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Converted churches and chapels

The pretty chapel in Conwy

Ask house-hunters what they're looking for in a property, and certain things come up time and time again: space, light, high ceilings and character.

The obvious solutions include barn conversions, Georgian rectories or loft apartments. But there's one rather less obvious alternative: a converted church.

Churches and chapels often have lovely locations, in city centres or the heart of old villages. They generally have huge windows, double-height spaces and plenty of original features.

Here's our pick of the seven best church and chapel conversions on the market right now.

Dover, Kent

The stunning, light living room


There's a real loft apartment feel to this five-bedroom chapel conversion in Shepherdswell, with large, airy spaces, soaring ceilings and a simple pared-back decor. The nave is now one enormous entertaining space, the kitchen's huge, and there's a mezzanine library, as well as three studios that could make a fantastic annexe. Outside, there's gated parking and charming terraced gardens on three sides. It costs £650,000 through Purple Bricks.


Keith, Moray

The exterior of the church


Built in 1771, this Scottish kirk was converted 30 years ago but has recently been renovated and is now in perfect condition. It has a farmhouse kitchen and several reception rooms - one with a horseshoe galleried landing - along with five bedrooms and four baths. Outside, the acre of land includes a paddock and a hot tub - ideal for those chilly Scottish evenings. Oak doors, gothic windows and stained glass abound, along with cast-iron radiators. Online agency Tepilo is looking for offers over £400,000.

Abergele, Conwy

The lovely windows in the living room


This cute nineteenth-century chapel conversion has gothic arched doorways, soaring ceilings and amazing arched windows - though the pine-clad ceilings in some of the rooms might be a bit much for some. There are lovely rural views from the windows and skylights in the four bedrooms and a large, attractive garden with a garage and lots of parking. It costs £375,000 through agent Settled.

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Hett, Durham

The white-painted exterior


You get a proper steeple with this former church - although it's on the small side - along with a pew and a clover-leaf leaded window. Inside, it looks a lot less ecclesiastical than many of the other properties on our list, though, with most of the four bedrooms and two receptions looking pretty conventional. There's a good-sized garden and lovely views; it costs £275,000 through agent Your Move.

Bowdon, Cheshire

The imposing exterior


If a whole church is too much for you, there's this three-bedroom flat in a newly-converted Sunday school in Cheshire. One of nine, it's been built to a high spec, with accommodation spread over three floors. While it has a sleek and modern feel, the designers have kept original features such as leaded and stained-glass windows and multi-coloured brickwork. There's parking - although it doesn't have a garden. It costs £850,000 through agent DTB Land and New Homes.

Ottringham, Hull

The kitchen of the Ottringham conversion


The highlight of this converted Wesleyan chapel is the massive living/dining/kitchen on the first floor. With a high vaulted ceiling, it has a very distinctive island unit made from reclaimed timber. The three bedrooms are on the ground floor, and there's a courtyard garden - the downside of this property is it's rather small. Agents Beercocks are looking for offers over £200,000.

London N16

The yellow brick exterior of the chapel


Most of the character in this three-bedroom duplex apartment comes from the outside of the building - inside, it's a standard modern flat. What makes it a bit different is the enormous 31-by-18-foot reception room, which has huge windows and exposed brick walls. Outside, there's a patio and small garden area, along with secure parking, although this is on a first-come-first-served basis. It costs £785,000 through Purple Bricks.

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