Prince Charles Secret Romanian Hideaway (not secret anymore)

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Exploramum and Explorason – Viscri – HRH Prince Charles house – outside the street gate

We have been staying in the village of Viscri (Deutschweißkirch), where we discovered a secret!  HRH, The Prince of Wales owns a traditional Saxon house there.

Here in this sleepy town of Viscri, there is no direct public transport, and the back road is a slushy snow track that we took for about 40 minutes off the main road from Sighisoara to Brasov to reach there.

Cows and horses seem to be the main traffic as they wander up and down this street.  It is really, really quiet.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Viscri – HRH Prince Charles house – a quiet main street

We have been told by the locals that he owns two houses in the area. The other being a farm, and he visits there more often with his love for wildflowers and ecology and entomology.

HRH Price Charles decided he wanted to have an income stream for the locals, and has been actively involved with several local restoration projects.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Viscri – HRH Prince Charles house – inside the courtyard

So now this is his house, and is now mainly used as a guesthouse.

Prince charges, has his ancestry linked with the Romanian Royal family so it is fitting he has purchased in this area.

Saxon houses are interesting as we also stayed in one in this village.

They have a centre garage driveway – wooden gate, which was originally used for the horses and carts, and leads to a protected garden area.

This was very useful for those growing vegetables and sheltering animals in the communist era, where the government gleaned up to 90% of all they produced, including the eggs the hens would lay.

There is a pebbled driveway and pathway, and housing on either side.

Some families shared the courtyard – for example the grandparents lived one side, and the children the other.

In the case of Prince Charles’ home here, it can house three independent parties.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Viscri – HRH Prince Charles house – one of the guest bedrooms

The original features recall the atmosphere from times when the previous inhabitant was still alive, and arranged the courtyard in a similar way.  Inside it is cheerfully decorated in quaint Saxon tradition with a lot of weaves and cross-stitches, and other handicrafts.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Viscri – HRH Prince Charles house – Saxon handicrafts

They added little more of the traditional wooden and painted furniture, some rugs, and three beds.

I love this dresser below.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Viscri – HRH Prince Charles house – hand painted dressers

They make the house comfortable enough to be used as a guesthouse, yet keeping it in line with what it may have been like previously.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Viscri – HRH Prince Charles house – Saxon pottery hangs from the wall pegs

Take for example this pull out drawer / bed system we found (photographed below).

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Exploramum and Explorason – Viscri – HRH Prince Charles house – drawer beds

Everywhere you look there is memorabilia of yesteryear, and it is a great example of Saxon interior style I think.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Viscri – HRH Prince Charles house – lovely wooden antiques

This is the old heater in the bathroom. Can you believe this would be used to heat the water for the very same HRH Prince Charles ?

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Exploramum and Explorason – Viscri – HRH Prince Charles house – bathroom heater

The house has now three double bedrooms, two bathrooms and a kitchen.

There is also a terrace with benches and a long table.  I could well imagine a nice relaxing drink of the local fruit tea, or something stronger on a balmy evening.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Viscri – HRH Prince Charles house – undercover terrace

Below is one of the Romanian tiled fireplaces, and we also had one in the home we stayed in.  Decorated spinning sticks adorn the side.  These fireplaces are separate from the wall. The warmth they emanate are quite incredible and stand about 2 metres in height with an ornate edged top.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Viscri – HRH Prince Charles house – traditional tiled Romanian fireplaces

I noticed a lot of the antiques were hand painted, and had great detail to them.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Viscri – HRH Prince Charles house – great detail

In the entrance were old walking sticks, and bags that had been hand stitched lovingly in years gone by.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Viscri – HRH Prince Charles house – the entrance stairwell

At the bottom of the second building was my favourite room.  It was a lovely dining area, and this doorway leads to it.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Viscri – HRH Prince Charles house – entrance to one of the kitchens

I wonder to myself as we sit here, if these are the very same chairs Prince Charles himself sits on when he comes to rest and relax in this little town?

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Exploramum and Explorason – Viscri – HRH Prince Charles house – we relax in tapestry chairs in the kitchen

As we close the gate behind us, I am sure it is where Prince Charles comes to shut out the world and have a time of rest and relaxation.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Viscri – HRH Prince Charles house – exterior

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