Have you seen a more heavenly church conversion as this one in Uppsala, Sweden? Built in 1889, the old Baptist church is now an airy, open home, ready to embrace you and yours with its open apse and nave.
Functioning as a bed and breakfast called the Joy Chapel since its conversion in the ’80s, the 358-square-meter (about 3,800 square feet) former house of worship already has an established tradition of hospitality and service.
A spacious, open floorplan is enhanced by the double-height central hall, lending itself to gatherings big and small, while a massive renovated and light-filled country-style kitchen makes cooking for a crowd a breeze.
Upstairs, a wraparound balcony provides additional free space for relaxation and play. There’s also a private apartment with a living room, small kitchen and dining area, bedroom, and bathroom.
The old church, resembling a farmhouse (painted red, no less), retains much of its old-world architectural charm, while a rustic white-washing brings it up to date. Sited among nature and lakes, it’s taking opening bid starting at 2.63 million SEK, or about $319,000.