Architect: Stolon Studio
Forest Mews House, London, UK
This outstanding three-bedroom house is one of a trio of award-winning properties designed by Robert & Jessica Barker of Stolon Studio, set within a private mews in south London.
The design of the mews is based around a communal courtyard and vertical gardens. The mews is approached from a quiet, residential street via a set of laser-cut steel gates, down a long drive lined with dwarf espalier fruit trees.
Hidden from the street, the driveway opens into the central courtyard within which a geometric meadow of grasses, wildflowers and gravel slabs form the central focus for the three houses. Brick piers rise up from the planted strips, covered in mesh trellis and planted with a mix of vines, clematis, jasmine and honeysuckle, which climb across the facades.
Upon entering the house, the hallway (with WC and storage space) leads either to the large kitchen/dining room, or to the separate sitting room. Both spaces are connected by double doors to a private through courtyard. The continuous resin flooring blends the indoor and outdoor spaces, whilst the west-facing courtyard also serves as an external atrium to the bedrooms and en-suite.
The large bespoke kitchen is fitted to a high standard with integrated appliances, induction hob, dishwasher, fridge and freezer, and is finished with a solid-surface worktop and breakfast bar.
Smooth resin stairs lead up to a day-lit gallery landing, running the length of the house, and to the three double bedrooms and bathrooms. There is an airing cupboard, and laundry cupboard with washing machine and tumble dryer. The main bathroom is top-lit and lined with glass, concealed cupboards and wall-mounted fittings. The en-suite shower room is also glass-lined, and reflects the surrounding trees and foliage into the room.
The generous full-height windows frame views through and across the mews, bringing in copious amounts of natural light. The striking veil created by the mesh panels provides screening, greenery and casts intricate woven shadows into the interiors.
Forest Hill, in south-east London, is a lively local centre with a good selection of restaurants, pubs and coffee shops. Nearby there is also a specialist butcher, haberdashery and a selection of other shops.
The area is home to the Horniman Museum and Park, and the recently completed Forest Hill Pools. It is also a short distance from Dulwich Village, East Dulwich, Crystal Palace and Sydenham Woods. The area is well known for its creative community of artists and designers.
Forest Hill is a 12-minute train ride from London Bridge and Bankside where there are numerous attractions including Tate Modern, Borough Market, The Shard and Tower Bridge. There is a detailed guidebook available at the property for guests to use.
The mews is conveniently located within five minutes’ walk of Forest Hill Station which has rail connections to London Bridge and The City, and Overground connections to Canary Wharf and central London (20 mins and 30 mins respectively).
Jan-Mar £1,100 per week
Apr-Dec £1,400 per week
Discounts are available for longer bookings, from £4,000 per month
Price is for up to six guests, additional guests are £40pppn
Security deposit charge is £750, cleaning charge £75
Please note that all areas, measurements and distances given in these particulars are approximate and rounded. The text, photographs and floor plans are for general guidance only. The Modern House has not tested any services, appliances or specific fittings — prospective purchasers are advised to inspect the property themselves. All fixtures, fittings and furniture not specifically itemised within these particulars are deemed removable by the vendor.