This week, it was revealed that King Charles is planning a getaway to the Romanian countryside the following month. He will stay at the farmhouse in the village of Viscri that he purchased in 2006 after falling in love with the nation during a visit in 1998, where he will spend time.
He might decide to stop by his grandson Prince George’s wildflower meadow, which is nearby and only an hour’s drive away, while he is there. The meadow was given to the young royal as a christening present by the monarch’s close friend, Count Tibor Kalnoky. At the time, Count Tibor explained: “This is a symbolic gift because flowers would wilt if we sent them. Wild flowers are as delicate as new babies. This donation will preserve this area and help to increase public awareness of the need to protect rare flowers.
Even though George received the gift back in 2013, the royal has yet to travel to the country in Europe and experience the stunning wildflowers for himself. The young royal will soon be on half-term, though, so maybe his parents will take him somewhere during his week off?
In addition to the meadow, Pippa Middleton, George’s aunt, is thought to have visited Wrightson and Platt, a company that casts a baby’s hands and feet in silver and then engraves them with their name and date of birth as a special gift for him.
Charles typically stays in Romania for a few days every year, after which the guest house is made available to the general public. The Blue House has seven double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, a drawing and dining room, a sitting room, a kitchen, and other common areas.
The building’s distinctive blue color gave rise to the name of the property. The entire space maintains a rustic aesthetic, with high ceilings and concrete-white walls. According to the guesthouse’s website, the bedrooms are completely furnished with antique Transylvanian furniture and are free of radios and televisions in order to foster a “sense of peace and tranquility.”
The bathrooms in three of the bedrooms each have their own bathtub, and the interior is styled to reflect traditional Transylvanian culture with hand-painted plates and patterned wallpaper. An enormous bread oven is part of the guest house’s outdoor breakfast barn.
The King will be making his first trip to the nation since his mother passed away in September. The royal was pictured hiking in the Romanian wilderness close to the estate last year. Charles wore stone-colored pants, a shirt with the sleeves rolled up, and a pair of practical hiking boots for his stroll.
The Queen will stay at her lavish Ray Mill home in Wiltshire, which she purchased for £850,000 in 1994 after her divorce from Andrew Parker-Bowles, where it has stables, an outdoor pool, and even its own river, while her husband is away.
The King had a staggering £1.2 billion property portfolio before he and Camilla were crowned, but before the monarch’s coronation day, Charles gave his Duchy of Cornwall holdings to Prince William. He still owns a number of private residences, including Dolphin House on the Isles of Scilly and Clarence House in London.