A B&B fit for a Queen: Jubilee-themed hotel containing 10,000 pieces of Royal memorabilia opens its doors to the public
23:34 GMT, 8 May 2012
It’s the bed and breakfast experience fit for a Queen. Or a Prince – or even a Duchess.
But if you happen to be a dyed-in-the-wool republican then you would probably be advised to give it a miss.
Filled with more than 10,000 pieces of royal memorabilia – including a Diana-themed stained glass window – this semi in suburban Wembley, north London, has been opened to paying customers in honour of the monarch’s Diamond Jubilee.
B&B fit for a queen: Margaret Tyler is letting the Royal themed Sandringham to paying guests who would enjoy the complete Royal experience
Royal bargain: Staying at the B&B, surrounded by one of the biggest Royal memorabilia collections in the UK, costs 75 per night
For far less than a king’s ransom – 75 per night, in fact – guests can enjoy a good night’s sleep in the Sandringham Suite, drink their morning tea out of the finest souvenir china and dine on that royal favourite, kedgeree.
You can even hire a real-life corgi for the duration of your stay (for an extra 150 a day) to ensure an authentically regal experience.
The B&B is owned by dedicated royal memorabilia collector Margaret Tyler, said to have amassed the largest private collection in the country.
Mrs Tyler has been fascinated by the Royal Family since she was a child and over 32 years has crammed into her home the most astonishing collection of, well, tat.
Her first piece of royal memorabilia was a small glass dish depicting the Queen, bought from a jumble sale for just two and a half pence.
It now includes everything from vases to plates, tankards to tea towels, a couple of wind-up ‘racing royals’ – even life-size mannequins of William and Kate dressed in their engagement photograph outfits – and could be worth thousands of pounds now.
Pot of tea: Margaret Tyler's collection covers every Royal since Queen Victoria
There are even Royal-themed condoms with the phrase 'Come In And Carry On' priced at 4 a pop
Mrs Tyler’s collection diligently covers every royal since Queen Victoria, although Diana, Princess of Wales still holds a special place in her heart and has an entire room dedicated to her, including a portrait on the ceiling.
Her guest room, situated in a new-ish loft conversion, has its own bathroom next door and a comfortable Queen bed, naturally.
It is covered with a red, white and blue duvet, dozens of patriotic cushions and themed teddy bears and surrounded by luxurious gold drapes and union flags.
There are plenty of royal books in the bedside cabinet to choose from (Mrs Tyler has more than 1,600 in her collection, so be warned) and four framed portraits of the sovereign carefully arranged on the top.
Tea and coffee making facilities are, of course, provided and served in Mrs Tyler’s prized 225 Emma Bridgewater tea set.
There is even a basket of royal-themed condoms featuring the slightly indelicate phrase ‘Come In And Carry On’ priced at 4 a pop.
Margaret Tyler still has a soft spot for Diana, Princess of Wales, and much of her collection features the mother of Prince William and Prince Harry
Memorable experience: Margaret Tyler who is letting her spare room through the website Wimdu UK
Full to the brim: Every nook and cranny of Margaret Tyler's home is filled with her Royal memorabilia collection
‘It makes me very proud when I see people enjoying the Royal Family and I feel it is my duty to promote them,’ Mrs Tyler, 68, told the Mail.
‘The Queen has been a wonderful ambassador for this country and the ‘Sandringham Room’ is my tribute to her reign. I believe that anyone who spends the night there will come away feeling truly patriotic.’
Asked about the kind of clientele her establishment was likely to attract, the grand-mother of four said: ‘Well, clearly people who share my enthusiasm. I have the most remarkable collection of books, films and DVDs, so we can spend the evening watching them and chatting.
‘People from all over the world love the Royal Family, so this is the perfect place for them when they come to stay in London.’ And the most remarkable item in her vast collection Mrs Tyler did not have to think hard.
‘It’s a kind of ceramic sculpture of Prince Charles and Princess Diana with a heart-shaped hole in it. It’s absolutely hideous, to be honest. Looks nothing like them. In fact they look more like the Everley Brothers,’ she said.
‘I have no idea what it is for either. I use it as a door stop. I just thought it was so ugly that no-one else would buy it.’
Mrs Tyler is advertising her room through the website Wimdu.co.uk, which specialises in householders renting out their spare rooms for extra cash.
Karim Hardane, CEO of Wimdu UK said: ‘We are delighted to have Margaret as one of our hosts. Wimdu is all about finding unique alternatives to traditional accommodation, and she definitely went the extra mile to ensure the guests will get a truly memorable experience.’