The Word: You can stay where Princess Diana is buried

Diana is buried here, on an island in the middle of an ornamental lake within Althorp Park's gardens. Credit: Getty
Diana is buried here, on an island in the middle of an ornamental lake within Althorp Park’s gardens. Credit: Getty Images

For a mere $13,000, you can stay where the late Princess Diana is buried.

In a déclassé move that probably has The Queen frowning very deeply indeed, Charles Spencer, Princess Diana’s brother, is renting out his family’s ancestral home. It’s not bad that Charles Spencer is getting up on the Airbnb tip, but it seems a bit crass when you realize the home is where Princess Diana is buried. That, and he didn’t want her buried in a public spot for fear of the commoners (the decision to have her grave on private property was phrased a wee more diplomatically than that, but that is the gist).

The Althorp estate in Northamptonshire, England, was recently profiled by Condé Nast Traveler as a rental property. “It does not get much grander than this,” the mag wrote. “Seat of the Spencer family and ­childhood home of Diana, Princess of Wales, the property has a series of ­staterooms, a library and a ­picture gallery that can seat 200 for dinner. Sleeps 50, from £10,000 per week.”

Guess they failed to mention the whole sleeping-near-a-burial-ground thing.


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  1. “1976 was the first year that Althorp was actively and publicly marketed for commercial visits, with overnight paying guests in all available and suitable bedrooms, by an agent. This business has therefore been on-going for 37 years.

    There was coverage of this new development, back then, in the British press, including a photocall and interview with the Late Earl Spencer at Althorp.

    Althorp has been available on the same basis ever since, through various agents, who have advertised such availability as they see fit – through literature, at trade fairs, and on the internet (since it became a common marketing tool – i.e. in the last few years).

    This form of client access is accepted practice for many owners of Britain’s historic houses, who do their best to maintain the nation’s and their family heritage, as you can see from the websites of many of those homes, and the agencies that represent them.

    For example, Belvoir Castle (owned by The Duke and Duchess of Rutland), Knowsley Hall (owned by The Earl and Countess of Derby), and Sudeley Castle (owned by Lord and Lady Ashcombe) are all available for similar bookings. There are many dozens of other privately-owned, historic, houses that offer this service – but not many of them, of course, have done so for as long as Althorp.

    Earl Spencer and the Spencer Family’s Trustees reserve all their legal rights.”

    A Spokesperson for The Althorp Estate