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Excellent 5/5 11 reviews

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Converted Chapel | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

A rural retreat in the peaceful village of Gamblesby set in the backdrop of the Eden Valley. A perfect place to relax, explore, escape from it all and more…..

An antidote to the hectic daily routine, but home a from home with all of the modern creature comforts you might need. Whether you want to curl up and enjoy the ambience of our sympathetically restored Grade II listed building, or step out and use the Church as a base to enjoy the craggy hills and valleys of the North Pennines or the North Lakes, Old St. John's Church is the perfect hideaway.

Having been bought by Phil & Joanne in 2010, the Church has undergone complete restoration and conversion from Church to home, and has been featured on Channel 4's - Restoration Man.

Size Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Newcastle Airport 84 km, Nearest railway: Penrith 14 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 3 En suites and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Double beds (3), Cots (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

Two kingsize beds and one superking/twin (changeable). 2 en-suites with bath and shower over, 1 en-suite shower only.

The kitchen is located in the curved end of the Church with a magnificent curved worktop.

There is also a separate 'snug' - the former vestry.

The fireplace is double sided.

WiFi available.

Further details outdoors

The garden is approx. 0.3 acres or predominantly lawn with some border planting. There is ample parking for 4 cars.

Further details

We request that no ball games are played in the garden as the Church has many beautiful leaded and stained glass windows.

We request that dogs are only allowed downstairs and not on the furniture, and that the garden is left as found.

WiFi available.

The Cumbria/Lake District

Cumbria is a picturesque english county, containing the Lake District, the Eden Valley, the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and part of the Yorkshire Dales to the south. Besides excellent local and more adventurous walking, there are also many visitors attractions to enjoy. Gamblesby is located in the Eden Valley, just 10 miles from Penrith (and the Lake District) it is the perfect location to explore the Lakes, but stay in an altogether more quiet and relaxed location. Equally staying local- explore the North Pennines and miss the hustle and bustle of the Lakes completely!


Penrith is the main town of the North Lakes. It is on the boundary of the Lake District National Park, with Ullswater and Haweswater just a throw away with remainder of the Lakes not too far either. Near to Gamblesby is Long Meg and her daughters (stone circle), Little Salkeld water mill, South Tyndale Railway, Coombes Wood, Kirk Neuk studio and the Village Bakery. Hadrian's walls is also close by.

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6 Aug 2014


"beautiful building with everything you could wish for provided"

Was a privilege to stay in such a wonderful old building. Has all the mod cons you would wish for inside and the owners were very helpful. Brought lots of admiring comments when people saw the pictu… More

22 Jul 2014


"A fantastic & unusual holiday home."

I had looked forward to this holiday for many months as I had never been to a church for a holiday before ! It was every thing I had imagined and more. The old church from 1868 built of red sandstone with a green Westmorland slate roof stands in it's own grounds and to stay in it brings a feeling of serenity. The restoration has been beautifully done, blending the old with the new sympathetically, and although a very old building there is every modern convenience and comfort you would want. The church is in the lovely farming village of Gamblesby .it lies to the west of the Northern Pennines & east of the Lake District fells ,so not only is it surrounded by spectacular scenery but there are many places and attractions to visit very close by. Every comfortable bedroom has it own en-suite bathroom, and the kitchen is magnificent with the original stained glass windows above the sink!! I was fortunate enough to spend a comfortable ,happy week here with my husband ,his sister, & my sister at the end of June.we all agreed it was a wonderful place to stay. One word of warning to anyone trying to take a look at nearby Lacy's caves, -- don't attempt it without hiking boots!!!

7 Jul 2014


"An excellent trip!"

We stayed here for a week in June with our dog. The village is lovely and quiet (even down to the farmer across the road who laughed at us when we couldn't at first work out how to open the front… More

7 Jul 2014



We had a fantastic time at Old St John's Church. The property is not only beautiful and comfortable but well equipped and located.
We did a fantastic 12 mile hike from the doorstep, taking in Hartside Top Cafe, the highest cafe in England as well as the summits of Knapside Hill and Melmerby Fell. The Shepherds Inn pub (Melmerby) was a welcome sight at the end of the day and served an excellent local ale. The pub is a mile and a half away from the property and there's a lovely track adjacent to the road so you don't have to worry about road traffic on the way back either.

23 Jun 2014


"A Bucket List property"

Just returned from a long weekend stay at the church with friends and 5 dogs! - Absolutely splendid, well equipped, beautifully restored. There are so many things we loved about the property that I wo… More

20 May 2014


"Amazing stay"

We stayed at St. John's for three nights over a weekend for my husbands bday weekend. Had a fantastic time , the church itself is breath taking, lots of room for two families with young babies . Phil and his wife were very accommodating with requests for high chairs and travel cots. Every thing is there for you when you arrive unlike other holiday homes.

Would also recommend Janet a local lady who caters , details can be found on the initial info sent.

Overall amazing stay would love to go back .

2 May 2014


"Best weekend Ever"

We have just come back from a lovely weekend at Old St John's Church and want to thank the owners for allowing us to stay at such a lovely home, we had such a warm welcome, the bottle of wine wen… More

1 Dec 2013


"Awesome...a beautiful restoration large and cosy at the same time"

This place is a must stay...the pictures do not do it justice, it is even more stunning. Beautifully restored, large and yet cosy and warm at the same time. The owners do everything they can to make y… More

4 Sep 2013


"Wonderful church conversion in a beautiful part of the country"

A truly stunning property even better in reality than the tv program restoration manThe standard of decor is excellent and the large kitchen with cathedral ceiling a true delight to cook inThe observa… More

25 Jul 2013


"Beautifully restored building... A must stay!"

Just got back from a fantastic stay at old St. John's church. It was everything your would wish for in a holiday letting and in a such a beautiful location.The church was very clean and all rooms… More

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