Dowager Duchess of Marlborough Lists Exquisite Belgravia Townhouse
For those who watch Downton Abbey or keep up with British aristocracy, the London neighborhood of Belgravia may ring a bell. There’s even a new period drama, released in 2020, named after the historic and high-class area. With such a presence, it’s no surprise that Belgravia homes still have owners with grand titles. Lily Spencer-Churchill, the Dowager Duchess of Marlborough, has long kept a townhouse there on Eaton Place. Now ready to part ways with the sought-after address, the Duchess just listed the home for £18 million, approximately $25 million.
Much like Kate Middleton lived somewhere lovely in London before becoming the Duchess of Cambridge, Lily lived here ahead of her wedding to the 11th Duke of Marlborough, John Spencer-Churchill. Once they married in 2008, they settled into Blenheim Palace, a 2,000-acre estate with a 187-room manor. The Duke passed away in 2014, which may be why the Duchess is aiming to lighten her real estate load.
Though nowhere near as vast or opulent as the couple’s main residence, their town refuge was certainly no humble pied-à-terre. Across five floors there are nine bedrooms, eight bathrooms, high ceilings, and period details dating back to the 19th-century. Walking past the ornate fireplaces or seeing the reception room and staff quarters, it may feel like taking a trip in time or through literature. The home mystifies with its beautiful terraces and balconies, grand spaces for entertaining, and shelves that beckon for all the classics.
Beauchamp Estates has the stately 6,250-square-foot London listing.