Unique church conversion offers nine luxury new homes in Winchester
Date of Article
Aug 05 2016

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A landmark development of a Victorian Grade II listed church into nine luxuriously appointed homes in the heart of Winchester has launched to the market with agents Carter Jonas. The conversion, carried out by renowned developers Hemdean, is unique in the city and offers stylish living in this desirable location.

St Thomas’ church on Southgate Street was originally built in 1845, and had latterly been used as the council’s Records Office after falling out of religious use in 1969. Hemdean have sensitively transformed the building into a collection of stunning new homes, in a design that celebrates and showcases its original ecclesiastical architecture and features and seamlessly blends these with a modern interior design.

The result is nine ultra-stylish residences that each have a unique layout that is determined by which part of the building they occupy. All of the homes are light, airy and spacious, enjoying open plan living spaces and tall vaulted ceilings. The original fenestration of the building has been kept, resulting in some of the dwellings enjoying full height original stained glass windows that allow an abundance of natural light.  Whitewashed walls and clean modern lines blend with ornate stone pillars and arches.

All of the homes are fitted with Baulthaup kitchens with Miele appliances and Porcelanosa bathrooms, and have the benefit of on-site allocated car parking which is a rarity in the area and for such conversions. The homes are either duplex or triplex and some of them have the advantage of lift access. One of the homes even incorporates the church’s tower, which enjoys a unique tower room beneath the spire, which offers panoramic views of the city and surrounding countryside and is reached by an original winding stone staircase. St Thomas is notable for its tower, which is mentioned in Thomas Hardy’s novel Tess of the D’Ubervilles, since it is a landmark in the town due to its elevated position.

Christopher Gooch, the partner at Carter Jonas’ Winchester office who is handling the sales, said:  “St Thomas offers buyers a once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase a truly unique home in the heart of Winchester, which was recently named the best place to live in England by the Sunday Times. This scheme is unlike any development I have come across in my career – Hemdean have done a fantastic job of blending the old with the new to create a collection of stunning, characterful new homes.

“With a range of one, two and three bedroom homes on offer in a broad price range, there is something for everyone here and we expect to see strong interest. The central location of St Thomas is hard to beat, with the best of the city’s offerings on the doorstep, and Winchester train station just a ten minute walk away, making it a convenient option for those who need to commute to London, which can be reached in under an hour (London Waterloo).”

Claire Johnson, head of new homes for the southern region at Carter Jonas, who is assisting in the sale of the homes, said:  “This is a very exciting scheme from Hemdean and we’re delighted to be working with them to bring it to the market. It is the most unique new residential development that we are representing at the moment and buyers can be sure of a good investment in this highly desirable city in which to live.”

The nine one, two and three bedroom homes at St Thomas are available for between £600,000 - £1,450,000.

To view a promotional video of the development, click here.

To find out more about the developer Hemdean, visit their website here: www.hemdeanbuilders.co.uk