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Greywalls

An exclusive small hotel in Gullane (East Lothian), Greywalls overlooks the clubhouse of Muirfield Golf Course at the east end of the village. This Arts and Crafts style construction represents one of few buildings in Scotland by Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869 - 1944). Originally known as High Walls, it was built in 1901 as a holiday home for the Hon. Alfred Lyttelton, a keen golfer, and comprises two-storeys in local stone, with a roof of grey pantiles imported from Denmark. In 1905, it was sold to William James and, during his ownership, King Edward VII is known to have stayed here. The gate lodges were added in 1908 and a nursery wing added in 1911 by Sir Robert Lorimer (1864 - 1929). The gardens are by Gertrude Jekyll (1843 - 1932).

The house was acquired by Lt. Col. Sir James Horlick (1886 - 1973) of Titness Park (Berkshire) in 1924, who was later to plant the fine garden at Achamore House on Gigha. Greywalls was his summer holiday home until the beginning of World War II. During the war it was requisitioned by the government and used for a time as a hospital. Thereafter the house passed to Horlick's daughter, Ursula Weaver and she decided to run it as a hotel from 1948. It remains in the ownership of the Weaver family.

Now A-listed for its architectural importance, the interior of the house retains its Edwardian charm, including a panelled library and now offering 23 en suite bedrooms. In addition to the walled garden, there are tennis courts, a putting green and a sunken croquet lawn.


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