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Old timber chapel offers historic bones in the English countryside

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If you’ve ever dreamed of setting off into the English countryside to live a simpler life, this may be your chance. An old former chapel is on sale in Pett Bottom, Kent, and though it needs a lot of work, the possibilities are endless. The wood-and-brick structure sits on approximately half an acre in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (an official designation, by the way) among gardens and within views of the Downs (a ridge of chalk hills).

As it stands—and, really, it’s basically just a shell at this point—the property includes two bedrooms, a vaulted great room, kitchen and dining room, as well as a garage-cum-workshop space. Meant to be off-grid, the home features electricity and a boiler for hot water, but is heated by a large gas stove. The property also includes a greenhouse.

Although the current owners had plans drawn up by London-based firm ZMMA to expand the property, they were never executed—which is to say that the home has loads of potential, if only someone would give it a little TLC. It’s listed by The Modern House for £375,000, or approximately $488,285.


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