Properties of the week: homes with ecclesiastical connections
These nine beautiful properties in the UK are heaven-sent
Church Lane, Mitcheldean, Abenhall
Built as a rectory in the 1840s, and delightfully situated next to the Church of St Michael in the Forest of Dean. 5 beds, 3 baths, kitchen, 4 receps, stable, garden.
The Church of St John the Evangelist, Ford
Designed by C.E. Ponting in 1896, and built entirely out of the distinctive, honey-coloured local stone, this former church has been sensitively converted and boasts spectacular living and entertaining spaces, including a soaring, double-height chancel and a Grade II stained-glass window with a panel by Edward Burne-Jones. Main suite, two further suites, kitchen/dining room, recep, gym, garden.
The Old Rectory, Wigginton, Tring
A charming Grade II property dating back to the 17th century, set on the edge of the Chiltern Hills. 3 beds, family bath, kitchen/dining room, 2 receps, garden, detached garage.
Flat 23, The Abbey Church, The Highland Club, Fort Augustus
Located in the Scottish Highlands, on the shores of Loch Ness, the building was originally a Benedictine Monastery. Main suite, open-plan kitchen/dining/living room, parking.
The Old Rectory, Falstone, Hexham
Built circa 1818 by the noted English architect H.H. Seward, the property is set in an elevated position with 11.39 acres of mature gardens stretching down to the North Tyne River. 6 beds, family bath, shower room, kitchen, dining room, 3 receps, cellar, stone outbuilding (formerly a coach house and stables), garden, garage.
The Old Vicarage, Dunmow
This Grade II former vicarage set over three floors is believed to date back to the mid-16th century, but boasts significant Georgian and Victorian additions. Main suite, 5 further beds, family bath, kitchen/breakfast room, 3 receps, mature gardens of almost 1 acre. The property also includes an adjoining self-contained 2-bed cottage with kitchen, dining room, family bath.
St Margaret’s Chapel, Clanville
This brick and flint chapel was built in 1860 and features wrought-iron ties, a wooden porch, and a restored altar rail separating what was once the chancel to create a study. 1 bed, family bath, kitchen, dining/living room.
Naish Priory, East Coker
A historic Grade I property with elements dating back to the 14th century, decorated with stone gargoyles and corbel heads. 8 beds, 3 baths, kitchen, dining room, 4 receps, stables, outbuilding, gardens of 2.4 acres, pond, parking.
The Old Chapel, Bellingham, Hexham
Built in 1896 and situated on the edge of Northumberland National Park, the property features a soaring vaulted ceiling running the length of the chapel, and stained glass windows. Main suite, 3 further beds, family bath, kitchen/breakfast room, open-plan living/dining room, recep, garden, parking.