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Old Free Church Lybster

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Excellent 5/5 Score from 4 reviews

Converted Chapel | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner

This is a luxury self-catering holiday property forming part of a magnificent church conversion and will attract families as well as groups of friends and sleeps up to 6 (+ cot) in accommodation over 2 levels.

Comprising of

- 3 luxury en-suite bedrooms (one king; one double and one twin or superking). Flat screen digital TV's in each of the bedrooms

- Well appointed dining kitchen

- Laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer

- Study recess with X box 360 (its own flat screen, 2 controllers and lots of games); toys; children's books and board games

- Exceptionally spacious lounge with cathedral style windows and outlook onto open country views. TV with SKY+; DVD player and a large selection of DVD's for all ages

- Wi Fi

The layout has been designed to be comfortable and family friendly. It is particularly well-equipped for toddlers, children and young people.

For those travelling with babies, rest assured, we have the following;

A wooden cot and comfortable mattress (in the Oak Bedroom). We provide a fitted sheet. Please bring baby's preferred bedding

A steam steriliser

A Baby bath

A changing mat

A high chair

A box of toys suitable for littlies

Appointed with quality fixtures and fittings, every effort has been taken to retain the integrity of the church walls, the deep window recesses, cathedral style windows and the retention of the original church beams. Each room has been independently designed with individually selected fabrics and furnishings. A perfect retreat and excellent location to explore wonderful Caithness.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Lybster 1 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 500 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: WICK 20 km, Nearest railway: WICK 20 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 En suites
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 12
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Access Parking
Further details indoors

Whether it's a well-equipped kitchen, a family-friendly layout, spacious and luxurious bedrooms with their own en-suite, the local malt, the luxury Scottish Fine Soaps products or the thoughtful touches, The Old Free Church at Lybster offers the discerning guest the ultimate in warmth and charm.

The property has been designed for practicality and comfort. The large gallery lounge has been sympathetically divided to ensure the room lends itself to making sure everyone is able to do their own thing - the study recess for the youngsters; the seating area with 2 large sofas for those squishy sofa days and family board games and the designated TV area, with its very own corner sofa. Wi Fi is fast and effective with a good strong signal - available throughout the entire property, so young people can ensure they keep in touch with their friends.

The bedrooms capture the ambience of this wonderful church conversion - The Plum Room, sleeping 2 with its rich colours, imposing original church beam, deep window recesses and staged platform housing the double bed; The Brodie Room, sleeping 2 people with its elegant furniture and sumptuous coordinating fabrics, offering flexible sleeping arrangements with a super-kingsize bed or twin (2 singles) and The Oak Room, sleeping 2 with its magnificent kingsize four poster, coordinated oak furniture and rich indulgent fabrics and commanding arched floor-to-ceiling window. A wooden cot and comfortable mattress is available - bring baby's own preferred bedding. All of the bedrooms have lockable doors.

All of the bedrooms have flat screen digital TV's and their own independent en-suite shower rooms with large shower enclosures. New for 2015 - the Master En-suite has been beautifully restyled.

Further details outdoors

A spacious and secure entrance hall for guests to use (where an array of tourist information materials and leaflets are provided) can be used to safely store pushchairs, bikes, etc.

This is very spacious accommodation that is child-friendly with a well designed layout which is luxurious, yet practical and comfortable. Beautiful open country views from the lounge.

There is no garden to this property, but lots of dog walking opportunities in the area - with a park just a short walk away from the main door (and lots of glorious beaches!). If you have a well-behaved dog that would like to join you on holiday, then please enquire. There is an extra charge of £25.00 per stay for a dog.

Further details

Quality bed linen, Scottish Fine Soaps products and complimentary malt (over 18's only), shortbread and highland toffees are all part of the package.

Wi fi access is completely free of charge. With no limited "hot spots", the Wi Fi is fast & efficient and can be accessed anywhere. The X Box 360 (which also plays DVD's), situated in the study recess has its own flat screen, which means that others in the holiday party can watch uninterrupted TV/DVDs in the lounge (SKY+) while the children are occupied watching their preferred film or playing their games.

As well as the X Box (with games for all ages and 2 controllers), there is a range of toys, DVDs, books and board games which makes the property ideal for children and young people and it is toddler friendly. A full sized wooden cot and mattress, highchair, stairgate and baby bath are provided as well as plastic cups and plates, toddler drinking cups and straws. A steam steriliser is also available.

Happy and contented children make for a relaxing break for the adults!

The layout and design also makes this an ideal holiday accommodation choice for groups of friends. 3 couples can enjoy their own luxury bedroom with private en-suite facilities.

The Caithness and Sutherland region

The towns of Wick (with Wick airport offering shuttle flight connections (FLYBE & EASTERN AIRWAYS) from Edinburgh and Aberdeen) and Thurso are both within 15 and 30 minutes drive respectively.

The town of Wick has a large Tesco Superstore and petrol station, Homebase, Pets at Home, Superdrug, Argos, Edinburgh Woolen Mill, Lidl, Haldanes, Wetherspoons and the usual variety of take-aways, restaurants, shops, parks and swimming pool. Thurso offers a variety of supermarkets, shops, cafes, bars and restaurants as well as a swimming pool.

In Lybster itself, you will find a cafe, take-away, convenience store and newsagent as well as a museum, picturesque harbour, small cove pebble beach and nine-hole golf course.

The famous John O'Groats is a 40 minute drive. See the most spectacular view in Scotland and the famous stacks from Duncansby Head. Visit the fabulous ice cream shop (Flavours, John O'Groats) with its array of flavoured Scottish Ice Creams, unique cones and bespoke ice cream sundaes. Take a Day Tour to the Orkney Islands, a rib boat around the coast and the intriguing island of Stroma (this takes you a tour of the Duncansby Stacks) or a wildlife cruise to see the stunning scenary and amazing wildlife; pods of Killer Whales; dolphins; seals; puffins and birds.


Caithness is renowned for its unusual light & extraordinary skies, remarkable coastline and spectacular countryside. Famous John O'Groats is a 40 minute drive, where you can see the spectacular Duncansby Stacks & miles of fabulous views from Duncansby Head. Daily ferries along the coast & regular sailings to Orkney from John O'Groats. Have a go on the fabulous rib - which takes you round the intruiging Island of Stroma and around the Stacks - a breathtaking and memorable experience. Visit Flavours, John O'Groats' new addition. A luxury ice cream & confectionery shop with it's quirky cones & fantastic selection of flavoured ice creams. Amazing Ice Cream Sundaes and stockists of wonderful Cocoa Mountain (if you like chocolate, this is a Highland experience you will never forget). Afterwards, walk it off along Sannick beach - see the seals dotted along the coast in the winter months. Why not visit the Castle of Mey? A short drive along the coast. Lovingly restored by the late Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mother. The Dunbeath Heritage Centre and Pulteney Distillery in Wick are among many of the local visitor attractions in Caithness. Caithness Horizons in Thurso gives a fascinating insight into Caithness, past and present.

Lybster's Waterlines Visitor Centre (Seasonal Opening) is a fascinating educational experience where the family can enjoy discovering its unique role in the once vibrant fishing industry. For the active angler, naturalist, ornithologist or photographer there is a multitude of facilities both local and further afield, with castles, historical sites, lochs and rivers all within easy reach and an abundance of wildlife and countryside to explore.

Local pursuits and facilities

Walking, cycling and hillwalking

Lybster is a great location for walking, with coastal and forest walking opportunities only a short distance away. See and for local walking and cycling opportunities and events.


Lybster's very own 9 hole golf course is a few hundred yards from the church apartment. This heathland course has good views over the north sea and out to the Moray Firth. See for further information.

Country Spa

For the ultimate indulgence, Katrina Sutherland Country Spa offers an unforgettable spa experience. This country retreat, for women only, just over a mile from the church apartment, provides a range of pamper packages, a variety of treatments and a sauna. Why not indulge in a classic, luxury or signature pamper package? These can be arranged for the entire party an a half-day or full-day basis. Prior booking for treatments and pamper packages is essential.

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Review 1-4 of 4

21 Apr 2014


"Remote luxury!"

We (my husband and I) stayed here whilst visiting family in a nearby village for what we planned as 1 week.Straight away upon booking we received our first comminication from Sandra, the owner confirm… More

17 Mar 2014


"Beautiful country retreat"

Beautiful building with lovely accommodating host. Facilities were excellent, didn't need to bring a thing. Myself and my partner just had a quiet 4 day break, was just bliss, stunning scenery fr… More

12 Nov 2012


"Very Comfortable Accommodation Recomended"

We visited while I was working in the area, it was very convient and comfortable and warm. It have modified from a Church in apartments in a very sympathetic manor and was an absolute joy to return he… More

7 Jun 2011


"Stunning apartment, stunning scenery"

We stayed at the Old Church Apartment in May 2011. I can honestly say it is the nicest place I have ever stayed. It has been beautifully converted and has all the mod cons you could possibly need whilst being clearly very very well looked after.
The surrounding countryside is breathtaking, as is the route up from Inverness Airport. The apartment itself makes for a wonderful retreat for relaxing and chilling out in the peace and quiet after a long day's walking or sightseeing.

I would love to stay again sometime and highly recommend it.

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Calendar last updated:21 Dec 2014

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