Every Sunday for a year, we’ve looked at some incredible historical shelters, but this week we hop the pond to England to take in a stunning church conversion.
Listed by Mount and Minster, this church is located in the village of Cold Hanworth, and was built in 1861. Originally All Saints Church, it was built by J Croft of Islington for Commodore Peter Cracroft, and also served as a memorial for his late father.
The former church has been transformed into a three-bedroom, two-bath home with an open floor plan, and “boasts a wealth of period features including a Grade II listed Lychgate and original stained glass windows,” the listing said. “Outside, there are beautiful landscaped gardens with mature trees and planted beds.”
It’s got wonderful views of the open English countryside, and inside, you have a reception hall, principal reception area, and eat-in kitchen.
As you walk in, you see the original tessellated tiled flooring, beam work and original solid wood doors.
A reception hall features stained glass windows (original to the home), stone flooring, and a wooden staircase leading to the second floor, where the three bedrooms (including master suite) are.
Twin arched stained glass doors lead to a principal reception area with full-length wooden glazed picture windows, original glazed leaded windows, oak flooring, a brick fireplace, wood mantel and access to an extensive cellar.
A large kitchen has the original tile flooring, stained and leaded windows to let in substantial light, a central island, breakfast bar, granite counters with a butcher block sink area. Exposed brickwork makes the whole space feel warm.
Outside, you know from the moment you drive up that this property is well-maintained and historic.
“The property is approached through a stone Lychgate with cast iron gates leading to a gravel driveway leading to the parking area,” the listing said. “Beautiful landscaped grounds run to all elevations with a mixture of mature trees and planted beds, with stone wall and fenced boundaries, and excellent open countryside vistas.”
An additional raised patio is perfectly set up for outdoor dining.
The home is listed for £400,000, or about $520,000.