Holy Conversion: Church from 1790s Renovated and Restored
The St Nicholas Church House is an interesting example of a building restoration, which is often quite costlier than a straight renovation. The end result is a very unique open-concept space. Personally, I don’t think I would ever feel fully comfortable living in such a space no matter how modified the interior was.
St Nicholas Church is situated in Kyloe, Northumberland of the United Kingdom.
Built in 1792 on the site of an earlier church dating from around the 1100’s, it was deconsecrated in the 80’s after which it stood derelict for around 20 years. Taken on as a conversion project in 2002, it is now completed and listed at approx. $1.3 million USD (695,000 GBP).
The property comprises 1 acre of land, a large garden, outbuildings with planning permission for conversion to a 2 bedroom cottage and the church itself. Carefully and thoughtfully converted for domestic use, offering 4/5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, 2 kitchens and huge open plan living area
The Living Room: A spectacular living space with high, open timbered ceilings, stained glass windows, and double staircase and balcony. Floored in polished pitch pine, with underfloor heating and six Victorian cast iron radiators.
Looking towards the altar you see the Master Bedroom
That’s right, just past the dining table
The Master Bedroom: Part of the open plan accommodation, with a hand built super-king size bed replacing the altar, backed by eight beautiful stained glass panels. Where’s the closet space? Perhaps this area is more for show?
The Vestry Kitchen: a large family kitchen, with limestone floors, handmade kitchen fittings and plate rack. The kitchen has views to the sea and to the north. It is built from pitch-pine reclaimed from old church pews and roof timbers, and is fitted with a high specification Fisher Paykel double oven, gas hob, and double ‘dish drawer’. It has underfloor heating and a log burning stove as well.
The Main Bathroom: One of the most spectacular rooms in this unusual conversion, the bathroom is split over three levels. Lit through the 12′ coloured glass window, it provides a very special place to relax in the deep, free standing french bath. The bathroom has two heated towel rails, underfloor heating, and high quality slate floors.
2nd Bedroom: one of the two mirror image bedrooms, with fitted storage (hand built) and roof light, this room provides ideal guest accommodation and is large enough for a super king size bed and additional furniture.
Not shown were: the bell tower, which was converted into a room, the second mini-kitchen and the other storage and bedrooms. Would you have any reservations about living in a converted church? Or beside a cemetery?
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