In­tel­li­gent de­sign, chap­ter and verse

The Herald - Scotland's Homes - - News -

WHILE it is tempt­ing to re­sort to clichés and call Church House a heav­enly abode, there is no deny­ing its su­pe­rior sta­tus in the genre of church con­ver­sions, where re­sults can be dis­ap­point­ingly bland and lack­ing in imag­i­na­tion, or con­versely, a com­plex mud­dle that fails to make best use of the space.

This one, how­ever, si­t­u­ated in the Bow of Fife near Cu­par, has been skil­fully and imag­i­na­tively ren­o­vated to main­tain the ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal char­ac­ter of the build­ing and cre­ate a won­der­fully spa­cious fam­ily home that works on ev­ery level.

Dat­ing from 1843 with later ad­di­tions, the C-listed build­ing op­er­ated as a church un­til the 1980s, when its trans­for­ma­tion to a home be­gan.

Stand­ing within half-an-acre of ground in­cor­po­rat­ing a south- fac­ing garden, out­build­ings and park­ing, the ac­com­mo­da­tion spans 6,581 sq ft over two main lev­els but then has un­ex­pected quirky ad­di­tions rang­ing from a 20ft cel­lar on the lower ground floor, to a sin­gle tower room on each of the sec­ond, third and fourth floors, plus two at­tic rooms.

En­tered on the east side of the build­ing (an im­pos­ing door with a stone carv­ing de­pict­ing the burn­ing bush above it), the vestibule leads into a mag­nif­i­cent draw­ing/ din­ing room in what was orig­i­nal body of the church, a soar­ing dou­ble-height space that re­tains stone carved arches and pil­lars, orig­i­nal tim­ber pan­elling, stained glass win­dows and a spi­ral stair­case to the level above.

Off the liv­ing area and hall are three dou­ble bed­rooms (two with en suite bath­room), while a rear hall leads to a su­perb fit­ted kitchen/breakfast room with in­te­grated ap­pli­ances and ac­cess to the pa­tio and garden, shower room, fifth bed­room (en suite WC), study and fam­ily room (for­merly the church vestry), both of which are con­nected by the orig­i­nal ma­hogany bi-fold doors.

Ac­cessed by a pri­vate lane, the prop­erty has a lovely garden and two out­door spa­ces for en­ter­tain­ing – one off the kitchen, the other an en­closed area with a tim­ber decked ter­race that cap­tures the evening sun. Church House is a joy­ous home in a lo­ca­tion that makes it easy to com­mute to Perth, Dundee and Ed­in­burgh.

Of­fers over £695,000 are in­vited by Sav­ills in Ed­in­burgh.

Of­fers over £695k

COM­FORT AND JOY: Church House is a won­der­fully spa­cious home that works on ev­ery level, whether it's the su­perb fit­ted kitchen, or fam­ily room, which is lo­cated in the for­mer church vestry.

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