Intelligent design, chapter and verse
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.
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.