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  • Writer's pictureSharon Wilson


Updated: Nov 20, 2021

The Spence

Gleneagles, in the heart of the Perthshire countryside, is expanding its brand to open a 33-room hotel in one of Edinburgh’s most historic buildings on St. Andrew Square which was The Old Linen Bank and then The Bank of Scotland.

An all-day restaurant, The Spence and roof terrace bar Lamplighters will boast views across Edinburgh’s iconic skyline. It will also be home to a members’ club with exclusive access to private spaces and a state-of-the-art wellness experiences housed in the old bank vault.

333 rooms and suites

Ennismore Design Studio have worked to sensitively restore the Townhouse


The hotel will have 33 rooms and suites and each guestroom will be

unique, individual in size, orientation and ceiling height – with star suites overlooking St.

Andrew Square.

Lamplighters rooftop terrace

A casual 120 cover all-day restaurant The Spence,will feature a produce-driven menu. Located in the centre of the old banking hall, there will also be a bar underneath an extraordinary glass domed ceiling, with original and elaborate features including gantry lighting. The roof terrace bar Lamplighters has been heavily influenced by Gleneagles’ .

Down in the bank’s former vault, resident guests and members will have access to a dedicated training, treatments and therapies space. With curated experiences for holistic wellness and innovative technologies including a cryo-therapy chamber and infrared sauna.

Wellness Center

Mornings at the Townhouse may mean serene starts in the yoga studio or dedicated time with a personal trainer. Or, for more reinvigorating options; swift city runs or simple studio spins in the gym. Following a workout, resident guests or members alike can retreat for a restorative treatment in one of two treatment rooms.

Members Lounge

For locals, and those in the know, it’s the members’ club that’s set to stand this Townhouse apart. It will form a community with a passion for exchanging ideas, discovering new obsessions, collaborating, and simply having fun. The Members’ Lounge will be home to all-day dining and a full-service bar and will act as a base for breakfast meetings, catch-up

brunches and long, leisurely lunches. The Members’ Snug meanwhile is an office-away-from-the-office.

For nights that require a slightly gentler pace members can try an intimate wine tasting or settle in for one of the Townhouse’s insightful events. An escape to Gleneagles, an hour’s drive away, is also one of the benefits members can reap to get the best of both city and countryside life.

Beyond the doors, partnerships with local innovators from apparel designers to newly

discovered drinks brands made in Edinburgh will look to bring members and the wider

community together. In addition, the Townhouse will be working with friends at Social Bite to support the most vulnerable communities in the city.

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