A Big Undertaking If You Feel the Spirit; Sarah Beeny's Wreck of the Week Former Funeral Parlour by a Cemetery Could Be Home - but It's Not for the Fainthearted
Byline: SARAH BEENY
As presenter of Channel 4's Property Ladder, Sarah Beeny has sound advice for the fledgling property developer. Every week in Property on Sunday she spotlights the potential of places needing a revamp. This week it's an affordable home in Oxfordshire - but with a past.
Countless City workers start and end their day with the hour-anda-half train journey into and out of London from this area of Oxfordshire. Chipping Norton is a pretty market town where many of these countryside addicts live, feeling that country life more than makes up for the commute.
A bustling market town with a population of about 6,000, Chipping Norton has a great choice of restaurants, bars and shops.
Property, therefore, commands a premium, so many who want to live here cannot afford to, or would have to compromise so much in terms of space that it would not be viable.
However, for [pounds sterling]350,000 you could have a rather pretty three-bedroom, 1800s lodge house that backs on to what first appears to be a rather beautifully kept, fouracre park.
But this house is not for the fainthearted, and you might need to ask yourself, 'do I believe in ghosts?' The park is actually a cemetery and the house (formally known as Cemetery Lodge) was occupied by the local funeral director, who used three rooms at the back of the bungalow as a mortuary, office and room for making coffins. Despite the numerous (though less than sociable) visitors who have passed through the lodge, it actually has a rather lovely feel.
The property currently has three bedrooms and a bathroom but you could easily incorporate the three office rooms into the main home, providing another couple of bedrooms and another bathroom. …