The transformation of churches into houses is one the that seldom fails to impress.
Beautiful old stained glass windows, wonderful arched entrances, spaces vast enough to hold congregations now used as open plan living areas, ancient headstones in the garden all combine to make truly unique residences.
Sometimes the churches are large enough to fit more than one residence into the reconfigured interiors .
This is the case with St Peter’s Church in Malvern Wells.
It was split into four units back in 2002 in a project that was so well done that it actually received a plaque for the best conversion in Malvern that year.
Nave House, which was once the western end of the church, is up for sale for the first time since the work was completed.
The original building, which is in Green Lane, was completed in 1836 in the Gothic revival style, prettily placed on the eastern slopes of the Malvern Hills.
It even earned a mention in the Pevsner Guide to Worcestershire.
Full advantage has been taken of the height of the church to create an innovative layout across four floors, as well as the creation of a number of mezzanine levels. It offers four bedrooms (though some are being used for other purposes at present).
The roof has been entirely rebuilt, though the original slates and coping stones have all been reused.
The original double west end doors still remain and lead into the reception hall with a stairwell that is flooded with light from three full height lancet windows on the first floor.
A door leads from the hall into a ground floor cloak/shower room.
There is an impressive living room which is nearly 29 feet long, opening into the kitchen/breakfast room at the side
A mezzanine level above the living area makes a wonderful dining room. It has north and south facing lancet windows, including one with stained glass that dates from 1886.
There are original timber beams and carved stone corbels to the north and south walls while bespoke wooden shelves have been built against the eastern wall.
Another original feature on the ground floor is the limestone flooring which has been relaid in the kitchen, entrance hall and cloakroom.
There is also a stone fireplace currently fitted with gas fire.
In the kitchen there are wall and base units topped with granite and Smeg range cooker, dishwasher, refrigerator and freezer. A door leads to the utility room with space for washing machine, tumble dryer, refrigerator/freezer, counter and storage cupboards.
On the first floor there are two bedrooms, one of which is currently being used as a study. The east wall in this room is open from waist height looking over the original wooden choir gallery to the dining mezzanine and into the living area.
A lovely lancet window has beautiful views onto the garden and there are original beams with two carved stone corbels.
The other double bedroom has original beams, a carved stone corbel and full-length lancet window.
A bathroom benefits from views up to the ridge of the Malvern Hills.
On the second floor there is a master suite which has mezzanine levels above under the original pitch pine roof trusses.
It is lit by a large roof light and a Velux window.
A sitting area for the suite has large glass panels looking across the stairwell and through the west end windows, down to the courtyard below.
Also on this upper level is an en suite bathroom with large freestanding bath and Velux window over and a shower cubicle . A further glass panel also looks across the height of the stairwell and down onto the courtyard.
An open plan dressing room is extensively fitted with bespoke solid wood storage.
Back on the second floor, a large bedroom is currently arranged as a library/study complete with solid wooden bookshelves and cupboards below, large Velux window and wooden beams across the north wall.
Outside there is a private courtyard. This leads to a south facing garden that was once a part of the churchyard with some headstones still in situ.
It is a tranquil space with perennial borders and mature shrubs and specimen trees. There is also a useful garden storage room.
Two of the church walls provide a splendid backdrop.
Malvern is a thriving spa town with plenty of amenities, beautiful surroundings and easy access to the motorway network of the M5 & M50.
There are trains at Great Malvern & Malvern Link stations.
AGENT: Knight Frank
TEL: 01905 723438
GUIDE PRICE: £550,000