Scotland-based luxury hotel collection Connoisseurs Scotland has welcomed three new members: The G&V Royal Mile Hotel in Edinburgh, Lochgreen House Hotel in Troon, and Fasque Castle in Aberdeenshire. The addition of these three hotels brings Connoisseurs Scotland’s total membership to 30 properties.
The G&V Royal Mile Hotel’s name is an abbreviation for “George & Victoria,” a nod to both the area’s royal heritage and the hotel’s location in the heart of Edinburgh, on the corner of the George IV Bridge, Victoria Street and the Royal Mile. The hotel is part of the Quorvus Collection, a luxury hotel division of Carlson Rezidor. Formerly the Missoni hotel, the G&V has been completely rebranded and its Italian-influenced décor replaced by a much more Scottish vibe. The G&V has 136 guestrooms, some of which offer views of the city; selections include four suites, two of which are named George and Victoria. The hotel’s restaurant, Cucina, will continue to serve Italian fare. The G&V also has its own spa.
Overlooking the Royal Troon Championship Golf Course on the country’s west coast, visitors will find Lochgreen House Hotel. Like the golf course, the hotel offers views over the Ayrshire coast and the island of Arran. This country house hotel is set on 30 acres of woodlands and gardens, and offers facilities for business meetings and conferences; golf getaways; or weddings, balls and other private functions. The hotel’s 32 guestrooms are decorated with traditional furnishings and fabrics, a design decision that captures the special character of this historic house. The hotel is also home to an award-winning dining scene in which Lochgreen’s owners, master chef Bill Costley and his youngest son, Andrew, offer dishes making use of Ayrshire’s local produce.
Fasque Castle is an exclusive-use venue, making it available for everything from weddings to corporate retreats. Fasque Castle is an early 19th-century building located on a 400-acre country estate. It has 19 bedrooms, a great hall, a spacious drawing room, intimate dining room and a cozy library. The venue can accommodate up to 150 guests for special events. The grounds are home to a variety of Scottish wildlife, including deer, otters, eagles and red squirrels; guests are encouraged to stroll the property, exploring its woods, riverbanks, fields and walled garden. The estate also has its own house of worship, a 150-year-old Episcopalian church located at the end of the beech-lined “Wedding Walk.” Though it has an active congregation, the 100-seat church can be reserved for weddings.