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Victorian church hall turned into stunning home on sale for £1.4million


Spicer Hall, a two-bedroom home that was once a Victorian church, is now on sale (Picture: Portico)

In the market for a property… and happen to have £1,400,000 handy?

If so, you might be interested in this incredible open-plan home that started out as a Victorian church hall.

If not, not to worry – we can still look at the pictures and imagine how we’d decorate.

The James Spicer Memoral Church Hall School was opened in 1890 in Chingford, North London, and around 20 years ago was transformed into a residential property.

In 2013 interior designer Gianna Camilotti bought the property and set to work on giving it a stunning makeover.

Now it’s up for sale through Portico.

It’s going for £1.4million (Picture: Portico)
Here’s the ground floor, with open-plan living and dining areas and kitchen (Picture: Joas Souza)
Look at those beams (Picture: Joas Souza)

The converted church, named Spicer Hall, sits on a quiet residential street and is a short walk from Chingford rail station, Epping forest, and the golf club.

Inside it’s pretty special, with an open-plan ground floor with two living rooms, a fireplace, a baby grand piano, a dining room, and a work station. Upstairs is a long landing that faces the nine-metre-tall vaulted living area plus two bedrooms, both with their own en-suite bathrooms and dressing rooms.

The master bedroom also gives access to a two-storey loft, in case you need more space.

Much of the furniture, including this crystal dining table, is available with the home (Picture: Joas Souza)
There are 106 spotlights throughout (Picture: Joas Souza)
And underfloor heating, of course (Picture: Joas Souza)

There’s a front garden and a larger one in the back with a seating area, dining area, decking, and integrated heating so you can lounge outside year-round.

Details-wise, you’ve got amazing high ceilings, original stained glass windows, oak doors and beams, 106 spotlights throughout, and, of course, under-floor heating to keep your feet nice and cosy.

Oh, and you might like that statement spiral staircase, too.

Upstairs are two bedrooms (Picture: Joas Souza)
The interior designer is selling the home so she can move back to brazil (Picture: Joas Souza)

The home has attracted three international interior design awards and has been featured in lots of magazines as a result of its looks, and now there’s the chance for someone to call it their own.

Gianna Camilotti, who’s responsible for the property’s interior redesign, said: ‘As soon as I saw it on the market I made an offer because it was absolutely love at first sight.

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‘As soon as it went up for sale, the next day I was there, I didn’t think twice.’

Ms Camilotti moved in straight away back in 2013 and got started on upgrading the building, completing an extensive interior redesign and furnishing the home completely over the following six months.

Gianna Camilotti, who’s responsible for the property’s interior redesign, said it was ‘love at first sight’ when she discovered the home (Picture: Joas Souza)
The original windows remain in place (Picture: Joas Souza)

Later on she also added insulation, a fireplace, a second dressing room for the master bedroom and a walk-in wardrobe for bedroom number two, as well as a state of the art CCTV security system.

‘It’s been unbelievable the way it’s caught people’s attention,’ Gianna adds.

‘It’s a house that has plenty of character and original features but at the same time, cutting edge interior design.

‘It’s very particular and absolutely beautiful – even delivery guys can never stay quiet, they always say, “wow, what a house!”‘

Each bedroom has an en-suite bathroom (Picture: Joas Souza)

Gianna is selling Spicer Hall in order to move back to Brazil, where her son is getting married.

The majority of the furniture, including a five metre long crystal table, is being offered with the house.

Gianna hopes that the house will find an owner who appreciates just how special it is.

‘If I could, I would take this house with me but I can’t, it will be painful to leave it behind,’ says Gianna.

The back garden, complete with a heated parasol (Picture: Joas Souza)
Perfect for having dinner outside (Picture: Joas Souza)

‘I never thought I would love something material but it’s something that transcends the material, it’s something spiritual that I have with this place.

‘I want a buyer who absolutely cherishes it because it is a treasure, someone that will love it the way I do.

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‘This is my biggest achievement as an interior designer.’

Vikki Bennett, spokesperson for OnTheMarket, said: ‘Spicer Hall is so much more than bricks and mortar, it is the perfect definition of a home built from one person’s vision.

The church before its conversion

‘It’s an enthralling place which has considered design throughout each of its many spaces.”

Daniel Cantle, from estate agents Portico in Woodford, added: ‘The vendor has created something truly astonishing with this property.

‘It captures the imagination of everyone who sees it and I know there’s a buyer out there who will cherish Spicer Hall just as much as its current owner has.’

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