One Of Princess Diana’s Favourite Homes Is Up For Sale

By Martha Davies

4 weeks ago

The landmark property has hit the market for the first time in 22 years

This Mayfair townhouse is pretty special: formerly owned by Princess Diana’s father and his second wife, Countess Raine Spencer, it was frequently visited by Diana herself. Here’s the rundown. 

Look Inside…24 Farm Street, The Spencer Family’s Mayfair Townhouse

Drawing room with blue armchairs. white sofas and a grand piano.


The handsome stucco façade of 24 Farm Street guards more than a few secrets. Purchased in 1990 by Princess Diana’s father, Earl Spencer, this Mayfair property once served as the residence of Countess Raine Spencer, the Earl’s second wife and Princess Diana’s stepmother. Although Diana wasn’t initially close with Raine, they formed a strong bond after Diana’s divorce in 1996, and the Princess subsequently began to visit 24 Farm Street frequently – often accompanied by Mohammed Al-Fayed.

Red library with double doors opening onto a large hallway.


The townhouse spans nearly 5,000 square feet of space across five floors, and it even features a passenger lift. There’s plenty of outdoor space, too, with patio spaces on the lower level and the ground floor as well as a charming roof terrace at the top of the house.

The lower ground floor is complete with its own entrance and features a guest bedroom, bathroom and dressing room. You’ll also find staff accommodation here, providing a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen. Upstairs, the grand reception hall leads into a sleek kitchen/breakfast room, while the neighbouring dining room is still painted in the same shade of red as the dining room at Althorp House, the Spencer family’s stately home.

Red dining room with circular wooden table and chandelier.


The first floor is occupied by two magnificent reception rooms: an elegant drawing room and a spacious library – the room favoured by both Earl Spencer and Princess Diana, especially after the Earl’s death. 

Two bedroom suites are located on the second floor, both of which offer luxurious dressing rooms and large bathrooms. The top floor features a self-contained suite encompassing a bedroom, dressing room and bathroom as well as a cosy sitting room leading out onto the south-facing roof terrace.

Top floor living room with sage green walls.


While 24 Farm Street is no longer owned by the Spencer family, its legacy certainly remains, and it now boasts another fascinating story: after the Countess moved to Grosvenor Square in the late 2000s, the property was eventually sold to art collectors Alan and Mary Hobart, founders of Pyms Gallery in Mayfair. 24 Farm Street subsequently served as both the Hobarts’ residence and a separate, private art gallery, playing host to prominent socialites and politicians including multiple Irish prime ministers. If walls could talk, this home would have a lot of stories to tell.

Bedroom with striped wallpaper and mahogany furniture.


24 Farm Street is on the market with Wetherell and Chestertons for £10.95 million.