Bed and Breakfast fans can now stay in a royal residence owned by the (absent, I presume) host, none other than his Royal Highness Charles, Prince of Wales.
As of May, Prince Charles Granary Lodge a 10-room bed and breakfast, is open to the public, overlooking the North Sea to Orkney in the northernmost area of Scotland in Caithness, on the grounds of Castle Mey.
“We are delighted that the prince’s vision for the Granary Lodge has been realized and hope the development means more people will visit the north Highlands of Scotland to experience its unique offering to tourists,” said Robert Lovie, director of outreach for the Prince’s Foundation.
“Our team has completed a wealth of hard work in recent months and is pleased with the result, which we hope will encourage people to spend longer in beautiful Caithness – an area so close to the heart of His Royal Highness.”
The Victorian decor includes floral drapery, dark wood furniture and charming decorative accents
As soon as she purchased the property in 1952, the Queen Mother (Charles’ grandmother) started renovating the castle’s buildings and restoring the 30 acres of parklands and gardens. Both the Queen Mother and her grandson share a love of gardening, and the property is said to have been her was the favorite residence.
The Queen Mother stayed in The Castle of Mey three weeks each August, and 10 days in October until 1996, when she gifted it with an endowment to The Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust. Prince Charles is the president of that trust (besides now being an absentee B and B host).
In a statement, Clarence House said, “The accommodation will be owned and operated by The Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust, and profits raised will go towards maintaining and operating the estate as a tourist destination in the North Highlands of Scotland.”
Since Clarence House is the official London residence of Charles and Camilla, perhaps the young Royals — William, Kate, Meghan and Harry, and their kids, including baby Archie, just may drop by. And even if not, you can enjoy knowing that English Royalty has lived on the property — and probably even popped into the granary over the years.
I just wonder if the ratings will be high enough to make Prince Charles a Super Host.