A fam­ily home in a Kens­ing­ton church

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Inside an unas­sum­ing church an­nexe lies a re­mark­able fam­ily home, writes Is­abelle Fraser. St Philip’s Church was built in 1857 to ac­com­mo­date the pop­u­la­tion of Kens­ing­ton, west Lon­don, among the grand Vic­to­rian ter­races south of the high street.

This six-bed­room prop­erty has been cre­ated in the for­mer vestry and prayer room. Orig­i­nally Or­tho­dox, the church was built in the Gothic style, with yel­low brick, stone dress­ings and slate roofs. Later it be­came Angli­can, ex­pand­ing to host more res­i­dents as the pop­u­la­tion in­creased.

The church is still in daily use, and is a pop­u­lar wed­ding venue with its bell tower and gabled en­trance.

The orig­i­nal ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal struc­ture is cov­ered with climb­ing flowers and is framed with old lead­light windows. It has been over­hauled with mod­ern touches, such as a glazed ex­ten­sion which high­lights the sharp con­trast be­tween old and new.

There is a huge open-plan liv­ing/ din­ing room that is filled with light as one half of the room has floor-to­ceil­ing windows look­ing out on to the garden. A stone statue of Queen Vic­to­ria sits at the en­trance to the for­mer prayer room, which has been turned into a pa­tio garden fol­low­ing its de­struc­tion in the Sec­ond World War.

The house is set out over three floors, and all bed­rooms come with an en suite bath­room.

It is on the mar­ket for £7.5mil­lion with Rus­sell Simp­son (020 7225 0277; rus­sell­simp­son.co.uk) and Henry & James (020 7235 8861; hen­ryand­james.co.uk).

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