Technically, One Royal Circus falls into the category of “bed and breakfast,” but it’s not like any bed and breakfast I’ve ever stayed in…it’s more like being a guest in the fabulous house of very hip friends.
In 1823, renowned Scottish architect, William Henry Playfair, designed the Royal Circus, an elegant circle of Georgian houses overlooking a private park, in the New Town neighborhood of Edinburgh. (Playfair also designed the National Monument, Royal Scottish Academy and National Gallery of Scotland.)
One Royal Circus, the first house on the crescent, was restored by Mike and Susan Gordon. They were able to save many of the home’s original features, including the hand-painted ceilings in the drawing room, while adding their own contemporary mark with Philippe Starck furniture, vintage 1930’s posters, fab Italian lighting, and a pool table in the library.
Mike and Susan have welcomed famous guests like J.K. Rowling and Ewan McGregor…and me.
For four days I got to pretend I actually lived in this ultra-cool house, letting myself into the high-ceilinged hall to the sounds of Mike playing the baby grand upstairs; helping myself to a glass of wine from the bar or a cup of coffee from the kitchen.
I even got to attend a soirée that was held there, as a benefit for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. The best part was hanging out with the hosts and their close friends after the party – it was so relaxed and fun that I wanted to forego the rest of my trip and move in.
In Mike’s words, “The house was designed with entertaining in mind – a tradition we attempt to respect and uphold!”
I think that Mr. Playfair would be delighted with the new life that his house has been given!
One Royal Circus