Rural haven answers your prayers

Buyers who seek the wow factor in a rural property, yet don’t want to live too far off the beaten track, have the answer to their prayers in a property just outside Wickham.

Crockerhill Chapel is set beside a rural lane that few people have probably ever travelled and was such an outstanding project when it was completed 21 years ago that it was named best refurbishment in the 1194 Daily Telegraph Individual Homes Award.

Nothing that has happened in the intervening years has done anything to tarnish those winning ways – in fact Colin Shairp of Fine and Country Southern Hampshire believes the chapel has now pleasingly matured within its setting.

“The Victorian chapel, which became a mission school, is Grade II-listed but the conversion very cleverly added a northern wing to match the original building,” says Colin.

“The transformation was painstaking but the result is a spectacular home in a wonderful setting that has far-reaching views to the south east beyond the boundaries of the 0.7 acre garden.

“Natural sunlight has been used to good effect throughout. Large windows and a spiral staircase set under dome lighting are two of the features, along with an open living room with a vaulted ceiling.

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“The chapel offered the opportunity to exploit different levels so mezzanine flooring has been employed to good effect with the result that the house now offers great space within its rooms.

“Altogether there are three bedrooms, one on the ground floor close to the utility / cloakroom. There are two first floor bedrooms to either side of a landing with a door to the bathroom, a true loo with a view as even this enjoys a spectacular outlook.

“The spiral staircase continues via and interesting left and right set of steps to a rooftop viewing area.

“The kitchen has a Mediterranean feel with its painted exposed brickwork and archway leading to the dining area. The house has ready access to its 210 foot garden with decking and seating areas while to one side is a garage partly built under the newer section of the property.

“The A32 is at the bottom of the lane and the M27 barely a mile away yet the house feels as if it is miles from anywhere.”

Guide price is £850,000. For more information, contact Fine and Country Southern Hampshire on 023 93 277 277 or email