I confess, I think big. Hey, I write for Harlequin Sexy/Presents/Modern – dreaming big is a prerequisite! I dream of temptations I’ll never own, but that’s part of the fun. Jewellery, artwork, furnishings that are way beyond my budget are so tempting to look at and dream about.
And when it comes to the dream house? Well, let me just say I’ve got a strong Cinderella streak. What could be better than dreaming of a palace? Or if you’re particularly romantic, a castle, complete with turret and moat? Even if you can't picture yourself as a royal, a home like this would have you dreaming the most romantic dreams.
Recently my family planned a trip to Europe and, you guessed it, we even managed to book one night in a castle. A real top-of-the-mountain castle, with turrets and vineyards and a view to die for. I’m hoping to explore the place from top to bottom and, believe me, I won’t shift out of there till the absolute last moment. I spent too many hours as a girl reading romantic stories, gothic stories, adventure stories, even supernatural stories, not to be thrilled to bits about staying in such a place, not leaving at the end of a quick tour.
What’s so tempting about palaces and castles?
The view, for a start. You can’t go past a location like this. And just think what marvellous exercise for the legs and hips going up and down all those stairs!
Inspiration for your next book. Hm...I think I can feel a royal story brewing here.
The luxury. Face it. If you dream of palaces, you’ll include a hefty income and plenty of staff to keep the place as it should be maintained. You don’t want it falling around your ears. And, with an army of staff you’ll never have to worry about dishpan hands again.
Quaint architecture. Moorish design or central European, Indian, Scottish... each have their own style and craftsmanship.
You don’t have to worry about the neighbours. Lawnmowers at 8am on a Sunday? Forget it. You’ll have the place to yourself.
The perfect reading room. I have to say this is one of the most appealing things to me. Turrets are just made for snuggling up with a book.
The wine cellar. Who ever heard of a palace or a castle without a cellar? It stands to reason there must be some nice bottles tucked away in there.
Outdoor entertaining. If you can afford a palace you can afford a sumptuous outdoor living area.
High quality construction. These places are built to last. So they might need just a little maintenance...but they’re mainly craftsmen-built!
A sense of history. Wonderful for a dreamer who loves other people’s stories.
The sheer romance. OK, I know that if I were the cook slaving in a cavernous kitchen, or the woman who had to clean all the bathrooms, or for that matter install all the new plumbing, I might have a different view. But leave me to my lovely daydream, where that mundane stuff doesn’t matter and all I have to do is imagine myself enjoying the good life in a wonderful setting.
A ring side seat to see the pageantry of the Grand Canal.
Is there a palace or a castle where you’d like to stay? An opulent, over the top palace or a quaint tiny castle clinging to an alp? What would be your fantasy palace stay?
Annie had enormous fun dreaming of royal houses for her current UK release, THE DESERT KING’S PREGNANT BRIDE. Khalid, her hero, has several luxury homes but, like the hero he is, they mean nothing to him compared with the love of his own special woman. You can buy a copy here.
Annie will give away a copy of this book to one of the people who post a comment (chosen at random). To read an excerpt of the story or find out more, visit her website.