Prince William has told his father he must pay to stay as a guest at his beloved Welsh holiday home – and remove all his belongings from the property, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
The monarch is understood to be ‘upset’ after new Prince William of Wales told his father that he plans to rent out the lovely cottage which Charles bought for £1.2m in 2007 and has lovingly restored.
The Llwynywermod property, on the outskirts of the Brecon Beacons National Park, was bought through the Duchy of Cornwall, which William took over after the Queen’s death last year.
Charles spent a week or two at Llwynywermod each summer, but William did not renew his father’s lease.
After September, it will be available to rent as a holiday home – much to the King’s ‘frustration’, according to an insider. This means Charles must move his belongings and personal effects.
The new Prince of Wales, William, told his father that the monarch was ‘disgusted’ after plans to rent out the idyllic cottage (pictured) which Charles bought for £1.2m in 2007.
The Llwynywermod property, on the outskirts of the Brecon Beacon National Park, was bought by the Duchy of Cornwall, which William (pictured) took over after the Queen’s death last year.
The three-bedroom house has a barn attached to the main house, which was renovated using traditional techniques, and is set in 192 acres of rolling countryside.
Llwynywermod will be marketed to holidaymakers after September. Three nearby properties owned by the duchy have already been let. A three-bedroom North Range cottage costs £2,400 a week. Charles restored Llwynywermod with the help of architect Craig Hamilton.
The interiors were done by the Queen’s sister Annabel Elliott in an elegant but rustic style. The King, Queen and Elliot invested a lot of time and energy in renovating the cottage, which has many thoughtful touches.
In the renovated barn that now serves as a dining room for 16 guests, a large new east window was designed by Hamilton. There’s also attention to detail on the floors, including custom-made carpets based on 18th-century Welsh blanket designs.
In keeping with the king’s wishes that the building be sustainable, a wood-chip boiler provided heating and hot water to the entire estate. There is a system for storing rainwater outside.
The monarch chose roses, jasmine and honeysuckle for the garden during Kate and William’s 2011 wedding at Westminster Abbey, along with six maple trees that lined the aisle and were then transplanted into the ground.
After September, it will be available to rent as a holiday home – much to the King’s ‘frustration’, according to an insider.
In keeping with the King’s wishes that the building be sustainable, a wood-chip boiler provided heating and hot water to the entire estate.
The interiors were done by the Queen’s sister Annabel Elliott in an elegant but rustic style. Photo: Main Reception Room
The King, Queen and Elliot invested a lot of time and energy in renovating the cottage, which has many thoughtful touches. Photo: Dining Hall
There’s also attention to detail in the flooring, including custom-made carpets based on 18th-century Welsh rug designs.
Because of his affinity for the place, King agreed to pay for the upkeep of the property, including the cost of hiring two topiary experts to maintain the manicured trees and shrubs of the grounds.
Last night, a royal source said: ‘The King was quite upset but that was the deal. It means he can live there but he will rent out the duchy and the rest of the time it will be rented out.’
‘The King has agreed to pay for the upkeep of the topiary because he doesn’t want to see all the good work in the grounds go to waste.’
The Mail on Sunday revealed last month that William wants to spend more time in B&Bs and holiday rentals in Wales than any permanent royal residence.
Due to his affinity for the place, the king agreed to pay for the upkeep of the property. Photo: Guest bedroom
Photo: Main Reception
Palace sources said the prince and princess wanted to support the tourism economy by renting out cottages and rooms.
In April, the couple went to the Bluebell Inn in the Brecon Beacons town of Glangrwinnie for dinner with friends, then retired to their £1,000-a-night Dufferin Mawr country house.
Rental website Airbnb calls it a ‘beautifully renovated large country house’ sleeping 16.
Kimberley Fry, owner of Dufferin Mawr and Bluebell, said: ‘They walked like locals.
‘They had a reservation and we kept it quiet, but the locals in the pub were very surprised to see them. We feel very privileged to have them here.
‘We charged the going rate, as we do for everyone.’
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