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Old St Johns Church

Gamblesby, Cumbria
Sleeps 8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 4
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
5 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • A beautiful, converted church full of character and original features
  • Discover the secret spire room at the top, boasting outstanding views
  • Great for children, with a swing and lots of space to play outside
Property code: 87762

Located in a peaceful village setting, on the edge of the North Pennines, this majestic converted church retains beautiful original features whilst benefitting from modern necessities.

Dating back to 1868, this magnificent converted church sits in the village of Gamblesby on the edge of the North Pennines. Sleeping eight people over four bedrooms and welcoming two canine companions, this stunning property boasts an endless array of original features and is a luxurious accommodation option for architecturally-astute families or groups of friends. Spend your days strolling by the River Eden, and your evenings soaking up the view from the property’s ‘Secret Spire Room’.

Step inside and you’ll be immediately hit by this property’s characterful original features, such as the lectern, pew and arched windows. Head through to the open-plan living area and sink onto a sofa to gaze out at the gorgeous views. When it’s time for dinner, rustle up something to eat in the curved kitchen, and enjoy your meal sitting on an original pew in the dining area. After dinner, head out to the garden, crack open a bottle of something cool and crisp, and watch the stars come out. At the end of the day you’ll find one bedroom on the ground-floor and two on the first-floor. Climb up the curving staircase, step over the original beam and you’ll find a fourth bedroom with its rose-shaped window and glass panel looking up to the spire. A trap door with a ladder provides access to the Spire Room. Make your way up at your own risk and you will be rewarded with spectacular views.

Head to Lacy’s Caves (8 miles), where Colonel Lacy carved five chambers out of the sandstone cliffs. From there you can enjoy a 5-mile circular hike to the Long Meg and her Daughters Stone Circle. A 12-mile trip will take you to the Rheged Centre. With its 3D cinema, exhibition centre and shops, it’s a great option if you have the little ones with you.

  • 4 bedrooms - 1 double, 2 king-size, and 1 twin (can be made up as a super-king-size on request)
  • 4 bathrooms - 1 shower room with WC, 1 en-suite shower room with WC, and 2 en-suite bathrooms with shower over bath and WC
  • Electric induction hob and double oven, dishwasher, washing machine, two fridge freezers, and microwave
  • 2 travel cots and a highchair available
  • Wood burner - initial supply of logs provided
  • Smart TV, Blu-ray DVD in the lounge, Smart TV in all first-floor bedrooms
  • Enclosed garden with seating area
  • Off-road parking for 4 cars
  • External bike storage
  • Bakery/shop and pub 1.5 miles
  • Access to the spire room is via a ladder
  • Please be mindful of some sloping ceiling areas
  • Arrival: 16:30 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 2 dogs allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week

Lyndsey Casson

This property is personally managed by Lyndsey.


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very nice owners would book again and location was really nice for peace and quite locals very freindly too really nice place loved it would recomend to freinds and family

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