New York Loft meets London Mews
Written by: Sophie Taylor
From drawing board to a collection of 22 design-led and creatively minded rental apartments and houses, Fonthill Mews is the latest project by the same minds behind Kip Hackney and The Baxter. We were lucky enough to get an inside look at the development, visiting during the build, interviewing site designer Mike Baxter and finally being invited back to see the finished results.
During the development phase the site was a hive of busy builders and landscapers wheeling around butler sinks and tirelessly grouting away, transforming the space into a beautiful and idiosyncratic collection of homes. Set in a historic mews and former coach houses, each property is now available to rent exclusively through local independent estate agents Davies & Davies.
This Saturday D&D are hosting a special viewing with guided tours, a chance to chat with the designer and complimentary prosecco, craft beer and doughnuts. They had us at ‘free doughnuts’, so we’ll see you down there! Click here to be put on the guest list (first-come-first-served). We were invited down to have a sneak peek of the mews before they open the doors to the public and run riot around the development, exploring every nook, cranny and corner.
Just a short walk from Finsbury Park station, this brand new slice of inner city sanctuary sits right in the core of North London. The eclectic and creative private development hosts 22 individual houses and apartments each with a mix of original and natural materials (think marble, oak, iron) alongside industrial and heritage design features. We ventured in through the sexy iron and timber gates and swooned at the magically lit pathway that winds through the heart of the development, lighting your way to each home and lined with lawns, shrubbery and tall plants.
Stepping inside the jet black farmhouse style front door of each property, an extensive open plan kitchen/living area awaits, with marble worktops, understated subway tiling, American oak flooring and colour dipped walls. Each property has a different layout, with intriguing mixtures of mezzanine and deck levels. Movable hand painted kitchen islands can be found in many of the properties, providing complete control over your own unique hosting style. We had a cheeky wheel through from the kitchen and created a whole new dining hub in the living area, cultivating a sudden Carry On Hosting alter ego. More sauce, vicar? Oh matron, you spoil me!
A selection of the properties contain original beams painted black (like my soul), others feature secret roof top terraces, whilst many have master bedrooms that open out onto decked terraces overlooking the serpentine gardens below. A monochromatic, contemporary vision of a Victorian bathroom features in each home, some include a rather lovely roll top bath and most have rainfall style showers, ideal for our tropical morning sing-a-thons (our favourite morning shower jam is Peter Andre’s ‘Mysterious Girl’).
Our favourites are the mezzanine apartments, which make the perfect live/work space for freelancers and creators, and the two bedroom houses with private decked terraces. We’d like to live here. We can imagine hosting a swanky candlelit party of a Friday evening, then indulging in a lengthy lazy morning on the Saturday, surveying our kingdom over our very own bottomless brunch. Because that’s how we spend our weekends, we definitely don’t just get embarrassingly drunk at the Fullback, stumble home, fall asleep still fully dressed and wake up the next morning with a banging headache and picking lamb doner out of our hair. Oh no.
Fonthill Mews is located a short walk from Finsburk Park Station and also Stroud Green Road, arguably* one of the best streets for eating out in North London. Take a scroll through our album of interior porn and tell us you don’t want the keys to number 8. Good, because they’re ours.
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