CHAPEL House is an elegant Victorian property built in 1863 of brick construction under a slate roof. Originally a Primitive Methodist chapel with adjoining double-fronted house, it is now an unusual family home with many of the original features, including fireplaces, sash windows, high ceilings with coving and panelled doors, writes Jacky Hayler.
It was the unique nature of the building that appealed to the current owner. Lady Diana Wilton and her late husband Lord John Wilton moved into the property in October 1998 after they fell in love with the style.
Lady Wilton told the Standard: “It was just different — not your run-of-the-mill basic house with lots of square rooms. There was lots of character and the drawing room was charming.”
The magnificent drawing room is set in the original chapel boasting a triple aspect, bullseye window, open fireplace with ornate carved surround and barrel-vaulted ceiling.
Lady Wilton added: “We did an enormous amount of work in the house. In the study we stripped off 13 layers of wallpaper — it really was a history of interior design throughout the decades.”
The couple’s children were all grown up and had long flown the nest when they moved to the property but the hamlet of Shurlock Row was the other aspect that really appealed to the couple.
Lady Wilton lost her husband 13 years ago and is now planning to live with her family in Nottingham.
She said: “The village is full of character and the people are lovely. We were lucky to have such a unique property in such a unique location. It will be hard to leave the house I have loved so much. It is too big for me now but I will take very fond memories with me.”
The dining room has an original fireplace with bookshelves on either side, another built-in bookcase and French windows leading to the garden. The master bedroom has another original fireplace, and is double aspect with an en-suite bathroom, while the guest bedroom has an en-suite shower room.
The single-storey section houses the kitchen/breakfast room with a range of wall and floor units, a double oven, ceramic hob with extractor, a built-in dresser and French windows opening to the garden on either side.
Chapel House, in Shurlock Row, is approached from The Street via a five-bar gate giving access to a gravel drive and parking area. There is a high beech hedge on the front boundary which provides privacy and there are borders containing a variety of mature shrubs and plants including magnolia grandiflora and lilac. To one side a gate in the wooden picket fence leads around the property to a detached timber garage and gravel courtyard area. The rear garden is laid mainly to lawn with a delightful herbaceous border alongside. A stone path edged with lavender and roses backed by wisteria leads to a stone terrace at the rear of the house. A productive vegetable garden with a greenhouse and potting shed is screened from the main garden by a beech hedge. The garden is private and screened by mature trees including horse chestnut and apple.
The property is available through Savills at a guide price of £1,350,000. For more details, call (01491) 843000.
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