Take a look at these fantastic church spotlights below – which could you see yourself setting up a new home in?
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.
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.
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.
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.
This converted Catholic chapel sits nestled in a beautifully picturesque Essex village and enjoys far-reaching views of the surrounding countryside.
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.
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?
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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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