A chapel—complete with stained-glass windows—has been reimagined as the heart of a U.K. country house that has hit the market for £4.95 million (US$6.13 million).
Known as Myddelton Lodge, the 13,996-square-foot residence sits on more than 6 acres in the town of Ilkley in West Yorkshire, according to the joint listing with Knight Frank and Croft Residential. The home’s south-facing position allows for views over the green land of Ilkley Moor, and it is surrounded by manicured lawns and gardens.
“There’s no other property like it in the North of England,” said Toby Cockcroft of Croft Residential. “It’s a true one-off.”
Parts of the property date to the 13th century, and it was the family residence of a famous local family, the Middletons, for centuries. Until 1985, it was a seminary, a monastery and a retreat house, and was later restored by its then owners. The project won a conservation award from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
The 11-bedroom, eight-bathroom home, listed earlier this month, has been “fully refurbished,” he added.
For example, a former chapel room was converted into a spacious living area with vaulted ceilings, a kitchen and lounge, a mezzanine, large lancet windows that allow for an abundance of natural light and stained-glass windows depicting religious scenes, the listing said.
In addition, the original “great chamber,” the wood-paneled drawing room offers two fireplaces, and there are several other reception rooms, including a family room that is currently outfitted as a gym.
A principal bedroom suite runs the length of the house and features fireplaces, a dressing room and an additional bedroom, while the East Wing is a self-contained four-bedroom residence with its own entrance hall, a kitchen and reception areas, the listing said. There’s also a garage that has been converted into a heated yoga studio and a stone gazebo thought to be from the 16th or 17th century.
The property has a Grade I listing, meaning it is a building of “exceptional interest,” according to the preservation organization Historic England. Only 2.5% of listed buildings are Grade I.
Myddelton Lodge last traded for £1.86 million in May 2011, according to records with Her Majesty’s Land Registry. The current owners were not available for comment.
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