Historic Yerberston Church restored “with passion”.

‘Ecclesiastical Charm’ is a term not commonly used by real estate agents when marketing a property, but in the case of Old St Lawrence, its charm exudes in abundance.

Originally built in the 13th century, the church has been carefully converted into what the estate agent at Pembrokshire Properties describes as “one of the most unusual properties in Pembrokeshire, possibly Wales”.

An original window

Yerberston Church dates back to the 12th Century when St David’s Cathedral was completed. It was restructured in the 17th century and again in the Victoria era.

The Grade II listed conversion carried out by the current owner has retained many of the property‘s best features, such as the large stained glass windows that cast colored reflections on the original tiled floor.

“As estate agents we seldom come across a property like Old St Lawrence which is more than a building but a piece of ecclesiastical history with a tranquil, warm and welcoming ambience,” commented Jane Edwards of Pembrokeshire Properties.

“It has been lovingly restored by its current owner, whose passion and joie de vivre is evident in this wonderful property.”

Jane went on to say that the owner has lived there for many years, leading to her having a wealth of stories to share from her time on the property.

“There are stories of owls in the bell tower and photos of every season that has passed. Finding someone who loves this house as much as she does would be amazing.”

Western Telegraph: The HallwayThe corridor

Visible from the street through its tower, the stone church is secluded and set back, accessed via a sloping driveway through two wooden gates.

Entering the building through the original door on the north side, its footprint, designed in the shape of the Holy Cross, gives you a direct view of the south side, where the later Victorian-built porch has been transformed into a cozy reading room.

On entering the kitchen/dining area, with its original quarry tile floor, the division between the living and kitchen areas was divided by a breakfast bar, built from the pulpit and other wood from the original church, as were the kitchen cabinets and window sills and other parts of the construction.

The floor has been raised to allow the installation of underfloor heating fueled by a geothermal heat pump which is also complemented by a large wood burning stove.

Western Telegraph: the living roomthe living room

The upstairs bedrooms are both double the size and the larger room has double doors opening onto a Juliet balcony which overlooks the downstairs living area.

Western Telegraph: The bathroomthe bathroom

And outside, a walk through some fruit trees leads to a large lawn area with an ornamental pond and bench under some trees. Most of the lots are planted to encourage wildlife and the lot is lined with mature trees of various species.

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Old St Lawrence is on the market for £550,000.

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