In Dartmouth Park, amongst the homes of A-listers Tom Hiddleston and Benedict Cumberbatch, lies one of the neighbourhood’s most historic buildings. In an ideal position between Hampstead, Highgate, and Archway, the former St Peter’s Church, built-in 1874, stands tall and is currently on the market for £1.3 million with London’s leading independent Estate Agent Dexters.
With a shortage of property across the capital, it can sometimes feel difficult to find a home in the city that feels unique. This is what makes St Peter's such a rare find. The church conversion offers something few others can: sheer size and height.
With its double volume ceilings, towering neo-gothic columns, and striking stained glass windows, the former church also doubles as a comfortable and contemporary four-bedroom family home arranged over 3 floors. Renovated at the turn of the century, designers retained the classic gothic style of the building to allow future residents to create a striking balance of contrasts between old and new.
As you wander through the ground floor reception room, with its stripped timber floors and striped brick walls, you might also notice that one of the sides of the room is panelled with wood from the original entrance of the nineteenth-century church. A stained-glass window adorns the study next door, and two huge double doors open out onto a palatial central dining area.
In this theatrical setting, new owners can enjoy cooking and entertaining underneath three tall stained-glass windows set above the integrated kitchen and dine between the two large carved stone columns at either end of the room. Outside there is a large outdoor terrace which would make the perfect area for hosting.
For couples or families, the church conversion is perfectly positioned nearby Hampstead Heath with its beautiful views of the London skyline as well as the shops and restaurants along Fortress Road and Highgate High Street. The Channing School and Highgate school are both under a mile away and the property is well situated between Archway, Tufnell Park, and Upper Holloway tube stations.
Period home specialists, Dexters note that Church conversions are popular because they cannot be recreated. Charlie Cockcroft, Director of their Dartmouth Park office says ‘Church conversions in London are hard to come by. We expect great interest in St Peter’s Church due to its charming gothic details and modern re-design which has transformed the property into a fantastic contemporary home.’