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Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Royal Treatment at Dornoch Castle

When I planned our lodgings for the trip, I wanted to do a few unique one too.  And this was one of them… we stayed in a castle!  The Dornoch Castle has been turned into a very nice hotel.  Some rooms are quite modern and some are true castle.  This was a splurge… I booked the best room.

See that first window over the hedge?  It was ours!

It looks like a proper castle. 

Our room – or should I perhaps say ‘a portion of our room’!  The ceiling was 16 feet tall and the walls are the original stone castle walls. 

The bed was hand carved. 

And there was a real fireplace all ready to be lit.

And we lit it!!!  There was both wood and coal to put on it.

In this castle room, even the antlers were “royal” (meaning the stag had 12 or more points).

There was a beautiful antique dressing table, with an outlet right there to use your computer (one must have all the modern conveniences… right?). 

Yes… darling Henri came home with us.  (But seriously… I think the owners could have donated more than .50 P (.50c) of the 12 pound, 50 cost to the children charity!!!!  Don’t be such tightwads!!!)

There was a lovely hospitality table laid out for us.  Tea, coffee, hot chocolate (with a note that if we wanted real milk/cream to call the front desk…we did and it was delivered within 3 minutes!).  An assortment of biscuits (cookies).  Plus a decanter of sherry and a bottle of champagne.  All good stuff too! 

With a lovely sitting area with comfy antique chairs to enjoy it in.

Which the guys promptly did!!!  (We invited Dave to check out any of the rooms we stayed in so they would know how they were). 

After Dave left, Himself and I dressed for dinner and went down to the hotel restaurant.

My entrĂ©e was venison loin.  Perfectly prepared.

Himself had ‘seared Scottish beef fillet’… again perfectly prepared.

Then we headed back to our room, where Himself stoked the fire to burn briskly…  Which we needed to since the hotel - like EVERY other place we stayed - turned off the heat at about 11pm and didn't turn it back on until about 7 am (or later!).  BRRRRRRRR!!! 

… and we settled into one of the few truly comfortable beds on the trip!  (Gotta love camera timers!)

Yes… it feels good to be The Queen occasionally…

1 comment:

  1. Oh what a wonderful experience, Teri! So glad you were able to take this trip and all the marvelous adventures that went with it!

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