There is no denying what La Chapelle once was, it’s emblazoned above the front door as you enter ‘Chapelle Independent’. What you can’t see though is the beautiful and professional development that lies within. The early 19th Century country chapel is set near the Trinity/St Saviour borders and has been well crafted and sympathetically brought to life by the current owners.
What strikes you first is perhaps even the existence of the property. Having driven along this stretch of road many times I wasn’t even aware of La Chapelle, set back from the road it allows for excellent proximity to facilities but retains its privacy too. Also, whilst the property is most obviously a former country chapel it doesn’t feel like a religious monument, it is deceptively large and will provide a very lovely and most appealing home to the new purchasers. As soon as you enter you are greeted by a wealth of original architectural features, which have been retained by the developer, which give you a real sense of the history of the building. The checkered floor tiles in the entrance hallway and the left over paneling on the walls give real character to the property and set the scene for the rest of the house.
The nature of its former use is perhaps the property’s greatest gain. Where once sat the congregation, now hosts a stunning open plan living room area, complete with its own minstrel gallery, which would lend itself to a variety of uses, including an impromptu recital, should you wish. The large open plan space has been cleverly furnished by the current owners and separated into a formal dining area, housing the most magnificent dining room table and a lounge area which still manages to feel cosy, even in such a large space. This could well be thanks to it being centred around the large woodburner, which is unusually situated under a feature window, thanks to some clever flume placement. This is just one of the unique features you’ll find within this property. Abundant storage is another thing you’ll find throughout, every conceivable nook and cranny has been cleverly fitted to accommodate storage options.
Furthermore, on the ground floor, is a study section with double doors which lead out on the lawned gardens, the perfect spot for a home office with views over the open fields behind. Off the study there is a well fitted modern kitchen breakfast room with all of the normal appliances you would expect. Whilst the kitchen isn’t vast it is joined by not one, but two large pantries. One in the kitchen and another in the corridor, which leads into the large and very useful laundry room and cloakroom. The laundry room also provides a second point of access to the house directly from the on-site parking area alongside the property, making it the ideal location for taking off your muddy boots and wet clothes when you come in from exploring the nearby country lanes. There are also a great many excellent storage solutions in these rooms and also the added benefit of an airing cupboard, in the same location as your washing machine, who could ask for more.
Back into that open plan living space and you have a staircase with a solid wooden balustrade leading you up to the sleeping accommodation. The first of the two good sized double bedrooms has handcrafted fitted wardrobes and a double aspect to the front and rear of the property, both with views of green fields through the Ogive windows. The second bedroom also benefits from fitted wardrobes and this time a view to the rear of the property, through the huge windows. The house bathroom is shared between these two rooms and has a bath that we’re told fills up in seconds, meaning you can be laying back and enjoying the peace and quiet in no time.
Up a small set of stairs is the final floor of the house, which is where you’ll find the master-suite. This magnificent jewel in La Chapelle’s crown is a master which lives up to its name. The beams in the room don’t intrude, they instead add to the feeling of being somewhere rather special. Clever storage here and a large en-suite shower room make this room practical as well as comfortable. It would of course lend itself to a self contained area, for those wishing for some privacy away from the rest of the house.
La Chapelle is an enchanting and unique character property and will make someone a lovely rural home, within easy commuting distance of St Helier and most amenities. It is a property that really needs to be seen to be truly appreciated, a visit that we don’t think you’ll be disappointed you made.
La Route de Maufant,
St Saviour, JE2 7HX
• 19th Century Country Chapel
• Deceptively large character property
• Stunning large living room complex
• Minstrel gallery and Study section
• Principal bedroom suite plus 2 further bedrooms
• Lawned gardens
• Open field aspect from the rear garden
• All mains except gas