Cinderella gets the Castle and goes to the Ball


We left the Wigwam site after breakfast, before driving back to Glasgow to swap the beautiful Q50 for its beefier, comfier, larger cousin the Q70.  A big American-style Luxury Saloon built for a comfortable drive. 

Needless to say, the drive to Stirling was a dream. We arrived at the stunning house in Muthill, Perthshire in the afternoon. We were the first to arrive, so Caroline (the lovely owner) gave us a tour before my family got there. My mum had booked the house via Air BNB. With four bedrooms, all en-suite, a big living room, kitchen with breakfast bar, dining room, pool, gym and huge garden. It was the perfect place for us all to spend time together, catch up and just chill. 

If you follow me on Snapchat (XKatieMatthewsX), you may have already had a tour, but if not let’s take you around the beautiful house!

There’s a beautiful leafy driveway that leads to a gravel parking place at the front of the castle-like house. 

Walking through the large door, you’re welcomed into the warm hallway by comforting family photos and Scottish touches. 

There are two staircases, but we’ll take the main stairs and show you the Master Suite first. Off another hallway and up a couple of stairs is the most fairy-tale-like room in the house. 

Literally my dream room and those curtains are heavenly. So heavenly, that I snuck in a few times and pretended it was my room. There’s no Katie Kardashian yet, right? 

Of course the tour doesn’t stop there and the next bedroom had the best bathroom in the house. The bath was big enough for three people to sit comfortably in and I had the best bubble bath of my life in it. On my own, of course…

Heading back down the corridor towards the back set of stairs, you pass the third bedroom on your left. Smaller than the rest, but with a beautiful bathroom set in the turret of the house. 

The final bedroom was to be mine and The Gentleman‘s for the stay. With the comfiest bed and tons of wardrobe space, it was a good fit! 

Heading down the back staircase next to our room, takes you to the gorgeous multi-functional kitchen. 

Walking through the dining room, past the gorgeous double patio doors, takes you to the grown-up sitting room. 

A beautiful room; furnished with luxury velvets and tartans to create a warm and inviting space. Perfect for snuggling up in on cold winters nights, with a glass of something alcoholic by the crackling fire. 

Whether summer or winter though, this house doubles for every kind of weather. When the sun came out the next day, we sat on the terrace eating lunch al fresco thinking we could have easily been in the south of France. 

We had gone to stay in Scotland for the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders‘ white tie ball, that was being held at Stirling Castle.

The Gentleman had been kindly lent an outfit by Moss Bros, and I managed to find a last-minute dress at The Blogger’s Market by Virgos Lounge, that I bought off Liv Purvis.

The whole night was incredible. We had learnt the traditional Scottish Reeling dances the previous day, so were confident to dance at least four of the dances through the night.

White Tie is the smartest form of evening dress and it’s not often that there are occasions that warrant it. With the Ball starting, it was incredible to stand to one side and watch as the band started to play, everyone moved in one sweeping formation across the ballroom turning and spinning around in one movement.

Watching the dancing, the castle transformed into a time that neither I, nor my parents would remember. A time of the ball being the only social occasion of the year and the place where you would most probably meet your future husband or wife.

With the Ball coming to a close, well past midnight, there were a lot of tired Princesses ready for a sleep worthy of Aurora. 

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