Before we go into this week’s post, I thought I would apologise quickly for the no-show on last week’s blog post.
I think I hit a bit of brick wall in terms of inspiration and motivation but I am getting back into the swing of it with this week’s post — which, as you have probably guessed by now, is the latest edition of my ‘dream properties’ series.
Of all the different types of property conversions, I think chapel conversions are fairly popular with many. On the whole, people appreciate the high-vaulted ceilings — fantastic for space and light — and so many of the buildings have unmistakable charm and character. However, for some the idea and dream is better than the reality with afterthoughts sometimes turning to concerns over the garden size (often small) or in some cases having a graveyard as a back garden!
Like any conversion, when it is done well these chapels and churches can be real gems and fantastic masterpieces, but if done poorly they can be of poor quality and end up not well thought-out in regards to the layout.
For me, although they wouldn’t be at the top of my list (I much prefer a detached country cottage), I can appreciate a good chapel conversion can make a stunning home, as well as showcasing some impressive architecture. With this in mind, I thought today’s post would be a good opportunity to have a look at two chapels on the market at the moment, both completed and ready to move into.
Conwy Old Road, Dwygyfylchi – £360,000
This detached converted chapel in North Wales is simply stunning, with five bedrooms and being laid out over three floors. It boasts some gorgeous views of the surrounding hills and seaside and the conversion itself has been carried out to a really high standard back in 2004, blending contemporary and character features seamlessly. As it stands, the property has been split into two holiday apartments and can even be purchased fully furnished as shown in the photos. A great purchase if you looking for an investment or are a fan of the great outdoors, being right on the edge of Snowdonia National Park.
Full details can be found at Dafydd Hardy – 01248 371212
Church House, Bow Of Fife, Cupar – offers over £695,000
If you are looking for a home with the ‘wow’ factor, this property is certainly a contender dating back to 1843. This superb conversion stands out from the crowd having been renovated to an extremely high standard, ensuring character has been well-retained, whilst providing an excellent family space and offering fully usable rooms which can sometimes be tricky with a church. The property has five bedrooms, three reception rooms, a cellar and beautiful gardens. On top of this, for me the main talking point has got to be the the tower which boasts three levels along with turret windows, and fantastic 360° panoramic views over the neighbouring farmland of Fife. This has got to be one of the best church conversions out there in my opinion.
Full details can be found at Savills – 0131 2473738
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