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June 29, 2011

Country house for rent within the private parkland of Eaton Hall, home of the Duke & Duchess of Westminster

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: , — David Taylor @ 2:12 pm

Writes Nick Withinshaw from Chester estate agents Jackson Stops & Staff:

A very special and rare opportunity has arisen to rent a property within the private parkland of Eaton Hall, home of the Duke and Duchess of Westminster. Eaton Lodge occupies a secluded rural location within the parkland close to the estate village of Eccleston, a few miles to the South of Chester.

The Grosvenor family has been at Eaton Hall since the middle of the 15th Century and it is presently the home of the 6th Duke of Westminster and his family. Eaton Lodge, originally designed by John Douglas, has evolved through the years but probably dates from the latter part of the 19th Century when records show that it was home to a gamekeeper. The property was subsequently occupied by Anne, Duchess of Westminster, the owner of Arkle, the Championship racehorse and winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Today, Eaton Lodge, whilst retaining many original features from its rich history, displays a modern twist to design resulting in a truly unique and very impressive home. The property has been renovated to an exceptional standard with great input from the Duchess of Westminster. Of particular note is the large reception hall which provides a dramatic entrance. Drawn by David Tremlett, a Cornish born artist who studied sculpture at the Royal College of Art, the ceilings and walls are the culmination of a series he had worked on for nearly 12 years. Wanting to break up the space into sections almost like an interlocking puzzle, David created an unlikely assembly of pieces that fit perfectly together. The drawing is about structure, light, colour and a great sense of contemplative space.

The hand-made ceramic floor in the reception hall was designed by the Duchess of Westminster. She assisted in its making with the internationally renowned potter, David Frith of Denbigh, North Wales. The floor was made using specially prepared coloured clays for high temperature firing. Each piece of this enormous jigsaw was individually shaped by hand and cut with great precision. The design is created with two shades of rustic clays with strands of cream polished ribbons running through the design like rivulets of water. The ribbons draw the eye giving great scale for the interior and the garden ahead. The floor took over six months to make and has created a wholly unique piece of ceramic art of great distinction.

As well as the striking blend of traditional and contemporary design, Eaton Lodge benefits from high quality kitchen and bathroom fittings together with gas-fired underfloor heating through most of the house. The property is also wired with a state-of-the-art intelligent music and satellite television system, wi-fi broadband as well as intruder and fire alarms with external CCTV, which can be monitored by the estate security team by separate arrangement.

For further details and a full pdf brochure please click here or call the Chester office on 01244 328 361.

Eaton Lodge - country house for rental in Eccleston, Cheshire


June 27, 2011

Riverside apartments for rent in Kingston-upon-Thames

Filed under: Latest News — David Taylor @ 4:55 pm

Writes Mark Birch from Teddington estate agents Jackson Stops & Staff:

“With the summer now in full flow, its a great time to be messing about on the river. With this in mind, Kingston upon Thames is holding its annual Regatta (www.kingstonregatta.co.uk) on the 9th July 2011.

“But if you don’t want to be part of the action but fancy being close to The Thames, Jackson Stops & Staff in Teddington has recently taken on two riverside apartments in Kingston overlooking the river for immediate rent.”

The two properties are 102 Lower Ham Road at a monthly rent of £3,500 and Flat 4 Longwater House at a monthly rent of £1,495.

Please call Mark on 020 8943 9955 or click here for more details.


June 9, 2011

Holland Park estate agent goes the extra 460 miles!

Filed under: Latest News — Tags: — David Taylor @ 2:55 pm

Katy Brennan, the Sales Manager in Jackson Stops & Staff’s Holland Park office went more than the extra mile. In fact she went all the way over to Switzerland on behalf of one of her clients!

Says Katy: “We were marketing the penthouse apartment in the historic Grade II* Halsey Ricardo House, Melbury Road last year with sales. However, after a few months of it being on the market the owner decided to let it instead, through Jackson Stops & Staff. Whilst it was let, the owner received planning permission to reconfigure it and add another roof terrace with a retractable roof, making it useful living space for both summer and winter.

“Having kept in contact with the owner whilst the property had been let, I was invited to Geneva to discuss the marketing strategy going forwards and to finalise instructions for its sale.  The owner resides in Geneva and wanted to show me the property portfolio which he has out there.”

This 2,658 sq ft penthouse forms part of an historic building designed by the architect Halsey Ricardo. The property benefits from a resident porter, direct lift access, three double bedrooms all with en-suite bath/shower rooms, kitchen and a wonderfully light and spacious reception room with direct access to a terrace.

The property comes with a separate one bedroom, self-contained flat and two lock-up garages, providing a total of 3,411 sq ft. Melbury Road W14 is situated close to High Street Kensington and moments from the open spaces of Holland Park.

For more information contact Katy on 020 7727 5111 or click here for more details.