As the first heir to the throne, not to mention the patron of plenty of charitable organisations and grandfather to an ever-growing number of royal babies, Prince Charles is a very busy man. But it looks like he can now add bed and breakfast owner to that list as well.
That’s right, the future king has opened up the doors to the Granary Lodge, a 10-bedroom B&B located on the grounds of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother’s former home in Caithness, Scotland, for guests to visit.
Charles, who is known as The Duke of Rothesay in Scotland, has launched the new inn in an attempt to draw in higher rates of tourism to the North Highlands of Scotland. However, before you go ahead and book your stay, we should make it clear that Prince Charles won’t actually be there to greet you upon arrival.
In fact, as you can expect, he won’t be onsite on a regular day at all, giving the responsibility of running the place to the Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust and its leading staff members.
‘The accommodation will be owned and operated by The Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust, of which HRH is President, and profits raised will go towards maintaining and operating the estate as a tourist destination in the North Highlands of Scotland,’ states Clarence House.
Similarly, commenting on the new Scottish accommodation, Robert Lovie, the director of outreach for The Prince’s Foundation said: ‘We are delighted that The Prince’s vision for The Granary Lodge has been realised and hope the development means more people will visit the North Highlands of Scotland to experience its unique offering to tourists.
Today, The Duke of Rothesay visited The Castle of Mey in Caithness, Scotland, to officially open The Granary Lodge.@PrincesFound has worked to create The Granary Lodge, a new bed and breakfast in the grounds of @thecastleofmey overlooking The North Sea to Orkney. pic.twitter.com/xhKMLrGPuM
— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) May 1, 2019
He continued: ‘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 property was bought by Prince Charles’ grandmother, the Queen Mother, back in 1952 and acted as her official royal residence before it was later given to to the Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust. From 6 May, the castle was opened to the public as a bed and breakfast, so if you’re planning a staycation this summer, look no further.