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Scarcity of heavenly properties.

Byline: KIRSTIE MCCRUM kirstie.mccrum@walesonline.co.uk

WHILE searching for the perfect home can feel like a harrowing quest at times, finding your ideal property is a heavenly experience. There are plenty of old vicarages and rectories dotting Wales' map, with many of them having been the subject of handsome restorations and renovations.

If you're after a home for the holy, Fine and Country director Rayner Peett says you'd better keep your eye out.

"Not many vicarages/rectories coming to the market. I have had two in the last three years," he admits.

"They tend to be sold by private owners - most of the old vicarages were sold off [by the church] many years ago, particularly the large Victorian ones which have high running costs. Most have already been modernised, but some are still out there which could do with some TLC."

Thanks to dedication, the renewals tend to retain handsome period features, but there are some construction elements that are, quite literally, set in stone, says Mr Peett.

"The Victorian rectories tend to be quite large - I think that they expected their vicars to have big families, and servants. However, not many of them have anything more than a large garden. Any additional land seems to have been sold off separately by the church."

There is a small element which could add interest to the homes -- depending on your point of view, of course.

"When considering a vicarage, you may well have a graveyard next door, as many of them were located very close to the church," Mr Peett adds.

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 4, 2013
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