Stay in refurbished century old church in Stanthorpe
The Stanthorpe region has a lot of interesting and quirky accommodation. If you are looking for your own private location and something a bit different, then try the converted and refurbish 100-year-old historic church renting out under the name Mia Chiesa.
The church was originally built just outside of town in 1915, in a locale known as The Summit. Originally only seating a grand total of 10 people, this church was expanded on with a vestry added in 1926. As the community developed in the interwar years, the congregation grew, and the church became an important community hub.
It was an active church well into the 21st century, with the first wedding held in 1916 and the last one in 2005. Of course, communities change over time, and more and more people preferring to head to larger centralised churches, so the church was closed and the property put up to auction in 2018.
Rosy Chapman bought the property and spent 3 years restoring and refurbishing the property to convert it into this unique place to stay in the Granite Belt. The result is an accommodation that reflects much of the original church, while also being refitting as a comfortable place to stay.
Rosy Chapman bought and refurbished the old church to convert it into a great place to stay near Stanthorpe
The church has been fitted out with carefully selected 1950s furniture, so you have a feeling of something old, but it is also stylish and represents that modern clean look that is still often part of many people's houses today. There is a dining table that can easily seat 4 people, and a modern spacious kitchen out back.
The old church has been fitted out with 'modern comfort'
While a lot of the living spaces has been refitted, there are plenty of the original church fitting left, which have been well restored. This includes the pulpit as well as wall fittings. A piano adds the final touch to the design.
There are a lot of elements of the old church still present in Mia Chiesa
A loft bedroom has been constructed, so you end up with a combination of a cosy place to sleep and high vaulted ceilings for the dining area. The bedroom also features a stained glass window so you will be woken in the morning by colourful light streaming in to brighten your day. Don't worry, the building has a northerly aspect, so you won't be woken up too early.
Of course, for a touch of class, in the modern style bathroom, there is a claw-footed bathtub that was made in England in 1915, the same year as construction on the church started. You get a combination of tradition and a touch of contemporary living.
Mia Chiesa, is one of many great accommodation options in the Stanthorpe area. It is a great place to choose when you want something a little different. Also having the space to just sit and relax or even invite a couple of friends over, makes it a great comfortable self-contained stay.