Should Boris Johnson be seeking a country retreat in which to pen The Churchill Factor, his forthcoming book on Sir Winston, he could surely do no better than rent Hoe Farm in Godalming, Surrey.
The six-bedroom, 16th-century farmhouse was leased to Churchill and his wife, Clementine, as a weekend bolt hole during the First World War, and is where the future prime minister and amateur artist first picked up a paintbrush.
It is available to rent for £10,508 a month through WA Ellis, and the über-smart central London estate agency says Hoe Farm is the first country house it has ever held on its books.
If it appeals to the London Mayor, he’ll enjoy an annexe in which to work, tennis courts where he can hone his serve and, just perhaps, the merest hint of cigar smoke in the drawing room.
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