'This is insane': Mystifying detail in rental home kitchen revealed

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A man searching for a rental property has made a bewildering discovery in the kitchen of a flat he was inspecting.

Jamie Wilkes was house hunting in London when he found a secret staircase behind a cabinet door in a seemingly ordinary kitchen.

In a video posted on Twitter, Mr Wilkes scans the kitchen before lifting up the bench and opening a small cupboard that disguised a secret staircase.

At the bottom of the staircase is a door that leads to the back garden.

A seemingly ordinary kitchen next to a secret staircase hidden behind a cabinet door.
A kitchen cabinet leads to a hidden staircase in a London rental. Source: Twitter/@Jamwilkes

“Viewed a flat today and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to stop thinking about the back door,” Mr Wilkes wrote in a tweet.

He told Storyful that he had been looking for a place to live in London since the start of the year, describing the process as a “nightmare”.

“I could not believe it when the estate agent magically lifted the counter and revealed a whole staircase. I burst out laughing and then he responded as if this was completely normal,” he said.

People online reveal secret rooms in their homes

Others then shared stories of secret rooms in their own homes, showing they are more common than you would think.

“Here’s the entrance to my cellar,” a man wrote alongside a video of a staircase disguised by a kitchen cupboard.

“Our bedroom is hidden behind the bookshelves in the living room. Kids think it is super cool like a Scooby-Doo episode. Adults on the other hand think it is a bit weird,” another man said.

Others however, questioned whether the unusual feature could be a hazard, with one suggesting they would break their neck if they opened the cupboard forgetting about the staircase, while others thought it would pose a risk in the case of a fire.

“I’m not sure it’s fire safe to disguise an emergency exit from your property,” one said.

Most people on Twitter were just as confused as Mr Wilkes by the strange addition.

“This is mystifying,” one said.

“I can’t decide whether that’s super creepy or super cool,” another commented.

“This is insane,” a third added.

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