Come to be well looked after: a welcome white chocolate and raspberry cake or banana cake is served up in the club room with its comfortable oxblood chesterfield, Harris tweed cushions and a James Bond selfie chair. Paul can give you a tour and explain the Ruskin connection, one of Susan’s ancestors – fascinating pictures, photos, plates and antiques line the stairs so it may take some time.
Breakfast is lavish: homemade pancakes and bread, freshly made pastries, homemade cake, a full Scottish, Australian pikelets dripping with butter. Happily there’s a taxi butler in the hall – just press the button – and you’ll be set down in Princes Street. Bedrooms are in the main house or in the servants’ quarters (which also has its own sitting room and garden) but all are large with Susan’s exquisite headboards and hand-painted friezes.
Take your pick of restaurants nearby, return to a decanter of house sherry in your bedroom.