This former chapel retains plenty of its origins, but has been transformed into a home up for sale for £450k.
The Old Chapel, in Ugborough, is estimated to have been built in the 1800s as a congregational chapel to serve the area.
The chapel would have seated approximately 240 people who formed their own congregation separate from the larger one at St Peter’s, which still stands today.
In the 1980s, the former chapel was converted into a three storey home, retaining many of the property’s original features.
These include a vaulted ceiling and a 13-foot high chapel window with original cruck beams in the first floor reception room, and a small stained-glass window in one of the bedrooms.
The property contains three bedrooms, one with an en-suite, a kitchen-lounge and a second fitted kitchen and breakfast room, the reception room, a box room, and a family bathroom.
Outside, there is a front courtyard garden with three sitting areas and one summer house which is currently used as a home bar.
The current owner of the property recalls when it was a chapel, saying: “I used to attend the chapel for harvest festivals and other special occasions.
“During these times I can vividly remember the blue pews with their little doors and as children the excitement of putting the latch across on these once seated in the pews.
“There followed the selling off of the produce , which my late brother and his friends liked to see what they could buy for half a penny!
“As children my brother and I were regulars at the Gospel Hall in the village square but Sunday School presentations were often held in the Chapel so that was a big occasion too!
“Also as a young child I used to climb on the railings of the chapel in the evenings and pretend to meditate with a good friend! Through all these memories, I never once imagined I’d be living in the Chapel as an adult!”
The property is being marketed by Christopher’s South Hams Estate Agents, who have it listed at a price of £450k.
Heather McCaughey of Christopher’s said: “‘A truly delightful and unique property providing the perfect home to its current custodians.
“The 13-foot original chapel window has played host to the family 10-foot Christmas tree for over 30 years and has certainly become a village talking point through the festive season.”
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