The church of St Barnabas was built in 1853 for the use of the local farms and, being adjacent to Bournemouth airport, played its part in serving the community during World War II. In 1988 a local architect converted this Grade II Listed chapel into 2 distinctive family homes, of which Chapel Gatehouse is the larger.
It is set in approximately a third of an acre, with ample off road parking and a garage, close to Bournemouth Sports Club, with easy access to scenic walks on nearby heathland. The property benefits from oil fired central heating, a wood burning stove, and sealed unit double glazed windows with plate glass decorative features.
Impressive arched double doors lead to an enclosed entrance porch, and a further arched solid oak door gives access to the reception hall which has an under stairs storage cupboard (with plumbing for washing machine) and a separate airing cupboard.
There is a family bathroom with a contemporary style suite (comprising bath, wash basin, WC and heated towel rail), and a central hallway provides access to the bedrooms.
The master bedroom has fitted furniture including wardrobes and a dressing table, and an en suite shower room (with corner shower, wash basin and WC). There are 3 further double bedrooms, all of which have built-in wardrobes.
An attractive staircase (with turned spindles and cathedral style window) leads to the first floor. The superb, dual aspect kitchen/dining room features a high vaulted ceiling with exposed A-frames, an engineered oak floor, space and plumbing for dishwasher and upright fridge-freezer, a comprehensive range of units and an oil fired Rayburn 480K range cooker (which also supplies the hot water and central heating). A particular feature is an exposed brick arched window.
There is a large, dual aspect living room with a high vaulted ceiling, exposed beams and A-frames, a full height brick chimney breast (with inset log burner), and an engineered oak floor.
Outside, a pair of gates provides access to a gravel driveway which leads to a parking area and a pitched roof garage (with double doors, lighting, power, access to eaves storage space). The driveway gives access to the garage and garden of the neighbouring property.
Chapel Gatehouse has gardens extending on 3 sides of the property, featuring lawns interspersed with shrubs and trees, and an independent 5-bar gate access to Chapel Lane. The neatly maintained gardens enjoy a south-westerly aspect.
DIRECTIONS: From the crossroads at West Parley, proceed towards the airport, passing The Curlew pub on the left. At the roundabout, bear left into Chapel Gate, passing Bournemouth Sports Club. Take the next turning left into Chapel Lane, and Chapel Gatehouse can be found on the right hand side.
COUNCIL TAX: Band E
EPC: Exempt due to Grade II Listing.