Charles III inherited properties known after the death of Elizabeth II such as Balmoral, in the Scottish countryside, where the royal family likes to spend the summer and where the queen passed away, and Sandringham, in the east of England, where the Queen traditionally spent Christmas. The new king will also have to cede to his heir, William, renowned residences such as his Highgrove estate, in England, not without some tearing. This is a true marker of his ecological convictions. The 360 hectares were cultivated without fertilizers or pesticides and wastewater was filtered through a system developed from a bed of reeds.
But the king also owns other real estate, less known to the general public, in…Romania. In 2006, Charles III bought a bright blue country house in Viscri, Transylvania, on his own. This hamlet of 400 inhabitants knew how to seduce him with its dirt streets, its horse-drawn carriages and its brightly colored houses surrounded by green hills. This 18th century residence has been transformed into a training center for traditional crafts. Charles also acquired a property in Zalan, which he has rehabilitated as a bed and breakfast. “The property has kept its Transylvanian authenticity having been carefully restored with traditional methods and materials“, is it stipulated on the site of the guest house. Indeed, the rooms are furnished with antique furniture and textiles from Transylvania.
Don’t expect to find a television but rather many books on the shelves, and of course “tea time” obliges, an electric kettle with tea. Count around 100 € per night. “The Prince of Wales hopes his guesthouse will encourage more people to visit Transylvania and thus promote sustainable development“, is it indicated. Proceeds from the bed and breakfast are donated to the Charitable Foundation launched by the Prince of Wales in Romania in 2015, which aims to protect the country’s heritage. “It’s very modest, it’s not Highgrove. These are village houses whose harmony Charles III decided to preservedescribes the television host, Stéphane Bern, a connoisseur of the British royal family. He had a crush on his Romanian villages and acquired these properties in a desire to preserve the heritage“.
But what will become of his properties in Romania? “He can decide to attach them to the Duchy of Cornwall (which provides an annuity to the heir to the Crown, now William, editor’s note) in which case it would revert to William, or else keep them in his personal properties“says Stéphane Bern. Two possible scenarios therefore for these goods purchased by Charles III as a distant descendant of Vlad the Impaler, who inspired the character of Dracula, the famous vampire created from scratch by the novelist Bram Stoker. This is not the only link that the king maintains with Romania. “He is close to the Romanian royal family. King Michael of Romania had met his future wife, Anne of Bourbon-Parma, at the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburghconcludes Stéphane Bern.