The Herald Magazine - - etc SCOTLAND’S HOMES -

SET within a fairy­tale West High­land wood­land glen sur­rounded by semi-an­cient na­tive for­est is an en­chant­ing con­verted chapel im­bued in ro­mance and his­tory.

Chapel Cot­tage was built at Glen­daruel on the Cowal Penin­sula in 1912 by Lon­don sur­geon William Har­ri­son Cripps, then owner of Glen­daruel House, for his mistress and sec­ond wife, Giulia Ravogli, an Ital­ian opera singer.

It was named St Sophia’s Chapel and built in Gothic re­vival style to in­cor­po­rate ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal win­dows with mag­nif­i­cent stained and leaded glass, ex­posed roof tim­bers and trusses, ex­posed stone walls and pitch pine floor­ing – all of which are pro­tected by B-listed sta­tus.

The open-plan ac­com­mo­da­tion is ac­cessed by an arched outer door and vestibule with red quarry-tiled floor, stone slab benches, ex­posed tim­bers and coat hooks. The liv­ing/ din­ing room has a log-burn­ing stove and raised dais to a fur­ther sit­ting and sleep­ing area. The de­tail, par­tic­u­larly in the jewel coloured stained glass win­dows, is awe­some.

Off the liv­ing area is a kitchen in what was orig­i­nally the vestry. It too has a log-burner and ex­posed ceil­ing tim­bers. There is also a

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