An historically rich chapel which has retained many of its original features while offering a contemporary and light filled home.
The Chapel is set back from the road in a quiet setting. Steps lead to the front door which has a pleasing weightiness about it. This opens to the lobby which would have served as the vestibule to the chapel when it was still consecrated. A further grand door leads into an impressive and very spacious living area which has been cleverly segmented into different functional areas. Original wooden floorboards throughout the living area emphasise the proportions and give a visual continuity.
A spacious modern kitchen is situated underneath the gallery area. The layout of the kitchen is ergonomically well planned with the functional elements of the kitchen on one side – Belfast sink, range cooker and breakfast bar with extensive storage and pantry area on the other side of the kitchen. Granite work surfaces and bespoke handles are both practical and also mirror the existing historical materials and features of the Chapel.
A marvellous dining and entertaining area sits adjacent to the kitchen which in turn leads to a raised sitting area. The log burner gives a focal point to this very impressive yet very liveable sitting area. Floor to ceiling windows throughout the ground floor flood natural light into the entire space throughout the day which is further enhanced by the neutral and timeless decoration choices. Also on this floor is a wet room. Beyond this is a further room-sized lobby which is currently used as an office and has charming French doors leading to the garden.
The original stairway from the living space leads up to a large room which could be used as a studio, office, games room or an extra bedroom. Pale-coloured stained glass windows give this space a very special light quality.
Beneath the main open plan living area are the three double sized bedrooms. The main bedroom has oak beams and solid wooden floorings along with a hydrotherapy unit including bath, shower, steam, jacuzzi, TV, radio and built in Bluetooth. Bedrooms two and three are both of a very good size and share a lovely family bathroom.
The garden has been designed for leisure and entertaining with a hot tub (by separate negotiation), paved seating area and a good selection of fruit trees and traditional planting. There’s also a pond with running water.
Using materials such as Kentish ragstone and slate, this Grade ll listed Chapel was built in 1848 and carefully refurbished within the last 10 years. The current owner has chosen materials and fittings which create a very comfortable modern home whilst being complementary to its historic roots.
The Chapel is located in the archetypal English village of Ightham, with Borough Green mainline station close by which gives access to London Victoria. The area has a good supply of local independent shops. Sevenoaks is around 6 miles away with rail access into Charing Cross. Sevenoaks is a major shopping centre with all the major multiples stores and supermarkets. Ightham is half an hour's drive from Gatwick airport and hour from Heathrow, 5 minutes’ drive to the M26 and 10 minutes to the M25 and hour to the Sussex and Kent coast.
Out and About:
The historic Village of Ightham predates the Doomsday book of 1086 and is a fascinating area to explore. There are well known National Trust gardens at Ightham Mote: a medieval manor House. Ightham is also home to the village schools, playing fields, farm shops, the local pub as well as an Italian restaurant and deli. The area is also quite idyllic for dog walking and country pursuits.
Wesleyan Place, Chapel Row, Ightham, Sevenoaks