For the first time in history, King George III’s former observatory in Old Deer Park, Richmond, is now available for residential lease
The King’s Observatory was built in 1769 for George III to track the transit of Venus crossing the sun, and now, the Grade I listed property is available to rent. Designed by Sir William Chambers, the architect behind the Great Pagoda at Kew Gardens and also Somerset House, the property sets a new standard of living for the area.
The fully revolving dome observatory is the oldest of its type in the world, and is still fully functional, complete with a telescope loaned to the property by the Crown Estate (the King’s original telescope can be found in the National Museum of Dublin).
Built in the style of a Palladian villa, the interior of the property has been renovated to include four bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, an entrance foyer, a dining room, drawing room, a garden foyer, a kitchen and breakfast room, two dressing rooms and a library, which holds more than 12,000 books.
The Grade I listed cabinets, that originally housed the King’s scientific instruments, have been carefully restored and can be found in the entrance foyer, library and first floor bedroom.
Original features include high ceilings, ornate cornicing, window shutters and a historic staircases, which now exist alongside a modern lift, AV system to control heating, cooling, lighting, blinds and music, as well as a security system.
‘The current owner of The King’s Observatory has breathed new life back into an incredible piece of history,’ says Amelia Redington, Head of Corporate Services at Jackson-Stops London. ‘The property has been beautifully restored so that it closely resembles its former heyday as King George III’s observatory, with a number of period features such as beautiful chandeliers and oak flooring found throughout.
The current owner of The King’s Observatory has breathed new life back into an incredible piece of history
‘Meticulous care and attention have been taken since the restoration project began in early 2015, particularly to the unique rotating observatory and listed cabinets, and we are very excited to welcome a residential tenant to this home for the first time.’
A boathouse, lake and two magnetic listed huts, which were originally used by the Meteorological Office to conduct experiments, can be found to the rear of the property.
The house lies within the Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Course, making it the ideal property for any tenants with a keen eye for golf.