Beautiful stone cottage right next to Rugby's legendary 'plague church' at Wolfhampcote on sale for £375k

Your closest neighbours will be St Peter's congregation of bats, who live in the tower

Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 12:21 pm
Updated Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 12:22 pm
Photo: Fine & Country.

A perhaps once-in-a-lifetime opportunity has arisen to buy a beautiful cottage that lies just across from the famous 'plague church' at Wolfhampcote, near Braunston.

St Peter's Church, which sits on the edge of Rugby Borough, had five minutes of fame four years ago when a Facebook geo-tagging error caused the posts of users around Warwickshire to be labelled as coming from Wolfhampcote.

But many Rugbeians discovered that the beautiful building has much more to offer, with a font dating back to Norman times and much of its stonework being medieval.

A rumour that the village it once served was abandoned during a plague outbreak added some drama to its history.

But historical records show that the village being demolished in the early 1500s to make way for sheep farming was really the culprit.

Without a parish to serve, the church could have been left to go to ruin.

But the estate owners continued to maintain it and today the church remains consecrated, still being occasionally for services and other events.

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And sitting in the field next to the church is a stunning Victorian stone cottage, which is now for sale for £375,000.

The cottage, believed to have been built for farm workers in around 1850, boasts vegetable gardens and charming views across to St Peter's.

Several outbuildings might, subject to planning permission, mean that extra bedrooms could be added to the home to make room for a family.

The cottage's decor is quaint and charming, but the estate agent says that the new owners may wish to modernise parts of it.

Photo: Fine & Country.

Country walks and peace will abound for the new owner of the cottage.

While human neighbours might be scarce, St Peter's has a full-time congregation of bats - and the churchyard is a sanctuary for many rare plants and creatures, earning it the nickname 'God's acre'.

The cottage is marketed by Fine & Country. Visit to see the full listing.

Photo: Fine & Country.
St Peter's, a photo from our archives.
St Peter's, a photo from our archives.