OK, King Edward VII died in 1910, so he could not have possibly slept in my bed. But it is possible I slept in his!
I had a couple of weekend visits to Kinlochleven in the Scottish Highlands recently and stayed at Hotel Mamore, which was the original hunting lodge of King Edward VII. The setting of the hotel is idyllic, isolated and with views up Loch Leven. The hotel itself is a living museum with servants bells and hatches and the original panelled walls and ceilings still intact. I couldn't help think what a great location this place would be for a murder mystery.
Today the guest accommodation bears the name of those who once visited and stayed in that very room. Over my couple of visits I stayed in Lord Belper's room and the master suite itself ... the very room of King Edward VII.
There was a spooky atmosphere I have got to say and the hotel sitting high up on the hill behind Kinlochleven reminded me of the hotel in the movie The Shining. I even dreamed of two ghosts the night I stayed. Did The Shining not feature ghost twins?
I felt privilaged sleeping this close to British royalty, though at the end of the day, sadly, I did not find my Prince Charming.
I HAVE SOLD BOOKS, WRITTEN BOOKS, ILLUSTRATED BOOKS, PUBLISHED BOOKS, STUDIED BOOKS, COVETED BOOKS, VANDALISED BOOKS (THOUGH, I WAS ONLY TWO YEARS OLD AT THE TIME: HAVING BEEN LET LOOSE WITH CRAYONS), GIVEN PUBLIC TALKS ABOUT BOOKS, BOUGHT BOOKS (I PAID 400 FRENCH FRANKS ONCE - £40.00 - FOR A BOOK IN FRENCH TEXT THAT I CANNOT READ), DESIGNED BOOKS AND LAST, BUT NOT LEAST, I OWN A BUSINESS ABOUT BOOKS ... YET, BOOKISH THOUGH I MAY BE ... NEVER UNDERESTIMATE A BLONDE WITH A PEN!
My favourite things are books, pets and houses. I once owned a publishing company called Pumpkin Press and now own a cleaning business called House Proud. I am a published author of two books and have edited a third. I have a degree in English. I continue to write.