Think of a Welsh terraced house and chances are one of the historic miners’ cottages of the South Wales glens or the slate mining villages of North Wales come to mind.
This townhouse terrace may look like a contemporary new build, but it is actually a stunning piece of remodeling and renovation of a seaside chapel.
The chapel is the Thomas Memorial Congregational Church which was built in 1838 according to the Saundersfoot Historical Society, renovated 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 streets down to the beach in the village of Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire, you would have passed this chapel nestled in the frontage terrace connected to a double wing.
This neighbor at the time was a first floor apartment and a ground floor commercial unit occupied by a real estate agent and chartered surveyor’s office.
But walking down the same street again in 2016 you would have passed a building site as the property next to the chapel had disappeared and in its place was a very busy building site.
And to the side and rear of the chapel came the biggest change – the construction of three modern luxury houses overlooking the sea in this popular Pembrokeshire village.
The seafront townhouse now for sale is called Neptune and occupies an L-shaped central section of the development, partially encompassing some of the former chapels.
The design of the luxury four-bed, four-bathroom property has obviously placed the sea views at its heart, with the property’s three floors built in an inverted formation.
From the busy street in this thriving coastal village there is a fascinating archway incorporated into the new building which used to be the estate agent’s office – this is your gateway to a very special home.
Walk through the archway and find the courtyard and two parking spaces that belong to this dream home and there is the door to this delightful property.
On the ground floor there are two en-suite double bedrooms and the contemporary interior design alone, embedded in classic neutrals with pops of color and accented with metallics, creates a luxurious yet inviting ambiance.
Then the staircase takes you to the first floor of wonders – two more en-suite bedrooms and a stunning living room.
This sociable space features huge bi-folding doors that open onto a private and sunny patio area, doubling the size of the space when the weather permits and allowing for a seamless flow of inside-out.
The stylish decor continues in the bedrooms and here, where there’s also a touch of the stunning space that awaits upstairs through the inclusion of chunky, exposed wood-beam ceilings – a taste of what’s to come.
Up to the top of the townhouse and into the huge room that crowns the property and ensures that it can be seen as a hidden gem in the village, so most people don’t even know it exists.
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The entire top floor is dedicated to a kitchen, dining and lounge area and there are a number of really nice additional designs to appreciate here.
Yes, the obvious is the inclusion of the exposed roof beams of the former chapel, which have been restored and given their rightful place as the most spectacular feature of this home.
But there are many additional features that complement the rafters and beams to create this unique space.
First, the space was designed to have two distinct floors, with the eat-in kitchen on a raised mezzanine level, creating additional visual allure and engagement.
If the room was only on one level, the visual interest would also be less.
This different floor level also gives the mezzanine room two special views. There is the internal overlooking the lounge area from the mezzanine and the external overlooking the coast.
As the mezzanine is raised to its maximum height, the view of the sea from this space is optimized and can be admired through the mesmerizingly shaped bespoke window.
If this space were positioned lower, the view would be more of rooftops and chimneys than wave crests and bobbing boats.
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The kitchen is of course a luxurious affair, with a large breakfast bar in the center and the additional dining area ensuring the chef doesn’t feel alone on his elevated ‘performance stage’ above the lounge.
The view from the cooktop on the kitchen island over the roof structure is almost as stunning as the sea view — some people would even say it wins the mesmerizing view competition against its watery neighbor.
It then descends from the mezzanine stage into the lounge and the creative design continues with a crown added at the roofline.
This additional triangle of space is filled with a triangular glass window above the French doors and windows below, and again the clever design maximizes the view.
The icing on the cake of this glass wall is that the doors open onto what is perhaps the most extraordinary spot in the entire property – a spacious balcony.
And the choice of glass balustrades means nothing stands in the way of your seamless connection to the sea.
Relax on the balcony and luxuriate forever in the captivating sea views over the village, with Monkstone Point perfectly framed at the end of the sweeping bay.
Surely the perfect place for a delicious brunch, a leisurely lunch, a special candlelight dinner and drinks before the evening fades away, all the while accompanied by this mesmerizing view.
Sounds pretty perfect.
Neptune is on the market for £700,000 with estate agents Country Living Group, call them on 01437 616101 to find out more.
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