For sale: House whose previous owners loved it so much they may never leave (From Richmond and Twickenham Times)
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For sale: Teddington house whose previous owners loved it so much they may never leave
Bodies buried in the garden are not at the top of every house hunter’s wish list but for one Teddington property it comes as standard.
A four-bedroom house in Schoolhouse Lane has gone up for sale but its historical significance and enviable location near Bushy Park are not its most interesting selling point.
Estate agent Curchods warned prospective buyers of some hidden extras lurking in the 50ft garden.
The listing said: “It is important to note that the previous owners’ last wishes were to be buried in this garden, which is where both currently rest.”
A Curchods spokesman said the couple lived in the house very happily for most of their married lives and the garden grave had not yet had a negative effect for prospective buyers or the house price.
The spokesman said: “The way the market is in Teddington it won’t have much of an effect on house prices. Most people we have spoken to don’t seem to be put off by it.
“If it was a happy family home for this couple most people like to think it will be a nice place to live.”
Curchods said the couple’s dying wish to be buried in the garden are in the property deeds.
This means a new owner would have to gain various permissions, including the next of kin’s, and pay about £7,000 if they wanted to remove the bodies, but it is hoped people would respect the couple’s wishes.
The council tax band E property is in need of renovation and has a guide price of £650,000.
The property is believed to date from 1875 and is one of only three buildings of townscape merit in the road.
It is thought the building, along with one next door, was originally built as a pub as it has an imposing pedimented top and pediments over the windows.
The house also has a store room and utility room, four reception rooms, a ground floor level extension with two entrances - one of which has a double door - and an independent bathroom.
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