Thursday, May 10, 2007

St Francis Church

A Great Place to Stay (not!) in Carisbrook

"St Francis c.1864 has been sensitively transformed into a fully functional dwelling. The glorious gothic architecture of the original building is abundantly evident in the many gothic arches throughout and the beautiful timberwork of the 'cathedral' ceiling and other internal structures. Original pressed metal also features as part of the ceiling, which reaches a height of 40 feet. The church organ is still in place, but the upright piano might be more manageable for a little musical entertainment.

The renovation retained the impressive spaciousness of the church by adhering to an open-plan design. A queen size bed occupies the mezzanine with an ensuite of its own. The ground level comprises a large living and dining area on one side of the main archway while beyond is a slightly smaller area that incorporates a kitchen and a fireside dining area. A slow combustion fire is positioned centrally, while there is an open fireplace and an old fashioned wood stove at the kitchen end. The church vestibule (foyer) has been converted into a cosy room, dubbed the Harry Potter room. There's also a main bathroom complete with large corner spa.

Period furniture, a Grandfather Clock and the occasional church pew complement the overall charm, along with plenty of smaller collectible items that add unique personality."

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