Monday, 6 July 2015

Chapels and churches - Kent, Wales and Scotland

Today I thought: 'Let's do some churches. It's been a while.' So here we go: some churches.
First can I just say this: "Estate agents, you're SO RUBBISH at selling churches!". I mean, look at the cute little former Methodist chapel, above.
Nice little village (Finglesham, in Kent). Ok location. Fab space and original features.

But the agent's details - rubbish! Location map is wrong; no room sizes; nothing about the strip of land at the back - and no explanation for why the planning permission relates to a holiday let rather than residential. Pretty poor Miles & Barr.
On the market at £125k. Info here.
Williams & Goodwin get a bit closer with their marketing of this detached former chapel at pretty Cemaes Bay, Anglesey:

Plenty of pictures (albeit most are architect drawings) but again, no information on just how big the internal spaces are.

With planning permission to extend and convert to a three-bed home. On the market at £145k, more here.
Katherine sent me that one ("I hope you find it nice and wrecky!"). She and her husband currently live in the US but are looking for their perfect wreck in the UK.
This next one was also sent to me by a reader - Alex - whose dad is selling this former church in lovely Wanlockhead, Scotland ("had great intentions for doing the work and running a Bed and breakfast"):

There are no internal pictures but agents Scot House Move do at least tell us how big the space is (145sgm) and that it's category C listed.
Alex sent me a couple of pix from the church's glory days. That gorgeous stained glass window is still intact.

The property comes with planning permission for a five-bed home and is on the market at offers over £65k. More here.
If churches are your thing, start with the Church of England's closed churches for sale list. Or the Church of Scotland's list. A bit riskier but you'll avoid paying a premium for a wreck 'flipped' with outline plans.
Here's my current favourite from both lists: Meal Church at Hamnavoe, Shetland. On the market at offers over £45K:

And as a lesson for estate agents in how to tell potential buyers what we need to know (like, does it have water and drains...) follow this link to the Church of Scotland's pdf.