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United Kingdom, Edinburgh

The Witchery by the Castle

5 stars, Castle, Confidential, Glamorous, Historic, Jet set, Romantic, Seaside, City, Gastronomy, Gardens, Restaurant, Yacht

The Witchery by the Castle, a charm hotel in the center of Edinburgh, opens onto the cobblestone streets of the Royal Mile. Restaurateur James Thomson took this 16th century building and transformed it into a luxurious, intimate and secretive hotel-restaurant. Totally renovated, the Witchery’s eight suites are decorated in purple fabrics, casting a veil of elegance over this charming and delicately outdated property. The walls are filled with a collection of art antiques that defy time. The enchanting and deliciously romantic restaurant, the Secret Garden, offers a refined and highly gastronomic cuisine, adding to the reputation of the Witchery, which is regularly praised by all the great names in the hotel industry. Hidden at the end of a narrow passage, this confidential address has enchanted numerous visitors including Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ewan McGregor and Jack Nicholson to name just a few who have surrendered to its charm.


A city-museum and the capital of Scotland since 1492, Edinburgh has been classified by UNESCO as a world heritage. It was also named the most popular city in Great Britain by the daily newspaper, The Guardian. Also known as “The Athens of the North”, Edinburgh has a very rich architectural heritage. The old and the new city possess façades, which are vestiges of renaissance and neoclassical architecture. Built between 1767 and 1890, the new city is largely the work of the Scottish architect, Robert Adam His dual sense of romanticism and elegance is what gives the city its unique charm. Although the weight of history can be felt at each of its numerous monuments and structures, Edinburgh is nevertheless an active and thriving city. The Edinburgh Festival is a prestigious international artistic event which attracts thousands of visitors to the city. Scottish novelist, Tobias Smollet wrote: “Edinburgh is a source of genius.” The enchanting atmosphere that permeates the narrow streets of the old city has provided inspiration for many great writers including, J.M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Canon Doyle and J.K. Rowling of Harry Potter fame.

Secretive, enchanting and wonderfully romantic

In the heart of the old city, at a detour of a narrow passage bordering the cobblestones of the Royal Mile, a conserved 16th century building houses a charming and seductive hotel-restaurant. The Witchery by the Castle opened its doors in 1979 at the initiative of restaurateur James Thomson. While studying at the prestigious Henriot School, the young man developed a passion for the architectural history of his native city. Anxious to preserve the wealth of Edinburgh’s historical heritage, Thomson invested in the restoration of a 1595 building known for having been the home of James Boswell, a Scottish lawyer and man of letters.

The name, The Witchery, recalls the sad memories that marked the history of Castle Hill, the center of repression led by King James against individuals accused of witchcraft. There is no attempt to stigmatize this bloody past in the hotel. The eight suites are decorated with sumptuous purple drapes, tapestries of the period and gold trim. The suites also provide a venue for exposing antique art objects from art lover Thomson’s personal collection. One need not reserve a suite to take advantage of the restaurant which composer Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, a regular customer and admirer of The Witchery calls, “most seductive restaurant there is”.

The Witchery is a preferred stop for a number of celebrities including Jack Nicholson, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan all of whom have left their impressions in the visitor’s book.

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Five stars / Edinburgh’s historic Old Town / Exceptional setting / Well-known Restaurant with traditional gourmet Scottish cuisine / Private dining / Secret Garden

When open:

Open all year round

Number of rooms and suites:

8 suites


Double occupancy from405 euros

Nearest airport:

Edinburgh Airport (EDI) - Edinburgh

Address and telephone:

The Witchery by the Castle


The Royal Mile




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Flight time from Paris:

Approximately 1h45

Time difference from Paris:

- 1 heure toute l’année - one hour all year round


Temperate ocean climate influenced by the Gulf Stream Extremely unstable weather Severe winters and mild summers (20°C to 25° average in summer)

Necessary travel documents for French nationals:

Passport valid three months after return or valid national ID card No visa required if visit does not exceed six months No vaccination required


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Languages spoken:

English, Gaelic, Scottish dialects

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+33 1 75 43 70 26 *Our reservation department is always happy to assist you via phone or via email. We are open Monday to Friday 9am to 18pm (GMT +1).