Forming part of a Grade ii-listed Baptist chapel predating 1850, The Old School Room is an exceptionally light two-bedroom apartment, with high-vaulted ceilings and original headed chapel windows, located in the favourable market town of Frome, Somerset. The chapel is situated on a quiet, residential street in the protected conservation area of the town centre, known for its high concentration of historically significant buildings.
Accommodation spans 1,577 square feet and is arranged across a lateral, single-storey plan. The primary entrance is located at street level to the front of the building and is accessed via a double-height entrance hall (a useful area with deep-set storage). The main chapel hall forms the primary living space, loosely organised around a lounge in the centre plan, work space and modern kitchen to one end; a most impressive room with dramatic height and volume of typically classical proportions.
Three of the original chapel windows span one side of the space, ideally positioned at an elevated height to allow light to flow through whilst maintaining privacy. An exceptionally well-preserved trio of stained-glass lancet windows feature on the front end wall of the building, harnessing the afternoon light. Engineered oak flooring and the heating system runs underfoot.
An interconnecting hallway, leading out from the kitchen, offers further full-height storage and access to the two bedrooms and family bathroom. The master bedroom has an ensuite shower room, in-built entertainment system and a Riva Stovax wood burner.
The Old School Room is located just a few minutes’ walk from the town centre and open green space of Victoria Park; a popular spot in summer months, with its own café, bandstand and neighbouring tennis courts. The property also sits within the catchment area for an excellent selection of primary and secondary schools, including the Somerset Steiner Academy, also located in the town centre.
With a population of 25,000, Frome’s popularity has grown exponentially in recent years; heralded as the best place to live in Britain by the Sunday Times in 2018. The town continues to garner high regard for its ‘flatpack democracy’, thanks to a coalition of independents who took control of all 17 seats on its council. This activity has contributed greatly to its growing community of independent shops, creative businesses and eateries, saturated in its artisan quarter on Catherine Hill. Rye Bakery and Stony Street Café rank high in popularity with residents. The Frome Independent, a monthly market showcasing local artisans and food producers, has helped put Frome on the map, attracting over 80,000 visitors annually.
Frome is located 13 miles south of Bath and 23 miles from the city of Bristol. Located at the eastern end of the Mendip hills, the surrounding countryside and popular nearby towns of Mells and Bruton are easily accessible. The town has its own station, providing regular connections directly into London Paddington in under 2 hours.
Tenure: Leasehold, with Share of Freehold
Lease Length: 983 years