Not everybody knows about Mews and Mews Style Properties.
London’s iconic Mews were built to house the horses, coaches and servants of the elite in Georgian and Victorian times.
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, 18th and 19th centuries.
In those centuries LONDON HOUSING for WEALTHY people generally consisted of streets of large terraced houses with stables at the back, which opened onto a small service street. The MEWS had HORSE STALLS and a CARRIAGE HOUSE on the ground floor, and stable SERVANTS’ LIVING ACCOMODATION above. Generally this was mirrored by another row of stables on the opposite side of the service street, backing onto another row of TERRACED HOUSES facing outward into the next street.
Sometimes there were variations such as small courtyards. Most MEWS are named after one of the principal streets which they back onto. MEWS lost their equestrian function in the early 20th century when motor cars were introduced.
The term mew, originated in England, is plural in form but singular in construction. It arose from “mews” in the sense of a building where birds used for falconry are kept, which in turn comes from birds’ cyclical loss of feathers known as ‘mewing’ or moulting. Instead the word was applied to service streets and the stables in them in cities, primarily London, and consequently refers to the lane, alley or back street onto which such stables open. It is sometimes applied to rows or groups of garages or, more broadly, to a narrow passage or a confined place.
Today MEWS are “BIJOU” dwellings which have been created from the former stable-blocks of grand houses in the large cities of the UK (principally London) or in some cases are dwellings built to look like former stables.
In Modern Development and New Urbanism movements, the term is used to refer to the creation of new housing with similar characteristics to the historic type: a grouping of small dwellings which front on an alley or pedestrian passage.
In Italy we have properties similar to “Mews” both in term of historical heritage and in terms of appearance, though it remains impossible to find a type of property that is exactly the same. Mews remain specific GEMS in and around LONDON.
The purpose of this section called ITALIAN MEWS STYLE PROPERTIES is to market, where possible, properties that can be built or re-built, through appropriate renovations, to look like Mews Style Properties or Cottage House. More specifically we would love to offer, to those interested, gems of the real estate market that can match the unique charm of MEWS to the ITALIAN LIFE-STYLE, in order to relive the fascinating sensations that is possible to experience in areas such as Mayfair, Marylebone and Belgravia (just to mention a few) but having the LIFE-STYLE, WEATHER, FOOD&WINE and the QUALITY of LIFE that only in Italy can be found.