A mews used to mean one thing – bijou homes in boroughs such as Notting Hill or Chelsea that once served as stables and staff quarters for Britain’s wealthy. Built in the 1800-1900s, mews houses were typically nestled away at the back of much larger, grander houses and lined two sides of a cobbled lane. The term is now a favourite among developers and estate agents to loosely describe any cluster of properties in an enclosed area or a small street.
Sunlight Mews in Fulham, west London, was a former laundry supplying fresh sheets to major hotels across London’s West End. More recently the building was a tired community centre until the council put it up for sale last year. Now under the ownership of Ashley Nicholson’s Verve Properties, this handsome former Edwardian factory has been given a new lease of life with a collection of unfitted warehouse-style flats at the front and five family homes – Sunlight Mews – tucked away at the back.
Set back from the road and hidden from view with their own arched gated entrance, these brick-lined abodes ooze the charm of a traditional mews. Each two storey home, ranging from 1,711sqft to 2,529sqft and £1.85m and £2.8m, boasts double-height ceilings and a large open-plan living area with large fold-back doors along one wall that lead to the patio garden, blurring the boundary between outdoor and indoor living space.
As well as a second bedroom or study on the ground floor, a sweeping staircase leads to three bedrooms including the master suite holding fort with its own roof terrace. While they blend with the traditional Fulham architecture on the outside, Verve has successfully shaped a former factory into five individual statement homes that cater for the modern family.
“Verve have created a brand and lifestyle that families want to tap into,” Jamie Lester, founder of estate agent Haus Properties, said. “These houses have both the dweller and visitors in mind and are for people who are aspirational and want to entertain.”
On sale with joint agents Savills and Haus Properties. For more information, please visit sunlightmews.com.
|AREA GUIDE: SW6|
|Time to Canary Wharf||42 mins|
|Time to Liverpool Street||43 mins|
|Nearest station||Imperial Wharf|