Every little girl dreams of being a princess at some stage don’t they? I know I certainly did (and sometimes still do!) so, when I was given the chance to stay in Glenapp Castle in the Scottish countryside and play pretend at being a princess, I jumped at it.
With only seventeen bedrooms Glenapp Castle is preciously exclusive. Driving through the gates and up the narrow road, surrounded by trees and unspoilt countryside is where the magic first hits, and it only grows as you get your first glimpse of the castle’s imposing Victorian architecture.
Each of the guest bedrooms in Glenapp Castle are individually designed and decorated; I was intrigued to see which one I’d end up in. I was escorted to the Hunter Room, and pinched myself as I was led into one of the loveliest rooms I’ve ever had the pleasure of staying in.
I had a bed big enough for about ten people, a massive bathroom, a completely separate living room, two fireplaces and a twinkling chandelier – and this was one of the smaller rooms in the castle! It was lovingly decorated in a wonderfully traditional manner, with tartan touches and quaint features, which made pretending to be a princess even easier.
Glenapp Castle was built in 1870, which meant that it almost had the air of being inside a museum. Everything around me seemed as though it should have a sign instructing me not to touch it in order to keep it in pristine condition. For this reason, I found it hard to relax at first, but after jumping onto my bed I couldn’t help settling into life as a princess.
Dinner was served in a private dining room that had been set up specially for our group. The food was deliciously indulgent, and made using as many fresh, local ingredients as possible. One of the friendly staff explained that many of the ingredients are grown in the 36 acres of land that the castle sits in; a fact which I loved, as I’m a huge fan of using the freshest most natural ingredients available.
After one of the most restful sleeps of my life in the gargantuan bed, a refreshing morning walk was in order. Glenapp Castle has it’s own little lake, a walled garden, multiple greenhouses, and is an idyllic spot for guests to relax and escape the normalities of everyday life.
When I stumbled upon a frog floating in one of the ponds I wondered for a second if he’d turn into the prince to my princess if I planted a kiss on his slimy lips. Needless to say I decided against trying it out!
By the end of my trip I was understandably more than a little reluctant to leave the cosy confines of the castle and return to life as a mere commoner. My princess fairy tale was all to easy to live out in a place as beautiful as Glenapp Castle, and I was definitely a way of life I could get used to!
My stay at Glenapp Castle was complimentary however, all opinions and whimsical dreams of being a princess are entirely my own.