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Converted Chapel | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8

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

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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Review 1-4 of 4

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

30 Nov 2012


"excellent, stunning building sympathetically restored"

really enjoyed our stay at the church, beautiful area, lots of walking nearby, the church was spotlessly clean, lots of room downstairs with a stunning kitchen area and all the bedrooms are a decent size and all en suite. I would certainly recommended anyone to visit.

Review 1-4 of 4

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