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1790s Church Sits Abandoned For Years Until Couple Moves In And Turns It Into A Family Home

by Barbara Diamond
Barbara is a passionate writer and animal lover who has been professionally blogging for over 10 years and counting.

We’ve seen some pretty incredible home renovations, but the one you’re about to see is my new favorite. The St. Nicholas Church was old and abandoned, sitting on a plot of land in Kyloe, Northumberland, a county in northern England.

For years, the church remained in poor condition. It was built in the 1790s. The yard is full of headstones. Considering these facts, you’d never know this historic church keeps a gorgeous secret inside.

After one couple fell in love with the church, they decided to buy it and move in. They restored key elements, like the vaulted ceilings and original stained glass windows, and they invested time and money to maintain the structure while readapting the interior to give it a modern-home atmosphere.

The exterior remains intact, except for skylights running the length of the roof. Original stained glass windows and repurposed church fixtures abound. Much of the original seating in the church was refinished and placed throughout the home. And unused wood and building materials were fashioned into a dramatic staircase leading from the main living space to an upper-level library.

While making a home out of an old church may sound crazy to many people, this couple managed to save the structure from deterioration and create something beautiful in the process.

Check out photos of the Kyloe Church below…

The St. Nicholas Church is located in Kyloe, Northumberland of the UK. It was built in 1792, then deconsecrated in the 1980s.

For the next 20 years, it stood abandoned, until a couple decided to buy the church and convert it into a gorgeous home.

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

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

The St. Nicholas property comprises one acre of land, a large garden, and outbuildings.

Inside, there are four to five bedrooms, two bathrooms, two reception rooms, two kitchens, and a huge open plan living area.

The French bathroom is split over three levels, featuring stunning stained-glass windows so guests can enjoy the views from the tub.

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

But here is the main bedroom, with a hand-built super-king-size bed replacing the altar, backed by eight beautiful stained-glass panels.

Can you imagine sleeping in the apse?!

The home also boasts a spectacular open living space with high ceilings, stained-glass windows, double staircase, and balcony.

And when the winter cold strikes, heating comes courtesy of six Victorian cast-iron radiators.

These old churches were built with great care and craftsmanship.

Who knows what would have happened to the once-decrepit space had the couple not decided to move in?

The grand dining room is located in the nave of the church. The new owners restored key elements, like the vaulted ceilings and original stained-glass windows, and they invested time and money to maintain its exterior and interior while readapting the interior to give it a homelike atmosphere.

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