The Chapel at Woolsthorpe by Colsterworth in Lincolnshire, England is the last legacy of the ancestral properties owned by the family of Sir Isaac Newton and the only remaining piece of history available for sale to the public. Referred to as Newton’s Chapel, a Grade II Historic building, this pristine property has been restored using authentic stone and materials of the late 16th century when available. The addition to the original Chapel was approved by The National Heritage Society and Historic Trust as being sympathetic to the period. A stone’s throw away from The Chapel is Woolsthorpe Manor, the home where Newton is believed to have lived during his period of "revolutionary advances in mathematics, optics, physics, and astronomy.”
Newton’s family property in Woolsthorpe included the apple orchard that is adjacent to the Manor where Newton was born and is believed to have been the source of his scientific breakthrough, the theory of gravity. While not, ‘the one’, there is a beautiful apple tree outside The Chapel window and it is as close as one can get today to own, live and experience the energy field and inspiration of this self-directed genius.
Perfect for a couple or single adult, The Chapel was the writing sanctuary and home for the #1 New York Times Best-Selling author of Simple Abundance, Sarah Ban Breathnach. Sarah took on the renovation, restoration and decoration of The Chapel at Woolsthorpe as her personal journey into the history and magic of the rural English countryside and Sir Isaac Newton. In keeping with the period, The Chapel is once again restored to its natural beauty and is ready for the new owner to settle in and perhaps create their own legacy.
Built in the 12th century as a Chapel of Ease for the Village, it came into private hands in the 19th century, thus saving this remarkable Grade II listed building from complete ruin.
Owned by one family for sixty years, The Chapel was in great dis-repair and need of a loving touch and was sold in 1995. The original two room structure was restored and subsequently sold to Ms. Ban Breathnach in 1997. The property was fully renovated by the present owner and the historic and rare, 12th Century Norman arch--according to Sir Nikolaus Pevsner's authoritative architectural guide, The Buildings of England--was opened up to show its full glory after years of neglect. The renovation and addition to the house took over 3 years and hundreds of thousands of dollars. Today it is a lovely two/three bedroom house with all the amenities one could want in a modern home, while the peace and tranquility of the original Chapel remains today. There is something magical about the home as the present owner discovered on her first visit.
"Just one look, that's all it took...The cottage was nine hundred years old...From the moment I opened the gate, a strange enchantment took hold. I belonged here. All my life, I've never felt as if I belong anywhere..But here, in the garden of this ivory stone cottage...
I felt that there couldn't be any place else more exquisite...Inside Newton's Chapel, the stillness was so luxurious, it took my breath away...I knew I was standing on holy ground."
From Peace and Plenty by Sarah Ban Breathnach
But as life changes, for all of us, Sarah found herself wanting to be near her family in the United States, with her daughter's future wedding and her own retirement on the horizon. The Chapel is ready for its new owner. We hope you will take a few minutes to look at the photo albums that show the warmth and comfort, as well as the grace of this wonderful home.
The property is available furnished as shown, if desired, with the custom designed window dressings and appliances, with offers starting at $550,000 US.
Woolsthorpe is a charming village under a mile from the village of Colsterworth which provides a range of local amenities including a doctor's surgery, Co-Operative convenience store and Post Office. The market town of Grantham is approximately 8 miles to the north with Stamford, Melton Mowbray and Bourne all within 16 miles.There is an excellent main line rail link to London King's Cross from Grantham taking about 70 minutes.The surrounding area provides a wide range of leisure andrecreational opportunities. There is a choice of golf courses within a 15 mile radius, water sports at Rutland Water and other sporting clubs available in the surrounding market towns.For more information, please contact Maureen O'Crean in the Los Angeles, California area at 310-567-1518 or by email at maureen.ocrean(at)gmail.com