Steeped in Exeter's History – The Chapel House at Palace Gate
PUBLISHED: 13:49 29 August 2012 | UPDATED: 21:48 20 February 2013
Palace Gate is right at the heart of Exeter's rich and enduring history and The Chapel House is a spectacular property closely woven into the tapestry of its past and present.
Palace Gate is right at the heart of Exeters rich and enduring history and The Chapel House is a spectacular property closely woven into the tapestry of its past and present.
In 1896 Catholic Sisters leaving France for fear of Civil War in their country, came to Exeter and set up a Convent school on this site in Palace Gate. The chapel was built as an addition a little later in 1928. After a successful century, the school, which many of the Exeter community attended, sadly closed its doors in 1996.
In 1999, however, this historic Grade I listed building came joyfully back to life when it was converted into a beautiful development of five houses. Being of significant historical importance, English Heritage naturally took a keen interest in the development and noted that the original structure echoed the style of the artist, Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
The resulting design is faithful to the buildings important history whilst adding a wealth of contemporary features to enhance this fascinating, luxurious and comfortable home.
This is a majestic property with high ceilings and wide corridors. Charmingly the four bedrooms (2 ensuite) are on the ground level and three of them overlook the beautiful gardens. Wide stairs with wooden balustrading lead up to the first floor where, beyond an original oak and pivoted stained glass screen, a true sense of the original chapel is revealed in all its glory. There is a stunning arched drawing room with glorious parquet floors that is flooded with light by spectacular windows down both sides. A large alcove with tall stained glass windows provides a superb dining room and the whole floor with its L-shaped kitchen and utility plus a cloakroom (the original sanctuary), is absolutely perfect for entertaining. There is a useful study on this floor, set away from the main living area for regular working or just a quiet escape.
Just above this floor is a lovely snug or potential fifth bedroom, which has a minstrels gallery overlooking the drawing room and windows with wonderful views over the city rooftops at one side and the gardens and the Roman wall on the other.
Even though you are right in the centre of this vibrant city, there is an air of calm with a large gated courtyard and two car parking spaces at the front of the house plus a private garden to the rear. There are also beautifully landscaped communal lawns extending to over half an acre, which are south facing. As well as the extensive lawn, there are some lovely quiet, shaded areas tucked away under the trees and one side is bounded by Exeters Roman Wall, where a tunnel and gate provides an intriguing way through to the city.
For extra storage there is a large cellar on the lower ground floor arranged with racks, plus an undercroft with a separate entrance.
It would be easy to forget you are at the centre of Devons capital city as this sought-after area is in a quiet leafy corner, adjacent to Exeter Cathedral, yet here you have all the shopping, theatre, renowned schools, museums and restaurants you could possibly wish for. In addition there are excellent road, rail and air links to London and overseas as well as ferry services from nearby Plymouth to France and Spain.
There can be few city centre properties that combine such a stylish, vibrant area, beautiful gardens, a wealth of history and spectacularly beautiful yet comfortable accommodation for modern living. Its new owner will certainly enjoy a marvellous lifestyle.
The Chapel House is marketed by Knight Frank.
Guide Price: 850,000
For further information contact: Knight Frank Isabel Clifton (01392- 848824) Isabel.email@example.com