- The Dunstane Houses, Edinburgh: A Victorian mansion has been stylishly redone with lots of traditional tweed mixed with sumptuous velvet, smartly executed contemporary and vintage flair, and a surplus of luxury. The result is a cozy and stylish bolthole.
- The Witchery, Edinburgh: It’s like bedding down in a historical drama set. Theatrical rooms overlooking Edinburgh’s higgledy-piggledy rooftops drip in luxurious fabrics and are done up with chunky four posters, antiques, and deep roll-top bathtubs. All in all, the perfect antidote for travelers bored with bland beige minimalism.
- Grasshoppers Hotel, Glasgow: This welcoming and stylish sixth-floor lair high above Central Station is geared to tasteful, pared-down luxury, with handmade Scandinavian furnishings and clean-lined, Italian lighting. Breakfast and weeknight dinners are served family-style in a kitchen-dining room that’s as warm and inviting as everything else about this place.
- Ship Inn, Elie, Fife: No doubt about it: You’re definitely at the seashore in this chic little pub and guest house, with blue and green colorful schemes, nautical motifs, and big views of the golden sands and sea across the way. Open fires in the armchair-filled lounges and hearty pub fare are all the more reason to linger a while.
- Clint Lodge Country House, near Melrose, the Borders: The former hunting lodge of the duke of Polwarth is the perfect country inn, with five comfortable, heirloom-filled bedrooms looking across a generous sweep of countryside to the River Tweed and a welcoming lounge and conservatory well-suited to tea and whisky sipping. An excellent dinner is served on request in the refined family dining room.
- Torrisdale Castle Estate, near Campbeltown, Argyll: Niall and Emma Macalister Hall share their romantic, meadow-surrounded 19th-century castle on the Kintyre Peninsula with guests they house in a castle apartment and four lodges and cottages on the extensive wooded grounds. Amenities include a wood-fired hot tub and sauna next to a gurgling stream and Kintyre’s first gin distillery.
- Scalloway Hotel, Scalloway, Shetland: The island’s most pleasant rooms are simply but carefully done with exquisite touches that include hand-fashioned, locally crafted furniture and island woolens and, from a choice few, views over the harbor. Downstairs, chef Colin Maclean’s renditions of island shellfish, fish, and lamb make the friendly bar room and slightly more formal dining room the island’s top places for a meal.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.