Situated in a secluded spot near Livingston, just 15 miles west of Edinburgh, and set in 22 acres of beautiful woodlands, Macdonald Houstoun House is the perfect Country Hotel retreat. Once visited by Mary Queen of Scots, the historic building has the classic grace of a 16th century Tower House. Inside, 70 rooms seamlessly blend luxury and character. Foodies will appreciate the Jeremy Wares at Houstoun House Restaurant, which boasts two AA Rosettes for excellent local ingredients, expertly cooked in season. In the cellar, the cosy Vaulted Bar is the ideal spot for a drink or some afternoon tea. The Vital Health and Well-being Club has a fully-equipped technogym, an 18-metre indoor swimming pool, spa treatment rooms and sauna. Concealed in the hotel’s walled gardens is a clay surface tennis court, open to all guests free of charge. Macdonald Houstoun House is located only 2 minutes from the main M8 motorway, your gateway to the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow.
As befits an elegant country retreat, Houstoun House offers stylish, comfortable and luxurious accommodations. Each guestroom has its with own individual character, and offers a spacious en-suite bathroom and a generously sized bed.
All Guestrooms Feature:
- Complimentary Wifi Internet Access
- Flat-Screen TV
- Tea & Coffee Hospitality Tray
- Complimentary Mineral Water
- Large Comfortable Bed
- Iron & Ironing Board
- Large Desk
Jeremy Wares Restaurant:
In the hotel’s 16th Century tower, you’ll enjoy award-winning cuisine at the restaurant, Jeremy Wares at Houstoun House. It’s the perfect setting to enjoy a menu featuring traditional Scottish food with a modern twist. Michelin-awarded chef Jeremy Wares is leading a team of top chefs and has brought a new twist to fine dining in the hotel restaurant with a new and exciting menu. Jeremy, who has cooked for the late Princess Diana, President Mitterrand and Hollywood greats like Michael Caine, Liam Neeson and national treasure Joanna Lumley, has put a unique stamp on high-quality traditional Scottish cuisine in the newly refurbished restaurant. Visit the restaurant and enjoy a taste of Jeremy’s signature dishes; scallops in red wine risotto, with tomato pesto; roast haunch of venison and stalker pie with sticky red cabbage, as well as his special take on the traditional dish of cranachan.
The Vaulted Bar:
Located in the historic cellars of Macdonald Houstoun House, you’ll get a warm welcome in the Vaulted Bar. Its three connected rooms, with large open fireplaces, antique paintings and leather couches are a comfortable place to relax. Meet with friends and sip a refreshing drink from the bar or read the paper over Afternoon Tea.
The Town of Livingston:
On The Map: Livingston is situated in the Almond Valley, just 15 miles west of Edinburgh, and 30 miles east of Glasgow.
Founded in 1962, Livingston is the fourth of five so-called ‘New Towns’ in Scotland, in part created to ease over-crowding in Glasgow. Scotland’s ‘Silicon Glen’, hi-tech industry flourished and helped the growth of the town until the 1990s. In recent times the town has grown as a result of the spectacular economic growth of Edinburgh (just 15 miles away). At the heart of town lies The Centre – a massive shopping centre, which is one of the largest in Scotland. Luxury brand labels are available at discounted prices at the nearby the Livingston Designer Outlet Centre. Livingston is not all brand-new, and takes its name from the existing Livingston Village, which dates from the 100s. Livingston Village Kirk (pictured) was constructed in 1732, and the famous Livingston Inn also dates from the 1700s.
The City of Edinburgh (just 15 miles to the east!)
On The Map: Edinburgh is located in the southeast of Scotland. Edinburgh is well served by a good network of roads and motorways, including the M8 from Glasgow to the west, and A68 from Newcastle, England to the southeast.
Edinburgh knows how to welcome travelers with grace and charm. She also knows how to kick up her heels and enjoy a nice shot of Scotch Whisky after a festival. The hill that Edinburgh Castle stands upon has been Scotland’s remarkable silent witness since the Bronze Age. Today her streets are filled with cutting-edge galleries and museums, tributes to the love of literature and music, fine cuisine, quirky shops, theater, and an extravagance of festivals. Four ancient streets, called the Royal Mile, are the main thoroughfare. Running through medieval Edinburgh with her 66 alleys, tumbling shops, cobblestones, and tight homes the Royal Mile takes you to New Town. Here you’ll stroll through fine gardens, perfect Georgian architecture and broad squares. The mix of time, while lost in time, is a heady brew. There may be no finer city than Edinburgh Scotland, to participate in the gifts of the past with an eye to a brilliant future.