Award-winning converted Victorian-era church yours to rent

Last updated 14:38 14/09/2017

Interior designer Gianna Camilotti converted this 127-year-old church into a contemporary home and office space.

The foundation stone of James Spicer Memorial Church Hall was laid in 1890.
Camilotti retained many of the buildings original features, including these 19th centurey stained glass windows.
The open-plan space was designed with entertaining in mind.
The home includes two spacious bedrooms.
The property is available to rent fully furnished and includes contemporary pieces, such as this glass dining table, that was designed by Camilotti herself.
Old meets new: the halls foundation stone sits next to a stylish outdoor entertaining area.

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Dwindling congregation numbers might have caused James Spicer Memorial Church Hall's closure, but that wasn't the end of the 127-year-old building. 

The church, located in Chigwell, Essex, was purchased in 2013 by interior designer Gianna Camilotti and transformed into a luxurious two bedroom home and office. 

The conversion, which included the addition of a spiral staircase and loft bedrooms, has won several interior design awards and now it is available to rent for £3900 (NZ$7113) per month. 

Although the gothic-style church has been given a contemporary makeover, Camilotti retained many of the halls Victorian era-features including the original curved oak beams, vaulted doors, 19th century stained glass windows and the building's foundation stone, which was laid in 1890. 

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Camilotti was not deterred by the amount of work she would have to put into her new home and fell instantly fell in love with the building the first time she laid her eyes on it. 

"I'd been searching for a house of my own for months and here it was," Camilotti told the Daily Mail. "Love at first sight. It was magic."

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"From the start I had in mind a house that shouldn't only be beautiful, but the perfect place to work and have fun."

The home has been styled with entertaining in mind and features numerous pieces of contemporary furniture, including a glass dining table that seats 12 and an L-shaped lounge that were designed by Camilotti herself. 

"From the start I had in mind a house open to friends, to enjoy cosy dinners and karaoke parties that had an atmosphere of London piano-bars and I think I have achieved it."


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