Princess Diana vacationed at Casuarina Beach in 1993 with sons Prince William and Harry and now the property in gated Lyford Cay in the Bahamas is for sale.
Ken Wharfe, the princess’s royal protection officer for six years, wrote about the stay in his 2017 book, Guarding Diana: Protecting the Princess Around the World.
Wharfe described it as
“a development that afforded a great deal of privacy, being part of a huge luxury complex, privately policed and spotlessly maintained.”
A testament to the extraordinary security and privacy of the house’s location that in the the Princess of Wales holidayed there.
The royals were staying there as guests of Kate Menzies, of the newsagent millionaire Menzies family, and accompanied by Andrew Charlton, a lifelong friend of Prince William, and Catherine and Harry Soames, the family of British politician Nicholas Soames.
Designed and built by Happy Ward in 1969 it was later altered by Bahamian architect Henry Melich. It was refurbished in 2009 with a new kitchen, bathrooms, flooring and the addition of pickled tongue and groove ceilings in the living and dining room areas
Four generations called Casuarina Beach home and it was designed to be a relaxed beach house with all of the principle rooms opening onto a central courtyard with a heated swimming pool and views out to sea as well.
The house has 4,492 sq. ft. of interior space with 5 bedrooms and 6 1/2 bathrooms and is situated on 1.05 acres with 180 feet of private beach frontage.
The gated community of Lyford Cay has access to Lyford Cay Club with a golf course, marina, tennis courts and a fitness center.
The property is on the market through Christie’s International Real Estate for $12,500,000.