instantly recognisable, the unique nature of Mews properties in Britain make them special places in which to live or work.
as a consequence of being developed as ancillary accommodation to the homes of the upper classes, Mews are located in the prime areas of London.
a feature of having evolved from stabling is their ability to accommodate a motor car; whether this is required or not it is fairly unique across central London to have a private parking space outside or possibly inside your property.
the majority of Mews are in conservation areas which demand special considerations in terms of their design and heritage. Planning approval requires their appearance to conform to local planning requirements and not to distract from the conservation area. This results in uniformity of appearance and given the similarity of the individual basic structures leads to a homogeneous and attractive environment. Generally speaking this is a positive advantage although not everyone enjoys seeing drains and pipes on the front of their building.
as they were built ‘out of sight and out of mind’ of the main houses which lined the main thoroughfares, Mews inherently have the natural advantage of security and privacy from passersby.
most are owned freehold, although other forms of tenure are available. Mews therefore provide the opportunity to own a central London property in perpetuity without the encumbrance of having to obtain approval from a landlord for major changes.
as small simple structures owned on a freehold basis the scope for development is greater than for flats, apartments and other centrally located properties that cannot offer the same potential. As a result Mews have an ever-changing nature that encompasses change from animal shelters to modern architectural gems.
their small size can be advantageous as it encourages good use of space and is easy to maintain, particularly if the primary function is as a pied a tere. The long stair flights in original Mews properties have often been inventively installed and double back on themselves or curl around in spiral configurations.
the enclosed space within certain Mews closes, lanes and cul de sacs encourages observance of others and hence engenders a sense of security and community.
some Mews are provided with Pubs that give the more sociable residents an opportunity for neighbourly relations to develop and be maintained. They also allow the less sociable ones to avoid the need to stagger home heavily laden from the off licence.
Mews are the original live/work units so are ideal for anyone craving that lifestyle.
where else would you keep your horse in central London?