ANOTHER PROPERTY ACHIEVED WELL IN EXCESS OF GUIDE PRICE. Owners say, "This property engrained itself in our family life and, after 40 years, the panoramic views across Purbeck remain utterly breathtaking and completely unrivalled. With two churches, Kingston is unusual, and we've played our part in the unique history of one of those."
The Old Church sits in an elevated spot just on the edge of the village of Kingston, about two miles south of Corfe Castle and five miles west of Swanage. Kingston is situated on a hill near Swyre Head, the highest point of the Purbeck Hills. The village is surrounded by woods and stands at a height of over 400 ft (120 metres) above sea level and can be seen from far away: it is famous for its commanding views, especially those of the historic ruins of Corfe Castle. The area is very popular for walking and a number of walking trails pass through or are nearby. The 'Commoners Ways' starts at Kingston travelling south to Corfe Castle and back again. The village has a lovely church (St James Church) and the popular Scott Arms public house which also has some of the best views of the Purbeck countryside.
- Extraordinary renovation potential
- Stunning panoramic views
- 2,787 sq. ft. and approx 0.65 acres
- Approved planning permissions in place
- Deconsecrated Grade II Listed church
- Work from home spaces
- Rural walks from the door
- EPC exempt
The Old Church of St James offers extraordinary renovation potential for someone to put their own stamp on this historic and interesting property.
The Grade II listed Old Church replaced the original ancient chapel in 1833 and was purchased some 40 years ago with change of use to residential. This is a unique opportunity to develop the building in your own design (STPP). Planning on the property was approved in 1974 and initial work commenced, therefore the planning approval is still in place. From within the property the views are almost as remarkable as the views from the garden.
Step through into the large PORCH and then into the LOBBY and to your right is a UTILITY ROOM leading to the large BATHROOM. There is also a fully fitted KITCHEN, a DINING HALL and 3 FURTHER RECEPTION ROOMS on this level, two of which have previously been used as a bedroom and a study. There are 2 sets of substantial timber stairs on either side of the building which rise to the FIRST FLOOR and further accommodation. On this level there are 2 DOUBLE BEDROOMS, one of which has plumbing for an EN-SUITE and GALLERIED AREAS, one of which could also be converted into a bedroom. Presently the TOWER is only accessible by a ladder (at your own risk) but again, could be converted.
The possibilities and potential are extraordinary and this is an opportunity that really should not be missed.
The extensive grounds sit in approximately 0.65 acres and are in two titles which will both be part of the sale. There is AMPLE PARKING AREA for several cars and planning permission was given for a garage in 1987, however work on this has never been commenced. The grounds offer the most staggering PANORAMIC VIEWS over to CORFE CASTLE and POOLE HARBOUR and across to the ISLE OF WIGHT. There is a closed off area with stone steps down to the original vault of the Lords of Eldon (this is no longer in use but is protected). The grounds are mainly lawn and woodland. Sitting to the rear and side of the Old Church are mature hedges, offering shielding and privacy.
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Mains electricity; oil-fired central heating; septic tank.
Dorset (Purbeck) Council. Tax band G.
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