ANY time a historic church hits the market, property hunters sit up and take notice.
And with the potential that these old buildings offer to buyers with a little imagination — and maybe deep pockets, too — can you blame them?
Located between Triabunna and Swansea on Tasmania’s magical East Coast, No.11257 Tasman Highway at Little Swanport is the type of property that could make dreams come true.
Petrusma Property consultant and auctioneer Stuart Benson said this property, which is almost 200 years old, has only had four owners over the years.
“The magic and romance of this property are in its authentic detail,” he said. “From the texture of the original stone walls to the intricate, exposed ceiling trusses and solid timber doors, each element plays a part in reminding you of this property’s rich heritage.”
The stone church was built in 1839 from local materials. It is set on 3.21ha of land and has a 1960s two-bedroom home sitting nearby.
The non-denominational church was erected for the family and workers of the estate on which it was built. The building also doubled as a school.
Recently the chapel has benefited from a renovation, including new plumbing and wiring.
The bathroom was extended to complement an open-plan kitchen and living area, plus a mezzanine bedroom.
The property is council-approved for short-term visitor accommodation.
Stuart said the property — perhaps predictably given its charm — was proving extremely popular with Tasmanian and interstate buyers.
“It has caught the eye of people who want to escape the city for a more relaxed lifestyle,” he said. “Interest from the market has been significant, particularly from those seeking to live in the cottage and continue to offer the chapel as visitor accommodation.”
Stuart said that among the property’s many impressive features, a standout was the “great sense of space”.
“The property is enveloped by the large Lisdillon Estate, of which this property was once a part,” he said.
Lisdillon is a working sheep farm, vineyard and a luxurious, boutique, coastal accommodation business.
No.11257 Tasman Highway, Little Swanport, is listed with Petrusma Property at “Offers over $745,000”.