A 19th century chapel is offering a temptation to house-buyers to live and work in an historic Welsh border town steeped in history and its own borderland castle.
The Chapel at Montgomery in Powys was, until the 1960’s, a bustling religious hub, complete with a Sunday School originally built in 1850.
Today, it stands as a home and workplace in one of Wales’ historic and sought after towns that has a wealth of history and outstanding countryside scenery and is being sold through estate agents Morris, Marshall and Poole.
Sat below what is left of Montgomery’s famous Norman castle, The Chapel was initially used as a café and gallery before being converted in the late 1960’s into a home on the first floor with commercial use on the ground floor where the congregation used to sit.
The original owners used it as a workshop and gallery for their painting and printing business before they sold it to current owner, Ann Ashcroft, 11 years ago.
“We were so taken with the property and could see so much potential both as a home and for a business,” said Ms Ashcroft.
“We ended up just living here but the ground floor is still rated as a commercial space while the first floor is a living area. So it could be ideal for someone wanting to live above the shop as such or just for residential use.”
The three-bedroom property sits among the historic properties that Montgomery is famous for – as well as a Michelin rated restaurant, hotels, pubs, cafes, a Post Office and village store among others.
The Chapel’s ground floor is made up of three reception rooms, a shower room, study, store room and kitchen. It could be converted into a self-contained residence, granny flat or kept as part of the overall house if not kept for business use.
The first floor sits in what was the roof-space of the chapel, described as “charming and spacious.” It comprises a kitchen, double height lounge and dining area, mezzanine, three bedrooms and bathroom.
The property also has an enclosed rear gravelled garden and parking for up to four cars.
Property surveyor, Kathryn Davies, of estate agents Morris, Marshall and Poole said: “The property offers a great deal in terms of the living and commercial use, although there are people who can also see it as a just a home.
“It’s location in Montgomery provides a unique opportunity to live or even work in one of Wales the areas most beautiful and historic towns.”
Ms Ashcroft added: “We’ve decided to move closer to family and so far we’ve had interest from people interested in the advantages of living and working in such a property. Some say it’s quirky and unique. It’s certainly a great place to live and work,” added Ms Ashcroft.
Montgomery sits close to the border with Shropshire. It was once the county town of Montgomeryshire which is now in the county of Powys.
The nearest main towns are Welshpool, Newtown and Shrewsbury. The main Cambrian Railway which links to Shrewsbury and Aberystwyth is close by.
The Chapel is on the market at £220,000. More details can be found at www.morrismarshall.co.uk, telephone 01686 626160 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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