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This £250k Cotswolds church for sale is a Grand Designs project

"Glory Scoggins" (2020-02-25)

At first glance, this disused chapel in South Gloucestershire may look like a crumbling wreck with no hope of ever being a comfortable family home.

But take a closer look and it has huge potential for those seeking a project worthy of being on TV's Grand Designs.

The building sits on a plot of 0.4 acres, in the prestigious celebrity haven of the Cotswolds and boasts extensive countryside views.

The former church has a guide price of £250,000 and is being sold at auction later this month

Celebrities who have bought homes in the Cotswolds include model Kate Moss, interior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and the Beckhams.

The Grade II listed building covers 1,822 square feet, which is equivalent to more than half the size of a tennis court.



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Share 30 shares It is in the village of Cold Ashton, to the east of Bristol on the A46, with the site easily accessed by car. 

The average price of a property in Cold Ashton is £563,456, according to property website Zoopla.

This property is being advertised as a three-bedroom detached house - something that is surely achievable, subject to a creative architect and the required planning permissions.

It has a guide price of £250,000 and any buyer will need deep pockets to turn the ruin into a habitable home.

The building is in the village of Cold Ashton, to the east of Bristol on the A46

It has potential to be turned into a three-bed family home, subject to planning permissions

The property sits in the Cotswolds and has far reaching rural views across St Catherine's Valley

The sale is taking place at auction, where properties often sell for more than their guide prices if there is sufficient interest.

The agent explained in its marketing literature: 'The Grade II listed detached chapel occupies an elevated and commanding position with amazing far reaching rural views across St Catherine's Valley.

'There is huge potential for a stunning family home in this sought-after location with stunning rural views from the 0.4 acre site.'

A Grand Designs project? The interiors need a complete redesign to make it habitable

Colourful features: The former chapel boasts this decorative circular window

The chapel sits in a generous plot of land extending to 0.4 acres

Requiring work: The original stonework can be seen in the chapel's tower 

The ground floor has a feature fireplace and wooden beams on the ceiling

Cold Ashton is a pretty village on the A46, with notable period homes, including Manor House, The Old School House and Old Vicarage.

In the nearby village of Marshfield, there are general stores, a newsagents, doctors, vets, and a primary school.

Zoopla's Tim Vooght said: 'While it is in need of complete refurbishment and some imagination is required, this chapel has all of the trappings of a building that could one day become a beautiful home enjoying pastoral countryside views.

'Situated in the beautiful village of Cold Ashton, this project really is a once of a lifetime opportunity to create Britain's next grand design.'

The Chapel, in Lower Lynch, Cold Ashton, is for sale by auction on Tuesday, February 25 at All Saints Church Pembroke Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 2HY. The sale begins at 7pm. 

The top floor is an untouched open space that could be divided into bedrooms

The top floor already has several windows that let the light flood in

The sale is taking place at auction on February 25 via estate agents Hollis Morgan

Signs of plumbing at the property include this toilet on the lower ground floor

There is currently a small kitchen area that needs to be replaced 

The property currently has three levels and comes with a generous garden