Through the Keyhole: Gove Edition

The harsh reality of separation has caught up with Michael Gove and Sarah Vine, after their multi-million west London townhouse has now been put on the market following the announcement of their divorce. Their neighbours will no doubt be relieved to see the throng of cameras and hacks finally depart the street as well…

The property comes with 4/5 bedrooms, a double reception, a library – currently stuffed with political history books – two floors of living & entertaining space, as well as a walled garden. You can also re-enact Michael’s multiple declarations of leadership intent in front of your own black-doored No. 10…

It also looks like Beatrice has redecorated, as her infamous graffiti-ridden bedroom – described by Vine as a “pit” – is now to be seen by prospective buyers.

As required, the letting agency informs potential buyers that the home has an energy efficiency rating of only an E, despite the potential to upgrade it to a C. Pretty shoddy of the former environment secretary to have not already made the necessary improvements…

UPDATE:  The price isn’t on the listing, don’t expect to get change out of £2.25 million.

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Through the Keyhole: Boris’s Pet-Friendly Oxfordshire Pad Yours for £4,250-a-Month

With renovations on the Downing Street residence complete, Boris has now decided to make adjustments to his property portfolio by listing his cosy four-bedroom Oxfordshire cottage on the rental market for just £4,250 a month. Featuring a heated swimming pool and a tennis court, Guido takes you through the keyhole of this gorgeous Grade-II listed rural home that includes sweeping countryside views, a ‘garden room’ annexe (whatever that is), and mahogany flooring throughout the property. Although renters beware: it does not include furniture…

Unfurnished though it may be, the Prime Minister / landlord has sweetened the deal by allowing animals onto the property, with the listing showing that potential tenants with pets will be ‘considered’… 

Chequers obviously makes it surplus to needs for now…

Hat-tip: Katie Hind, The Mail on Sunday

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Through the Keyhole: Former MI6 Boss’s Bomb-Proof Luxury Whitehall Penthouse

The property market has experienced something of an explosion since the end of lockdown, a boom which ironically includes this bomb-proof Whitehall penthouse apartment that used to belong to Sir Mansfield Smith-Cummings, the first SIS director. Sir Mansfield is cited as the inspiration behind the Bond character “M”…

The apartment will require a Goldfinger to snap up, having joined the market at £5.5 million. Split over three floors, with three bedrooms and a roof terrace overlooking the Thames and the London Eye, the luxury suite sits between the Old War Office and Whitehall Gardens.

Don’t wait around – you may not be able to Buy Another Day…

Beauchamp Estates are leaning into the spy theme of the flat, writing “located in the eaves of the building, [the opportunity] helps to shine a spotlight on the thrilling history of the secret service and the 007-style agents”.

Knowing London’s property market, no doubt the flat will be snapped up From Russia with Love…

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Through-the-Keyhole: George Osborne’s Post-Brexit House Price Fall Prediction Comes True

Despite upping sticks to a new £1.6 million Somerset house, George Osborne is yet to sell his Notting Hill pad, originally listed on Domus Nova in March. The six-bedroom mansion was listed for £4.95 million, however the pandemic has clearly taken its toll on the luxury London housing market as just four months later Guido spots a million quid has been sliced off the asking price. Osborne did warn house prices would take a hammering in post-Brexit Britain…

At its new bargain price of only £3.95 million, Guido once again invites you through the keyhole of Osborne’s house; with a reception room, dining room, family room, grand study, two guest bathrooms, a terrace and a walled garden.

Guido presumes the painting of Frances in the living room won’t be included…

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Through the Keyhole: Sour Grapes Osborne Edition

Having stepped down as editor of the Evening Standard, George Osborne has wasted no time fleeing London, buying up a new £1.6 million five-bedroom Somerset mansion. Guido imagines George will now be regretting the 3% stamp duty surcharge he introduced in 2016, which will cost him £150,000…

His new house, in the village of Bruton, will fill the gap in Osborne’s property portfolio after selling his Notting Hill pad for £4.95 million in March after his divorce was announced in 2019. Bruton has been described in Country Life as the “new Notting Hill”, so he’s not exactly stepping out of his comfort zone…

The 18th century Grade II listed house comes with 5 bedrooms, 3 reception rooms, 2 bathrooms, outbuildings, a cellar and over three acres of land

The garden includes a courtyard, a vegetable garden, three paddocks, an orchard, a former timber stable block, and – the jewel in the crown – a private vineyard.

£1.6 million seems like a steal, no need for “Help to Buy”…

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Through-the-Keyhole: Jolyon’s £3 Million Windmill Special

After multiple false claims by Jolyon Maugham QC that the Mail on Sunday was attempting to dox his address, Maugham is now abandoning his Sussex windmill after £750,000 of restoration; listing the 7-bedroom Grade-II listed, twentieth-century millhouse on Rightmove for £3,000,000. Guido wonders if Jolyon’s strapped for cash after his successive high-profile court defeats…

The Maughams bought the acre-and-a-half plot back in 2013 for the bargain price of £1.1 million, telling their local paper and the BBC of plans for a “massive” restoration process. Seven years on and the Remainer barrister stands to rake in well over £1 million profit from the project – tax free.

The renovations, completed by award-winning architect Sarah Featherstone, won two RIBA awards in 2017. Nice to see Jolyon can win something…

The house’s garden – beset with a nineteenth-century windmill – is certainly the jewel in the listing’s crown, complete with a high-walled vegetable plot and outdoor dining space: certain to keep out any pesky vermin…

Like it’s owner, the house has a distinct air of grandeur, with features that could make you dizzy after looking at it for too long…

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