Convent for sale: The Church of England Newspaper March 14, 2010 March 19, 2010Posted by geoconger in Church of England, Church of England Newspaper, Mission Societies/Religious Orders.
First published in The Church of England Newspaper.
The Benedictine sisters of the Holy Cross are selling up, and have listed their convent near Loughborough for sale with an estate agent.
Rempstone Hall, the nuns’ home since 1979, is being placed on the market for £2.5 million, and the proceeds from the sale will allow the order to move to a purpose-built home nearby in the village of Costock. A classical Georgian red-brick house, originally built in 1792 for a local landowner, the sisters purchased the property in 1979 for £110,000.
When the order acquired the 20 bedroom, 21,000 sq foot home Grade II-listed hall, there were 20 sisters in residence. Their numbers have fallen to nine, and a purpose built convent suitable for their smaller size and aging population was felt necessary.
The Rev. Mother Mary Luke told the Leicester Mercury she was sad to leave the 22-acre estate and it “is the most wonderful building and it has served us very well.”
However, the “hall was not built as a convent. It was built as a large private residence and we will be moving to a new home which we hope will be ready by May next year,” she said.
A description of the property in Country Life notes the Hall can be turned back into a private residence at a cost of approximately £500,000. The prospectus states the “property, which has been carefully maintained throughout, comprises the hall with four reception rooms, a drawing room/chapel, a library, 10 main bedrooms, 10 secondary bedrooms, and six bathrooms, plus two lodges, a flat, an impressive stable courtyard, and a walled kitchen garden.”
Mother Mary Luke said she was hoping for a quick sale. “People who have millions are still able to afford property and we have a very nice one,” she said.