Conversions offer a unique, bespoke charm to a property that most homes struggle to achieve. There is something incomparably special about taking a once derelict home and transforming it for contemporary living, using the history of the property to its advantage. You are buying more than just a family home in an enviable location, you are also preserving a little slice of history for the next generation.
From windmills to warehouses, here is our top pick of property conversions on the market now.
What was once a paint manufacturers warehouse built in 1880 is now the Penthouse Observatory; the conversion of the paint factory loft and roof. Converted in 1994, the property is filled with character. Natural light spills into every room and is complemented by original wooden flooring and loft height ceilings. Period features, such as exposed wooden beams add charm to the property, but the main attraction is the 360-degree view across London's skyline from the conservatory and roof terrace on the fifth floor.
This Grade II Listed former Church was superbly converted in 2003 by a renowned architectural historian. The Gothic style church was built in 1837. Magical light is filtered through sensational stained-glass windows. The property also features traditional cast iron columns and a tall Gothic molded stone chancel arch. On the ground floor there is an entrance hall with a Gothic stone screen carved in limestone and two carved limestone angels.
The Tower House is a Grade II Listed windmill dating from 1715 in the delightful village of Findern. The accommodation is a perfect blend of period architecture with modern facilities set over 4,171 square feet. The main attraction comes in the form of a spectacular tower room at the pinnacle of the windmill, offering 360-degree views over the Trent Valley.
The Old Chapel is a beautifully converted 1845 Baptist Chapel. Traditional features such as large arched windows and exposed arched brickwork maintain the feeling of grandeur and historic architectural character. The superb Old Chapel building is nestled in almost half an acre of wrap around gardens, mostly laid to lawn and complete with three patio decking and seating areas, a hand carved stone folly with cascading water feature, a charming summerhouse and parking for 10 vehicles.
Renville Oast is a rare 154-year-old triple oast country house surrounded by farmland, near the end of a small lane on a private road. The three breathtaking roundels are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression. With its exposed beamed ceilings and lovely wood doors, this gorgeous property is full of character.
Wheatsheaf Barn is a beautifully considered detached barn conversion with a contemporary glass extension, sitting within a large plot of almost two acres. The barn originally dates to the 17th century and is bursting with charm. With exposed timber and barn doors that maintain the traditional character of the building, this home truly is one of a kind.
Hungry Bentley Barn, formally the old coach house to the adjacent 17th Century Grade II Listed Bentley Hall, is set within approximately three acres of grounds comprising of formal gardens, a paddock, three stables, a tack room, an international size manège and a large workshop. This former coach house offers over 3,700 square feet of versatile living space, surrounded by open countryside.
Willow Barn is a magnificent barn conversion, retaining the original characteristics from its farm heritage but with a contemporary twist, and now provides a unique luxurious family home nestled on a plot of 0.7 acres. With exposed beams running throughout the property and bespoke, handcrafted furnishings, this barn conversion is quintessentially British and incredibly unique.
Crockerhill Chapel is set in a peaceful, rural hamlet where development is rare and a rather idyllic, rural way of life is preserved. The chapel has been impressively transformed to include a northern wing constructed to match the former Mission School and Victorian chapel. The accommodation takes advantage of natural sunlight with large feature windows, a spiral staircase with a glazed roof, and an open living room with vaulted ceiling and doors that lead on to beautifully manicured 0.7-acre gardens.
Steeped in history and stunning in looks, this beautiful Grade II Listed windmill is perfect for anyone looking for an unusual home. Originally built in 1849, the brick tower mill was in full working order until enemy fire damaged the sails in 1943. However, it was eventually converted into a residential property in the 1980s, and this included rebuilding the ground floor outer ring to provide the main living space. The original beamed ceiling gives you a flavour of the mill's illustrious past. It is a truly beautiful and individual home in an amazing position with panoramic views of the rolling hills of the North Downs.
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