A stunning converted chapel at a former missionary college where TV’s Call the Midwife was filmed has gone up for rent at £11,000 a week.
Until 2013 the Grade II listed chapel at the former St Joseph’s Missionary College in north London was used to film episodes of the BBC hit drama, starring Jenny Agutter and Miranda Hart.
But the cast had to find a new set in which to recreate the midwives’ East End home after permission was granted to convert the gothic building into homes.
The most striking feature of the new home is the original nave that has been converted into an open-plan sitting, dining and kitchen area that has 40ft high ceilings
One of the property’s reception rooms that is located within the nave. The whole property offers 8,000 square feet of floor space
There are four bedrooms inside the converted chapel. One of them is a mezzanine with a glass wall that serves up views along the nave of the property
The property’s spa area comes with a sauna and a steam room. It’s conveniently located right next to the gym on the ground floor
The converted chapel is up for rent with Foxtons which says: ‘Even though it’s very modern, the developer has kept the columns and so many of the beautiful features which means that it still has a sense of heart and warmth although it feels grand’
The Grade II listed chapel in north London was used to film episodes of the BBC hit drama Call The Midwife, pictured, up until 2013. The cast had to find a new set in which to recreate the midwives’ East End home after permission was granted to convert the gothic building into homes
Now it’s a four-bedroom house that boasts a spa and a cinema room and the lucky new tenant will enjoy a jaw-dropping 8,000 sq ft of space.
The most striking feature of the new home is the original nave that has been converted into an open-plan sitting, dining and kitchen area that has 40ft high ceilings.
The nave includes its original pillars and gothic arches leading to two, soaring grey granite Corinthian pillars in the altar space, which is now the sitting area.
There are four bedrooms including a mezzanine with a glass wall giving views along the nave, as well as a master suite with a marble bathroom.
Exposed brick walls are part of the interior design of the converted property. Pictured is the sun room, which showcases this characterful feature
The £11,000 a week property includes a cinema room with a huge TV and comfortable chairs. It’s located between the entrance hall and the gym
In the conversion, a gym was added to the property, alongside what’s described as a hotel-style spa area with a sauna and steam room
The fourth bedroom is found on the lower ground floor, along with a generously-sized gym.
The hotel-style spa area includes a sauna, steam room and shower, and if the new tenant fancies watching Call the Midwife on the big screen, there is a home cinema is on this level, too.
The new tenant will also have a study or office and music room, along with an orangery with exposed brick walls leading to a private courtyard patio.
Despite its proximity to central London, the property shares seven acres of grounds giving it ‘almost a rural’ feel.
Claire O’Donnell, of letting agents Foxtons said: ‘It was originally developed by Berkeley Homes and the owner bought it to use when he was staying in London.
‘However, he didn’t use it as much as he thought so he has now put it up for rent.’
Pictured is the kitchen at the property. Foxtons says that the owner would prefer to rent it with the furniture and décor that is already there. It was purpose-built for this property
The master bedroom, pictured, is located next to the lounge and an en-suite bathroom on the first floor
Marble is just one of the high spec materials that have been used to build the bathrooms. Pictured is the en suite that leads off from the dressing room
Pictured is the en suite that leads off from the Master Suite bedroom. It comes with twin sinks and a generously sized bath
Pictured is the family room, with its tall ceilings and column features. It’s next to the office and dining room in the plan of the property
She said the chapel had attracted interest from international businessmen and women who were moving to London with their family and wanted a ‘showcase property where they could entertain.’
Ms O’Donnell added: ‘Even though it’s very modern, the developer has kept the columns and so many of the beautiful features which means that it still has a sense of heart and warmth although it feels grand.
‘The owner would prefer to rent it with the furniture and décor that is already there – the rugs, carpets and furnishings were purpose-built for this property.’
In addition to the spectacular interior, the new tenant would have the use of the vast grounds.
In addition to the spectacular interior, the new tenant would have the use of the vast grounds. The property is set within seven acres
She said: ‘You’re near to London, but it really does feel as if you’re in the countryside, you’re surrounded by fields as it’s set back in its own grounds.’
St Joseph’s College was founded in 1866 by the future cardinal, Herbert Vaughan, and is believed to be the first Catholic missionary college in Britain.
During the Second World War part of the buildings were requisitioned for the use of the civil service after the college moved temporarily to Scotland.
It closed in 2006 and lay unoccupied for several years before the building’s conversion into luxury homes and apartments by the Berkeley Group.