Outstanding church conversion.
The Old Church is believed to date from 1843-1844, when it was built for a congregation which was formed for those that came from St Vigeans Church at the time of the Disruption when the Free Church broke away from the established Church of Scotland. A manse, now the Colliston Inn, was erected in 1850, together with a school and teacher's house shortly afterwards. The church was reunited with Colliston Parish Church in 1930. During the 1970s The Old Church was used as a garage and agricultural store. It was acquired by the seller in 1999, who then set about an ambitious restoration programme which was completed in 2005. It is now an extremely well presented house, situated on the edge of the small village of Colliston, bordering onto agricultural land.
The Old Church is very much a new house' within an old shell. The works done were extensive and included stripping everything back to the walls and roof. The roof was re-slated, timbers were treated, new flooring installed, along with re-wiring and new plumbing. The house was fully insulated and new double glazed windows, retaining the outward style of the originals, were fitted, along with new veluxes. The house was then extended in 2010 with the addition of the sun lounge and balcony, off the main bedroom, above. The large church windows bring wonderful light into this spacious property, particularly in the magnificent hall where symmetrical glazed double doors provide borrowed light from the principal rooms. It is an extremely interesting and well designed house, which has greatly enriched the original structure. During 2020, mostly since July, it has been very successfully let through Airbnb, mainly focussing on weekends. However the house also works well as a family home.
Particular care has been undertaken to ensure that the works have been carried out in keeping with the building's heritage. The impressive staircase was created from retained timbers, while new panelled doors were modelled on period originals, with leaded side lights from the entrance vestibule into the hall and into the sitting room. The principal reception rooms, being the sitting room and sizeable games room, together with the dining room, which is adjacent to the kitchen, are arranged off the hall, along with the two downstairs bedrooms (one en suite), shower room and utility. Beyond the sitting room is the garden room, overlooking a field. Upstairs are three further bedrooms and a family bathroom. There is underfloor heating on the ground floor. Also at ground floor level there is wooden flooring other than in the hall, vestibule and sun lounge.
The Old Church is an attractive stone built house, with a slate roof. A wooden front door with a large glazed overlight and side lights opens to an entrance vestibule with a tiled floor and stairs up to an inner partially glazed door with leaded side lights which opens to a hugely impressive hall. This has cornicing, centre roses, two wall lights, ceramic tiled floor and stairs to the first floor, Doors open to a well proportioned and double aspect games room with two centre roses, a wall light and deep window ledges. From here doors lead through to the sitting room, which is another fine room with double doors both to the hall and to the dining room. Sliding doors also lead through to the sun lounge with a limestone tiled floor and door to the garden. The dining room links both to the hall and to the fully fitted kitchen which has wall and floor units incorporating a sink, Leisure Rangemaster 110 dual fuel cooker with two ovens, grill, hot drawer, five gas burners and an electric griddle plate with extractor above. There is also a Beko fridge freezer. Bedroom one has an en suite bathroom with bath, corner tiled shower cubicle, pedestal washbasin, WC and wooden floor. Opposite bedroom two is the shower room with a tiled shower cubicle, pedestal washbasin and WC. The utility room has wall and floor units incorporating a sink and Zanussi washing machine, together with a side entrance door and cupboard housing a wall mounted Vaillant boiler and a hot water tank.
A fine wooden staircase leads to the first floor landing with under eaves storage. Upstairs are three further bedrooms with bedroom four also having under eaves storage and bedroom five having sliding doors to a balcony with views out over agricultural land. The bathroom has a corner bath, corner tiled shower cubicle, pedestal washbasin and WC.
To the side of the house is a gravelled area with raised beds and adjacent to the garden room is a paved seating area. The block built and harled double garage has a slate roof, automatic up and over door, concrete floor and sink together with power and light.
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The interior of The Old Church is something of a revelation within the simple traditional exterior, and as a modern house in a period shell it is now a superb property, ideal either for a family home or as a weekend retreat: The Old Church already has a proven track record as an Airbnb holiday rental, so it could be both for new owners.Ruaraidh Ogilvie