A beautifully presented church conversion, with elegantly proportioned and fabulously appointed accommodation, driveway parking and landscaped gardens
THE OLD CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
Grade II listed and dating from 1846, the striking former Congregational church and its adjoining school room is constructed with limestone elevations with a pedimented frontage. Initially converted into a residential dwelling in 1989, the property has been tastefully and comprehensively renovated and extended by the current owners. The work has included reconfiguring, re-plumbing and partially rewiring, and is presented as a standout village home.
The front door and vestibule opens into an impressive limestone floored, atrium lit octagonal reception hallway in the core of the house, off which the four solid wood floored reception rooms splay. The dining room and connecting drawing rooms are particularly impressive, within the former school room, with stone fireplace and vaulted beams. The house has an elegant feel and a layout to entertain.
The kitchen and principal bedroom suite beyond, were created by 2013 and 2017 extensions. They are highly impressive and have both conventional central heating and air conditioning. The recently fitted kitchen has a bank of bi-folding doors to the garden and a bespoke suite by 'Space by Design' in Stamford with ample storage and high-end integrated appliances including wine cooler, fridge/freezer, microwave oven, plate warmer and dishwasher. The principal bedroom suite is entered through a stone antechamber, with a spacious bedroom, from which French doors open to the garden, dressing room and opulent en suite wet-room.
The octagonal first floor landing accesses the four further bedrooms. All are doubles and each has its own distinct feel. Bedroom two and five both have benefit of a 'Jack and Jill' shower room, whilst the family bathroom and ground floor family shower room service the remaining two bedrooms.
The driveway is located immediately to the east side of the building where an E charger for an electric car has been installed, and links to the garden. A York stone terrace adjoins the property, with artificial turfed lawns flanked by deep and well-stocked flowering lavender, flowering and shrub borders between which gravel pathways lead. The delightful garden is designed to resemble a quintessential English country garden', focussing on seasonal colours and aromas.
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I am drawn to the character and scale of this residential conversion. The craftsmanship and contemporary design are outstanding. Almost equi-distant between Oundle and Stamford, with their schools, and convenient for Peterborough for its commuter links, Kings Cliffe is also an ideally positioned village, this is a truly stunning property.James Abbott