Gilmore House ‘The Chapel’ in Clapham Common really is a heavenly property

Posted 4 February 2015

This architectural gem, which was recently available to buy for the first time, is exquisitely presented throughout. As a one-bedroom 19th-century conversion, The Chapel was originally commissioned by William Morris’s sister, Isabella, and comes complete with original Edward Burne-Jones stained glass windows.

With over 1,500 sq ft of internal living accommodation, the seating area is vast and voluminous – enhanced by an expansive vaulted ceiling with a large lantern skylight.

The sleeping area comprises a 20-ft mezzanine platform and also offers a breathtaking viewpoint from which to survey the ground floor.

Bought as a derelict shell and without planning in 2011 by Consuelo Child Villiers, an eminent artist, and Peter Luke, an established architect, The Chapel has undergone a sensitive transformation in the last couple of years.

Gilmore House ‘The Chapel’, which was recently available to buy through Douglas & Gordon estate agents at an asking price of £1.5m, features a galleried master suite, measuring over 350 sq ft which is encompassed by solid oak panelling for the balustrade designed to mirror the original alter table. This spacious master suite has a superb view of the space below, an arch leads through to the en suite bathroom which has been meticulously designed with a cleverly conceived under pass that allows adequate headroom.

The bathroom has a large stand-alone bath, a double sink unit and a rich Mediterranean colour that makes this small room feel as grand as the rest of The Chapel. On the ground floor there is a designated dining area, divided by a stone top counter into the kitchen which has a good selection of oak faced units. Egyptian limestone flagstones cover this 45ft long space which encompasses the library, formal and informal seating areas and the artist’s studio. From the kitchen there is access to the bathroom/utility room with a travertine shower and WC.

Truly unique and very inspiring, this 1897 Chapel was part of the Art and Crafts movement. The main volume of the Chapel has been left as open space, and great effort has gone in to preserving the high ceilings throughout, the addition of a large sky light has added to the immense light that floods into this highly unique space.

With the advantage of an off-street parking space behind electric gates, this highly private property is perfect for someone who treasures their privacy. The shops, bars and restaurants on fashionable Northcote Road and Battersea Rise as a short walk away, as are the numerous transport links at Clapham Junction.

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