It has been almost five years since the death of her late husband, John Spencer-Churchill, the 11th Duke of Marlborough, but now his widow Lily is set to sell the home she lived in before they were engaged.
The Dowager Duchess of Marlborough’s Eaton Place townhouse is on the market for £18 million with Beauchamp Estates. Built in the 1800s by famous builders the Cubitt brothers, it features original high ceilings and cornice detailing throughout, with nine bedrooms (seven of which are en-suite), a kitchen, two kitchenettes, two gardens and a private covered terrace.
’32 Eaton Place is a wonderful townhouse in the heart of Belgravia,’ Gary Hersham, Founding Director of Beauchamp Estates commented. ‘The townhouse provides extensive living space with flexibility if a buyer wanted to use one of the many guest bedrooms as a home study or library for instance. With beautiful original details such as ornate fireplaces preserved throughout, this townhouse is of an exceptional calibre.’
Lily was the fourth wife of the supremely well-connected Duke – who was previously married to Susan Hornby (a wedding attended by the royal family), Athina Onassis and Rosita Douglas. The daughter of a millionaire Indian businessman, Narinder Sahni, she grew up wealthy, and was reportedly awarded millions following her divorce from Nigerian-based tycoon Ratan Mahtani in 2000.
They were wed in 2008, when she was in her fifties and he in his eighties, and lived together at his family seat of Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. She is also said to have helped facilitate a reconciliation between her late husband and his heir, the current Duke. In the 1990s, she made headlines for her friendship with Sarah, Duchess of York, who she lent a large amount of money to.
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