Unique seven bedroom former parish church, set within versatile garden grounds of about 1.5 acres, with far reaching views over stunning local countryside.
Halfway to Heaven is a remarkable property situated within the parish of Gamrie near the coastal village of Gardenstown. Enjoying an elevated position overlooking the churchyard, this striking property is situated within extensive garden grounds of about 1.5 acres, and which includes a static caravan, outbuildings and a timber summerhouse. Within the property, the living accommodation is both spacious and versatile, with a large sitting /dining room overlooked by the stunning galleried landing above, which also provides far reaching views across the surrounding countryside.
Panelled double doors lead into the bright entrance vestibule, which is also utilised as a boot room. With a window providing plentiful natural light, a door with wrought iron design leads into the entrance hall which is open plan to the sitting/dining room - the central space that lies at the heart of this unique property. With generous dining and relaxation areas, the sitting/dining room is fully carpeted, with tall arched windows facing the churchyard providing lots of natural light. An impressive solid oak staircase with decorative pillars leads up to the galleried landing and bedroom accommodation above.
The kitchen with breakfast room is visible from the sitting/dining room via twin sets of glazed double doors which again provide plenty of natural light. Of tasteful decor, this generously proportioned living space features a well equipped kitchen with walk in pantry cupboard and a range of attractive base units with work surfaces incorporating a double stainless steel sink and a green range cooker inclusive of a seven ring gas hob with decorative splashback behind. There is ample space for informal dining in the breakfast area, while elevated windows overlook the rear of the property.
Accessible from the sitting/dining room is the well proportioned study, which would also be suitable as a sixth bedroom. The hobby room is a further good sized room which would also be suitable as a seventh bedroom depending on the purchaser's requirements. The bathroom features a white three piece suite with corner shower enclosure.
A set of glazed doors lead from the sitting/dining room into the spacious family room, which would be equally suitable as an entertainment space or home library given the generous dimensions. With elevated windows overlooking the property frontage, beyond a further doorway lies the rear entrance vestibule. Also accessible from the family room via an arched doorway is a WC cloakroom, while beyond lies the well equipped laundry room which allows access to the rear garden and external boiler room.
A wide tread secondary staircase leads up from the family room to the impressive galleried landing which boasts far reaching views through the arched windows to the countryside beyond. The generous dimensions of the landing mean it can easily accommodate large items of freestanding furniture, with ample space for informal seating areas or reading nooks.
The principal bedroom features a deep silled window which allows for fantastic views, and includes an en suite shower room and a generous walk in wardrobe. The remaining four double bedrooms on the first floor are all bright and well proportioned rooms with large arched windows allowing for lovely views. In addition, each bedroom benefits from en suite facilities, ideal if considering a commercial opportunity. Completing the first floor accommodation is the Iinen store, which allows for tiered storage and is fitted with a range of wooden shelving.
Halfway to Heaven enjoys the benefit of an elevated position, resulting in quite outstanding views. A private driveway leads up to the property, where the surrounding grounds are mostly laid to lawn and include an array of young trees, shrubs and flowering plants. A timber summerhouse provides the ideal location for outdoor dining while enjoying the scenic views. Two timber sheds allow for plentiful external storage, with one shed benefitting from both power and light. To the rear of the property a charming gated garden area houses the static caravan with decked platform. The caravan could perhaps be utilised as holiday or guest accommodation. With a wide gravelled walkway around the property frontage, to the side lies a sheltered garden which has previously been used for growing produce.
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It's hard to imagine a more unique or characterful property in such an exhilaratingly dramatic location as this one. The ecclesiastical features have been cleverly showcased in this careful conversion, allowing the bold Victorian Gothic lines of the original Listed church to work brilliantly in the airy living spaces. With the five main bedrooms all served by en suite bath or shower rooms, and plenty of flexibility on the ground floor, plus the breathtaking coastal setting, Halfway to Heaven has promising potential as a B&B or guest house enterprise.Laura Totten