Nearby : golf courses; beaches; castles; Edinburgh.
Location : in village, 17 miles (27 km) E of Edinburgh off A198 to North Berwick; ample car parking
Food : breakfast, lunch, dinner; room service
Price Band : ££££
Rooms : 23; 19 double and twin, 4 single, all with bath; all rooms have phone, TV, hairdrier
Facilities : two sitting rooms, library, bar, dining room, conservatory; garden, grass and hard surface tennis courts, croquet
Credit Cards : AE, DC, MC, V
Children : welcome
Disabled : bedrooms on ground floor
Pets : accepted, but not in public rooms
Closed : mid-Oct to mid-Apr
Proprietor or Manager : Sue Prime
Muirfield, EH31 2EG, Gullane, 01620 842144
Gracious private house overlooking Muirfield golf course
Greywalls is a slick, expensive country house hotel, with - by our standards - quite a large number of bedrooms, but despite this we cannot resist including such a distinctive place. It is a classic turn-of-the-century house by Sir Edwin Lutyens, with gardens laid out by Gertrude Jekyll, and - more to the point for golf enthusiasts - it overlooks the tenth green of the famous Muirfield championship course.
The feel of Greywalls is very much one of a gracious private house, little changed in atmosphere since the days when King Edward VII was a guest. Furnished largely with period pieces, public rooms include an Edwardian tea room, a little bar well stocked with whiskies, and a particularly appealing panelled library. This is a delightful room - with no sense of a hotel about it - in which to curl up on one of the sofas either side of the fire, and leaf through one of the many books from the shelves. Dinner, served in a room overlooking the golf course, is elegantly presented and imaginative. Bedrooms are attractive, comfortable and well-equipped, particularly those in the original house rather than the new wing.