Castle Lachlan

September 19th, 2012 § 7 comments § permalink

So, it appears I’ve neglected the site for a few months, sorry about that!

Anyhow, a few months ago some of my family, friends and I all went away to celebrate my 21st birthday. We stayed at this amazing castle on the west coast of Scotland. Known as Castle Lachlan, it slept 15 comfortably but we managed to squeeze in a couple extra! It had 7 bedrooms, a kitchen with a giant pantry, a huge dining room with a billiard room off the side, a fancy ‘drawing room’ and 4 nice bathrooms.

This is the castle from the outside. I loved the twisting stairs leading up to the front door. It looked especially nice at night time when the windows were all lit up. (Click images to enlarge).

Overview

This is the fancy fancy drawing room, complete with grand piano!

Drawing Room

The kitchen was one of my favourite rooms. It had great space for everyone to socialise in and was always cosy from the Aga. The pantry was great for storing the crazy amounts of food we brought with us! I loved the country house decor that was featured throughout the castle, but especially in the kitchen.

Kitchen

Kitchen

Aga

The dining room was a very fancy room! I loved the huge table and the candelabra. We held our own murder mystery party in here which was amazing fun, being in a castle made the atmosphere even better.

Dining Room

The billiards room was fun. Lots of  drinking and games went on in here. It opened into the dining room so we spent a lot of time in between the two.

Billiards Room

I loved all the bedrooms in the castle. They were all decorated traditionally, with each room having a different colour scheme. This first bedroom was my favourite. It had its own en suite AND its own nursery off to the side.

Bedroom 1

En Suite

This is the bedroom me and a couple of my friends stayed in. I loved the metal beds. There was also loads of room in front of the beds which we used for additional sleeping space which was handy. This room was on the very top floor so had amazing views of the surrounding ground.

Bedroom 2

The main bathroom in the house was cute, I loved the wallpaper.

Bathroom

The grounds of the castle were great for exploring. There were forests surrounding it, with a small loch only a field away. There were loads of outdoor activities to try out near by and the ‘Old Castle Lachlan’ ruins to explore.

Overview

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Reclusive Andalucia Retreat

March 22nd, 2012 § 6 comments § permalink

This quaint Spanish farmhouse is located in the sparse lands of Andalucia. It’s a four bedroom, 3 bathroom get-away with idyllic views. The remote property has a rustic feel, with many modern features throughout. There’s an amazing pool with an outdoor dining area perfect for entertaining. (Click images to enlarge).

Overview

The living room is a cosy space. I love the white painted roof beams and the wooden shutters on the windows. The red terracotta floor tiles feature throughout the home giving it that Spanish feel.

Living Room

This house has a number of dining areas. This one below is the main dining room inside. I love the old fashioned shelves with the crockery and pasta jars on display. The fireplace and antique furniture are great rustic features.

Dining Room

This is the first garden dining area. Its a lovely bright area and I love the tree.

Outdoor Dining

This is the dining/BBQ area, situated beside the pool. I love this space. It’s got a very beachy feel, with the thatched roof and white furniture. I love the open bbq built into the wall and the marble topped table.

Dining/BBQ Area

This is the kitchen. Again it has stylish white painted roof beams and a terracotta tiled floor. I love the Aga cooker and the rustic kitchen cabinets.

Kitchen

All the rooms in this house have low ceilings, which you can see clearly in these bedrooms. It makes the rooms very cosy and warm. I love variety of windows this house has, with some rooms having tiny ones and others featuring french doors opening out to the terraces. All the rooms are bright and airy, perfect for the heat.

Bedroom

Bedroom

Bedroom

Bedroom

I love the bath in this bathroom. The archway gives it a very private feel. I love the marble effect featured on both the worktop and wall tiles. The bathroom cabinets are also the same as the kitchen ones, continuing the Spanish feel throughout the house.

Bathroom

This is the pool area. It looks amazingly tranquil and the views are never ending. The sandy outdoor seating area is also a great place to take in all the mountainous sights.

Pool

Views from the pool

Outdoor Seating