Heading for a Spanish castle


My husband is a buyer for a department store and we have both been invited by a furniture company to stay at a stunning Spanish castle as their guests for the next couple of days.

It is cheaper for them to hire this luxury hotel and invite buyers to Spain to view their new range on display there than hire a stand at the NEC. This seems ludicrous to me, but who am I to complain.

A couple of years ago this very generous family business invited us to a breathtakingly beautiful French chateaux. It’s a one-off perk for my husband, and me too.

I know it’s environmentally damaging, but this is Stephen’s first flight this year and my second short haul trip after a week in Greece, so I don’t feel guilty. Or should I? I shall try not to as I sip Sangria and relax while my husband is busy working. I am looking forward to exploring the area, I just wish I had time to use my walking boots.

Maybe there will be a next time…


  1. Don’t feel guilty!

    I hope you had a fabulous time.

  2. I hope you weren’t locked away in that tower for the duration πŸ™‚

  3. Hi Ellee, sounds lke you had a fab time..

  4. This is one of the most beautiful places I have ever stayed at, the food and hospitality was fabulous and I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting a romantic break away. It is near Barcelona, 40 mins from Girona airport. The castle was a ruin and the present owner renovated 10 years ago, it is very stylish throughout. We were blessed with great weather too, and all Stephen’s colleagues were great company, I hope to see some of them again, I very rarely get to meet them.

  5. Ellee: Thank you so much for your visit regarding Sahara! I so appreciate it.

  6. Oh I thought they were going to GIVE you the Spanish Castle as a free gift… stingy gits!

    I’ve done an astonishingly cogent political rant on my blog today in a bid to become Britain’s first junkie MP… DO come by and have a poke through and tell me how you rate my chances…

    ciao for now! Have fun at the castle!!

    “Vol 2″…

  7. Wow, it looks amazing. Enjoy!

  8. huh?
    have a great time Elle

  9. And no, no need to feel guilty.
    Perhaps we should just accept that we have created a way of life which involves owning and driving motorcars, and flying. And accept the inevitable that numbers of motor vehicles and air miles will double over the next decade or two, as China & India become more affluent. What we need to do is continue to work on improving efficiencies, reducing emissions, and alternative power sources.

    Are environmentalists selling ‘catholic’ guilt
    Is tree planting like buying indulgences – lol!

  10. So Elle,
    a taste of the ‘high’ life.

  11. Wonderful stuff. Lots of pics required.

  12. Have a wonderful time, Ellee. Bring back some pictures!

  13. Definitely don’t feel guilty and DO have a wonderful time, Ellee!

  14. Ian Lidster

    Bonus time! Good for you. I am green with envy.

  15. Oh poor you. You’ll just have to suffer then. Have a great time Ellee and don’t feel guilty for a second.

  16. Thanks everyone, apologies that I have not been able to visit your blogs today, it’s been an incredibly busy work day and I have to see to my boys and get packed, ready for a very early start tomorrow.

    Back soon. I’ll catch up with you then. Promise.

  17. electro-kevin

    Don’t feel guilty, Ellee. The Global Warming thing is a con. I haven’t flown for seven years and I’d wager that I’m more environmentally friendly than any ‘enviromentalist’ celeb yet they’d tell me to shut up for saying that.

    My brother in-law – middle ranking ex pat working in Boston USA. 4000 sq feet of house requiring two boilers to heat, an MPV and two free trans Atlantic flights per year. As I say, he manages the shop floor and is not particularly well rewarded by comparison.

    All talk, no walk – just tax collecting by Gordon Brown.

    Enjoy !

  18. sounds like bliss to me!

  19. Oh Ellee, don’t feel guilty, have a great time πŸ™‚

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