When Nick and Sonja walked into Goudhurst’s old disused Methodist Chapel they knew they could make something truly special from the 2,000 square feet of space bounded by solid Victorian brick and soaring Gothic windows. A year and a half later they have succeeded in creating a stunning family home whilst preserving the integrity of this historic building.

In the sitting room an L-shape of grey Spanish leather Cadira sofas gather round a mauve Habitat rug

In the sitting room an L-shape of grey Spanish leather Cadira sofas gather round a mauve Habitat rug

At one end of the room is a contemporary Contura woodburner, the tallest that Nick and Sonja could find

At one end of the room is a contemporary Contura woodburner, the tallest that Nick and Sonja could find

Nick and Sonja were determined to keep the chapel windows as single entities. In order to do this, they divided the living room into three spaces, two soaring to the height of the windows at either end of the room and a centre section with a lower ceiling which provides for second floor accommodation

Nick and Sonja were determined to keep the chapel windows as single entities. In order to do this, they divided the living room into three spaces, two soaring to the height of the windows at either end of the room and a centre section with a lower ceiling which provides for second floor accommodation

The office sits up a few steps from the sitting room

The office sits up a few steps from the sitting room

A truly superb white leather Varier ‘Orange Peel’ chair where the couple can take it in turns to relax and enjoy the stunning westerly view down from the top of Goudhurst hill

A truly superb white leather Varier ‘Orange Peel’ chair where the couple can take it in turns to relax and enjoy the stunning westerly view down from the top of Goudhurst hill

In the kitchen bi-folding doors lead out onto an elegant sandstone terrace and its Lloyd Loom table and chairs

In the kitchen bi-folding doors lead out onto an elegant sandstone terrace

The lights above the table provide pops of colour

The lights above the table provide pops of colour

In the kitchen bi-folding doors lead out onto an elegant sandstone terrace and its Lloyd Loom table and chairs. The units and surfaces and island are courtesy of Cambridge Kitchens, the dining table and Eames-style chairs are from John Lewis

The kitchen units and surfaces and island are courtesy of Cambridge Kitchens, the dining table and Eames-style chairs are from John Lewis

Daughter Jessie’s room

Daughter Jessie’s room

The beds in the guest rooms came from M&S and accent lighting is provided by small light cubes which are also cleverly used in the living room and kitchen

The beds in the guest rooms came from M&S and accent lighting is provided by small light cubes which are also cleverly used in the living room and kitchen

One of the guest rooms with feature window

One of the guest rooms with feature window

The second guest room, painted a deep grey, is a pleasing combination of contemporary minimalism with a dash of country charm – the latter provided by a pretty shuttered window

The second guest room, painted a deep grey, is a pleasing combination of contemporary minimalism with a dash of country charm – the latter provided by a pretty shuttered window

Underfoot – as in most of the chapel – glows warm engineered oak.

Underfoot – as in most of the chapel – glows warm engineered oak

Shutters add a touch of rustic charm to the guest room

Shutters add a touch of rustic charm to the guest room

The wall of bi-folding doors is echoed upstairs in the master bedroom directly above the kitchen where they open out onto a decked balcony and more Lloyd Loom surrounded by a plate glass balustrade. The polished nickel bed is from Feather & Black in Tunbridge Wells while above it hangs a wonderful glass Flos Glow Ball light which can be dimmed to look like the moon

The polished nickel bed is from Feather & Black in Tunbridge Wells while above it hangs a wonderful glass Flos Glow Ball light which can be dimmed to look like the moon

The wall of bi-folding doors is echoed upstairs in the master bedroom directly above the kitchen where they open out onto a decked balcony and more Lloyd Loom surrounded by a plate glass balustrade

The wall of bi-folding doors is echoed upstairs in the master bedroom directly above the kitchen where they open out onto a decked balcony and more Lloyd Loom surrounded by a plate glass balustrade

The balcony outside the master bedroom

The balcony outside the master bedroom

The outdoor dining space, perfect for entertaining

The outdoor dining space, perfect for entertaining

The design makes the most of the outside space

The design makes the most of the outside space

The Chapel enjoys truly enviable views across the Kentish countryside from Goudhurst to Horsmonden whilst also enjoying a secluded courtyard space

The Chapel enjoys truly enviable views across the Kentish countryside from Goudhurst to Horsmonden whilst also enjoying a secluded courtyard space

The downstairs loo

The downstairs loo

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  • pictures: David Merewether
  • styling: Lucy Fleming & Helen Barton

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