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You can now stay at Princess Diana’s childhood home and final resting place, Althorp Estate

The property has just been listed on a luxurious rental website.

Princess Diana’s childhood home and final resting place, Althorp Estate, has just been listed on Elysian Estates – a holiday rental site that advertises luxurious accommodation located in the UK; think a classier (and pricier) version of Airbnb.

The late Princess grew up on the 500 acre estate along with her two sisters and brother, Earl Charles Spencer, who currently presides over the property along with its complement of staff. But now, it’s possible for you to experience the premium manor for yourself!

The main house at Althorp boasts an opulent 26 bedrooms and 25 bathrooms, and guests can expect to be given the royal treatment while staying there as a butler, housekeeping, catering, a private chef, and a turndown service are all included in the rental fee.

Earl Spencer stands outside Althorp, the family Home near Northampton. The house is due to open to the public on Sunday, the day that would have been Diana Princess of Wales' 40th Birthday.   (Photo by Andrew Parsons - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Earl Charles Spencer, the late Princess Diana’s brother, stands outside Althorp.

And if that doesn’t scream prestige, some of the rooms are even named after the esteemed guests hosted at the estate in the past. The Queen Mary Bedroom was named after (you guessed it) Queen Mary and George V’s visit in 1913. Some more recent guests to stay at the luxurious property are equally as impressive with the likes of Nelson Mandela, and President Gorbachev.

The house itself is located at the centre of the spacious estate but the grounds are also home to a private lake, fairytale-like woodlands and pristine gardens; which will provide guests with ample outdoor space.

The Elysian Estates listing suggests guests can also partake in activities such as croquet and cricket, and can organise extras such as hunting, horse riding, archery, and more.

Former South African president Nelson Mandela arrives at Althorp, Northamptonshire on a visit to the grave of Diana, Princess of Wales, and meets her brother Earl Spencer (centre right).   *  Mr Mandela, 84, was planting a tree in the grounds of the estate and laying a wreath at the island burial site during the visit, when he also discussed a new charity project with Earl Spencer.   (Photo by David Jones - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Former South African president Nelson Mandela visited Althorp to lay a wreath at Diana’s burial site.

Passing through 19 generations of Spencer’s, the estate dates as far back as 1508, and although famous for being the childhood home of Princess Diana, Althorp was ultimately decided as her final resting place in 1997. Earl Charles acknowledged that “with its beauty and tranquillity, this was the place for Diana to be”. 

Although, while a memorial site is available for guests to pay their respects, her official burial site is located on an island in the middle of the Oval Lake, and is inaccessible to the public. 

So, how much would it actually cost you to “walk in the footsteps of kings and queens, feast or celebrate in spectacular surroundings, marvel at the sense of history and artwork, and slumber in pure luxury,” as the listing suggests? 

391235 12: Visitors look at the Diana Shrine June 28, 2001 on Oval Lake as Althorp Estate is re-opened to the public in Great Brington, outside London, UK. (Photo by Sion Touhig/Getty Images)
This ‘Diana Shrine’ is located in the grounds of Althorp Estate.

Unfortunately, pricing is only available upon request. However, Charles came under fire in 2013 after listing Althorp for £25,000 (roughly AU$47,590) a night through a travel firm. So, a decade on, we can assume the accommodation will well exceed the previous exorbitant price tag.

However, we have good news for those who long to visit the grounds but can’t afford the overnight fees. Althorp, which is an hour and a half away from London, opens its gates to the public during the UK summer months.

With tickets starting at a much more reasonable £17.50 (roughly AU$30), visitors can explore and take in the historical estate during the daily visiting hours.

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