If a house buyer with a budget of £200,000 has a tick list of what they are looking for in their next property, they probably won’t expect to find all of them within this price bracket.
A character property with unique features, a modern interior with all the renovation work done, and a clever design that ensures the property feels spacious are surely all aspects most buyers might be hoping for, and could probably find, within their price range.
But a detached property with parking, a cute, cottage garden and incredible, priceless country views added to that list is surely too much to ask for?
But this cute chapel conversion might be small on size but it is big on surprise internal features and may be the perfect property to tick all the boxes.
Some chapel conversions ignore the character features that give the property its unique look and atmosphere.
The large, distinctive chapel space is sometimes carved up into small box rooms by erecting too many internal walls and original features such as unique windows are ignored, let alone celebrated.
This tiny chapel in the middle of the countryside looks full of character from the outside and the inviting renovated red brick facade and arch windows entice a visitor to be intrigued at how the interior has been updated.
The choice of contemporary grey for the external woodwork gives the property a more modern feel and a hint of what is to come.
The owner has even managed to include a bistro al fresco dining area and parking spot within the front courtyard.
But the cute abode hasn’t always looked so inviting.
Before the major renovation occurred the building was being engulfed by nature.
Roof slates were sliding off, windows were broken and a huge tree blocked the cute chapel from sight, as well as denying access.
Now look at it!
After admiring the renovation of the outside, open the front door and enter a home that arguably manages to balance character with contemporary, as well as incorporating some classic interior design tricks.
Instead of splitting the space inside into two separate floors and maybe squeezing two bedrooms into the first floor, this renovation has respected the unique double-height space that a chapel can usually offer.
In the conversion of a small property, creating the sense of space and light is vital, so by adding a mezzanine level the height of the building and the light from the character windows can be shared by all spaces.
At this chapel, you walk in, you look up, you see space right up to the ceiling beams.
It also means the bedroom area on the mezzanine, tucked into the apex of the roof, feels more spacious instead of feeling hemmed in by the ceiling above. The mezzanine means the bedroom feels connected to the spacious downstairs.
Using spindles throughout the stairs and mezzanine again helps aspects of light, space and internal view sharing.
Painting the whole space white not only brings uniformity and visual flow to the whole space, it provides a blank canvas to frame the chapel’s original features, such as the beams and the windows, as well as the owner’s artwork.
Pops of colour break up the expanse of white and bring personality to the space and is an easy way for a new owner to immediately personalise the chapel to their own taste.
The lower section of the front wall has been painted a soft grey which matches the kitchen tiles at the other end of the space so visually connecting the main living space and ensuring these two opposite walls have an interior design relationship.
There are thoughtful design elements throughout the home, not just the choice of wall-colour and the construction of a mezzanine.
Built-in storage under the stairs optimises the space available and a panel of decorative frosted glass between the shower room and kitchen optimises the light into this space that doesn’t have a window.
The shower is a double with a Rainforest head. It is flush to the floor and showcases the same tiles that wrap around the room.
The storage is built-in and has a gloss finish and the remaining far wall is covered by a mirror.
All the design decisions in the shower room help to visually maximise the space.
There is a large mirror directly opposite the front door which obviously does its job to bounce light around the space.
The high gloss white kitchen units also play an important light reflecting task.
In the kitchen the modern feel to the space continues with the choice of metro tiles, some statement black appliances and the red chairs. Even in a property this cute, with clever design a breakfast bar can be incorporated.
The choice of the breakfast bar in wood grain is a also a thoughtful addition, bringing warmth to an area that is otherwise dominated by predominantly shiny white surfaces.
Upstairs there is a little room off the bedroom area and this could be utilised as a walk-in wardrobe if the main bedroom area is to be cupboard free.
Or the space could be a handy study and office. Who knew such a cute property could be so versatile!
Outside the chapel has an area of grass to the side that could be developed into a cute deck area surrounded by pretty plants and the perfect place to indulge in the rural vistas surrounding the property.
The chapel is located down a country lane between Monmouth and Abergavenny, the nearest town being Raglan.
It’s a rural retreat within a beautiful setting but close enough to amenities to offer a new owner the best of both location worlds, as well as a thoughtfully designed, charming character property that’s been saved from inevitable dereliction.
The chapel is for sale for £199,950 with M2 estate agents, give their Abergavenny branch a call on 01873 856388 to find out more.