With daylight pouring in from carefully-placed roof lights, clever screening of open-plan areas, use of mirrors to reflect natural light and design features that flow with the shape of the room, it's a pleasure to view housetohome.co.uk's online tour of a London mews house.

Tucked away behind some of the capital's grandest streets, situated behind gates and down cobbled lanes, London's mews houses are now some of the capital's most desirable properties. From humble beginnings as stables and servant dwellings, they have become something of a status symbol.

Mews houses are usually limited to two floors and are likely to be grouped in terraces. Original features may include sash windows, winch doors and brackets, coach doors and timber beams, with decorative corbelling and brickwork. The ground floors can have high ceilings but it's not unusual to find that mews properties do not have side or rear windows.

Historically mews properties were used for storing carriages and stabling horses, but the stables gradually became garages and many of those garages have now been converted into rooms and studios.  However there are still mews houses where the garages remain, as owners recognise that a parking space in central London is a valuable asset.

Most houses measure from 1,300 to 1,400 square feet, though many have been extended into spectacular dwellings, with basements, extensions, roof terraces, additional floors, skylights and conservatories, allowing for spacious, open-plan living. 

If you can imagine yourself living in this beautiful home, help is just a phone call away. Lurot Brand specialises in mews houses, with a portfolio of properties for sale or rent in some of the capital's most exclusive areas, so call us today.