Roald Dahl's "little piece of London" is on sale in this cobbled mews in Clapham and it's built like a Tardis

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If you’re looking for inspiration as well as a new home, this apartment set across the top floor of a mews in Clapham has some pretty impressive creative credentials.

8 Turnchapel Mews, Clapham, £3.95m

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This is the place where Welsh children’s author Roald Dahl penned some of his best-known works during the 1980s, such as The Witches and Matilda. He bought a home on the ground floor of Turnchapel Mews 1982 following the publication of The BFG, calling it his “little piece of London”, and lived there until he died in 1990.

“When I first set foot in this apartment, I felt as if I was walking into a Tardis”

Before the legendary author took up residence, it was also the home of contemporary artist Euan Uglow, who adapted the upper floor into a studio in 1958 to take advantage of the high, grey London light. He loved it, too, saying it was “difficult for me to function anywhere else than in my house studio.”

Now, the top floor of four terraced mews houses in the gated, cobbled courtyard is on the market again as a 4,077sqft apartment. Number 8 Turnchapel Mews, to give it its full name, is much roomier than it appears from the outside, packing in five bedrooms, three bathrooms, a loft-like kitchen/breakfast room with a peaked ceiling, dining and drawing rooms and a 90ft terrace.

“When I first set foot in this apartment, I felt as if I was walking into a Tardis,” says Jake Russell, director at prime central London estate agent Russell Simpson, which is handling the sale. “The incredible sense of space is hard to envisage from the outside, but as soon as you step inside it feels as though the rooms just go on forever.”

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This is unusual for a mews house, which are typically thought of as quaint but poky, due to their role in the 19th century as stable and coach house accommodation for much larger houses on main streets. Fading away on the brickwork outside Turnchapel Mews, a sign still declares, “Horses bought and sold/horses and carriages jobbed for any period/Cedars Motor”.

However, the current owner has been putting the property to compassionate use the base for their business providing supporting and respite for women undergoing cancer treatment. No doubt its position in between two restorative green spaces, Clapham Common and Battersea Park, held a great deal of appeal, as did its short distance from Wandsworth Road Overground Station and Clapham Common Underground Station.

The apartment also boasts two private parking spaces and a separate self-contained studio apartment that has its own discreet entrance through an arched doorway off the cobbles.“It will be incredibly enticing for a family,”says agent Russell.

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