CHARLES' £25-A-NIGHT STAY IN THE COUNTRYSIDE

26 FEBRUARY 2004

Though he's more used to palace living, the Prince of Wales seemed to settle right into a £25-a-night bed and breakfast in picturesque Cumbria this week, as he went about promoting the value of local pubs.

Prince Charles spent two nights at the Yew Tree Farm bed and breakfast, a converted 18th-century farmhouse in Rosthwaite, where he has stayed on previous occasions. "The Prince is a perfect guest," said Hazel Relph, who co-owns the B&B with husband Joe. "He has a wonderful sense of humour and is always great company. He comes here because he supports the countryside, and wants to help people like us who live and work here."

The Prince was also throwing his support behind village locals, launching a new guide, How To Save Your Local Pub, in nearby Hesket Newmarket. Charles, who has done the honour of pulling pints on previous visits to neighbourhood watering holes, got into the spirit of things by taking part in a round of table tennis.

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Prince Charles was out and about promoting countryside pubs in Cumbria this week. Above, he pours hops into a vat at a local brewery Click on photos for gallery
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On a visit to a local watering hole, the Prince indulged in a game of table tennisPhoto: © AFP

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