Colstoun is arguably the oldest inhabited home in Scotland. Certainly it is the home that has been inhabited the longest by one family, with the Brouns having lived in and owned the home for almost 900 years.
Colstoun House is a Private Country House of great historical significance. It has been in the Broun family for over 900 years and remains so to this day. Around 30 minutes from the center of Edinburgh it is set in the middle of a 2000 acre estate of both farm and parkland. Colstoun is the perfect secluded escape from the city.
We strongly recommend parties of 6+ guests to visit as we are able to offer attractive group rates.
All bedrooms were named after their contents, their decoration or their previous function. Accommodation within the house consists of seven double bedrooms and one twin bedroom. All bedrooms have working fireplaces.
The Rose and Thistle rooms are double bedrooms with four-poster beds. The rooms were named in the mid 18th century, around the time of the construction of Edinburgh's 'New Town'. In celebration of the Union of Scotland and England it was suggested by the New Town's architects that two streets of equal length be named after the English Rose and the Scottish Thistle. However, King George rejected this idea and demanded that the two western blocks of Thistle Street be renamed Hill and Young Streets, making Thistle Street half the length of Rose Street.
Legend has it that the Laird of the time was so enraged by the Kings plan that he had two rooms redecorated, one with Roses and one with Thistles, and planned to accommodate the King in the Thistle Room should he choose to stay. Needless to say the Thistle Room is twice the size of the Rose Room.
The Rose Room is subtly decorated with Rose prints and damask, and its four poster bed is draped with rose print curtains.
The Thistle Room is our truly Scottish room, tastefully decorated with tartans and the 'Thistle Four Poster Bed'. Made for the room after the Colstoun Fire of 1907.
The Red Room takes it name from its furnishings and situation.
Located on the West-front of the house, the Red Room is often bathed in glorious shades of red from the setting sun. The beautiful sunsets help to accentuate the rooms most prominent feature, the antique four-posted king size bed, richly decorated with red velvet.
Until relatively recently large country houses often had a School Room in which the Masters children would be taught by their governess before being sent away to further their education. The Old School Room takes its name from this prior function. Located at the north end of the west front, the Old School Room contains the door to the bartizan turret and a beautiful four-posted double bed
The Indian Room is situated in the north east of the house and was named to commemorate the promotion of the 1st Marquess of Dalhousie (James Broun-Ramsay) to the position of Governor-General of India. This double bed room contains several prints brought back by the Marquess from India, and the wonderfully decorated trunk used to transport them.
The Napoleon Room is positioned in the south-east of the house. It was named in recognition of the Napoleonic Officers who as prisoners of war were incarcerated around the house.
The Saffron Room, in the North-East corner of the house, is decorated with Shot Silk dyed using a Saffron infusion. One of the oldest rooms in the house, it served at one point as the Baron's room.
The Nelson Room was named in honour of Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, 1st Duke of Bronte, after his successes in the Napoleonic Wars. It is our twin bedroom and has two brass beds that survived the Colstoun Fire of 1907.
As Colstoun is still a private house in which the Laird still resides staying will allow you and your guests to have the real Scottish Country House Experience within easy distance of Edinburgh. Staying at Colstoun is like stepping back in time and experiencing a stay at a Country House in years gone by, imagne Gosford Park, Downton Abby, or Brideshead. Due to the age and historical significance of the house changes to the structure are prohibited, as such the bedrooms do not have en-suite facilities, however each room is provided with luxurious bath robes, and bathrooms are located within steps of each bed room.
Bed room fireplaces are lit by our resident staff each night, and as is tradition with large country houses the fire can be discretely re-lit by our staff in the morning before you wake (providing you allow access). Guests are invited to view their time at Colstoun like being a houseguest, as such you are provided with access to all the formal rooms of the house, inlcuding the "Union 'Drawing Room", the historic Library, and the formal Dining Room.
Accommodation is available for individuals, or residential parties of up to 16 on a room only basis (£60/person/night), or Bed and Breakfast, or Dinner Bed and Breakfast. Our resident cook is more than happy to prepare dinner parties for you to entertain your guests, and our Dining Room is available for parties up to 20. Please enquire as to our meal charges.
As well as being an Historic House, Colstoun is a home, and as such we hope you will make it your home from home when you come to stay.
* PLEASE NOTE * We offer the house as an 'Entire House/Apt' booking, however we reserve the right to accommodate more than one party at a time should your party require 4 rooms or less.
Zugang für Gäste
Guests are provided with access to all the public rooms of Colstoun, including the beautiful Edwardian Dining Room, the Victorian Library, the 18th Century 'Adam Dining Room' and 5 additional reception rooms on the main floor
Interaktion mit Gästen
A member of staff is always on hand to help. The Laird is also more than willing to give a guided tour, or tell you the history of the house.
When staying in the house guests have unrestricted access to the Tapestry Room, Old Parlour, Turret Room, Indian Miniatures Room, Hall, Bathrooms and Guest Bedrooms.
Due to the historic nature of the house and its contents access to the Dining Room, Union 'Drawing Room and Library is only available when staff are present, and as such is only available to guests who choose to use our 'All-inclusive' package
There are a core group of staff available on site 24 hours a day. Staff are responsible for lighting fires, setting and clearing the Dining Room, tidying bedrooms and opening and shutting the house each morning and night.