Rushton Spencer, SK11

Swythamley Chapel is a historic, cleverly converted detached property constructed in mellow sandstone, with a contemporary, stylish interior. It boasts a wealth of history and sits at the edge of the beautiful Peak National Park.


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Property details

  • Detached, stone-built period home with retained original features throughout
  • Wrap-around garden with off-road parking for multiple vehicles
  • 3 Bedrooms - one a self-contained 'granny flat'
  • 3 Receptions
  • Grade II listed, with retained working belltower and eight bells
  • Double garage and store
  • Stunning rural location in easy reach of Leek & Macclesfield.

Swythamley Chapel is a historic, cleverly converted detached property constructed in mellow sandstone, with a contemporary, stylish interior. It boasts a wealth of history and sits at the edge of the beautiful Peak National Park, on the cusp of Cheshire and Staffordshire.

The town of Leek and major supermarkets can be reached within seven minutes' drive while other Cheshire towns of Macclesfield and Congleton are close by. Manchester Airport can be reached within 40 minutes. Additionally, Macclesfield sits on the main rail line to London, so commutes are possible in just 2 hours.

Swythamley Chapel forms an idyllic family home, yet also offers a unique letting proposition to the investor. Its scope for full-capacity booking by affluent weekend/short stay guests has been proven year on year and can be immediately picked up if desired.

In addition, the separate 'granny flat' in the lower ground floor has just undergone full, 'no expense spared' refurbishment to offer further, separate letting potential should the homeowner so choose, or is an ideal, fully private and secluded space for visiting family and friends.

Swythamley itself is a rural backwater, an almost 'zero crime' locale with a strong community feel; a multitude of quaint village activities takes place each year. The area is also prime walking, cycling and hiking country.

Property features include the rare 'eight-bell ringing machine' in the belltower --said by the makers to be the only one of its kind in the country -- as well as exposed timber trusses and A-frames, vast polished granite pillars, many stone mullions, stained and leaded glass original windows, a lich-gate style outside porch, original doors to front and rear, and decorative stonework and ridge tiles.

Extensive effort has recently been invested in property maintenance and improved energy efficiency. Measures taken in late 2017/2018 include a new gas boiler and new radiator thermostats throughout, a remote-controlled thermostatic boiler unit, and replacement of all halogen lighting with LEDs. 



EXTERIOR PORCH (2.44m x 2.16m / 8'0" x 7'1")

Magnificent original timbers and arched sandstone architrave. Original double doors. Stone flagged original floor. Wall-mounted decorative mail box. Exterior light on PIR (passive infra-red).

RECEPTION HALL (3.0m x 2.6m / 9'8" x 8'5")

Imposing large leaded, stained glass triptych. Stairs leading down to lower ground floor with metal safety balustrade. Low-level radiator.

Reception Hall leads to:

LIVING ROOM (13.57m x 6.07m / 44'5" x 19'9")

  • Room dimensions incorporate an open-plan, spacious DINING AREA accessed via two steps.

Magnificent open-plan room--the perfect party space!

Includes part 7.62m (25' high) pitched ceiling with twin dormer windows. Six original stone mullioned windows flank two elevations, giving all-day sunlight. TV aerial point. (TV aerial cabling will be left in situ: SKY dish sited on belltower roof). Pair of BT phone sockets currently not in use/surplus, available for recnnection for extra lines or facsimile. Three low-level radiators. Paired electrical floor sockets mounted throughout. LED architectural uplighter to each window reveal.

Leading to DINING AREA, two impressive polished granite pillars with dual sandstone arches at each side and intricate stone carvings. Original oak wall panelling. Pair of LED architectural uplighters in each recess. Two double wall-mounted power points, one in each recess.

STUDY (4.60m x 2.29m, narrowing to 1.78m in lobby area / 15'9" x 7'5" narrowing to 5'9")

Two areas of pitched and beamed ceilings.

Windows to three elevations including two original hand-made, stained and leaded glass panels with historic inscriptions and Brocklehurst family heraldic crest. Cast iron pot-bellied multi-fuel burner and chimney. Large expanse of decorative stonework.

Three double, wall-mounted power sockets. Two wall-mounted cast iron safes,  can be included in sale. Two LED architectural uplighters.


Built in, original full-height vestry cloak cupboard/store cupboard in solid oak with pair of sliding doors. Original vestry garment hooks.

Low-level WC and wall-hung cantilevered wash handbasin in white. Slate grey floor tiles. Wall mounted mirror. Wall mounted light fitting.

Imposing leaded, circular stained glass rose window in pastel shades, built of sandstone and formed by eight smaller, stained and leaded portholes with a central opening leaded light.

Low-level radiator. Pitched and beamed ceiling.

KITCHEN (4.42m x 3.89m / 14'5" x 12'8")

Split-level Cotswold stone tiled floor. Beech worktops to three walls. Ranges of whitewood base cupboards and wall-hung cupboards with built-under and -over lighting integral.

Tiled splashbacks above worktops. One-and-a-half bowl moulded inset steel sink and drainer. Contemporary mixer tap. Integral ceramic hob and built-under stainless-steel fronted electric oven and grill. Integrated cooker hood. Integrated built-under refrigerator and separate freezer (included in sale if desired).

LED spot downlighters. Low-level radiator and intricately carved sandstone arch from the Chapel's former font. TV point. Range of wall-mounted power points.

UTILITY ROOM (2.16m x 2.16m / 7'1" x 7'1")

Beech worktops with appliance spaces below for washing machine and tumble dryer.

Tall broom cupboard and range of white, modern floorstanding base units. Eye-level wall cupboards. 2018 liquid propane gas central heating boiler with flue. Digital gas boiler programmer and portable remote control thermostatic unit.

Pitched and beamed ceiling. Original external door. Cotswold stone floor tiles. Double power point above worktop.


Galleried LANDING with metal balustrading. Ornate A-frame exposed timbers. Access to inner landing. Two LED architectural uplighters. Wall-mounted art light in 'kite' style.

Staircase to:

BELL TOWER / UPPER LEVEL STUDY (2.46m x 2.39m / 8'1" x 7'8")

Original cast iron manual belltower ringing mechanism known as an 'eight bell ringing machine' by John Smith & Sons, Derby.

Roof hatch access to upper bell tower housing eight original, working bells and ladders to the leaded flat roof.

Range of bookcase shelving. Leaded window. Low-level radiator. Double power point.

INNER LANDING incorporating six low-level mood lights and ceiling light.


Comprising three distinct areas:

BEDROOM 1 (6.20m x 3.30m / 20'3" x 10'8")

Pitched and beamed high ceiling. Sitting areas on either side.

Door to en-suite SHOWER ROOM. Built-in cupboard housing hot water cylinder and immersion heater.

Two dormer windows, one either side. Low-level radiator. TV point. BT point. Two LED architectural uplighters. Four double, wall-mounted power points.

Superb sandstone Gothic archway with restricted headroom, leading to:

SITTING AREA (4.01m x 3.40m / 13'4" x 11'1")

Pitched and beamed ceiling. Velux window. Low-level radiator. Pair of LED architectural uplighters. Three double power points. Archway with restricted headroom, through exposed original timber A-frame, leading to:

DRESSING AREA (3.63m x 1.85m / 12'1" x 6'2")

Two full-height ranges of 'his and hers' fitted wardrobes by Siematic, incorporating each a double wall-mounted power point. 

Pitched and beamed ceiling.

Beautiful original stained and leaded glass windows, mullioned. Decorative metal balustrading and inset glass floor panel. Architectural uplighters.


Walls fully tiled. White suite comprising corner handbasin with mixer tap, and low-level WC with enclosed cistern. Tiled shower enclosure with thermostatically controlled shower unit and mixer valve. Extractor fan. Tiled floor. Electric shaver point. Low-level radiator. 


BED AREA (3.48m x 2.00m / 11'5" x 6'6") with stunning open parkland views over Swythamley Hall Estate.

Pitched and beamed ceiling.

Low-level radiator and window seat. LED architectural uplighter. Exposed A-frame original timbers and original-laddered access (vendor is willing to install a spacesaver stair for buyers if desired) leading to:  

UPPER GALLERIED DECK / ADDITIONAL BED SPACE (3.28m x 2.18m / 10'8" x 7'2")

Metal decorative & safety balustrade. LED architectural uplighter.


Walls and floor fully tiled to complement white suite comprising:

Panelled cast iron bath with white tiled surround. Chrome contemporary mixer tap. Thermostatically controlled shower unit. Glass shower door. Large cantilevered wash handbasin with monobloc mixer tap. Bidet, and low flush WC with concealed cistern.

Wall mirror, electric shaver point, vanity light over mirror, and low-level radiator. 


*Newly refurbished, comprising 'granny flat' in studio-style with double bedroom and en-suite, accessible via staircase from main living room or via own private garden area and access door. Studio suite can be locked off from main house for letting or for visiting guests.*

LOBBY. Staircase to main reception hall. Under-stairs storage cupboard with double power point. Two wall lights.

Full-height glazed door to:

Curved/straight HALLWAY. (6.10m / 20')

Carpeted flooring. LED architectural uplighter. Wall-mounted, energy-saving electric panel radiators, thermostatic. Built-in cupboard housing hot water cylinder, header tank and water pump for lower ground floor level. Immersion heater. Glass block skylight inset to ceiling. Pair of LED architectural uplighters to ceiling recess.

Door to GARAGE. Door to BEDROOM 3/Studio Suite.

BEDROOM 3 (4.75m x 4.68m / 15'7" x 15.4")

Carpeted flooring with inset curved matwell. Glass block rooflight inset to ceiling. 4 wall-mounted electric, energy-saving panel radiators, thermostatic.

Pair of LED architectural uplighters to ceiling recess. TV point. Glazed external door panel and hardwood door to outside private garden.

Door to:


WC with vanity unit. Large freestanding moulded slipper bath in slate grey, with freestanding contemporary chrome mixer tap and handheld shower attachment. 

Vanity unit with inset wash handbasin and contemporary mixer tap. Wall mirror. Glass block rooflight with pair of LED architectural uplighters. Flat panel electric radiator. 


(7.06m x 6.10m / 23'2" x 20').

Fire door separates garage from HALLWAY and bedroom 3.

Garage comprises twin hardwood 'up & over' doors, one manual, one electrically operated. Glass block rooflight. Multiple power points. Wall-mounted consumer units for Lower Ground Floor Level. Range of contemporary low-level cupboards with worktop over, and inset medical scrub sink and elbow-operable mixer tap. Hospital-grade vinyl flooring. Fluorescent lights. 

Range of wall-mounted shelves and storage. Wrought iron mail hatch, exiting on public lane.
A range of external PIR lighting.
Liquid Propane Gas storage tank on telemetry (auto top-up) system.
Water tap.
Exterior power socket.


Liquid propane gas central heating; new boiler installed in December 2017. Current costs: £500 per annum, maintaining steady 21 degrees in living areas.
Mains (metered) water. Current costs: £100 per annum maximum.
Mains electricity. Current costs: £1,000 per annum.
Septic tank drainage. Current costs: £150 per annum.

Property is offered for sale FREEHOLD (unusual for the area--this was acquired by present owner) and free of Chief Rent.


Band G, Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.


Later-night viewings are also possible. Please ask.
Property is offered without onward chain.
Fast completion is possible if desired.
Vendor offers to share equally the cost of the buyer's property survey, subject to obtaining a copy. This offer applies to the first buyer/survey only, not subsequent purchase offers.
Vendor offers to install new underlay and carpet and a spacesaver stair to the galleried area of bedroom 2 if desired by purchasers. Work would be completed after exchange of contracts.
Ongoing work is being undertaken to further improve this home, pre-sale.

Please note: Viewings for all properties are arranged directly on the Sellmyhome website.

From the horse's mouth

Owner says: "Location, location, location! Unspoiled Peak Park, idyllic surroundings, peace and quiet. And I love the property's unique history and quirkiness.. And we have some of the best country pubs ever!"

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