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These nine beautiful homes in England are heaven-sent

1

Score Chapel, Ilfracombe

Score Chapel, Ilfracombe, Devon

Devon: £500,000 

Set in about a third of an acre, this detached former chapel was originally built in 1855 and converted into a home around 2006. The chapel is Grade II listed and retains many original features, including stained glass windows and some stone floors. Main bed, one further bed, family bath, modern fitted kitchen/breakfast room, open-plan recep/dining room, utility, WC, entrance hall, valley views, garden. 

2

Hastings Hall, Tibenham, Norwich

Hastings Hall, Tibenham, Norwich, Norfolk

Norfolk: £800,000 

A distinctive Grade II Tudor hall house, in need of updating, situated next to the medieval church and in 1.3 acres of its own mature gardens and grounds. Main suite, five further beds, two baths, kitchen, two receps (one double), WC, utility, study, integral double garage, hard tennis court, swimming pool. 

3

Badynghams, Great Waltham, Chelmsford

Badynghams, Great Waltham, Chelmsford, Essex

Essex: £1.1m 

A Grade II* property next to the medieval church, within the conservation area of this popular village on the outskirts of Chelmsford. The house has a wealth of period features, including Elizabethan fireplaces. Four beds, two baths, kitchen/breakfast room, two receps, snug/recep three, WC, hall, cottage-style courtyard garden facing the village green. 

4

The Old Rectory, Glanvilles Wootton, Sherborne

The Old Rectory, Glanvilles Wootton, Sherborne, Dorset

Dorset: £2.5m 

On the market for just the third time in its history, this Grade II former rectory has been extensively renovated. Main suite, one further suite, four further beds, family bath, kitchen, family room, two receps, playroom, cellar, utility, home office, coach house, walled garden, four acres. 

5

Church Cottage, Wylye

Church Cottage, Wylye, Wiltshire

Wiltshire: £725,000 

Believed to date from the 17th century, this Grade II cottage is in the heart of the village, next to the church. Main suite, three further beds, family bath, kitchen/breakfast room, sitting room with inglenook fireplace, one further recep, WC, garage/utility, gardens. 

6

Fonthill Chapel, East Grinstead

Fonthill Chapel, East Grinstead, West Sussex

West Sussex: £700,000 

A unique, sensitively converted chapel, built in 1887, with original features such as a painted ceiling, in a rural location just outside the town. Main suite with balcony, 2 further suites, open-plan kitchen/double recep, utility, cloakroom, parking, cottage garden, outbuildings, woodland.

7

St Gildas House, Langport

St Gildas House, Langport, Somerset

Somerset: £1.695m 

Dating from the late 1700s, this spacious unlisted Georgian property is set in 3.65 acres of grounds in an elevated position, with views over the Aller Hills, and adjacent to the historic All Saints’ Church. Main suite, one further suite, three further beds, three baths/showers, three-bed annexe with shower, kitchen/breakfast room, three receps, library, study, large hall, cellars, boot room, utility, parking, double cart lodge, outdoor pool, garden. 

8

Fairhaven, Newlyn, Penzance

Fairhaven, Newlyn, Penzance, Cornwall

Cornwall: £375,000 

On the market for the first time in 30 years, this former chapel and pilchard store with panoramic sea views is in need of some updating. Three beds, family bath, kitchen, utility with shower and WC, double recep, further kitchen with mezzanine, terrace. 

9

The Old Rectory, Alburgh, Harleston

The Old Rectory, Alburgh, Harleston, Norfolk

Norfolk: £1m

A fine period property dating back to 1847, this former rectory has many period features, including dado rails and window shutters. Set in a village location, the house has 8.8 acres of mature gardens and grounds, including paddocks. Main suite, one further suite, five further beds, family bath, attic, kitchen/breakfast room, three receps, studio, two offices, large games room, cellars, storage, modern open-sided livestock building, private and secluded garden, three paddocks, parking, brick and slate coach house with loft above and attached storage building. 

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