How traditional is your London mews house?

Stripped brick walls, carriage house doors, cobbles, narrow doorways and potted greenery are characteristic features of authentic mews houses, built in Central London as working, functional units.

Stripped brick walls, carriage house doors, cobbles, narrow doorways and potted greenery are characteristic features of authentic mews houses, built in Central London as working, functional units.

Here’s something to muse over: how do you identify a traditional mews house when so many properties these days might be described as a “mews”?

Wikipedia states that “Mews is a primarily British term formerly describing a row of stables, usually with carriage houses below and living quarters above, built around a paved yard or court, or along a street, behind large city houses, such as those of London, during the 17th and 18th centuries.” It goes on to state that “most of these traditional premises have now been converted into modern dwellings”.

As Wiki suggests, traditional mews properties will typically be found close to elegant townhouses in sought-after areas of London, just a short stroll away from some of the capital’s most famous parks, attractions and shopping streets. Because they were working buildings, mews houses were traditionally constructed in small enclaves tucked out of sight (and earshot) of their employers’ homes, but nowadays a substantial number of these once-busy streets have become tranquil conservation areas.

Perhaps it’s no wonder that today’s developers are so keen to create new-build properties in the style of these historic mews houses. Having observed the enduring popularity of mews streets, they know that they can instantly add charm and character by creating a modern homage to the mews tradition. At Lurot Brand we love the fact that builders are continuing to construct mews houses for the 21st century and we believe that new-build, “mews-style” houses can be a very attractive option if they are of the right quality and in the right location.

Some new-build mews owners would argue that their houses actually have the edge over older properties, as modern building techniques can create homes that are smarter and more flexible than their historic counterparts. However many of our traditional mews properties have been converted to offer light-filled, open plan spaces, utilising the latest developments in ‘green’ energy and smart technology. While local planning rules may prevent alteration to the facades of mews properties, their interior spaces can be reconfigured to provide the perfect environment for a luxurious, 21st century lifestyle.

Here at Lurot Brand, we can boast over 40 years’ experience of working with London mews properties and we like nothing better than to introduce homeseekers to the joys of living in a mews house, whether it’s a characterful, traditional property or a modern mews house created as part of an exciting new-build development. Call us today at our offices in Hyde Park, South Kensington or Notting Hill to arrange a viewing.

Stripped brick walls, carriage house doors, cobbles, narrow doorways and potted greenery are characteristic features of authentic mews houses, built in Central London as working, functional units.