PRINCESS DIANA & JAMES HEWITT ROMANTIC TRYST COTTAGE UP FOR SALE

Cottage where Diana and James Hewitt ‘met for trysts’ up for sale

THE COTTAGE where Princess Diana is said to have carried out her affair with James Hewitt is up for sale.

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Ebford Cottage is a Grade II listed building

The 17th century Ebford Cottage in Devon was owned by Hewitt’s mother Shirley at the time that the couple were engaged in their five-year affair, and it has been claimed they used to meet there in secret.

The Grade II listed cottage, which has changed hands since then, is now on the market again for £700,000.

Current owner Emma Nicholls said: “We did not know about the history of the house when we looked at it.

“We had already fallen in love with it when we back for another viewing and the owner dropped the Diana link into conversation.

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Princess Diana had a five-year affair with James Hewitt

“It cannot have made any difference to us because we loved the house but it added some interest.”It makes for an interesting point in conversation.

“There are photos around of Hewitt in the old bathroom but nobody really knows which room Diana stayed in.”

Mum of two Emma, 38, said the history of Diana, Hewitt and the cottage have been well documented in books and the media.

She said: “No-one says much about Hewitt, no-one likes the guy around here but people in Ebford know that Diana definitely came here.”

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James Hewitt pictured in his home

People in Ebford know that Diana definitely came here

Local residents say the cottage has a certain notoriety because of its Royal link.One neighbour said: “It does come up in conversation that it was the house where the affair took place.

“Some people say they carried on in the barn but all that has been developed now with houses.”

Author Anna Pasternak in her book Princess in Love said Diana called the cottage her “haven in Devon”.

And Royal commentator Ingrid Seward said: “One of her favourite things was to do the washing up in her marigolds, jeans and jumper – a boring thing for us but she was very meticulous and loved to play house.

“His mother was often at home so I’m not sure how romantic it was with her there.”