Bishop’s Stables now smart Masionette
Former stable for sale at £3.25 million; it could only be Mayfair. The former horse stables of the Bishop of Salisbury are now a smart 1,197 sqft two bedroom mews-maisonette in Mayfair’s historic Mount Row.
The property in Mount Row can date its origins back to 1726 the year when Benjamin Hoadly (1676-1761), Bishop of Salisbury, had a grand mansion built as his London residence at No.43 Grosvenor Street. The leading Whig churchman of his day, Bishop Hoadly mixed in the highest political circles and entertained grandly at his Mayfair home.
In what is now Mount Row the Bishop had a stable yard and stables constructed for his official carriage, horses, groomsmen and household staff – and during his tenure Mount Row was known as Bishop’s Yard. The property currently for sale is likely to have housed the groomsmen manning the Bishop’s carriage, with the coachmen sleeping in the upper floors and rafters.
By 1745 the Bishop had been promoted to Bishop of Winchester and relocated to Winchester House in Chelsea. After 1745 the stable yard and stables in Mount Row became stables for the Earls of Northampton and also provided accommodation for the horses and carts that served the shops and taverns of adjacent Mount Street, which by then had become Mayfair’s local high street.
In 1892-1893 the yard and stables in Mount Row were modernised by local contractor George Trollope, with residential dwellings constructed above the stables. By this time most of the properties were in private ownership.
In 1929-31 the properties in Mount Row were rebuilt as mews houses, many with garages at ground level, designed in classic Tudor-revival style with attractive red brick facades, carved woodwork and bright and airy interiors by architect Frederick Etchells, built by local Mayfair contractor T. Downer.
The charming two bedroom mews-maisonette now for sale has its own private entrance and provides accommodation over ground, first and second floors. The entertaining space opens onto a spacious south facing private roof terrace providing 450 sqft of outside living space.
The ground floor contains the entrance hall, guest cloakroom and utility room with stairs leading to the spacious first floor reception room which is open plan with folding glass doors giving access to the private terrace. The glass doors can be opened to create an extremely spacious outside-inside entertaining area.
The reception room has woodstrip flooring and a high ceiling with feature skylights, with the dining room and fitted kitchen located off the main entertaining area. On the second floor are two double bedrooms, both with ensuite bathrooms.
Located between Davies Street and Carlos Place, Mount Street is a quiet and pretty mews known for its distinctive redbrick Tudor-revival and Arts & Craft style mews properties. Mount Street is located in the heart of historic Mayfair, just moments from the wonderful boutique shops, cafes and restaurants of Mount Street: Mayfair’s main local high street.