Preaching to the Converted
We have been very lucky to have many impressive and historic properties on the Robert Leech books over the years, but the newly converted chapel of St Silvans, set in the idyllic Staffhurst Woods on the outskirts of Oxted, holds a special place in our hearts.
Back in June 2014, the Oxted branch took on the chapel as a ‘doer-upper’ after it was decommissioned by the local parish in 2010 the property immediately generated a phenomenal amount of interest and caught the imagination of would be purchasers.
St Silvans was subsequently purchased by a small local developer who converted this redundant building into a magnificent 3 bedroom home, with such an abundance of quirks and original features that it does not befit the usual estate agency description.
From the moment you enter the church through the original solid oak door, you cannot help but be amazed by the interior. The developers have managed to create a wonderful, contemporary space whilst still maintaining a homely, welcoming feel – no mean feat considering the height of the vaulted ceilings in the main living area and kitchen. There are cleverly designed mezzanines with glass frontages in both the living and kitchen areas, which have been carefully constructed not to up stage the rooms.
The bespoke kitchen is a real centrepiece to the property complete with butlers sink and american style fridge freezer but what makes this space really unique is the original magnificent arched window which creates a dramatic backdrop.
The house sits centrally within the plot surrounded by ancient woodland with the rear gardens over looking meadows – it truly is the perfect country retreat.