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Former derelict chapel for sale opposite Hampton Court Palace is now a luxury live-work home after epic restoration

Evening Standard Homes & Property logoEvening Standard Homes & Property 10/01/2019 Meghann Murdock
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From crumbling 19th century chapel to boat repair shop to luxury home, this house for sale opposite Hampton Court Palace has gone through a number of drastic transformations during its long life.

Structurally unsound, crumbling and an "awful mess" in 1997, the once-derelict building took almost two decades to painstakingly restore.

But what would possess someone to take on such a project?

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"Madness," says its 74-year-old art restorer owner, who has decided to search for a new renovation project north of London.

A veritable tardis, the three-bedroom home in Creek Road, East Molesey, is for sale for £1.75million.

Formerly made up of two buildings, the home is arranged over two floors, with a New York loft feel and original church fittings and ecclesiastical motifs throughout. 

Features include vaulted ceilings and a mezzanine floor overlooking a living area with a huge library wall.

Upstairs, the former chapel is separated from the front building by a 950sq ft roof terrace and the owner says guests are often blown away by the scale of the house.

There are two sections — the front houses the main bedroom, second bedroom and bathroom and then there's a much grander chapel section, where the open-plan dining room, kitchen, living area and library are found.

London, UK - circa April 2018: Hampton Court palace (royal residence of british monarchs built in 16-17 century) in spring in Richmond upon Thames near London London, UK - circa April 2018: Hampton Court palace (royal residence of british monarchs built in 16-17 century) in spring in Richmond upon Thames near London Wow factor

Given the modest exterior, it has to be seen to be believed. The owner says that the scope and sheer size of the building gets a 'wow' from everyone who looks round.

"They're not just being polite. They get to where the conservation studio is and think that's it. And then they see the chapel side."

Quirky interiors hint at the owner's fascination with all things historical. Church pews cleverly conceal storage along one of the walls, while Vietnam war-era bomb casings line the windows in the spectacular garden room.

"It's such a unique building, you think it's a tiny house but you walk in and it's huge," says Bella Tellwright, head of Knight Frank's Esher office who are marketing the property.

With the living space upstairs, where the current owner lives, it would be idea for entrepreneurs or artists who need to live and work at home, Tellwright adds.

The house sits directly opposite Hampton Court mainline station, with journeys to London Waterloo taking around 35 minutes.

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