A 150-year-old chapel has in been converted into a ‘heavenly’ home with a belfry, stained glass windows – and the grounds of a cemetery for a garden.
The striking 19th-century Grade II listed building known as West Chapel, in Consett, County Durham, is on the market for £395,000 and was built from sandstone in 1876.
With a stunning spire and pointed arches it’s a classic example the Gothic revival in Victorian church architecture.
The ‘unique’ three-bedroom family home offers spacious living accommodation, which includes a contemporary kitchen, long open plan living room with 11’6″ ceilings and stunning large master bedroom.
Property owner Clare Richardson admits that living in a cemetery ‘isn’t for everyone’ but after putting her all into its transformation she hopes others will fall in love with it like she did.
The period property has a number of beautiful stained-glass windows throughout, including one in the bathroom, and its owner would even be granted ‘use of all open areas in the cemetery’.
An incredible walk-through video shows off the property as you enter through the arched wooden doors and complete with a small bathroom with a modern toilet surrounded by the original chapel bare stone walls.
Clare said: “We took on this project over three years ago as we fell in love from the moment we viewed and could recognise its potential.
“Blood, sweat and tears have been put in and we are so proud of what we have achieved.
“Living in a cemetery isn’t for everyone but we love how unique it is.
“Nobody would guess from the exterior how we have transformed this unusual building and put the love back into it.”
The grounds of the ecclesiastical listed building extend to the west by 17 feet and nine-foot to the other three sides, and there’s ample parking space for several cars too.
Situated near the Derwent Valley, the property is close to the Derwent Valley Mills which is the only World Heritage Site in the East Midlands and famed for its wildlife.
The listing by JW Wood Estate Agents reads: “Entered through large wooden arch doors, the entrance vestibule, with cloakroom off, leads into a well-appointed contemporary kitchen with stained glass windows.
“And an open archway through to the 35′ long open plan living room with 11’6” height ceiling and, amongst its many features, three stained glass windows and staircase to the first floor.
“The landing leads to the master bedroom – bathed in natural light through the amazing large stained-glass Star of David window.
“A second bedroom with a gallery onto the similarly impressive window to the south elevation that extends up from the living room below; a third bedroom and an attractive, contemporary bathroom with an elliptical freestanding bath and a large shower cubicle.”