Mews houses in London were once upon a long time ago the stables and living quarters for horses and servants of the big houses. Now, they are the much favoured residences of people who want the privacy of a house rather than an apartment and a cosier, more original scale of things. They have, of course, long since lost any vestige of their earlier existence.

The best ones, as this example in South Kensington, have individual style, usually cobbled streets, and a penchant for window boxes and plants that give them a village-y air. And though they may appear somewhat small, some are in fact quite large.

This one is in a particularly sought after mews, immaculately refurbished in modern style, and rather more spacious than many. Not only does it have a large, light reception room on the ground floor but also an even larger reception/dining/kitchen room on the lower ground floor. And instead of the smart carriage that would once have been kept here, there is an integral garage for your car – a major advantage in Central London. Three good sized bedrooms are on the first floor, with two bathrooms. Through Hamptons at £3,850.000 freehold.