There is an enduring charm about mews houses. Built for servants, they became the height of backstreet chic in the Sixties when an offbeat crowd of celebs, bachelors and debs spotted them as a perfect hideaway in the heart of central London.
Soon they were being bought up by artists and architects who converted the garages into studio spaces. Many mews are gated private roads, and there is a feeling of seclusion and sanctuary, with not many people passing your front door.
Wellington Close, pictured, is a cobbled cul-de-sac off Ledbury Road, Notting Hill, where four new houses, each offering 4,055sq ft, have been built on a former office site.
Features include brick façades, light interiors, patios and garages. Prices from £4.95 million. Call Savills on 020 3430 6605.