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California Antiques Road Trip Part 2

In my last blog post I explained how we found ourselves on a California Antiques Road Trip in a 26-foot U-Haul truck to deliver a very large order of antique furniture to a customer.

The Grand Canyon Road TripAs we left Amarillo, TX, we set our goal to reach Williams, AZ, by the end of the day. As I started researching hotels on the laptop, I realized that we would be one hour due south of the Grand Canyon! How could we be that close and not stop!

So even though it would add a few hours to the drive, we decided it was worth it.
Yoga at the Grand CanyonIMG_2694We got up at 5 am on the fourth day and headed out to the south rim of the Grand Canyon.

I couldn’t resist doing a few yoga poses on the rim with such a beautiful background behind me – I crossed off that bucket list item!

And then we turned the truck toward Monterey, CA, passing through the Mojave Desert on the way.

It was interesting how you could feel the dryness in your eyes, on your skin, and at the back of your throat while in the desert.

Antiques Road Trip to California

We were exhausted by the time we stopped – 2800 miles in 86.5 hours from Newberry, SC to Monterey, CA. All of the pieces were delivered into a storage unit, as the customer’s home is currently under renovation, but she was pleased with her purchases.

The WInchester House California MysteryAfter the delivery was completed, we decided to visit the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose. Greg remembers seeing this house on “In Search Of” in the 1970s! Built in 1884 by Sarah Winchester, heiress of the Winchester Rifle fortune, this quirky 24,000 square foot house has stairs and doors that lead to nowhere and windows in the floor. Rumor has it that Sarah kept builders employed 24 hours a day for 38 years as a way to appease the spirits of those who lost their lives to the “gun that won the West.” It was definitely entertaining!

Golden Gate BridgeWe also took a six-hour bus tour of San Francisco, which included views of the Golden Gate.IMG_2752

And we took a jaunt over to Muir Woods to hug a redwood.

We spent our last day at Alcatraz and wandering around Fisherman’s Wharf hunting for more cheesy magnets to add to our growing collection.

Finally, we headed to the airport and caught the red eye flight home.

It was a busy nine days, but we really had a lot of fun too. And we were delighted to get  our customer’s big order of fabulous antique furniture to her on time.

We’d already shipped those incredible antiques across the Atlantic ocean from Europe to the USA, and now we’d driven them right across the American continent to deliver each piece ourselves.  Did I mention that we pride ourselves on our customer service? :-)
As Greg joked afterward… “You need a truckload of antiques moved across the country on short notice? I’m your man.”

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California Antiques Road Trip

Greg and I hadn’t planned to drive a huge truck of antiques 2,800 miles from our gallery in Newberry, South Carolina, to California by way of the Grand Canyon… but that is exactly what we did! It’s just as well that we both love to get out of town and take a road trip when the opportunity presents itself!

Antiques Road Trip

When we sold a very large order to a customer in California, earlier this year, we planned to ship the order in a 40-foot container across the country and fly out to make the delivery ourselves to ensure that everything went smoothly. But our perfect plan kept going off the rails. After the sixth trucker canceled our load, we realized it was time to take matters into our own hands. Most retailers across the country are stocking up inventory in preparation for the upcoming holidays now, so there are currently more trucking jobs than truckers out on the roads and truckers can pick and choose which loads they want to carry.

Trucking antiquesThen we tried to get a container dropped at our gallery for a day so that we could carefully load all of the antiques into the container, but no one wanted to leave their trailer overnight. Next we tried to do a “live load” but we needed at least 8 hours to be able to carefully pack the trailer. Again, no one wanted to wait while we loaded, so we decided to rent a 26-foot U-Haul truck and just drive the load ourselves!  Turns out this will be the mother of all road trips – 2800 miles!

Texan waffleOn the first day we went through quite a few cities: Newberry, SC, Atlanta, GA, Birmingham, AL, Tupelo, MS, Memphis, TN, crossed the Mississippi River, finally reaching Forrest City, AR.

The cities became fewer with more distance in between on the second day: Little Rock, AR, Oklahoma City, OK, finally reaching Amarillo, TX. Here’s a good ole Texan waffle!

Los Pollos Hermanos AlbuquerqueWe happened to be passing Albuquerque, NM, around lunch time. Greg and I are big fans of the TV show, Breaking Bad, so we decided to find Los Pollos Hermanos, the Mexican restaurant that is featured prominently in the show. The food was just okay, but it was fun to sit in Walter White’s booth.

Walter White's favorite restaurant

In my next blog post about our California Antiques Road Trip Part 2, I’ll be doing yoga in the Grand Canyon and we’ll visit the spooky Winchester Mystery House. And.. oh yes! You’ll find out if we managed to deliver our mega-truck of antiques to our California client on time!

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Client Spotlight: Louis XV Vanity Chest of Drawers

Vintage Louis XV Vanity ChestInterior designer Debbie at DMS Interiors in Sarasota, FL, found our Houzz.com listing for this pretty vintage Louis XV marble-top vanity chest of drawers with mirror.

Debbie thought it was the perfect fit for her client’s project in Sarasota. The family wanted to change one of their guest rooms to have a bit more of a feminine aesthetic for a new guest, a close friend of the daughter.

The 1930 vintage French Rococo mahogany chest of drawers with its beautiful white marble top, charming ornate metal handles, curvy shaping and scrolled feet was a wonderful touch for the room!

As the daughter’s friend was arriving the following week, Debbie wanted to know if we could expedite the shipping rather than take the normal three or four week time frame for white glove delivery. We always try to do everything we can for our customers so we decided to make it happen! Customer home in FloridaDelivering antique furniture We left early in the morning and made it to the family’s address in Sarasota just before 7 pm. The client’s home has a gorgeous view of the water and quite a wonderful pool too. The guest bedroom is upstairs to the right, overlooking the pool. However, the flight of 20 steps was a bit of work with such a heavy vintage vanity chest of drawers!

Luckily the marble and mirror come off the chest for safe transport. Greg and I took out the drawers too to make it a bit more manageable for me. I may only be 5 foot 2 inches, but I can carry furniture when I need to!

Vintage Louis XV chest

We hefted it up the stairs and put it in place, where it will enjoy a beautiful view for years to come. This is such a delightful room and the Louis XV vanity chest of drawers looks terrific. This is the view from the house:

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Since we were in Florida, Greg and I decided to visit Disney’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando before heading home. Greg went with family when he was two years old, so he didn’t remember much. I grew up in Florida and have been many times, but a day at Disney is always fun. We hit all the highlights – Thunder Mountain, Space Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion (Greg’s favorite), Jungle Cruise and my favorite, the Enchanted Tiki Room.

Disney's Magic Kingdom in Orlando

Much has changed in Fantasy Land since I was there last year, and the changes were interesting to see. My secret tip if you happen to be traveling to Disney, is to stop in Gatson’s Tavern in Fantasy Land. They have created a very delicious apple cider slush drink called LeFou’s Brew that is not to be missed on a hot Florida day!

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Things We Love: German Christmas Markets

One of the things I miss the most about living in Germany, especially at this time of year, is browsing around the Christmas markets, or Weihnachtsmarkte, that are found in big cities and small towns across Germany. You may have even heard of the most famous Christmas markets in Nurnberg or Munich, but my favorite Christmas market is in Cologne.Cologne Christmas Market

Sitting at the base of the huge Gothic Cathedral, the Christmas market fills the large town square with booth-after-twinkling-booth of things to delight your eye!

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A large Christmas tree stands above the concert stage in the middle of the market, which is always filled with carol singers accompanied by musicians. There are booths filled with sparkling glass Christmas ornaments in all shapes, sizes, and colors.

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There are booths filled with hand-crafted wooden toys, jolly wooden nutcrackers and smokers, and all sorts of gifts to take home to your family and friends.

Christmas Toys at CologneMarket
There are booths filled with giant cookies that say Ich Liebe Dich! (I love you!) and roasted nuts that smell incredible as you walk by.

CologneMarket Christmas nuts and cookies

Even bundled up in winter coats, scarves and mittens, eventually you begin to feel the cold as you wander through the booths, each more colorful and inviting than the next. It’s time for Gluhwein!

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Spiced warm wine, or hot chocolate if you prefer, in souvenir mugs is just the thing to warm your hands – and, after a couple of mugs, your toes and nose too!

But my absolute favorite is the booth with the chocolate dipped fruit! Christmas-Market-Chocolate Fruit

Skewers of chocolate-dipped fresh fruit – pieces of bananas, pineapples, grapes, strawberries – dipped in white chocolate, milk chocolate, dark chocolate – it is divine!

Although not found at the Christmas markets, my favorite meal at this time of year in Germany is Christmas goose.

ChristmasGooseDinnerIf you’ve never had goose, you’ve missed out. It is mouth-wateringly delicious! It tastes similar to duck and is traditionally served with Klopse (round steamed potato dumplings), rotkohl (pickled red cabbage) and roasted chestnuts – my all-time favorite German meal.

Gluhwein recipe

Although I’ll miss out on the Christmas goose and chocolate-covered fruit this year, I’ll be reminiscing while trying out this Gluhwein recipe I found on Pinterest!

It calls for 1 bottle of dry red wine, 1 cup of brandy, 1 sliced lemon, and 3 sliced oranges. To add the spice, stir in 6 sticks of cinnamon, 8 to 10 cloves, and 3 to 5 whole anis. Mix in 3 tablespoons of sugar then simmer for 45 minutes.

Prost!

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Paris Ritz Renovates Traditional Antique French Decor

I am pleased that the Paris Ritz renovation is finally completed and the hotel is open again! Here at EuroLuxHome.com we import all our fine antique furniture from Europe (hence the name!) and although some of the furniture comes from other European countries, most is from France. Paris is close to our hearts and the Paris Ritz is an icon. The building on Place Vendôme is beautiful and it is packed with antique furniture. So let’s see how it looks now, because even if we can’t all afford to stay there, we can enjoy the beautiful antique décor.

Ritz Paris Windsor SuiteThe photo above of the Windsor Suite gives a taste of what to expect. When Swiss hotelier César Ritz bought this private palace built in the early 18th century, he planned to turn it into a luxury hotel with: “All the refinement that a prince could desire in his own home.” He did a good job of it because when the Ritz opened in 1898 the most influential people started to stay there.  The Ritz boasted a private bathroom with each guest room! In those days, this was an unheard-of amenity. Boy, how times have changed. Even a Motel 6 room has its own bathroom now!

Paris Ritz Imperial Suite

In 2012 the current owner closed the Paris Ritz in order to restore it back to its former glory. The hotel is famous for its traditional 18th-century French décor, splendid and opulent, but the antique furniture and decorative items needed some work.

Ritz Paris suiteThey had craftsmen restore the antique furniture and light fixtures, and apparently the hotel expected a lot from the artisans who did the restorations. For example, some of the antique chairs were repainted 15 times to restore them to their original authentic colors!

Marie Antoinette Room Paris RitzAntique objects and art still fill the Ritz Paris after the renovation, and some of the suites replicate the furnishings that reflect the décor styles of the famous names that once stayed at the hotel. For example, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Coco Chanel, and Marcel Proust all had their individual styles. This is the Salon Proust:

salon Proust Paris Ritz

The New York-based French architect and designer Thierry W. Despont was in charge of this precious renovation. Yikes, he had to carry a lot of responsibility. He had to keep the essence of the hotel but also allow for modern technology to be included, and hey… as a New York architect he certainly knew that they had to upgrade the air-conditioning system!

It seems that the renovations at the Paris Ritz have been very popular. It looks like they did a great job of it. If you’ve stayed at the Paris Ritz since it reopened, tell us about it on the blog or even send some photos… we’d love to see them!

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Charming Victorian Inns for a Cozy Getaway

If you’re looking for a cozy getaway this fall and winter, these charming Victorian inns are picture perfect! These beautiful Victorian homes have been made into inns and decorated in period style, including antique and vintage furnishings and fine antique-inspired furniture.

Hamilton-Turner Inn

The Hamilton-Turner Inn in Savannah, Georgia, was built in 1873 to be the home of Samuel Pugh Hamilton, known as “The Lord of Lafayette Square.” It was the first residence in Savannah with electricity. When the electric lights were turned on in 1883, those watching the house light up were afraid it would explode!

Hamilton Turner Inn Victorian Inn style

The mansion was featured in “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” as the location for many wild parties and the lavish decor really gives a sense of Savannah’s opulent style.  The individually designed rooms and a separate carriage house feature details like antique four-poster beds, claw foot tubs, romantic fireplaces and ornate draperies.

Chanticleer Inn

Chanticleer Guest House in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, has a very different feel! This rustic retreat (above) in a renovated 19th-century farmhouse and barn is decorated with period antiques and surrounded by forest and ponds. The country charm makes this a lovely place for a relaxing weekend getaway curled up by the fireplace, but there is plenty of pampering too with whirlpool tubs and tasty breakfasts delivered to your room!

Jeweled Turret Inn Victorian Inn

The Jeweled Turret Inn (above) in Belfast, Maine, is a more traditional Victorian B&B, and a Landmark on The National Register of Historic Places. Built on Penobscot Bay in 1898, the Victorian house has been restored and decorated in classic Victorian style including some lovely antique furniture and collectibles. Outside, guests can relax on two verandas with porch swings.  tourmaline-room Jeweled Turret

The “Tourmaline Room” shown above is decorated with antiques, lace, chintz, and a marble-topped bureau, and the bathroom features birds-eye maple woodwork and a Victorian claw-foot tub. The “Amethyst Turret” is a popular honeymoon room, located in an octagonal turret complete with a four-poster bed AND a fainting couch! It’s clearly designed for romance so the hero can sweep the heroine off her feet in several parts of the room!

If you know a beautiful Victorian Inn that you’d love to recommend to our blog readers, please leave a comment or tell us on our Facebook page.

And if you want more Victorian Inn inspiration, I hope that you’ll enjoy my earlier posts on Romantic Victorian Inns and Historic Inns.

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Kentucky Bourbon Trail & Mary Todd Lincoln Home

We had a great time recently when we hit the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and visited the Mary Todd Lincoln home – it’s full of antique furniture!

A&GIt all started when our nephew, Matthew, came and stayed with us for about 10 days this summer. He spent a good deal of time hanging out with Greg and learning to fix computers and cell phones. We drove him back to Columbus, Ohio, and then took a few days making our way home as a summer vacation.

Greg is a huge baseball fan. One of his bucket list items is to see a game in every national stadium, so of course, we stopped in Cincinnati at the Great American Ballpark to catch a Reds game.

Bourbon

We drove on to Lexington, Kentucky, to hit the Kentucky Bourbon Trail! Greg and I love small batch bourbons and are on a quest to find our favorites.  This is our second trip along the Kentucky Bourbon trail, as we visited the Maker’s Mark distillery several years ago.

Bourbon barrels

This time we stopped at Woodford Reserve, Wild Turkey, Buffalo Trace and Willet Distillery. It is very interesting to tour the production facilities and see how each business operates.

Copper StillEven better, we get to experience the tastings at the end of the tour!  So far my absolute favorite is Basil Hayden, with Maker’s Mark a close second. Greg really likes Wild Turkey 101 and Maker’s Mark, but he says he still has many yet to try before he can call a winner.

Mary Todd Lincoln Home Dining RoomWe also toured the Mary Todd Lincoln House. It was the first house museum site restored purely to honor a First Lady and it is filled with beautiful antique furniture. This is the dining room. I actually never knew that Mary Todd came from a very wealthy and politically connected family before she married Abraham Lincoln, so it was fascinating to see her childhood home.

Mary Todd Lincoln Home parlor This is the Mary Todd Lincoln House parlor. The house was originally built in 1803 as an inn, before it became a private home in 1832. I always love a good historic home museum, and I can highly recommend this one if you’re in Lexington, Kentucky. I found it on Trip Advisor, my favorite travel mobile app.

Sanders Cafe

Finally, we stopped at the Sanders Cafe in Corbin, Kentucky, home to Colonel Sanders and Kentucky Fried Chicken!

KFC Kitchen

You can actually see the original kitchen where the Colonel worked out his original recipe, and of course you can eat lunch there.

Aimee and the ColonelEntrepreneurship is near and dear to my heart, and Colonel Sanders is one of my business heroes, so I greatly enjoyed this stop.

I admire that Colonel Sanders never gave up. He didn’t actually make his fortune until later in life, years after he sold his original cafe, hotel, and gas station in order to break even with his debts.

It was a fascinating end to a short but sweet summer vacation!

Where have you been traveling to this summer? Have you hit any historic sites? Tell us in the comments… we’d love to hear about it!

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Graceful Getaways in New England

If you feel like a getaway in New England this year, we’ve got three beautiful suggestions of places to stay!  Anyone who has followed my series of posts on travel and historic hotels, knows that I love finding places to stay that have a sense of history or are beautifully furnished with antique furniture or in antique style. These three Grace group hotels make me want to pack my bags!

Mayflower Grace Hotel

Mayflower Grace hotel with antiquesThe Mayflower Grace is a great country retreat, just a short hop from New York City (about a 2 hour drive) in the scenic Litchfield Hills in Washington, CT.

The boutique hotel and spa is located on 58 acres of landscaped gardens and a collection of 18th and 19th century art can be viewed throughout the hotel.

The rooms are furnished with very good taste and plenty of antiques and antique-inspired decor. For example, the hotel features antique rugs and antique four-poster beds. Grand mahogany wood fittings, marble and Limoges look very VIP!

Mayflower hotel with antiques

Not surprisingly, the Mayflower Grace was named one of The 7 Most Romantic Hotels in North America by Travel & Style. It’s a great base for scenic hiking trails or going antiquing. It’s also near Connecticut’s oldest art house movie theatre, the 1927 Bantam Cinema.

The Vanderbilt Grace Hotel

Vanderbilt restaurantThe Vanderbilt Grace is an historic boutique hotel in Rhode Island. Formerly Vanderbilt Hall, the vintage Newport mansion was built by Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt in 1909.

Guests can expect to be greeted with a glass of champagne on arrival and canine guests are even treated with special doggy meals. I love that idea! I bet our pups Jake and Rudy would love that idea too, and then all the cats would want to come as well. So shhh! Don’t tell them!

As the hotel is near the waterfront, rooms are named with a maritime theme such as the Admiral Suites and Captain’s Loft Suites. This is the very fancy restaurant called Muse. There is also a rooftop bar to watch sunset over the harbor.

White Barn Grace Hotel

White Barn restaurant

The White Barn Grace (previously the White Barn Inn & Spa) in Kennebunk, ME, has been a local landmark for 150 years. The hotel has its roots back in the Civil War era, when people stayed at the old Boothby Boarding House which grew from a farmhouse into a hotel. Many additions and renovations later, it has grown into a luxurious retreat and the original barn has become a AAA Five Diamond restaurant. Artifacts from the old barn were saved to show in a display loft.

If you have a favorite hotel, B&B or other getaway that has a historic story or is decorated with antiques, let us know in the comments box below. We’d love to take a tour with you!

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August Home Decor and Antiques Roundup

The last month has been great but very busy for Greg and me! If you’ve been busy as well and you haven’t had chance to check in here on our home decor and antiques blog, here’s a roundup of the posts you missed!

Antique French Hunting ChairsFirst, save money on a treasure for your home with our discount code to get 15% off new, vintage, and antique furniture and home accents. Our End of Summer and Labor Day sale runs through September 9, 2015.

Order anything at EuroLuxHome.com and you’ll get 15% off everything (as well as our always-free shipping) when you enter the coupon code at checkout: CELEBRATE

If you need some inspiration about how to mix antique furniture into your home, this recent client spotlight about our antique Chinese opera bench shows just how easy it is! Antique Chinese opera benchOur client Suzan G. chose well when she bought the Late Qing Dynasty hand-carved bench and put it in her hallway in Santa Barbara, CA. It makes a terrific style statement and fits brilliantly into a contemporary home.

Retrofit Sink Chest French styleAnother client, the interior designer Edwin Miller, got creative with our new, antique-inspired chest of drawers.

As you can see from the Retrofit Sink Chest blog post, Edwin thought the French style chest would convert into an excellent sink chest.  He’s right – it looks great in his client’s guest bathroom!

Browse all of our client spotlights to see other beautiful homes. We love seeing these photos showing how our customers feature antique and new furniture and lighting from EuroLux Home in their spaces.

EuroLux Booth at Antique Tobacco Barn

Talking of spaces… we just expanded one of ours! We moved into a booth that is twice the size of our old one at the Antique Tobacco Barn in Asheville, NC. We also gave it a major makeover. This is the end result but you can see all the work that went into it in our blog post about our new big and bright Antique Tobacco Barn space.

Leeds Castle EnglandIf you’re thinking about a trip to London, England, any time soon, you must check out my post about the beautiful and historic Leeds Castle, packed with antiques and gorgeous architecture. If a day trip from London isn’t enough, you can even stay overnight at the castle.

Currey Shell SideboardFinally, even though summer is nearing the end, my post about Sea Shell Decor and Furniture proved that it can be summer all year round in your home.

Shell is a lovely and unique natural material. I gave examples of shells in everything from furniture like this shell-encrusted cabinet to shell-strewn chandeliers and throw pillows.

We hope you have a wonderful Labor Day weekend and enjoy these last days of summer.

Don’t forget to take advantage of our discount code on antiques and new furniture and home decor while doing your Labor Day shopping. You’ve got till midnight on September 9, 2015, to grab yourself a deal!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Stay at Beautiful Historic Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle in England has been called “The Loveliest Castle in the World” and it’s easy to see why! The castle is the perfect day trip from London. But if you want to stay for longer, visitors can not just tour the amazing castle and grounds, you can stay there too!
Leeds Castle EnglandLeeds Castle is in the English county of Kent, which is known as ‘the garden of England.’ The castle is nearly a thousand years old and it’s set in the middle of a fabulous moat, just like the stuff of legends.

Leeds Castle EnglandThe first stone fortification was built on this site in the 1100s and when Eleanor of Castile bought it in 1278 the castle came into royal hands. Over the centuries, it has been associated with a total of six queens of England. In the 1500s, King Henry VIII had a big makeover done on the castle to make it a truly resplendent royal palace for him and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon.

Leeds Castle Banqueting Hall

This is the banqueting hall and you can just make out a portrait of King Henry VIII over the fireplace. Henry didn’t travel lightly… when he visited Leeds Castle in 1520 he took a crowd of 5,000 courtiers and retinue with him! The king was on his way to France for the famous ‘Field of the Cloth of Gold’ meeting with King Francis I.

Leeds Castle Drawing Room

Leeds Castle is full of original European antiques and exquisite architectural details. This is a wood-paneled drawing room.

Leeds Castle

What a lovely library! Look at the row of large porcelain vases lined up above the bookshelves as well as the urns on the mantelpiece over the fire. The old books look so handsome but I wouldn’t want to have to dust this room!

Leeds Castle Maidens Tower Bed and BreakfastIf you plan to stay at Leeds Castle you have various choices including B&B, holiday cottages, and glamping. This is one of the bed and breakfast rooms in the 16th century Maiden’s Tower, decorated in period style with modern touches. Breakfast is served in a 17th Century oak-beamed restaurant.

Leeds Castle Knights Glamping Fantasy Camping

Or you can try glamping (glamorous camping) in one of the Medieval style Knight’s Glamping striped pavilions in the castle vineyard. The pavilion tents are so posh that they sport four poster beds with cotton linens and you can keep warm on a chilly night with a wood stove.

Leeds Castle is about an hour from London and there’s a lot to do on the 500 acres of formal gardens and parklands. Try punting on the moat, watch a falconry display, or explore the maze formed by 2,400 yew trees.

Check out my posts on other English Castle Hotels and French Castle Hotels for more unique and historic European vacation ideas. Send us a postcard if you go!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.