By Tessa Nolan
Mayfair Mansion, owned by Princess Diana’s stepmother, Dame Barbara Cartland, is being put up for sale for £35 million. This luxurious residence, located in one of the most prestigious areas of London, was built in 1732 and spans over 500 square meters. The mansion consists of five floors and features six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, two drawing rooms, a dining room, a kitchen, a library, a study, and a basement. The mansion also includes its own elevator, garden, and rooftop terrace with views of Hyde Park.
Hyde Park is one of the most famous and beautiful parks in London. It was established in the 16th century as royal hunting grounds and opened to the public in the 17th century. Hyde Park offers opportunities to enjoy nature, culture, and sports. The park features the Serpentine Lake, where visitors can go boating and kayaking, as well as a swimming pool. There is also a memorial for Princess Diana in the park, consisting of a fountain and a garden. Various events such as concerts, exhibitions, and speeches also take place in Hyde Park. It is a place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the atmosphere of London.
Mayfair Mansion was the home of Dame Barbara Cartland from 1950 to 1963. Dame Barbara was a renowned English writer and one of the most prolific authors of romance novels in history. She wrote over 700 books, which have been translated into 36 languages and sold over a billion copies. Dame Barbara was also the mother of Raine Spencer, who married Princess Diana’s father, Earl Spencer, in 1976. Therefore, Dame Barbara became Princess Diana’s stepmother and the stepmother to her siblings.
Mayfair Mansion witnessed many interesting events in the life of Dame Barbara and her family. She hosted literary evenings here, inviting celebrities from the worlds of arts, politics, and aristocracy. She also wrote her novels here, using pen and ink. She welcomed her grandchildren here, including the future Princess Diana, who often visited her on weekends. She also experienced her third marriage with aristocrat Hugh McCorquodale, who died of cancer in 1963.
After her husband’s death, Dame Barbara sold Mayfair Mansion for £105,000 and moved to Kempston House in Hertfordshire. Since then, Mayfair Mansion has changed ownership several times and has undergone several renovations and modernizations. It now combines classical style with modern comfort. Mayfair Mansion is one of the most expensive and desirable properties in London. Its seller, Wetherell, hopes that the new buyer will appreciate the historical and cultural significance of this building.