You should really see my face right now. It is split in half by the biggest grin. In fact my cheeks now hurt as I've been grinning like the happiest fool since I arrived here a few hours ago. I am in a castle turned Bed and Breakfast in the area of Aberdeen in Scotland.
My first delight was in being collected from the bus stop by my host, who has a lovely South English accent. She says words like 'glorious' with all the right accents and I'm sure words like 'splendid' and 'marvelous' and maybe even 'jolly good' are well used in her vocabulary. She reminds me of a character from a Miss Marple episode perhaps. She talks in a way that I would simple love to talk, but hardly ever do, because if I did I would seem an idiot.
The next fabulous part about where I am is the castle itself. It's not huge by any means but it looks amazing and has been very tastefully restored and decorated. I am very picky and I have to say I approve wholeheartedly of this place. All the wallpapers are beautiful and accurate for a period home. The furniture is all antique and dark wood and there are lovely old rugs on the floors and framed antique paintings on the wall.
I have the best room in the house, well the best room guest wise. It is the main room on the website and the wallpaper is amazing. I wasn't expecting the room as I am paying a normal rate for single occupancy but as I am the only one here at the moment I guess I just automatically received the best room! There was tea laid out waiting for me in fine china with a teacup and saucer and a sugar pot and milk jug. There is also a small library in my room and among the books there are some Agatha Christie stories and Dorian Gray.
I get the impression that there are two sections to this house and that I have this section all to myself. I am currently sitting in the library which is complete with heavy wooden bookshelves with fancy plated glass doors and vintage books. There are also comfy squishy couches arranged around the roaring fire and this one is deep enough that I think I could sit two of myself length ways, leaning against the armrests. The fireplace itself is painted a soft mint green and the wood is carved into what I suspect are native Scottish plants.
In summary I think perhaps I have found heaven. I certainly feel like I am living in Miss Marple (minus the murder mysteries) or Pride and Prejudice perhaps!
Many thanks to my mum who paid for this for my Birthday :)