Lutyens-designed house, Gertrude Jekyll-designed gardens: like entering an Agatha Christie film.
Decadent, charming and superb location but food lacking a level of finesse considering the heavy tarriff, or so I thought after my first visit. A second visit on the opening night for 2002 was delightful. Grey Walls, however is not about food [amongst my family], it's about being cosseted: you are welcomed into the Library for obligatory drinks before the roaring fire with views out to the sea. You are made to feel welcome. You are made to feel at home.
The dining room has mirrored window reveals that capture sunset and the Isle of May in one breath. After dinner one is treated to coffee and licquers again in the Library which has such old-world charm. Greywalls - formerly known as Highwalls - was designed in 1901 for the Hon. Alfred Lyttelton by Sir Edwin Lutyens, architect of New Delhi, the Cenotaph in Whitehall and the British Embassy in Washington.
Lutyens was the key architect for English country homes around the turn of the 19th century, and this house is the only one remaining in Scotland. It was designed as a family home alongside the Honourable Gentlemans' Golf Club of Muirfield. Greywalls has been owned by the Weaver family since 1924 and was transformed into a hotel in 1948. Highly recommended for afternoon tea followed by a walk round the delightful gardens.
Visitors to Greywalls have included King Edward VII, Brigitte Bardot, Barbara Streisand, Greg Norman, Jane & Isabelle Lomholt and George & Lise Patten.
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Greywalls Hotel is immediately adjacent to the famous Muirfield golf course. This course is - along with Turnberry and Loch Lomond - on of the most respected gold courses in Scotland after St Andrews Old Course. The combination of beautiful house, excellent service, enchanting gardens and a great links course make Greywalls very high on our list for birthdays and gatherings.