Countess Raine Spencer’s £8.5m Mayfair house in London’s Grosvenor Sq. on the market

The previous residence of Countess Raine Spencer, a 5th ground house at 47 Grosvenor Sq. offering 2,145 sqft (199.24 sqm) of residing area, presently a “clean canvas” in want of considerable refurbishment and modernisation, supplies the potential to create a powerful house overlooking London’s No.1 backyard sq.: on the market by way of sole promoting agent Wetherell.

Countess Raine Spencer (1929 – 2016) was the daughter of romantic novelist Dame Barbara Cartland and the stepmother of Diana, Princess of Wales. Raine married three titled aristocrats, her first husband was the Hon. Gerald Legge, later the 9th Earl of Dartmouth (m 1948, div 1976), her second John Spencer, the 8th Earl Spencer (m 1976, d 1992), and at last Rely Jean-Francois Pineton de Chambrun (m 1993, div 1995).

A magisterial latest biography of Raine Spencer entitled Three Instances A Countess (2022) by creator Tina Gaudoin critiques Raine’s exceptional life and instances. In 1948 Raine married the Hon. Gerald Legge, the inheritor to the Dartmouth Earldom, and the couple had use of two properties in Mayfair, the 2 bed room house at 47 Grosvenor Sq. and a townhouse at 12 Chester Avenue, with interiors carried out by then up-and-coming designer David Hicks.

The couple had 5 employees to assist run their lives in Mayfair and Raine gave Gerald two sons, William in 1949 and Rupert in 1951. Raine adored entertaining and illustrious visitors at their dinner events included Viscount Furness, Woman Pamela Mountbatten, Mrs Reginald Vanderbilt and the Marchioness of Douro.

The couple additionally had excessive profile neighbours, probably the most well-known being the homeowners of the large 1st ground house at 47 Grosvenor Sq. socialite Artemis Onassis, the sister of billionaire Aristotle Onassis, and her husband Theodore Garoufalidis, the President of Olympic Airways.

When Raine turned a Westminster Metropolis Councillor in 1955 the 2 Mayfair properties have been invaluable with the 47 Grosvenor Sq. house helpful as her workplace and political base, while the Chester Avenue townhouse served as the primary household residence.

In October 1962 Gerald succeeded to the Dartmouth Earldom and Raine turned a Countess, with the Chester Avenue townhouse changed by a brand new grander Mayfair household home on Hill Avenue, once more with interiors designed and dressed by David Hicks.

Raine ultimately divorced Gerald however Mayfair remained her residence. When she married her second husband John Spencer in 1976 one in every of her first acts was to steer her new husband to purchase a primary ground house in adjoining 48 Grosvenor Sq., a purchase order organised by Peter Wetherell, and after the loss of life of Earl Spencer Raine moved first to a house on Farm Avenue in Mayfair, then to furnished suites at 35-37 Grosvenor Sq., and at last to a townhouse off Chelsea inexperienced.

From her childhood residence at 28 South Avenue (Dame Barbara Cartland’s Grade II listed mansion presently on the market for £35 million by way of Wetherell) by means of to her time in Grosvenor Sq., Raine Spencer saved a house in Mayfair for nearly her whole life.

Now the house at 47 Grosvenor Sq. the place Raine lived throughout her Countess Dartmouth years is on the market. Regardless of its illustrious historical past, the property is presently an empty shell.

To provide consumers an understanding of how the interiors may very well be reworked into a powerful new residence Wetherell commissioned Casa e Progetti, the award-winning luxurious design studio which specialises in state-of-the-art digital staging and cutting-edge computer-generated imagery, to create an artworked floorplan and portfolio of beautiful CGI inside photos to point out consumers how the house may look as soon as refurbished and modernised.

Utilizing the signature methods of Raine Spencer’s favorite inside designer David Hicks as inspiration – Hicks was famous for utilizing daring colors, trendy furnishings and up to date art work – Casa e Progetti have used CGI know-how to create a collection of beautiful rooms and dressed inside ideas for the brand new house.

Providing two bed room suites, each with dressing areas and opulent ensuite loos, the remodelled house would have a triple reception room, spanning the complete width of the house, with 4 tall sash home windows providing views over Grosvenor Sq..

Accessed by a spacious entrance foyer with bespoke-design parquet flooring the triple reception room supplies two separate residing areas, and a big 6-8 seat eating space with a built-in cocktail bar. The daring inexperienced and orange colors of the eating space a homage to the adjoining backyard sq. and David Hicks.

To the rear of the house are the 2 trendy bed room suites. The principal bed room suite has a curved bay window with residing space and a dressing/make up space behind the primary bed room. The principal suite features a walk-in dressing room and an expensive ensuite rest room. The second bed room suite is lined with wardrobes incorporating a built-in dressing/make up space and has a ensuite rest room.

The spacious household kitchen/breakfast room has a separate pantry/utility room. From the kitchen there’s a separate back-of-house employees hall which connects the kitchen to the doorway foyer to help employees circulation and hospitality provision.

Wetherell and Casa e Progetti calculate that the house, on the market for £8.5 million,  may price as much as £1.5 million to refurbish, modernise and gown, with the finished dressed house being value as much as £10.5 million.

Peter Wetherell, Founder & Government Chairman of Wetherell says: “With its iconic deal with and backyard sq. views this Mayfair house at 47 Grosvenor Sq. supplies a discerning purchaser with a singular alternative to purchase a clean canvas shell unit and refurbish and modernise the property to create an attractive new residence.

As soon as refurbished and inside designed, the house would function a wonderful long-term funding and London residence. Casa e Progetti is on the market to help the client with floorplan ideas, CGI visualisation, specification and inside design.”

Wetherell spotlight that Grosvenor Sq. is presently present process a luxurious makeover. The previous Canadian Embassy and US Naval Constructing have been reworked into luxurious house buildings and the previous US Embassy presently being refurbished right into a 5-star Rosewood Lodge with cafes and luxurious boutiques.

The central backyard sq. can be set to be reworked with a brand new landscaping scheme and enhanced public realm, with the previously closed space in entrance of the US Embassy being reworked into a powerful public piazza fronting onto the brand new Rosewood Lodge.

The 5th ground house at 47 Grosvenor Sq. is on the market for £8,500,000 (freehold curiosity). Viewing is strictly by appointment, contact sole promoting agent Wetherell on Tel: 020 7529 5566 or go to