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Peek inside a lofty converted chapel in Berkshire

The Victorians are famous for industrialism and piety, and this converted chapel on the border of Berkshire and Oxfordshire hints at both.

The Old Chapel was built in the leafy village of West Ilsley in 1887 and has been restored by its artist and musician owners, who bought it from the personal property portfolio of Her Majesty the Queen.

The Old Chapel was built in the leafy village of West Ilsley in 1887 and has been restored by its artist and musician owners, who bought it from the personal property portfolio of Her Majesty the Queen.
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It was deconsecrated in the 1950s and had more recently been used as accommodation for staff from the nearby stables. The couple has laboured intensively to reinstate and update The Old Chapel’s ecclesiastical architectural features while outfitting it for modern living.

Brick arches and the old chapel doors lead into the Berkshire property – on the market via Inigo for £450,000 – where a soaring double-height space is crossed by original, exposed oak beams and hand-finished limestone flooring.

Tall sash windows, crowned by a stained-glass oculus window, add further testament to the building’s past, while the sleeping area is set on the mezzanine level, accessed via an angular open treat staircase.

The kitchen is tucked beneath the mezzanine level, where the bedroom can be found
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The bedroom has a freestanding bathtub and views straight across the entirely of the converted chapel
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The cornerstone of the Old Chapel
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The Old Chapel is located in the village of West Ilsley on the border of Berkshire and Oxfordshire
Photography: Inigo

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