Eco-Palace Fit for a King

Prince William, heir to the throne, has been the subject of frenzied media speculation because of his relationship with Kate Middleton, a commoner. Will they marry or won't they--who knows? But just in case, his father Prince Charles has been busy building them a £5M "eco-palace" in Herefordshire. The little starter home, with six bedrooms, five bathrooms, a dressing room, dining room, drawing room, library, orangery and boot room will have solar powered heating, wood chip boilers and insulation made of sheep's wool. Floors, window frames and doors are all to be made from oak, fir and larch wood from Charles's estate. An on-site eco-sewage works will filter waste through a bed of reeds. An old sandstone quarry has been re-opened as a source of stone. Oak has been taken from the Prince's forest, to be used for fencing and joinery. Slate for the roof is from Wales. The hedges and trees are native, from the forest at Highgrove, home to Prince Charles. Heir you are, son. :: Sunday Mirror via :: Eco-Street

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