Church Accommodation – Our Top 6 Picks
Staying in a church is a relatively new phenomenon, made especially popular in recent years by the lovely folk over at The Churches Conservation Trust. If you’re looking for your very own heavenly stay, here are our top six picks…
1. Old Chapel House, Barnoldswick, Lancashire – Best for a luxury break
Features: Sleeps 8 ~ 4 Bedrooms ~ Cots Available ~ Not Pet Friendly ~ Wifi Available
This Grade II listed former Baptist Chapel has been recently renovated to a high standard with luxury and comfort at the heart. With an open plan living area on the ground floor and four modern and comfortable bedrooms upstairs including one en-suite master, this property is perfect for those family and friend gatherings with a ground floor made for socialising and upstairs providing more privacy.
The market town on Barnoldswick where the Old Chapel House is located dates to Anglo-Saxon times and is known for its industrial heritage – including being where Rolls-Royce developed their jet engine in WWII. It also is home to Barncroft Mill which has a working steam engine. Within an easy drive, you will also find the famous Bolton Abbey and the fantastic market town of Skipton.
2. St Michael and All Angels, Hollocombe, near Chulmleigh, Devon – Best for shabby chic luxe
Features: Sleeps 6 ~ 3 Bedrooms ~ Woodburning Stove ~ Pets- No Charge ~ Wifi Available
This converted church, St. Michaels & All Angels, was built in 1891 and is one of only two Saddleback towers in Devon. With vaulted ceilings and stained-glass windows, the church has been lovingly renovated to incorporate the building original purpose with a luxurious holiday retreat.
Perfectly located to explore Devon. Only 25 minutes drive from the stunning National Parks of Dartmoor & Exmoor and also within a short drive from the beaches at Barnstaple.
3. Dales Chapel, Middleton-in-Teesdale, County Durham – Best for family and friends
Features: Sleeps 14 ~ 6 Bedrooms ~ Enclosed Garden/Patio ~ Woodburning Stove ~ Pets- No Charge ~ Wifi Available
The former Methodist Chapel, dating from the 19th century, is now a spacious holiday home with plenty of rooms for entertaining. The second floor has an open-plan entertainment area including a snooker table, home cinema and bar area. One of the bedrooms even has a en-suite sauna!
Situated in the market town of Middleton-in-Teesdale, it is the perfect base to explore the North Pennines, the Yorkshire Dales and only a short drive away, the Lake District.
4. The Old Chapel, St Dennis, near St Austell, Cornwall – Best for visiting the tourism spots in Cornwall
Features: Sleeps 8 ~ 4 Bedrooms ~ Coast within 3 miles ~ Cot & Highchair Available ~ Pets- No Charge ~ Wifi Available
This unique property offers modern and contemporary accommodation with a difference. The Old Chapel has been converted retaining some original features but keeping all modern comforts that travellers would expect. Stained glass windows, a galleried landing area and arched doorways all contribute to the character of the building but the glass doors, contemporary kitchen and solid wood floors give the property that modern feel.
Located in the village of St Dennis near St Austell in mid-Cornwall, this makes the perfect base for those wishing to visit filming locations for Poldark and Taboo, the Eden Project and many more tourist hotspots in the area. Oh, and of course it is only 3 miles from the beach!
5. Priory Manor, Windermere, Cumbria – Best for history lovers
Features: Sleeps 4 ~ 2 Bedrooms ~ All En-Suite ~ Pets – Not Allowed ~ Shared Gardens & Lake Shore
Priory Manor is an ancient priory that incorporates history, modern comforts and quirkiness all into one property. Awarded Grade II status by English Heritage, the Priory Manor is located on the shores of Lake Windermere and the shared access to the shore means you can launch a canoe or small boat or picnic on the shore. The accommodation itself features original handmade woodwork in the kitchen, stained glass windows, gargoyles, a gothic tower and a heritage bathroom – making it a must for those with a passion for history and heritage.
In the heart of the Lake District and on the banks of Lake Windermere, there is no better location to experience the Lakes.
6. Kirk House, Near Dingwall, Ross-shire – Best for Highland holidays
Features: Sleeps 6 ~ 3 Bedrooms ~ Woodburning Stove ~ Pets – No Charge~ Onsite Parking ~ Wifi Available
A former 19th century Socttish Free Church. The exterior of this original Victorian church has been completely preserved hiding away the incredible refurbishment inside designed by award-winning Scottish architects, maximizing the light and height of the building to create this ultra-modern contemporary space.
Located on the road from Inverness in the east to Ullapool or Isle of Skye in the west, Kirk House is easily accessible but not overlooked in anyway.