Koningin Victoria (1819-1901): More leaves from the journal of a life in the Highlands, from 1862 to 1882.
September 7, 1855. [Arrival at the New Castle at Balmoral.]
At a quarter past seven o'clock we arrived at dear Balmoral. Strange, very strange, it seemed
to me to drive past, indeed through the old house,
the connecting part between it and the offices being
broken through. The new house looks beautiful.
The tower and the rooms in the connecting
part are, however, only half finished, and the
offices are still unbuilt, therefore the gentlemen
(except the Minister) live in the old house, and
so do most of the servants ; there is a long wooden
passage which connects the new house with
the offices. An old shoe was thrown after us into
the house, for good luck, when we entered the
hall. The house is charming ; the rooms delightful; the furniture, papers, every thing perfection.
September 8, 1855. [Impressions of the New Castle.]
The view from the windows of our rooms, and
from the library, drawing-room, etc., below them,
of the valley of the Dee, with the mountains in
the background, which one never could see from
the old house, is quite beautiful. We walked
about, and alongside the river, and looked at all
that has been done, and considered all that has to
be done, and afterward we went over to the poor
dear old house, and to our rooms, which it was
quite melancholy to see so deserted, and settled
about things being brought over.