Property of the Week: Bushy Park Mews Home with Royal History

With outdoor space proving itself more valuable than ever in lockdown, this listed mews property set within one of London’s Royal Parks ought to cause a stir on the London property market

One of only 20 homes set within the 1,100-acre Bushy Park, where deer roam freely, Upper Lodge Mews is a real rarity. These homes don’t often change hands and tend to sell by word-of-mouth, and if that’s not intriguing enough, the homes also have a Royal connection.

Upper Lodge Mews, a Grade II listed property, once formed part of the Royal Stables used by King George III and his son George IV for royal hunts in the 18th century.

But its hunting legacy goes back further than that. Bushy Park became a Royal Park in 1529, as a gift from Cardinal Wolsey to King Henry VIII alongside Hampton Court Palace. Henry was a keen hunter, creating deer runs by enclosing sections of the park, and it is here he enjoyed his leisure time.

During the First and Second World Wars, Bushy Park served as a key base for the Canadian and American military. During the First World War, Upper Lodge became the King’s Canadian Red Cross Special Hospital, with senior staff staying at the lodge and other personnel given homes in the surrounding mews houses, which are set around a central courtyard.

Following the war, the Water Gardens area, a Baroque-style collection of pools, basins and cascades originally built for the 1st Earl of Halifax in 1710, were used as US barracks, before being used by the Ministry of Defence for the development of Cold War technology.

The lodge and surrounding mews homes were returned to residential use at the end of the 20th century and today, Upper Lodge Mews is a charming three-bedroom property with 1,260 sq ft of living space.

On the ground floor, there’s a dual-aspect reception room with views onto the residents’ courtyard and the private rear garden, a hand-crafted kitchen with stone worktops, integrated NEFF appliances and hardwood flooring, a study and conservatory garden room. On the first floor, the master bedroom overlooks the garden and has great storage space with built-in wardrobes. There are a further two bedrooms and a family bathroom.

Residents have direct private access to the historic Water Gardens, a real privilege each Monday when they are closed to the public, as well as the park’s extensive woodland, landscaped gardens, rivers and parkland.

With homebuyers increasingly seeking to live in areas with access to quality outside space – especially since coronavirus forced the country into lockdown – this is a rare buying opportunity indeed.

‘The opportunity to purchase one of the few properties within Bushy Park is incredibly rare, with the previous two homes available selling to existing residents’

‘The opportunity to purchase one of the few properties within Bushy Park is incredibly rare, with the previous two homes available selling to existing residents,’ says Gary Oliver, Director of Snellers, which is marketing the property.

‘As a resident you can appreciate the beautiful park and woodland, with deer roaming freely outside your front door and exclusive access to the 18th century Water Gardens each Monday. Upper Lodge Mews is a charming mews home within a tranquil setting, yet surprisingly close to London.’

Bushy Park boasts an abundance of protected wildlife including 320 red and fallow deer and a bird sanctuary with woodpeckers, tawny owls, kestrels, waterfowl and kingfishers.

With such lush surroundings, it would be easy to forget that you are just 350 yards from Hampton Hill High Street, with its shops, cafes and restaurants, four miles from Richmond and close to Kingston-On-Thames.

The property is also convenient for both Fulwell and Hampton stations for rail connections to central London.

Upper Lodge Mews is for sale for £1,200,000 through Snellers. Call 020 8783 0083 for further details