Old St John's Church accommodation summary
Open plan living/dining kitchen
King-size bedroom with en suite shower room
Twin bedroom with en suite bathroom (could be converted into super-king on request)
King-size bedroom with en suite bathroom
Ladder access to spire
Enclosed lawned garden with seating area
Arrival Time: 17:00
Departure Time: 9:30
Towels will be provided
Two cots are available for children under the age of 2 (please bring your own cot linen)
Two high chairs are available
The house is heated by biomass central heating
WiFi access is available at the property
2 dogs are welcome at an additional charge of £20.00 per dog
The cottage is non-smoking
We ask for a damage deposit of £100. This will be returned in the fortnight following your stay.
Woodburner with initial logs & kindling provided
High Speed Broadband available in the property
Spire room with outstanding viewsGeneral Description
Old St John's Church is a Victorian gothic revival church built to serve Gamblesby in 1868. Only ever used for weddings and christenings, it closed in 2002 and has been beautifully converted to provide spacious 4-bedroom accommodation packed full of original features but without compromising on mod-cons and comfort. Heated by an environmentally friendly air source heat pump and featuring unobtrusive but practical secondary glazing on all the original windows it is warm and cosy. The conversion has struck a great balance between retaining the feel of the church yet making the rooms feel intimate and homely, you must come and experience this lovely place for yourself!
From the parking area two wide old sandstone steps lead up to the original arched church doorway where the solid, heavy, oak door opens into a spacious hall. Step inside, hang your coat on the hooks, leave your shoes on the mat and take a moment to appreciate the original features before you move on. There is a further step up onto a lovely parquet floor, a pew stands by the wall and a lectern holds local interest and guidebooks for you to use. Three arched, windows flood the entrance hall with light and the carpeted stairs lead up straight in front of you.
On the left is a hallway and left again is the ground floor double bedroom with bedside lamps, hooks for hanging space and a chest of drawers. The window overlooks the front to attractive sandstone farm buildings.
Opposite the bedroom is a shower room, with WC and basin, tiled floor and half tiled walls. It is light and bright with a window overlooking the garden.
Continue along the hallway past a storage cupboard with ironing board, drying rack etc to the door at the end which opens into the main living area. Firstly, there is a cosy living area with plenty of sofa space for everyone to relax on, choose from three 2-seat sofas, a 3-seat sofa and an armchair arranged around a couple of coffee tables on rugs. At one end of the room a smart TV offering Freeview and the option of Netflix, BBC i-player etc is mounted on the wall. There is also a Blu-ray DVD player and a selection of DVDs for your use. A variety of games and toys can be found in and adjacent to the painted chest of drawers against the opposite wall on which there is a digital radio and cd player. Windows look out on both sides to the gardens and surrounding village scene. This is a perfect cosy sociable space for family get togethers making lasting memories.
Beyond the living area the room opens up to full height in the kitchen and dining area, what a stunning space! The living and dining areas are partially divided by a log burner built into the wall on the right so it serves both areas and on the left is the original pulpit. The dining table comfortably seats 8 on 2 pews and makes the most of this grand space.
The modern fitted kitchen curves around with the shape of the apse, lit by 3 stained glass windows flanked by 2 of plain glass it is both beautiful and bright. Up in the roof exposed curved timbers dark against the white plaster enhance the semi-circular shape of the end of the building and exposed sandstone arches around the windows are a lovely feature too. The kitchen itself is modern and stylish with high gloss units and polished concrete worktops. Fully equipped with everything you could need and plenty of storage space. There is an electric double oven and hob, built in dishwasher, washing machine, fridge, freezer, 4 slice toaster and a microwave.
Off to the right of the dining area down a step the vestry has an original little stone fireplace (not in use) and a 2-seat sofa for a little quiet contemplation time. A door leads out into the garden from here.
At the top of the stairs is the landing lit by roof lights and running along the right hand side of the church which provides a lovely view right down the side of the building to the apse. At the end of the landing is a little viewpoint looking down into the kitchen where you can really appreciate the curves of the walls and roof and the stained-glass windows over the kitchen. All three upstairs bedrooms lead off the landing.
Back at the top of the stairs the sliding door on the left leads to a further curving staircase up to a double bedroom. At the top of the stairs is a built-in cupboard behind a curtain with hanging rail and shelves for clothes, (great place for hiding in a game of hide and seek!) then step over a beam into the bedroom itself. This room is full of character built as it is into the bottom of the tower with the strong exposed timbers giving it a unique shape and the simple rose window dominating the end wall. The bed has bedside lamps and there is a chest of drawers as well as a tv mounted on the wall. Step over the beam again and into the en-suite bathroom, this bright little room has a roof window with lovely views over the sandstone village to the hills beyond and a feature sunken bath with shower over.
This bedroom also has a little secret up its sleeve. Stand just outside the en-suite and look up and a part clear, part stained glass panel in the ceiling allows a view right up into the spire itself. Beside this is a trap door and by following the instructions given, carefully and at your own risk, you can lower the loft ladder and access the amazing room in the spire.
This little room has windows all the way around offering fabulous views over Gamblesby village to the surrounding fields and woods and the hills beyond. There is a great view up Hartside Pass to the east and to the west the unmistakable shape of Blencathra in the northern lake district. Just the simple pleasure of being able to see right along the ridge of the church is reason enough to make the climb but why not take a seat and relax for a while, there are 2 chairs a small table and a lamp. Make the most of it and admire the gorgeous views by day and the stars by night in this unforgettable spot.
Back down to the landing and the next bedroom along is a spacious twin (could be converted to a super king bed on request), fully carpeted with a wardrobe, chest of drawers, tv, chair, full length mirror and bedside tables with lamps this room also has a roof window overlooking the front of the church with lovely views. The en-suite here is a bathroom and has a P-shaped bath with shower over.
The final bedroom at the end of the landing is another double also benefitting from the lovely views to the front but with the addition of a tall window at the side of the room looking down over the kitchen. Storage is well provided by a chest of drawers and a wardrobe and there is also tv and bedside tables plus an en-suite shower room.
Outside there is parking on the gravel drive for up to 4 cars, a paved & gravel path runs right around the church giving access to the extensive lawned gardens all enclosed by a dry stone wall. Outside the vestry is a seating area with chairs and a picnic table for enjoying a peaceful morning cup of tea or an evening tipple. Children will enjoy the tree swing and playing hide and seek around the shrubs and trees.