On a long, winding street in the English countryside, there’s an old stone church. The 19th century chapel is small and humble-looking, and for a long time, it lay forgotten in the town of Forest-in-Teesdale in County Durham in the U.K., just waiting for someone to remember it.
Luckily, someone recognized its charm and its beauty, and wanted to bring this 19th-century building into the modern era, complete with some 21st-century twists.
Churches are often beautiful buildings, whether they’re large and grand or small and simple, and when they become something new, we can see the beauty of their architecture in a whole new way.
The Chapel-on-the-Hillwas renovated and redesigned by Evolution Design, a U.K.-based company. The designers used the bones of the church, its stone exterior, its arched windows, and pitched roof, to create an airy guest home that can fit seven people, with four bedrooms and three bathrooms. Oh, and did we mention it’s available to stay in?
The best part about Chapel-on-the-Hill is how it combines the old and new. From the outside, you’d never guess that the church had changed at all since the 1800s.
Inside, it opens up into a modern, comfortable home that still honors the original elements of the building.
Even if you can’t make it to the U.K., you can check out the photos of this beautiful chapel below.