Saturday, March 14, 2015
I Almost Bought a Castle...
Yes, I almost bought a castle, but not the one you see to the left.
Back in 2002 when we were house hunting, I had my mind set on looking at Victorian style homes. I loved the look, and most homes were old with many antique features.
Imagine my surprise when our real estate agent brought us to a castle-style home to see! Of course it was MUCH smaller that a REAL castle, but had some of the same features: towers, vaulted ceilings, made of stone...but no moat or drawbridge. Beautiful backyard, too.
Inside, I immediately felt swept away to another time, another place. I became Queen of the castle. One feature that will always stand out in my mind is the circular stairway...almost right in the middle of the living room. I remember thinking how romantic it would be to climb my stairway each night with my husband and head to our "bedchamber".
Castle living brings to mind hidden rooms, dark hallways...and plenty of places to grab a loved one and share a kiss...or two. Elegant rooms with adornments fit for a king and queen would add to the ambiance of a castle.
This castle home had some updated features, but not enough to take away from the antique feeling of the place. Old fireplaces adorned some rooms and the basement was absolutely dark and scary.
I loved the inside and backyard...but hated what I could see surrounding my "castle". Unfortunately, it sat on a corner of an industrial area. So outside the front door, all I could see were buildings and warehouses. Not exactly what a queen would hope to view.
Sadly, we didn't buy the home, even though the price was reasonable. And now that I've watched all seasons of Downton Abbey, I wonder if my "castle" would have been looked upon as more of a fascinating curiosity, and not an object of "what is that doing there?"
Is there a castle in your dreams...complete with a handsome king?
photo:Flickr: Myron Rennard's photostream