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A Warm Welcome to Macdonald Houstoun House, Edinburgh WestAA 4 Stars

Macdonald Houstoun HouseUphallWest LothianEH52 6JSTel 0844 879 9043International +44 1506 853831

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Welcome to the historic and characterful Macdonald Houstoun House - a mini Heritage Village set in beautiful gardens.

I joined Macdonald Hotels in July 2006 and settled at Macdonald Houstoun House in April 2012, when I also welcomed Chef and restaurateur Jeremy Wares to the team - we are in the centre of the photo above.  Together we opened Jeremy Wares Restaurant at Houstoun House which was awarded it's second AA Rosette in 2013.

Jeremy was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease at the age of 36, the youngest case in Scotland, but it has not stopped his passion for cooking.  In 2012 Jeremy and I hosted a charity dinner to raise money to fund research to find a cure for Parkinson's Disease.  We repeated the dinner in October 2013 with our 'Fright Night' as it coincided with Halloween.  What a great night it was, with £20,000 raised for charity.  To support the event, some of my team and I also took part in the Glasgow Great Scottish Run 10km race.

I arrived in Scotland some 22 years ago from France, and while I haven't lost my French accent, I have developed a strong Scottish one, which leads French speaking visitors to congratulate me on my French.  Unashamed, I take the compliment!

I am fortunate to have worked with some great General Managers and leaders, making me the person and manager I am now.  It is my passion to now develop my team to be great hospitality ambassadors.  I am extremely proud, as members of my team have been winners at our Macdonald Hotels High Achiever Awards for the last three years.  This year Iain Robertson, who you can see in our photo with the pink bandana, won Best Barman.

At Macdonald Houstoun House we try to create something a little bit more relaxed and unique with the friendliness and professionalism of well trained staff, yet with all the standards of a Macdonald Hotel.  I trust that you will enjoy your stay and will leave with warm memories of our team.

Herve Bernier
General Manager