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Beautiful church renovations for sale

We throw the spotlight on a series of beautiful church renovations that all retain the fantastic character of their original structures, while also providing a modernised space perfectly suited to family life.

Take a look at these fantastic church spotlights below – which could you see yourself setting up a new home in?

Would you consider buying a property that needed renovating?


The Chapel in Harrogate

This former Wesleyan Methodist Chapel was built back at the end of the 1800s and really does catch the eye – with its incredible pillar façade and beautiful balconies that provide far-reaching views.

The property has enjoyed a sympathetic renovation that’s returned it to its former glory right down to restoring the Victorian stained-glass windows.

Take a closer look at the property below:

All Saints Church in Horsmonden

This early Gothic style church is Grade II-listed with permission to turn it into a contemporary living space while still preserving the fantastic features hidden inside.

Built around 1870, the beautiful yellow brick exterior gives it a wonderfully characterful feel while inside the property is a fantastic terracotta brick space in which to create a truly unique family home.

Take a closer look at the property below:

Chapel House in Crondall

Close to the Georgian town of Farnham, this four-bedroom property was originally built as a church way back in 1879 and has since been slowly converted into a welcoming home.

Fully modernised over the past few years, one of the unique features of Chapel House is its ability to serve as flexible accommodation – with the ground floor able to be completely remodeled to create a self-contained space if needed.

Take a closer look at the property below:

Chapel Gatehouse in Parley

Originally known as St. Barnabas Church, this unique building in Dorset has since been renovated into a four-bedroom property that’s become a spectacular family home.

Throughout the conversion, you’ll still find some truly fantastic pieces of architecture from the original church property, all seamlessly integrated with modern conveniences that don’t take away from the character of the building.

Take a closer look at the property below:

The Old Chapel in Stanford-le-hope

This converted Catholic chapel sits nestled in a beautifully picturesque Essex village and enjoys far-reaching views of the surrounding countryside.


Take a closer look at the property below:

Church House in Canonbie

This four-bedroom semi-detached home is a fantastic three-floor conversion of a mid-19th Century former church.


The property combines its original features with fantastic modern amenities, and also benefits from being situated on the outskirts of a beautiful (and quiet) village.

Take a closer look at the property below:

The Chapel in Cold Ashton

This detached chapel is in need of a big renovation project but we couldn’t resist including it simply because of the huge potential of this wonderful building.

The property is listed for auction and – with a little bit of TLC and some big ideas – it could make the most unique family home. What would you do to this building to make it your own?

Take a closer look at the property below:

The Chapel at Fitzroy Gate

This beautiful home sits within a wonderfully converted old chapel that dates back to 1902 and enjoys three acres of landscaped private parkland surrounding it.

The home itself has three bedrooms, a large kitchen, dining room, study and two en-suites in total – with beautiful high ceilings and lots of space for a new owners to really make it their own.

Key colour trends for interior design in 2019

From matt colours to terracotta additions, Redrow give us the latest home trends update.

“If you’re a fan of colour there’s plenty of it this season,” was a key theme from the Focus/18 show at Chelsea Harbour Design Centre and reflected messages heard at design weeks in London and Paris. It’s a trend that will ring true throughout 2019.

Matt black is this year’s key colour and rich, earthy tones like baked reds, dusty orange and terracotta will be prominent. But it doesn’t end there. There’s an entire spectrum of colour to choose from – ranging from pale and interesting right through to deep and delicious.

Rightmove spoke with Emma Brindley, Redrow’s head of interior design, to gain her expert insight into to how you can bring a rainbow of colour to your home.

Matt & metallics

The contrast of matt black furniture and brass or gold finishes work exceptionally well together, as we saw in Paris. Choose on-trend metallics for your accessories and coordinate with artwork in similar tones, adding a simple matt black frame to make a statement.

Tickled pink

Our love affair with pink continues. Delicate blush pink shades remain a popular interior trend.

Warm up a neutral paint with pink throws and cushions; they offer just the right amount of colour and feel fun and fresh on a living room sofa.

An army of terracotta

Fashion trends often cascade from the catwalk to our homes and while terracotta and burnt orange are often associated with autumn, they’re colours for all seasons.

Proving that orange is here to stay in many shades and tones, Pantone has chosen Living Coral as its 2019 colour of the year. Use terracotta accessories for an instant lift.

Spice things up

Spiced Honey is the Dulux colour of the year for 2019 and helps create a warm and welcoming ambience. It can influence so many things, even if you don’t use the paint itself.  You can easily replicate the warm, earthy Spiced Honey tone in wallpaper, soft furnishings and accessories instead.

Purple perfection

When it comes to colour, a little can go a long way. Dusty purple can give a room a rich, indulgent feel.

Perfect the ‘show home’ look by painting a feature wall in Dulux Heritage dusted heather, furnish with a cream sofa and add tartan cushions for a colourful lift to an otherwise neutral setting.

Natural greenery

Adding foliage or flowers offers a simple yet effective way to add colour. It allows you to bring the outside in and can change with the seasons – or more frequently if you like.

In fact this table arrangement combines a few on-trend colour uses, with the dull gold table frame, greenery and a hint of orange.

For more interiors and trends advice follow @redrowhomes on Instagram or Redrow Homes on Pinterest. Redrow is creating new homes at more than 130 locations across England and Wales. To find your nearest development visit Redrow.

Check out this before and after renovation story

Anyone who’s ever watched an episode of Grand Designs will know that renovating or extending a property is one of the most fulfilling things a homeowner can do.

Whether you’re a first-time buyer looking to transform a doer-upper or a seasoned developer hoping to restore a period property back to its glory years, the process is often fraught with unexpected hiccups.

These bumps in the road can burn a hole in your pocket as well as delay your project by months, so we’ve spoken to an experienced renovator for his top tips to a successful house renovation.


Andrei Kostuch, 50, who retired from the police force almost 20 years ago after a serious head injury, told us about his most recent project – restoring a 19th century property in Gloucestershire to its former glory.

The father-of-three said: “This place was a complete wreck when we bought it. But we fell in love with the spot and the character of the building.


“It was built in the 19th century and whoever built it was really fortunate with how the natural light strikes it. It’s beautiful.


“We purchased it back in 2016 for around the £330,000 mark. It’s Grade II-listed, so we wanted to restore the outer structure but also give the rest of the property a really contemporary feel.

“It was a massive challenge; the local authority was quite difficult as well. It’s built into a hillside and there were some ferns actually inside the property, so we had a lot of water-related issues to contend with.

“We had to use five tonnes of lime plaster from Castillon. The total renovation cost us about £350,000.”

The five-bedroom property is now on the market for £649,950. Set in approximately an acre of land and boasting its own viewing tower, Andre has stylishly refurbished this quirky building from a ruinous state.


Talking about why he enjoys renovating properties and advice he would give to homeowners considering similar projects, Andre revealed that taking time do to the proper research is key.

“It all started when we moved to France in 2002 for a quieter life. We renovated one property for a bit of fun and then 20 properties later I realised we were taking it quite seriously,” he said.

“We met some great people along the way and learnt so much. My advice to other people thinking of taking on their own renovation projects would be to research, research, research – I can’t stress that enough.


“Make sure you buy the right materials at the right price. For example, we paid £9,000 for the windows to be repaired in Spain rather than £35,000 in the UK market. That’s where the savings are.

“I carried out most of the work myself with two friends, as we wouldn’t have been able to afford it if we’d paid for a contractor. It took us 18 months in total, but I’ve got years of experience.

“But also make sure you work with a really good architect and just be patient with the local authority. I’d also allow about an extra 50% over your original budget, because with an older property like this one, loads of problems can just jump out of nowhere.”



This month’s most unusual properties

We round up our favourite quirky and unusual properties on Rightmove that are listed for sale right now.

Among our highlights are a sunken Venetian style palace, a property with its very own grass-roofed hobbit home in the garden and an old church filled with character. Which is your favourite find?

A 19th century windmill near Cambridge

This three bedroom property is actually a renovated and extended windmill in the village of Swaffham Prior.

The building has been kept in fantastic condition having had its beautiful sails replaced as recently as 2017.

Take a closer look at the property below:

A gorgeous castle property up in Durham

This fantastic building is Castle Eden, a Grade II listed castle that boasts everything from a grand reception hall and drawing room to a games room, breakfast kitchen and nine bedrooms in total.

The property also enjoys 14 acres of wonderfully landscaped gardens and woodland.

Take a closer look at the property below:

A contemporary ‘superhome’ in Hampshire

This modern property offers four bedrooms along with a host of modern amenities like electronic security gates and a passenger lift.

It also enjoys direct access to the River Avon and provides a wonderful contrast of a modern aesthetic set within beautiful natural gardens.

Take a closer look at the property below:

A beautiful converted school building near Milton Keynes

The Old School Works is a four bedroom Grade II listed family home converted from a former schoolhouse.

What’s fantastic about this place is that it comes with the bonus of a wonderful self-contained annex on its grounds.

Take a closer look at the property below:

A beautiful barn conversion in Worcestershire

This five-bedroom home is bursting with character and includes three bedrooms plus an en-suite master room along with a host of extras like a garden room, gymnasium and a hobby room.

Outside, the property impresses with a greenhouse, chicken coop and a hidden vegetable garden along with a field boasting three paddocks.

Take a closer look at the property below:

A Welsh castle with views you won’t believe

Castell Gyrn sits just outside of the popular Welsh town of Ruthin and enjoys a commanding position that boasts amazing panoramic views of the Clwyd Valley.

The building provides a striking piece of architecture, extensive accommodation and more than ten acres of countryside.

Take a closer look at the property below:

A mansion and a private island rolled into one…

Situated in Mahone Bay in Nova Scotia, Canada is Kaulbach Island – boasting almost 60 acres of land covered in woods, meadows and coastline.

Right in the heart of the island is an 11-bedroom property in the style of Cape Cod homes while across the island you’ll find a beach house and a small farm as well.

Take a closer look at the property below:

A country home with an amazing treehouse

In Chichester sits this impressive Tudor-style six-bedroom home set within beautiful garden grounds that include a delightful pond and a treehouse that will definitely please the big kids out there.

The home itself features a drawing room, dining room and all en-suite bathrooms for the bedrooms.

Take a closer look at the property below:

An old church filled with character

Over in Bishop Auckland is this unusual property – the Grade II listed building of St. Peter’s Church.

With the potential to be developed into a six-bedroom dwelling – or countless other potential uses – the nearly two hundred year-old church is a fantastic piece of architecture.

Take a closer look at the property below:

A beautiful manor… with an even more inviting home bar

This seven-bedroom property in Seaham was built back in 1857 and boasts all en-suite bedrooms and luxurious accommodation across three floors.

But perhaps its most exciting feature is that stunning looking home bar, perfect for entertaining or unwinding after a stressful day.

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A wonderful renovated church with a modernised feel

This three-bedroom property is a beautifully converted church building that thankfully still has many of its original features.

The renovations have enabled it to become a practical space for the family that retains all the character of its 19th century architecture.

Take a closer look at the property below:

The fantastically unique Bollin Tower

Just a little different to your average four-bedroom family home, this Grade II listed property is certainly an eye-catcher.

With its castellated walls and amazing castle style turret, could you see yourself living here?

Take a closer look at the property below:

A stunning converted church building

This home in West Yorkshire is a converted and modernised church that still retains lots of its original character features – including those incredible stained glass windows.

Enjoying five well-sized bedrooms and three large reception rooms, it could make the quirkiest home of all for a growing family looking to move.

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Stepping inside a magnificent barn conversion

This six-bedroom property in Amberley is called ‘The Great Barn’ and enjoys four reception rooms, extensive gardens and even two separate one bedroom cottages on its grounds.

Lovingly converted by its current owners, it’s said to be one of the largest scale barn conversions ever completed.

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A converted water tower transformed into a lovely family home

Over in Kenilworth, in Warwickshire, you will find a fantastic six-bedroom property that looks unlike anything else you are likely to have seen.

Converted two years ago from a redundant water tower, the home now has both contemporary fixtures and fittings along with a wealth of original features, our favourite among them being the roof terrace that gives you breath-taking views of the surrounding countryside.

Take a closer look at the property below:

A coastal castle dating back almost 500 years

With 32 bedrooms under its roofs, this property is certainly grandiose in nature and definitely magnificent to behold. It actually dates back to the 15th Century after which it was extended in the 19th Century before a more recent renovation completed its development.

Enjoying 30 acres of its own land, as well as fishing rights to the waterfront nearby, Ackergill Tower is a truly beautiful find.

Take a closer look at the property below:

A 'sunken palace' with its own throne room... in Wraysbury!

This bungalow has been transformed into a magnificent Venetian palace – boasting everything from a throne room and castle moat to a magical looking sunken garden.


Lovingly crafted over a period of 30 years by the current owner, there are a lot of secrets and surprises hidden inside this unique property. What can you spot?

Take a closer look at the property below:

A veritable real-life hobbit home... that brings along its own income

Ever wondered what it would really be like to live life like Bilbo Baggins from The Hobbit? Then this Cornish home – that comes with a hobbit-style roundhouse in the garden, could well be the one for you.

The Toddalong Roundhouse is a straw bale-built and grass-roofed external property in the back garden of the main four-bedroom house, and is let through AirBnb at weekends to provide a nice tidy income for the owners.

Take a closer look at the property below:

Celebrate the end of Dry January with this beautifully inviting pub for sale

This gorgeous pub sits on the border between South Yorkshire and Nottingham and is called ‘The Mayflower’.

With a spacious open-plan lounge/diner along with beautiful exposed wooden beams, several feature fireplaces and four generously sized en-suite rooms – it’s definitely a property that over-delivers. Plus it’s perfect for a winter tipple…



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Vibrant, yet mellow PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.

In reaction to the onslaught of digital technology and social media increasingly embedding into daily life, we are seeking authentic and immersive experiences that enable connection and intimacy. Sociable and spirited, the engaging nature of PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity. Symbolizing our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, Pantone 16-1546 Living Coral embodies our desire for playful expression.

Representing the fusion of modern life, PANTONE Living Coral is a nurturing colour that appears in our natural surroundings and at the same time, displays a lively presence within social media.

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PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral emits the desired, familiar and energising aspects of colour found in nature. In its glorious, yet unfortunately more elusive, display beneath the sea, this vivifying and effervescent colour mesmerises the eye and mind. Lying at the center of our naturally vivid and chromatic ecosystem, PANTONE Living Coral is evocative of how coral reefs provide shelter to a diverse kaleidoscope of colour.

About Pantone Color of the Year

For 20 years, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home furnishings, and industrial design, as well as product, packaging and graphic design.

The Color of the Year selection process requires thoughtful consideration and trend analysis. To arrive at the selection each year, Pantone’s colour experts at the Pantone Color Institute comb the world looking for new colour influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films in production, traveling art collections and new artists, fashion, all areas of design, popular travel destinations, as well as new lifestyles, playstyles, and socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from new technologies, materials, textures, and effects that impact colour, relevant social media platforms and even up-coming sporting events that capture worldwide attention.

About The Pantone Color Institute

The Pantone Color Institute is the business unit within Pantone that highlights top seasonal runway colours, forecasts global colour trends, advises companies on colour for product and brand visual identity. Through seasonal trend forecasts, colour psychology, and consultative colour consulting, the Pantone Color Institute partners with global brands to leverage the power, psychology, and emotion of colour in their design strategy.

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