Inside King Charles’ luxury secret royal retreats where YOU can stay for as little as £100 a night – including a castle | The Sun

THERE'S a reason why these holiday homes have king sized beds and regal rugs – they're owned by our new monarch.

King Charles III has half a dozen royal retreats where he lets out rooms to tourists for anything from £100 a night or £5,000 for a week.

There's a cottage leading out on to white sandy beaches, an ancient castle on the Scottish coast and pads in the home of vampires – Transylvania.

The new King's taste for traditional architecture is on display in the tasteful rooms, where you are never far from a well plumped cushion.

Snooze under four poster beds, walk among immaculate gardens and never have a stunning view obscured by uPVC.

In addition to all these holiday homes Charles can call on a huge portfolio of palaces and regular residences to take a rest in.


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Here we take a peek at the former prince's holiday pads.

Transylvania, Romania

Two properties in this part of Romania have enjoyed a revamp thanks to Charles.

The King visited the land once ruled by the bloody Vlad the Impaler, who inspired elements of Bram Stoker’s Dracula novel, in 1998 and loved it so much he purchased holiday homes in 2006 and 2010.

Rooms in one of His Royal Highness’s retreats in the Zalan Valley, complete with “authentic antiques and textiles from Transylvania'', cost less than a hundred pounds a night.

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The website says: “Guests are welcomed on arrival with our local Transylvanian brandy and pastries.” 

They really are trying to make you feel like royalty.

Dolphin House, Isles of Scilly

Any self-respecting billionaire should own an island and King Charles’s one is very special.

With its white sandy beaches and tropical plants, the island of Tresco off the coast of Cornwall is one of Britain’s most idyllic spots.

His vast property portfolio includes the six-bedroom Dolphin House, which you can rent out when it's not fully booked.

Prince William and his wife Kate enjoyed a summer break there three years ago among the swaying palm trees.

Guests can dine outside in the vast gardens, which have views out on to the clear blue Atlantic waters.  

Tamarisk House, Isles of Scilly

Even the heir to the throne has to start low down on the property ladder and that’s what Charles did with this four-bedroom bungalow on the island of St Mary’s.

He bought the then-basic pad, which is named after the rare shrubs that surround it, in 1969 when he was just 20 years old .

Six years ago the King got planning permission to turn it into a cute cottage. 

You can soak like an aristocrat in the roll top bath and eat in the surprisingly spacious kitchen diner.

Seven night stays are currently available for anything between £1,300 and £4,800.

Llwynywermod, Wales

When he was the Prince of Wales, Charles bought this 192-acre property on the edge of the Brecon Beacons for £1.2million in 2007.

His Royal Highness came here to “contemplate the future of the Royal Family” following the death of his father Philip in April last year.

There is a main farmhouse, three cottages and a Grade II-listed barn in the rural retreat near Llandovery in Carmarthenshire.

Holidaymakers can stay in two of the cottages, one which sleeps six people and the other four.

The price for a week in the “charming barn conversion” across the courtyard from the King’s home is £995 in low season.

Dumfries House, Scotland

The King bought this 18th century Scottish stately home in 2007 and has renovated the grand property.

He was staying there with the Queen Consort when he received the news that his mother Queen Elizabeth II was on her deathbed.

The website describes it as a “prime example of heritage-led regeneration” with extensive work being carried out on the 2,000 acre estate.

There are both self-catering cottages and lodges offering bed and breakfast rooms for holidaymakers.

Brass bedsteads or four-poster beds await those able to pay anything between £140 and £460 a night.

Castle of Mey, Scotland

Way up in the far north of Scotland, close to John O’Groats, sits the former summer holiday home of the late Queen Mother.

She bought this abandoned castle in 1952 and restored the 16th century castle to its former glory.

Charles and Camilla stay there every year, but it is run by a charitable trust of which His Majesty is the president.

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The King has taken a great interest in the interior design.

The Granary Lodge has ten sumptuous bed and breakfast rooms, costing around £330 for two nights, while the self-catering Captain’s House has three bedrooms and will set you back a thousand pounds for the week.

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