Prince Charles is officially in the hotel business.
On May 15, the future King of England will open the doors to his new bed and breakfast, known as Granary Lodge, to the public. The 10-bedroom development overlooks the picturesque North Sea on the grounds of the Castle of Mey in Caithness, Scotland.
As the Daily Mail noted, the Castle of Mey was once the property of The Queen Mother from 1952 until 1996. She purchased the then derelict property and set out restoring each and every corner. She then made it her principal Scottish residence until her death. But, before she died she gifted it as part of an endowment to The Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust.
Now, her grandson Prince Charles has continued her work by further restoring the property to its glory and inviting visitors to spend the night like a royal in its new bed and breakfast.
“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,” Robert Lovie, director of outreach for the Prince’s Foundation, said at the hotel’s unveiling. “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.”
Each room is decorated with plush Victorian style, with dark wood furniture, floral drapery, and pastel-colored walls. Basically, it’s everything you’d expect from a royal residence.
Though it may prove popular, don’t expect the Prince to get rich off this endeavour. As Clarence House said in a statement: “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.”