Thursday, December 3, 2020

Step inside this quirky chapel conversion

The Wesleyan Chapel is a truly unique three-bedroom home in the village of Bassingham. With a wealth of original and contemporary features, the Grade II listed property was renovated to a high standard by Jackson Homes.

Its current owner, Rob, has now been living here for two years. When originally searching for a new house he knew it had to be “quirky and different.” Rob said: “I had never even heard of Bassingham, but when I saw the pictures of this chapel I thought ‘wow I have to see it’. When I went in, sat down and looked around, I just said ‘I’ve got to have this chapel’! It was my first viewing – I didn’t look at any other houses and that was it, I bought it. It’s just absolutely amazing.”

Stepping into the property through original twin, timber front doors one is welcomed by chequered tile flooring, solid oak and tongue & groove panelling, as well as two staircases leading to the first floor. Downstairs a stunning open plan living space can be found, featuring a full height void open all the way up to the ceiling, oak flooring with underfloor heating, stained and leaded windows, the original pulpit and wood panelling to dado height.

The bespoke kitchen area hosts inset base and larder units, granite work surfaces, tiled flooring, twin ceramic Belfast sinks, an island unit with granite work surfaces, original cast iron pillars and gold leaf splashback details. Integrated appliances include a Britannia range with extractor oven, Smeg oven and coffee maker, Neff microwave, wine chiller, Bosch dishwasher and a Neff Fridge Freezer. The dining area meanwhile is fitted with a banquette seating corner and integrated cupboards.

One will also find a bathroom on the ground floor, with a four-piece bath suite, including a corner bath, as well as a guest bedroom with twin sash windows and working shutters, tongue & groove panelling to dado height, oak flooring and an ensuite.

Bringing the outdoors in, a garden room has been added to the ground floor of the property – fully glazed with twin doors and tiled flooring. The garden room’s chequered tiles continue into the courtyard garden, which features hard landscaping with planted beds, twin wooden gates and a walled fenced surround.

Travelling up to the spacious first floor mezzanine, one will discover original stained and leaded windows, stripped and stained floorboards, tongue & groove panelling to dado height and a vaulted ceiling. From the mezzanine one can access the atrium, which presents a 360° view of the open plan living area below as well as wooden sash windows, part tongue & groove panelling, original pews, and a wall feature of the property’s original organ pipes.

 

The master bedroom meanwhile is accessed from a private staircase and hosts built-in wardrobes and cupboards, tongue & groove panelling to the walls, twin wooden sash windows, solid oak flooring, and has an ensuite shower room with a large walk-in shower. A second private staircase leads to another bedroom with an ensuite.

 

 

Despite being in awe of the property’s beauty, Rob is now selling the home. “Work takes me away a lot,” he explained. “The chapel needs to belong to someone that can be there for longer than me, live in it and use it more than what I can at the moment, whether it be a couple, family or another single person like me.” The award-winning abode is on the market with Mount & Minster. Rob concluded: “It’s an absolute one-off. There are lots of chapel conversions out there but nothing, absolutely nothing, on the scale of this. The quality of it is just amazing.”

See this article in full in the April edition of Lincolnshire Today. Access the online version of the magazine here: https://www.lincolnshiretoday.net/virtual/04-April-2020/#page=1 

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