A STUNNING family home boasts huge, bright rooms and a swanky décor – but it’s also hiding a very creepy secret.
The £725,000 three-bed property in Radstock, Somerset was once a Gothic chapel, and still boasts its original arched stained-glass windows and flagstone floors.
A stunning home in a Gothic-style converted chapel has gone on the market – but it has a very spooky surprise in storeCredit: Cooper & Tanner
The Somerset house is set slap-bang in the middle of a historic cemetery, and there are even gravestones in the flowerbedsCredit: Cooper & Tanner
Signs of the building’s former use are everywhere. The modern kitchen is set in the vestryCredit: Cooper & Tanner
While pews have been ripped out to create an open-plan living space fitted with wooden floors and contemporary light fittings, other ecclesiastical touches remain.
Plaques and carvings can be spotted on the walls, and the Lord’s Prayer still hangs beside the dinner table.
But the biggest surprise of all can be found in the garden outside.
The Grade II-listed property stands in the middle of a cemetery – and the garden is filled with dozens of historic gravestones.
Markers can be spotted in flowerbeds and beside benches.
Agents at Cooper and Tanner say the graves aren’t publicly accessible, and anyone who wants to visit would have to apply in writing.
And for those not easily spooked, the conversion is a “truly breath-taking home”, they said.
“Originally converted in 1986 by renowned ecclesiastical architect, Warwick Rodwell, Downside Old Church offers the perfect balance of architectural features and modern convenience,” agents say.
“This Gothic-style church in Chilcompton Village has been transformed into a bright and contemporary home.”
It’s not the only home with an amazing surprise in store currently on the market.
A stunning mansion straight out of a Gothic horror film is available for £2.15million – and it has an eerie past to go with its hauntingly good looks.
The home on a Welsh clifftop was once a prison. Unfortunate inmates were rowed in by boat before being taken in shackles through a stone tunnel at water level.
At the other end of the scale is London’s cheapest flat, which went under the hammer for just £20,000 this month.
But whoever won should beware. The leasehold has just over a year left – and there’s no guarantee a homeowner with such a short time remaining will be able to renew it.
A Harry Potter-inspired flat is on sale for £315,000 in Edinburgh.
Every room has received a spellbinding makeover, with rooms transformed to resemble a Gryffindor dorm, a carriage on the Hogwarts Express and the grounds of the magical school.
And an unassuming family home available for £260,000 comes with its own indoor swimming pool.
The detached property in Lincoln, East Midlands, also features a room kitted out with a massage table.
An original stained-glass window is set into the living spaceCredit: Cooper & Tanner
Elsewhere, plaques and inscriptions hang on the wallsCredit: Cooper & Tanner
The stunning home boasts plenty of light, as well as real wood floorsCredit: Cooper & Tanner