A townhouse in a converted chapel in London with an indoor pool, cinema room and original stained-glass windows, has hit the market for £19.5 million (US$25.9 million).
The Grade II-listed home is one of a pair of homes set within a 19-century chapel located just off the Fulham Road in Chelsea . St Mark ’s, as it is known, went on sale on Nov 30. The adjoining home, St John’s, went on the market in August for £15 million.
St Mark’s five-story interior, designed by Thorp Design, “floats gently within the restored outline of the original building,” and features fabric-coated walls and custom joinery, along with feature fireplaces and statement lighting, according to the sales details. The 8,000-square-foot house retains the building’s original gothic-style stonework and soaring volumes.
According to Toby Downes of Savills, the agency marketing the Chelsea home, the five-bedroom house combines well-designed spaces with high-end amenities and original grand architecture.
“It has impressive volumes and beautiful stained-glass windows in the master bedroom along with landscaped grounds and the convenience of a private drive off the Fulham Road,” he said.
Its ground floor features a triple-height, galleried dining hall with views up to the church’s original vaulted ceiling and buttresses. It is overlooked by a raised-floor, pillared living room, set in the former chancel. The lower-ground floor, meanwhile, has a large contemporary kitchen with a curved banquet dining area. This floor also features a 35-foot-by-17-foot sitting room with a games room, which leads to a fully equipped cinema room with a bar, which forms almost 1,000 square feet of entertaining space, according to the sales details.
The two upper floors, which have gallery spaces overlooking the dining room, feature three en-suite bedrooms, including a primary bedroom suite that occupies the entire top floor. The guest suite, set in a new-build building in the landscaped garden, houses a further two en-suite bedrooms. The lower ground floor, meanwhile, has the pool, a gym and a massage room.
The chapel, originally known as St John’s, was designed by architect Edward Blore , who was known for contributing to the design of Buckingham Palace and Government House in Sydney, Australia, according to the sales details. It has neoclassical and Romanesque elements and is made from sand-colored Suffolk bricks.
In a leafy enclave by Stamford Bridge football ground, the church was built to serve as the chapel of the College of St Mark and St John and was commissioned by Derwent Coleridge , the son of the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge . It is a short walk from the western end of the King’s Road and the River Thames.
The previously empty chapel, which was deconsecrated in the 1960s and later used as offices, was bought by a private fund through Savills Investment Management in 2015.