From Poor Clare Convent to luxury properties


A 19th century Nunnery near Solihull has been transformed into sixteen luxury homes.
For almost 150 years, the buildings in Rising Lane near Baddesley Clinton were home to the Poor Clare Sisters. These nuns lived with no luxuries, and spent their time in prayer and sewing.

By the end of the 20th century, their numbers had dwindled. There's a slate plaque listing the departed sisters on the adjacent church wall. By 2011, the four remaining nuns had been rehoused in other parts of the UK, and the vast, peaceful property was sold for redevelopment.

Specialist developers BJD headed the project. By the end of 2017, the transformation was complete.

Many of the arched windows have been kept; the stairways and entrance halls retain their ecclesiastical forms. Stained glass windows remain in some cases. One of the new homes has a font in its dining room.
But the Poor Clare Sisters would recognise little else about their former dwellings.

The new homes are superbly fitted. Modern kitchens, beautifully designed. Deep carpets, elegant bathrooms, showers, wetrooms. Attic bedrooms. Vast living rooms with huge French windows opening onto lush lawns.

The sixteen homes have names to recall their ancient past.

The Abbess, a four bed home, sold for £950,000. Sister Catherine is more modest. One bedroom for £325,000.

Sacre Coeur and St Collette, both four-bedroomed, went on the market at over £900,000 each.

How ironic that the home of a group of nuns who passed their days in spartan surroundings should now be some of the most desirable properties in an area rich with mansions.

A new 21st century community of wealthy, successful homemakers will enjoy the neighbouring countryside and peaceful setting from their splendid havens that once gave shelter to a group of Godly women who turned their backs on money and comfort.




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