Take a short trip to the wonderful city of Edinburgh. Follow along and spend a few days marvelling at the city’s art and architecture, learn the complexities of Scotch Whisky, scoff on the finest Scottish seafood, and sip drams outdoors by the fire on a lazy evening.
We asked Richard Beasley, CEO of leading destination marketing agency BWP to share his long weekend in Edinburgh with friends and family staying at 94DR.
We arrive at 94DR where we’re greeted by Paul who takes us on a quick tour through the whole house and gives us all the details for our upcoming long weekend.
The house charms you in as soon as you enter, your eye is drawn through the gracious Victorian hallway with its sweeping staircase, through the moody library bar out onto a blaze of green of the terrace and the private walled garden.
The art, in particular, catches our eye – especially the dramatic monochrome portrait by Edinburgh artist Graham Flack, that dominates the orangery.
We all are shown to our bedrooms, as we put our things down I take a minute to observe the stunning views from our window, which faces out onto the city’s famous extinct volcano Arthurs Seat.
7 pm: A glass of fizz
Before supper, we gather to sip on some Champagne that has been organised and chilled for our arrival. Time out on the terrace in the evening sun banishes the week’s stresses. It’s the perfect place to catch up with the group, it’s the first time we’ve all been together in over 18 months and excitement is high!
8 pm: Supper
For supper, Paul has prepared for us: Beef Bourguignon, buttery mashed potatoes, seasonal salad & crusty baguettes. It’s followed by tarte aux pommes and crème fraîche! With supper, we enjoy stunning wines that we selected to have for the weekend from the 94DR wine lists.
We’re all tired after our day, so we hop into bed before midnight.
9 am: Breakfast
For breakfast, we have the BEST pancakes and avocado toast – this is always a must at 94DR.
10.00 am: Tee time
The golfers among us head down the coast for a round at the stunning course at North Berwick. Paul and John at 94DR had taken care of everything: transport, club hire, and tee times. On starting our round we were immediately struck by the course’s amazing sea views. The hole variety is simply as good as it gets and links conditions really challenged our game.
The non-golfers spent the day in City, the team at 94DR have shared all the best tips on what to see, where to shop… and of course where to revive those tired legs – Edinburgh is such a walkable city.
7.30 pm: Dinner at Timberyard
Recommended and reserved by the 94DR. It’s a uber-hip warehouse-style space, we dined in ‘inner sanctum’; a cosy stone-clad private dining area with a wood-burning stove, known as the ‘shed’, The menu marries Nordic pickling, foraging, and curing with classic French technique. The service impeccable, the wine list interesting, with an emphasis on natural wines- delicious!
We head back to 94DR for nightcaps before turning in for the night.
Long lies and lazy breakfast.
We head out for a walk in nearby Holyrood Park to blow the cobwebs away and tackle Arthur’s Seat. I’m always blown away by how beautiful Edinburgh is and views from Arthur’s Seat are some of the best of the City!
1 pm: Distillery tour
Just on the edge of the park, Holyrood is a relatively new kid on the block. A flavour-centric gin and whisky distillery, bringing single malt distilling back to the heart of Edinburgh after nearly 100 years. We enjoyed the two-in-one tour – great for us because we are half whisky and half gin lovers.
3 pm: BBQ at 94DR
Returning to 94DR we fired up the BBQ and wood oven. We’d organised some amazing steaks, langoustine, prepared salads and bread from the self-catering + package, and spend the late afternoon cooking, downing a few beers, just enjoying spending time together and catching up.
We finish the day with a dram by the fire in the garden, the perfect end to a weekend of much-needed reconnection.
We’re up early for our final delicious breakfast, before departing for our return flights to London.
We’ll be back!