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Mezzanine floor gives chapel new purpose

Posted by Trevor
January 2, 2013 in Community

A Wesleyan chapel – originally built in the mid-19th Century and converted into a private house in the 1980s – has gone on sale in the picturesque village of Russell’s Water in South Oxfordshire.

The property is expected to sell for approximately £465,000 and is featured in the December issue of Country Life.

As part of the sympathetic conversion almost 30 years ago, a double bedroom was created on a  mezzanine flooring  mezzanine flooring level overlooking the main living area. The mezzanine floor itself also boasts a galleried landing, adding to the sense of light and space in the dwelling.

None of the original charm has been lost, with the stained glass window and the original beams of the high vaulted ceiling being incorporated into the extra space created by the master bedroom on the mezzanine floor, which is accessed by a curved wooden staircase.

The ground floor accommodation comprises an entrance hall, bathroom, kitchen and dining area and a large sitting room, complete with a wood burning stove.

It is outside, however, that the true charm of the property can be appreciated, with a pretty cottage garden, a small lawn and a greenhouse overlooking the village green.

The village of Russell’s Water is located approximately six miles from Henley-on-Thames in the Chiltern Hills and was used as the backdrop for the popular children’s film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The pond on the village green, which gives the hamlet its name, was seen on more than one occasion when Truly Scrumptious drove the flying car into the water.

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