Susan and Paul Johnson received their five-star QA award from VisitScotland Industry Relationship Manager Alasdair Maclauchlan

Edinburgh’s Barony House has received a five-star Guest House Quality Assurance award from the national tourism organisation in recognition of its exceptional standards.

The Newington-based B&B previously held a Four-Star Gold status and Barony House offers five bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, and a separate Servants’ Quarters.

Owners Paul and Susan Johnson have designed each of the rooms around an arts and crafts theme, taking inspiration from Susan’s famous British ancestor John Ruskin, a Victorian art critic and pioneer of The Arts and Crafts movement.

The B&B is also proud to have a Taste Our Best award, for its use of local and quality Scottish produce and is a member of the Cyclists and Golfers Welcome Schemes.

Barony House is also joined by 142 other businesses in the city as part of the VisitScotland Information Partner programme, all committed to ensuring visitors receive first-class information about the region and Scotland as a whole.

Alasdiar Maclauchlan, VisitScotland Industry Relationship Manager, said: “The luxury B&B is a shining example of the quality experience on offer in Edinburgh.

“Our Quality Assurance scheme helps businesses to reach their full potential and truly shine. The scheme is about more than just the ‘stars’ on the door, it’s about the entire visitor experience, about investing in your business, driving-up quality and creating jobs.

“Delivering a quality experience that meets and exceeds visitor expectations is crucial in making Scotland a must-visit, must-return destination.”

Mr Johnson said:“ The support from The Tourist Board has been exemplary and has helped us keep motivated to meet the expectations of a five-Star B&B experience and improve our ability to deliver on that.”