st. nicholas church renovated into house

An 18th Century Church Sat Empty for Years Until a Couple Moved In and Turned It Into a Stunning Home

There’s been some amazing home renovations, but the one you’re about to see is our new favorite.

The St. Nicholas Church was old and abandoned, sitting on a plot of land in Kyloe, Northumberland, a county in northern England.

The church had been in poor condition for years. The church was built in the 1790s. The land it sits on is full of headstones. Considering these facts, you’d never know this historical church keeps a stunning secret inside.

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After a couple fell in love with the church, they decided to buy it and move in. They restored its best elements, like the vaulted ceilings and original stained glass windows, and they spent time and money to maintain the structure while adapting the interior to turn it into a modern home.

The building has its original stained glass windows, as well as many repurposed church fixtures. Much of the church’s original seating was refinished and used throughout the home. And unused wood and building materials were turned into a dramatic staircase leading from the main living space to an upper-level library. The exterior remains the same, except for skylights running the length of the roof. 

Turning an old church into a home may sound crazy to some, but this couple managed to save the structure from ruin and create something beautiful in the process.

Check out photos of the Kyloe Church below…

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Credit: St. Nicholas Church House

Located in Kyloe, Northumberland, in the UK, St. Nicholas Churchwas built in 1792. It was deconsecrated in the 1980s and stood abandoned for the next 20 years.

Then, a couple decided to buy the church and convert it into a gorgeous home.

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Credit: St. Nicholas Church House

Just take a look at this incredible family kitchen, built from pitch pine reclaimed from old church pews and roof timbers.

It also has underfloor heating and features a log-burning stove.

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Credit: St. Nicholas Church House

The home has five bedrooms, two bathrooms, two reception rooms, two kitchens, and a large open plan living area.

The St. Nicholas property has 1 acre of land, a large garden, and some outbuildings.

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Credit: St. Nicholas Church House

The French-style bathroom is split over three levels, featuring stunning stained-glass windows. Guests can enjoy the view from the tub.

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Credit: St. Nicholas Church House

The second bedroom is large enough for a super-king-size bed and additional furniture. It provides ideal guest accommodation.

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Credit: St. Nicholas Church House

This is the main bedroom, with a hand-built super-king-size bed replacing the altar. The backdrop is made from eight beautiful stained-glass panels.

Imagine how cool it would be to sleep in the apse!

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Credit: St. Nicholas Church House

The home has a spectacular open living area with high ceilings, stained-glass windows, a double staircase, and a balcony.

Six Victorian cast-iron radiators keep the winter chill at bay.

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Credit: St. Nicholas Church House

Great care and craftsmanship went into building older churches. The couple managed to save this old building from a long, slow decline. 

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Credit: St. Nicholas Church House

The new owners restored key elements, like the vaulted ceilings and original stained-glass windows, and they spent time and money to restore its exterior and interior while adapting the interior to make it feel like a home. 

The former nave of the church now houses the grand dining room. Please share this beautiful home with all of your friends who appreciate innovative design!

This post has been republished with permission from Little Things.

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