Neglected church transformed into stunning modern mansion on sale for £3.72million

A huge neglected church has been turned into a five-bedroom mansion that has been listed for £3.72million.

The Grade II-listed Victorian Gothic church resurrected into a four-storey home could be the answer to someone’s property prayers.

The genuinely unique Trinity House is located just moments from Torquay harbourside, in the heart of the English Riviera on the south Devonshire Coast.

Photos show sofas dotted around the vast building where the congregation once sat and even a bar and snooker room where the altar once stood.

The property is set behind electric gates giving secure parking and access to a sun terrace and private woodland garden area.

Retaining the grandeur of its ecclesiastical past, much of the open-plan living space is contained within the nave area.

This has been enhanced by symmetrical staircases that rise majestically to the first-floor areas.

On the market with John Couch The Estate Agent, the new owners will need to fork out at least £3.7million to call it their own.

John Couch said: “It’s a nice party house if you’ve got that many friends.

“It’s quite something. You’ve got to take your hat off to someone that will have the nerve to ahead [and renovate it]. It’s a wonderful place.

“I must admit when my colleague and I went in, even we as old, established agents just went ‘wow’.”

Owners can enjoy five bedrooms, three on the ground floor, with three bathrooms, two being ensuite, with the principal bedroom occupying the original vestry and has access to the outside.

The bathrooms feature Porcelanosa wall and floor tiles and most have free-standing baths and walk-in showers.

Foodies can enjoy the bespoke kitchen, made by British company Masterclass, which comes replete with state-of-the-art appliances, clever storage and a feature island.

From here there is access to a vestibule and an exterior door leading to the north side.

And there’s also a cosy wood-panelled sitting room, with a William Morris-style interior window and access to the woodland garden.

From the central nave two identical staircases rise to the first floor, one to the north end and one to the south.

The north end mezzanine area provides space for a large living area and there are two individual bedroom suites in the east and west wings.

At first floor level at the west end is a large gallery area fronted by a spectacular stained-glass window.

A further staircase leads to an original arched door hiding a “secret staircase” that leads to the church tower.

The first level of the tower is currently used as a study.

Through a brick arch there is a stone spiral staircase that returns to the ground level with a door to the outside.

A wooden staircase rises to the second floor, which is currently used as a snug, and has an exposed wood ceiling, stonework walls and glorious views towards the harbour.

The top floor of the tower provides a heavenly place to relax and enjoy the spectacular views over the harbour and beyond.

Built from locally-quarried stone the original structure of the Victorian church remains intact with a Welsh slate roof being completely reconstructed to include extensive sound and heat insulation.

The whole interior has been comprehensively refurbished with much of the work completed by master craftsmen including the restorers who worked on the stained glass of Exeter Cathedral.

The church is not on consecrated ground – but there are three original memorial plaques retained within the nave.

The extensive living space is now heated via four air-source heat pumps to underfloor heating with individual room thermostats and it also features an electric car charging point.