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Humble origins to most sought-after homes, take a look inside some of London’s mews

by LLP Reporter
28th Mar 20 3:33 pm

Perhaps more than any other house type mews properties have risen from humble origins to become amongst the most sought-after homes in the capital. The majority of mews streets were originally constructed during the 19th century by wealthy families. A mews is typically recognisable for its grand archway leading onto a cobbled dead-end street. The homes were typically two-storey tall and originally designed for storing horses and carriages on the ground floor, whilst groomsmen and other members of staff occupied the upstairs quarters.

As mews houses were often found to the rear of the palatial estates and garden squares in the heart of central London, they are often located moments from London’s finest streets, offering unrivalled location.  As a result of only a small amount of wealthy landowners could afford to build and keep mews the capital has a limited stock, making them extremely rare.

Mews homes have a significant advantage over properties with similar architectural heritages as they are not listed buildings. This is perfect for those who seek the charm of period architecture but desire the flexibility to remodel and modernise inside. The flexibility of the internal designs has led to the rise of “super mews” by removing internal walls, adding additional floors, excavating basements or even combining multiple mews properties together to create additional space. This has allowed for a host of modern-day features to be incorporated such as retractable ceilings, mezzanines, lifts and gym facilities.

The rarity, uniqueness, privacy and location in Prime Central London has led mews properties to become amongst those most sought after by a plethora of celebrities, such as Adele, Madonna and Michael Caine.

Hermione Russell, Sales Negotiator at Russell Simpson, commented:  “Russell Simpson has always been blown away by the ingenuity of owners at remodelling the properties and they are amongst some of the most impressive we deal with. To be able to bring such a special collection of properties to the market is incredibly exciting, the homes will be of particular interest to those looking for a home with a history.”

Groom Place: Price £4.95 million

Groom Place is a quiet mews connecting Chester Street and Chapel Street in Belgravia. On the cobbled street can be found an exquisitely designed three-bedroom mews home. The turn-key property has been completely rebuilt inside to maximise light and is finished impeccably, making for the ideal lock-up and go pied-a-terre.

Passing through the entrance hall leads to a sizeable family room providing exceptional lateral living. A dark wooden staircase leads down to the kitchen-dining room, featuring a white marble breakfast bar, fully integrated appliances and white marble worktops. The house is spread across four floors, with the first floor solely dedicated to the master bedroom, dressing room and luxurious ensuite.  The additional bedrooms are finished in Hamptons Style, after the grand beachside mansions in New York, utilising white woodwork. Groom Place is available for £4.95 million.

Turnchapel Mews: Price £3.95 million

Located on a private gated mews, in-between Clapham Common and Battersea Park, sits Turnchapel Mews, an exclusive cobbled courtyard that was once the home of acclaimed author Roald Dahl. During this time, he completed his seminal novels ‘The Witches’ (1983) and ‘Matilda’ (1988).

Occupying the top floor of four terraced mews houses, the 4,077 sq. ft. apartment provides five bedrooms, three bathrooms, a loft-like peaked ceiling kitchen/breakfast room, expansive dining and drawing rooms again with magnificent volume and light, 90ft. terrace, as well as private parking for two cars. Turnchapel Mews is available for £3.95 million.

Pont Street Mews: Price  £5.2 million

Pont Street Mews is widely recognised as the premier mews address in Knightsbridge. The cobbled street can only be accessed via electronic gates for those seeking both privacy and discretion and boasts unrivalled location, just moments from the rear of Harrods.

Pont Street Mews is a part of a new generation of super mews. The 2,438 square feet home is spread across five-floors and has been finished to the highest standards. Each of the three bedrooms has an ensuite and the master ensuite is particularly impressive, with a grand wall mounted sculpture inspired by Greek mythology overhanging the bathtub.  Two of the floors are dedicated to living space, including a media suite and gym. The mews also has off street parking across the 22 feet wide frontage. Pont Street Mews is available for £5.2 million.

Laverton Mews: Price £2.75 million

Laverton Mews is entered through a 15 feet grand archway to reveal a quiet cobbled street with five white stucco fronted properties. The property is in the heart of Kensington and ideal for those seeking a pied-a-terre with unrivalled location.

The two-bedroom home has undergone an impressive redevelopment by renowned interior designers, Turner Pocock, working closely with the owners to create a home that maintained its period features internally, with a contemporary twist. The centrepiece of the home is the sizeable garden terrace located on the second floor, which is perfect for al fresco dining in the evenings or to simply enjoy the evening sun, due to the south-west orientation of the terrace. Laverton Mews is available for £2.75 million.

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