Carter Jonas appointed by Kew Gardens to let houses on estate
Date of Article
Sep 19 2016

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Carter Jonas property consultancy has been appointed by Kew Gardens to let some houses on their estate in Richmond, London.  The properties have been prepared for private lets by the world-renowned horticultural organisation in order to generate some additional income to maintain the UNESCO World Heritage Site and fund their vital science and conservation work.

Carter Jonas has just launched to the lettings market a three bedroom detached property on the estate, which has recently been renovated to a very high standard. Lion Gate Lodge is located at the Lion Gate entrance to Kew Gardens and enjoys stunning views over the gardens, as well as an adjoining cricket pitch, which is home to Richmond Cricket Club.

As well as having its own private garden, tenants will be granted free access to Kew Gardens all year round. The property is available to the public for a minimum tenancy of one year through Carter Jonas at a rental price of £4,200 per calendar month.

The availability of Lion Gate Lodge forms part of the new initiative by Kew Gardens to generate greater income for their estate. Many of the properties selected for this scheme had been disused in recent years and required full renovation to convert them into desirable homes. Carter Jonas has been chosen by Kew Gardens as the managing agent for their now growing portfolio of private rental properties. The first property to be let was leased to a group of Kew staff, who were given first priority and who will enjoy the benefit of living conveniently close to their place of work.  

Jill McLaughlin, Director of Corporate Services at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, said:  “We have decided to put these properties to residential use in order to generate income to invest in the upkeep of our estate.  We are delighted that the tenants of these properties will be able to enjoy their unique setting and proximity to our beautiful Gardens, and we are pleased to be working with Carter Jonas to make this happen.”

Lisa Simon, head of Carter Jonas’ national lettings team, added:  “We are thrilled to have been appointed by the Royal Botanic Gardens to assist them in this venture.  We are proud that we can count Kew as a key client of ours, adding to our rich portfolio of clients in London and across the country, that are helping to confirm our national reputation as a leading lettings agency.”

Lion Gate Lodge is a Victorian, Grade II listed property which originally provided housing for Kew staff in the late nineteenth century. The property, located on Kew Road, had been disused in recent years and has now been newly refurbished to offer a high standard of living for prospective tenants. Brand new interiors have been installed, including a Neptune kitchen, a Villeroy & Boch bathroom, new flooring throughout and Farrow & Ball interior paints have been used.

Charlotte Godley, head of lettings at Carter Jonas Boileaus’ office in Barnes, who is managing the let, said:  “This is a very rare opportunity to live on the Kew Gardens estate overlooking its beautiful gardens. The property offers a very comfortable and stylish standard of living and its location cannot be beaten – it has the serenity of Kew Gardens on one side, which tenants can enjoy anytime they like, and the amenities of Kew and Richmond on the other, which is a highly pleasing prospect for any tenant.

“Lion Gate Lodge is among the first few properties that Kew have decided to open up to the public lettings market and we are very excited to be working with them in this venture. We imagine that the property will appeal to a family or group of young professionals, who love Kew Gardens and who need access to London for work or perhaps to good schooling in the area.”

Lion Gate Lodge is available to rent at £4,200 per calendar month, for a minimum tenancy of one year.

View the property listing here.

Kew Gardens is a world-famous Botanic garden and centre of plant science that has worked for 250 years to increase our understanding of plants and fungi and their relationship with humankind. It achieved UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2003 and its stunning and diverse gardens, at both Kew and in Wakehurst, Sussex, provide one of the country’s top tourist attractions and most highly regarded educational institutions, attracting international visitors and stakeholders.

For more information about Kew Gardens, visit their website here: