Pagans of the good times will love this design award-winning church conversion loft in London, which is now available for rent for approximately $1,000 per week. Hallelujah, travel gods.
In the North East London borough of Waltham Forest, just about 10 miles by Tube to downtown London via Charing Cross station, the Chingford chapel loft on Buxton Road features two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, dining for 12, and enough designer appeal to bring one to their knees.
The immaculate conversion of the circa-1890s property by Brazilian interior designer Gianna Camilotti, who purchased the property in 2013 and turned it into a space well worthy of its three “prominent international design awards,” faithfully holding on to the best of the original architectural features and integrity of the space while fully embracing bright white minimalist modern amenities and decor.
Through the imposing, original double front-door made of solid oak, the loft opens onto a mezzanine level featuring a dreamy entertaining space for congregating: a glass dining table that seats twelve, baby grand piano, and open concept kitchen with bar seating.
Outside is a private and meticulously landscaped garden terrace with covered seating as well as outdoor lounge chairs around a fire pit, perfect for communing and confessing with old friends and family over (lots of) wine.
Worship in the bedrooms — either one, really — which feature rustic exposed timber, bright white walls, soaring ceilings and original stained glass windows.
Kick your feet up and blast some gospel (we bet the acoustics are tremendous!) while soaking in the master bathroom’s freestanding and gleaming white porcelain tub.
Or if the mood strikes you to wander the town or take in the English countryside, there are also boutiques and restaurants “on the High Street” just about a quarter mile’s walk away, around Chingford station, and outdoor pleasures “within easy reach” at Epping Forest and Chingford Golf Club, according to the 2013 real estate listing for the property.
Interested travelers (or staycationers) can now rent the property for £898 per week or £3,900 per month through Portico.com.