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James Thomson OBE

Scotland's best-know hotelier-restaurateur

Prestonfield's owner is James Thomson OBE. James has won many awards for his visionary creation at Prestonfield, recently winning "Restaurant of the Year". Born in Edinburgh and educated at the historic George Heriot's school, his acquisition of Prestonfield in 2003 was a long-held dream... many years before, Prestonfield captivated his heart when he worked here as a waiter while studying at college. 

James's bold and lavish restoration reserved decades of decline, gaining a 5-star status and a swathe of accolades. His aspiration was to create a old alternative to bland uniform hotels. 18 years later, Prestonfield's theatrical baroque style has become iconic, much-talked about, and frequently imitated.

Alongside Prestonfield, his collection includes The Witchery by the Castle, the world-renowned restaurant-with-rooms, and the capital's first and finest rooftop restaurant, The Tower. Continuing the legacy of some past owners, James is an ambassador for Scottish tourism. He is involved with many industry, educational and charitable organisations. And in 2005 he received an OBE for services to hospitality and the Scottish Tourism Industry.

Prestonfield is a very personal passion for James. You may see him around, adding more of the personal touches that make his hotel so unique.