Back in 2003, Boris Johnsonand his then wife, Maria Wheeler, bought a cozy four-bedroom cottage in the countryside for £690,000. Initially, the property housed a barn that was then completely transformed into a quaint cottage and now the property is worth a hefty £1.2 million.
What you’ll be paying for
Johnson’s 3,100 sq ft property is equipped with a heated swimming pool, a tennis court, a lovely garden room and of course, amazing views of the countryside. But, all these features come with a heavy price of £4,250 per month.
The PM has left the decor relatively untouched, keeping a minimal aesthetic throughout the cottage, but the highlight of the house is said to be the exposed brick walls and the gigantic statement fireplace. The cottage has four bedrooms, and isn’t completely isolated in the countryside. According to local estate agents, Strutt & Parker, who have been advertising the property, the home is within walking distance to the nearest local pubs. We all know how important that is for Johnson.
Additionally, unlike the property's previous owners, Johnson has also made his home a pet-friendly zone.
Now, whoever decides to rent out this home is in it for the long-haul because it is available for a minimum term of 12 months. Plus, the property has been listed as unfurnished so you’ll have to bring your own furniture.
So, if you’ve been looking for a rustic home in the countryside, and you don’t mind having the Prime Minister as your landlord, then this might be the right place for you.
Why it’s available
Since Johnson became Prime Minister, security guidelines have bound him to only using the official country retreat of Chequers. He is not the first PM to rent his private residences because of this stipulation.
In 2010, former PM David Cameron rented out his Notting Hill home for a whopping £6000 a month! Theresa May also leased out her London apartment and earned over £10,000 a year just from the rent.