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Scampston Mews, W10

This house is a slice of the good life – quite literally. A wedge-shaped building, neatly tucked away into the corner of a hidden mews overlooking a small park, modern-day party animals will love this flat and its two separate entrances, one from Scampston Mews and one from Bramley Road. And, should their celebrity friends express concern about being caught by the paparazzi, the secure gated setup of Scampston Mews will keep undesirables out.

This was originally two properties, now knocked into one, [hence the two front doors] which has resulted in a home with unusual angles, differing elevations and all together unique layout. It is a house that cuts the cloth very differently and in recent years North Kensington’s mews houses have caught the eye of artistic and creative types including Paula Yates, Jarvis Cocker and Alice Temperley.

A thoroughly modern makeover has resulted in a bright and airy space with double-height ceilings on the ground floor. The presence of a proper study on the ground floor brings a live/work element to this house while the reception room, defined by huge pillars is a space for entertaining. This is definitely a flat where parties have been on the agenda and an eclectic mix of vintage and contemporary furniture beautifully pulls together a natural style so synonymous with the west London area that locals seem to do so naturally and well. Stripped away, this space could also lend itself well to a more Zen-like home environment. The kitchen, functional and beautifully designed, plays a supporting role to the rest of the space and occupies the corner of the ground-floor wedge with stairs leading to the bedrooms above.

Unusually for a mews house, there are three bedrooms here, each offering a different aspect of this North Kensington location, with ample storage and both a bathroom and shower room to share. Deep dark colours have been used in the master bedroom which is cocoon-like in its appeal. Bedroom two and bedroom three offer up a place for friends to stay or oodles of space to create a master suite.

Mews houses generally have a role in history as the annex, staff quarters or overspill to the larger houses that sit in front of them. However, standing independently as it does, this house breaks all of those rules with no master and commander to direct it orientation, views or location. It’s a rule breaker and offers private secure living at the heart of this most desirable bit of the capital.