a members’ club with exclusive access to private spaces, state-of-the-art wellness experiences housed in the old bank vault and a first-for-the-city cultural events calendar.
From Countryside Flair to Life on the Square
For the first time in its 96-year history, iconic sporting and country estate Gleneagles has expanded its brand beyond the Perthshire hills to open a vibrant new townhouse hotel in Edinburgh, Scotland. Newly opened this summer and located in the heart of St. Andrew Square, Gleneagles Townhouse is home to a 33-room hotel, bustling all-day restaurant The Spence and lively members’ club and rooftop bar Lamplighters, with extraordinary views over Edinburgh’s storied skyline. Over the last five years, Ennismore Design Studio and their talented team of architects and designers have worked tirelessly to sensitively restore the Townhouse building, previously home to the British Linen Bank which later became the Bank of Scotland. Embracing the building’s heritage and listed building status, interiors marry timeless charm with all of today’s necessities in each of the hotel’s 33 rooms and suites. Each guest room is totally unique in its own way, individual in size, orientation and ceiling height – with star suites overlooking St. Andrew Square. The grandeur of the building’s beginnings have been reflected through the use of decorative moldings and sweeping features such as canopy crown headboards. Throughout the Townhouse, original fireplaces and paneling have been reimagined with fresh colors whilst maintaining their authentic features. Modern artwork curated by local Scottish artists complements antique lighting, ornate cornicing, stone columns, ornamental gold details, original vaults and floor tiles. Noble nods have been made throughout to the building’s outstanding architectural features designed by notable architects and sculptors such as David Bryce, best known for perfecting Scottish baronial style.
A Taste of The Townhouse
All-day restaurant The Spence, headed up by one of Scotland’s most exciting young chefs, Jonny Wright, is rooted in classics with a modern twist. Bloody Mary breakfasts, long, lazy lunch options and three-course dinners as well as some fun, naughty nightcaps are all featured on the produce-driven menu. Located in the center of the old banking hall, the impressive social space references its previous life and incredible heritage with a central feature bar situated underneath an extraordinary glass-domed ceiling, with original and elaborate features including gantry lighting. Open to everyone, this is a place to gather and for great get-togethers to unfold. The roof terrace bar Lamplighters, with impressive views of the city’s medieval Old Town to the left and picture-perfect New Town to the right, has been heavily influenced by Gleneagles’ bountiful Scottish surrounds. Serving up a seasonally rotating, locally inspired list of cocktails, local whiskies, beers, spirits and wine – it is an exclusive spot to watch the sunset and see the city lights sparkle.
Space to Unwind
Down in the bank’s former vault, resident guests and members have access to a dedicated training, treatments and therapies space. With curated experiences for holistic wellness and innovative technologies including a cryotherapy chamber and infrared sauna, the gym and wellness studios aim to enhance individual wellness journeys through movement, restoration and recovery. Mornings at the Townhouse may mean serene starts in the yoga studio or dedicated time with a personal trainer. Or, for more reinvigorating options, it can mean swift city runs or simple studio spins in the gym. Following a workout, resident guests or members alike can retreat for a restorative treatment.
A Lively Residence for Social Souls
For locals, and those in the know, it’s the members’ club that’s set to stand this Townhouse apart. It will form a community with a passion for exchanging ideas, discovering new obsessions, collaborating and simply having fun. The Members’ Lounge, the heart of the club home to all-day dining and a full-service bar, is a base for breakfast meetings, catch-up brunches and long, leisurely lunches. Meanwhile, the Members’ Snug is an office-away-from-the-office; a relaxing lounge space featuring a help-yourself pantry – ideal for catching up on emails and hosting informal meetings. But it is evenings at the Townhouse when the community really comes alive as friends and colleagues meet and enjoy live music and seasonal parties with plenty of chatter and laughter. For nights that require a slightly gentler pace – members can try an intimate wine tasting or settle in for one of the Townhouse’s insightful events. An escape to Gleneagles, an hour’s drive away, is also one of the benefits members can reap to get the best of both city and countryside life.
Rates at Gleneagles Townhouse start from £495 (currently approx. $663), room only.