Half An Hour Of Heathrow Please!

The Brief

  • Half an hour to Heathrow Airport
  • Staff accommodation
  • Character – tall ceilings, big rooms, fireplaces
  • Small garden preferred
  • Location entirely flexible
  • Budget c £4m+

Dr & Mrs K approached me to find them a property within ½ an hour of Heathrow airport, that offered accommodation on a grand scale, separate accommodation for their live-in staff and would probably have been built over 100 years ago.

At the time of my appointment they were living in Europe and as the headline suggests he spends much of his time jetting around the world.

Uncharacteristically for a lot of properties of this size and price they did not want a large garden, no leisure facilities, pool, tennis court etc – just a good quality, elegantly proportioned country home.

Oh – and ideally available to move into within about 6 weeks!

The search was an interesting one; I viewed (and discounted) properties owned by household names in the world of business, sport, music and theatre. Many of these were “off market” opportunities since the individuals concerned did not want their property being advertised across the internet, and I worked hard with my valuable Estate Agency contacts.

However none were going to be available to move into within that tight timeframe, so I was also engaged to find a short-term let to bridge the gap.

Having scoured the market, personally visited over 20 properties and shared details by email, there were just two stand-out houses that merited Dr & Mrs K’s inspection, plus one suitable and available short term let. Quite literally they flew in from Singapore one morning; I met them, showed them the houses, formulated an offer strategy for one, and delivered them back to London so they could get the Eurostar out that same evening.

I negotiated and concluded the deal on their behalf, ensured solicitors were introduced, and cajoled the transaction through to a quick exchange and completion. The vendors, also European, had already vacated and were happy for a quick deal. Dr & Mrs K moved into the short term rental property for just 3 weeks (most of which he was out of the country anyway), prior to completing their purchase just 67 days after my initial engagement.

“The whole process was very efficiently and diligently undertaken and I was kept informed throughout.”

J. K.

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