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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Through-the-Keyhole: Daily Mail Editor Geordie Greig’s Six Oven Special

Ovens have been the hot topic in Westminster today with James Brokenshire getting a roasting after the Daily Mail’s double-page spread revealed his kitchen is kitted out with a generous four ovens. One person who should know a fair bit about multiple ovens is Daily Mail editor Geordie Greig. Greig recently became the proud owner of a stonking Grade II*-listed mansion. The kitchen is equipped with no fewer than SIX ovens…

Guido can count at least four Aga ovens along with one of Brokenshire’s “normal double ovens”. There may well be a microwave oven lurking out of shot too. And that’s before you even count his London home…

The Gothic revival “family home” and four estate cottages were on the market for £3.75 million just a couple of years ago before the Mail man snaffled it up. Greig has over 21 acres to enjoy …

The mansion’s 8,000 plus square feet are full of authentic period features, including working period fireplaces spread around the four reception rooms. There are a whole six bathrooms, one for each oven…

That’s just the house – if Geordie gets a bit hot after too much cooking, there’s always the heated swimming pool to cool off in with its own bar and shower area, while the outbuildings include four cottages in the grounds and two “double garages”. Or does that count as four?

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Rent Boris Johnson’s Home For £2,000 a Week: Picture Special

Guido brings you an extra-special edition of Through the Keyhole – taking you inside the former home of Boris Johnson where he fought and won the EU referendum. The historic £3 million end-of-terrace perched next to Regent’s Canal in Islington can be yours to rent for just £2,000 a week. Less than half the eye-watering £4,500 a week Remainers are stumping up for Stop Brexit Man’s Westminster palace…

Plenty of space to entertain your friends in this elegant living room, there’s even a piano if you fancy giving a little rendition. Just don’t play Ode to Joy…

Cook your meals in the open plan kitchen where Michael Gove reportedly convinced Boris to back Brexit. A little taste of history…

The spacious master bedroom has a nice oriental tinge as well as its own private roof terrace and adjoining dressing room. That sofa might come in handy for when you’ve fallen out with your other half…

Take your pick from the three stylishly decorated bathrooms spread over the house’s five floors. Very nice…

The large garden out the back is perfect for having friends round for a barbeque on those hot summer weekends. Just don’t forget to organise your leadership bid too…

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Picture Special: ‘Stop Brexit’ Man’s £6M Westminster Pad

Protesting doesn’t always have to be about the hardship of standing around in the rain holding a soggy placard all day. For Westminster’s most obnoxious protester – ever-shouty ‘Stop Brexit Man’ Steve Bray – it turns out protesting can actually become a highly luxurious ‘career’. As the Mail on Sunday revealed yesterday, Bray has raised tens of thousands of pounds in donations in order to rent a luxury £6 million townhouse on the same street as Jacob Rees-Mogg, as well as Lords Flight, Luptan and Strathclyde, at the cost of £4,500 per week. Which is almost as bad a use of Remainers’ money as giving it to Jolyon or these clowns

Apparently having a “temporary campaign HQ” in the heart of Westminster has given Bray the “extra energy” he needs to campaign against Brexit. Guido takes you inside to find out how…

Take off your EU flag apparel and put down your placards in this elegant entrance hall after a hard day’s work shouting at random members of the public. If you’re lucky EU Supergirl might even serenade you with her latest song on the harp…

Don’t worry about bitter campaign infighting ruining your evening, with this double-size reception room you can keep warring Remoaner factions a safe distance away from each other. Will there be enough space for their egos?

Having trouble coming up with a new slogan that isn’t just “Stop Brexit”? Invite your pro-EU chums round for a plotting meeting in this elegant dining room and you’ll come up with a new one in no time. That Buddha sculpture might have to go though, not very European…

Carrying placards all day is demanding work – make sure you’re well-rested and refreshed every day by getting a good night’s sleep in any one of the five deluxe double bedrooms. Go en-suite, shared bathrooms are for Leavers…

Feeling a bit grubby after over 500 days of protesting on the trot? This double-width bathtub will sort you right out. Not that anyone is necessarily going to want to share it with you…

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Through the Keyhole: Bernard Jenkin’s Sumptuous Georgian Townhouse

Bernard Jenkin may not have got the most flattering portrayal in Channel 4’s Brexit drama on Monday night but at least he was able to watch it from the comfort of his sumptuous five-bedroom Kennington townhouse. However, the BJ-lifestyle could soon be yours for a mere £2.8 million – the outgoing Harwich MP has had the Grade II Listed Georgian property on the market for a while now but hasn’t been able to shift it. Could you be the lucky buyer?

Your guests will love dinner in the elegant dining room with impeccable period furnishings original dark wood panelling. Very tasteful…

Enjoy the wonderful natural light in the smart yet comfortable drawing room. Or close the curtains and relax in the way that best suits you…

The luxurious master bedroom has a whole floor to itself and comes complete with ensuite bathroom and its very own dressing room. Perfect for discarding those unwanted clothes…

Stick the relatives safely in the separate basement flat when they come to stay. Special relationship sofa cushions not necessarily included…

Take back control of the sizeable garden with plenty of potential – make the most of any summer heatwaves by turning it into your perfect sun trap. Just watch out for the neighbours…

Plot your next boardroom coup in your stylish wooden studio annexe tucked away down the bottom of the garden, complete with its own bathroom for those extended scheming sessions. Your rivals will never see it coming…

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