Think of a Welsh terrace house and it is likely that one of the historic miners’ houses in the South Wales valleys or one of the slate mining villages in North Wales comes to mind.
This townhouse terrace may look like a contemporary new construction, but it is actually a stunning piece of conversion and renovation of a seaside chapel.
The chapel is the Thomas Memorial Congregational Church built in 1838 in accordance with the Saundersfoot Historical Society, was refurbished in 1899 and remained a place of worship until its closure in 2012.
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Before 2016, if you were strolling down one of the main beach streets in the village of Saundersfoot in Pembrokeshire, you would have come across this chapel nestled into the façade’s terrace, a double-fronted property.
This neighbour, at that time, had a first floor flat and a ground floor commercial unit, occupied by the office of an estate agent and chartered surveyor.
But walk down the same street again in 2016 and you may have passed a construction site, as the property next to the chapel was gone and a very busy construction site was in its place.
And it is on the side and behind the chapel that the biggest transformation took place – the creation of three contemporary, luxury homes with views out to sea in this popular Pembrokeshire village.
The coastal townhouse now for sale is called the Neptune and occupies the L-shaped middle piece of the development which partially includes some of the former chapel.
The design of the four-bed, four-bathroom luxury residence has clearly kept the ocean view at its core, with the three-story dwelling built in an upside down formation.
From the bustling street of this thriving coastal village, the new building includes an interesting archway where the estate agent’s office used to be – your entrance to a very special home.
Go through the arches and find the inner courtyard and two parking spaces that come with this dream home, and the entrance to this delightful property.
Two en-suite double bedrooms can be found on the ground floor and the already contemporary interior design, embedded in a classic neutral with pops of color and accented with metallics, establishes a luxurious yet inviting ambiance.
The stairs then lead you to the first floor of wonder – two more en-suite bedrooms and a luxurious living room.
This sociable space features spacious bi-fold doors that open onto a private and sunny deck area, doubling the size of the room when the weather permits and providing uninterrupted inside outside flow.
The stylish decor continues in the bedroom and here, where there’s also a hint of the stunning space that awaits upstairs through the incorporation of chunky, exposed parquet beams—a taste of what’s to come.
Up to the top of the townhouse and in the tremendous space that crowns the property and ensures that it can be seen as a hidden gem within the village, so private most people won’t even know it exists.
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This entire upper floor is dedicated to a kitchen, dining, and lounge space and there are really a lot of lovely additional designs to appreciate here.
Yes, apparently including the exposed ceiling beams of the former chapel, restored and given its rightful place as the most spectacular of the house’s features.
But there are plenty of extra features to complement the rafters and beams to make this unique space.
First, the room is designed to have two separate floor levels, with the kitchen diner on a raised mezzanine, and this creates additional visual intrigue and connectedness.
If the rooms were all one level, the level of visual interest would be even lower.
This separate floor level also gives two special views to the mezzanine space. The inner one is looking into the lounge area from the mezzanine and the outer one is looking out to the waterfront.
As the level of the mezzanine is raised to the maximum height, the view from this location to the sea is optimized and can be admired through the attractively shaped, bespoke window.
If this space were placed further down, the view would be of more terraces and chimneys than of wavy crests and bobbing boats.
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Of course, the kitchen is a luxury affair, with a large central island breakfast bar and additional dining area ensuring that the cook doesn’t feel all alone on his raised ‘performance stage’ above the lounge.
The view from the hob on the kitchen island across the roof structure is almost as breathtaking as the view of the ocean – some might even say it wins a mesmerizing contest over its watery neighbor.
Then, down the mezzanine stage and into the lounge, and the creative design continues with the top added to the roof line.
This additional triangle of space is filled with a triangular glass window over the French doors and the windows below it and, again, the clever design maximizes the view.
The icing on this wall of glass cake is that the doors open onto perhaps the most special spot in the entire property – a generous balcony.
And the choice of glass balustrade means that your comfortable connection with the ocean view is not a hindrance.
Balcony and relax forever in panoramic ocean views over the village, with Monkstone Point perfectly built at the end of the sweeping bay.
Definitely the perfect place for a delicious brunch, leisurely lunch, special candlelight and drinks before the evening ends, with that enchanting view the entire time.
Neptune is on the market for £700,000 with estate agent Country Living Group, call them on 01437 616101 to learn more.
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