Overview

Greywalls Hotel is uniquely situated on the edge of Muirfield championship golf course with stunning views over East Lothian and the Firth of Forth.

Greywalls was designed in 1901 for the Hon. Alfred Lyttelton by Sir Edwin Lutyens. Mr. William James bought Greywalls in 1905 and had the lodges at the gate built on in 1908, and asked Sir Robert Lorimer, the leading Scottish Architect, to build on the ‘Nursery’ wing to the West in 1911.

In 1924 Lt. Col. Sir James Horlick, grandfather to the current owner, bought the house and he and his family used it as their summer holiday house until the beginning of World War Two. Then it was requisitioned as a place for rest and relaxation for the fighter pilots at Drem airfield. After the War it was important to give the house some purpose, so the idea of Greywalls as an hotel was born. It opened its doors on the 1st of April, 1948.


Find Us
Find us

Greywalls is located in Gullane on the A198, 4 miles west of North Berwick. A  bus service (124 and X5) runs from Edinburgh an our nearest Train station is Drem, 5 miles away. Trains run regularly from Edinburgh and take 25 minutes.

  • Offers bike storage
Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Taxi

Bass Rock Taxis 01620 890490

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free.

Viewing of Gardens and House no charge. Accommodation rates apply.

 

More admission details

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Access statement available

A word from the owner

The garden was designed by Gertrude Jekyll, who collaborated with Lutyens in many of his country houses. Mrs Weaver the current owner still overseas the garden with the Head Gardener, Neil Davidson. Enjoy your visit!

Things to See

Fun Facts

Before the First World War the lovely Mrs Willy James, wife of the second owner, used to entertain Edward VII here, at Greywalls. The house was not large enough for the James’ parties and they commissioned Sir Robert Lorimer, one of Scotlands’ most famous architects to build a ‘nursery’ wing in 1911, having already added a fine entrance courtyard and lodges to house the staff in 1908.

During the second World War the House was requisitioned as a place for rest and relaxation for the fighter pilots at Drem airfield, two miles away. Wild parties were the order of the day in the sunken garden at the back of the house. Many were invited and enormous quantities of alcohol were consumed.

Later in the war it was de-requisitioned and let to Polish forces, who converted it into a hospital and finally a maternity hospital. There were rows of nappies hanging along the edge of Muirfield golf course!


Weddings

The elegant house, enchanting gardens and stunning location make Greywalls a truly beautiful location for a wedding. The house provides an impressive backdrop to your celebration with versatile facilities that can make your wedding day a joy for you and each one of your guests. 

We offer you the exclusive use of the house and gardens for your wedding. Your guests will be able to stroll in the garden, sip champagne on the lawn and take in the views over the gardens and Muirfield golf course from the house.

The Main Dining Room at Greywalls will seat 50 guests and the smaller, adjacent Original Dining Room will seat 30 guests for a more intimate occasion, both offering wonderful vistas over Muirfield, to the sea and Fife.

Larger events can be accommodated in a marquee located in the charming period gardens.

There is also deluxe accommodation available for those of your guests who wish to stay the night.

Facilities

  • Overnight guest accommodation
  • In-house catering
  • Wedding planner
  • Guest parking

Accommodation

Greywalls Hotel is uniquely situated on the edge of Muirfield championship golf course with stunning views over East Lothian and the Firth of Forth.

Overlooking the world famous greens of the 9th & 18th holes, it has earned itself a reputation as 'a golfers' paradise'!

Offering one of the very best country house accommodations in Scotland, Greywalls' stylish Edwardian splendour makes an ideal retreat for individuals, golfing holidays, family gatherings, weddings and corporate entertainment. Massage therapies are also on offer.

Designed by the celebrated Edwardian architect Sir Edwin Lutyens as a 'dignified holiday home' Greywalls was built in 1901 and still retains the charm and character for which it is renowned. A haven of peaceful tranquillity it enjoys a reputation for the excellence of its food and service. As well as the elegant drawing rooms and delightful dining areas the house has 23 en suite bedrooms.

The delightful walled gardens are attributed to Gertrude Jekyll and contain a hard and grass tennis court, croquet lawn and putting green as well as borders filled with herbaceous plants.


Corporate Hire

Corporate events

The quiet elegance of the house together with its breathtaking location overlooking the historic links of Muirfield make Greywalls a perfect retreat for boardroom meetings, decision making and corporate entertaining. Only a short drive from Edinburgh, Greywalls provides a stunning rural setting for exclusive boardroom meetings and corporate away days.

With gracious public rooms the ground floor of the house provides flexible, elegant accommodation that can be set up to suit your particular requirements.

Facilities

  • Overnight accommodation
  • Lunch
  • Plentiful parking
  • Projector and screen
  • Refreshments
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Team building activities