Greystead Old Church

Bellingham near Kielder Water, Northumbria (Ref. 23575)

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Cottage features

  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi
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The property

Bellingham 5 miles.

An outstanding conversion of an early 19th century, Grade II listed former Georgian church in the heart of the North Tyne Valley, just yards from banks of the River North Tyne, and only 4.2 miles from Kielder Water.

This stunning church conversion sits adjacent to the owner’s old Georgian rectory, within its own very private setting, making it perfect for a family gathering or a getaway with friends!

Lovingly and sympathetically restored in 2013 to provide holiday accommodation of an exceptional standard, this inspirational, architect-designed conversion contains many stunning original features, including a fully-restored Victorian stained glass window and colourful tiles, a Gothic archway, exposed stonework, flagstone flooring and Georgian panelling, which combine with the eco-friendly heating to create a conversion of real merit.

Luxuriously appointed throughout, this Kielder Water cottage has a vast first floor mezzanine open plan living area covering two thirds of the former nave, and it boasts a fabulous fitted kitchen with a central island and granite work surfaces, spacious dining and sitting areas, all with hill views from the original lancet windows and sight-lines over the balcony to the east end.

The ground floor east end sitting room of this Kielder cottage features a cosy woodburner and sumptuous seating in the area which once housed the church altar, under the fully-restored stained glass window.

To make the most of this exceptional space, and the surrounding views, this wonderful conversion is in an upside down style, with the bedrooms and bathrooms of this Kielder cottage on the ground floor, offering axial views along a central corridor to the stained glass window, with one of the bedrooms, formed from the original panelled vestry, housing an original fireplace.

Outside this Bellingham cottage, the enclosed garden is situated in a secluded corner of the owners' spacious rectory garden and is a totally private space with furniture and BBQ, while guests also have shared use of the all-weather tennis court housed in the picturesque walled garden.

Just a short drive from picturesque Bellingham and located in the Northumberland National Park, Greystead Old Church is also within easy reach of Kielder Water and Observatory, Hadrian's Wall, the Northumberland Heritage Coast, the Scottish Borders and the market town of Hexham.

Salmon, sea trout and trout fishing can be arranged via the owners on adjacent stretches of the North Tyne.

The church forms the perfect base for touring the area's many delights.

Note: This property is on the same site as Ref.

1096, together they sleep 14.


Four ground floor bedrooms: 1 x king-size double with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC, 2 x king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin. First floor open plan mezzanine living area with kitchen with central island, dining area and sitting area. Ground floor sitting room with woodburner. Entrance hallway.


Eco-friendly wood pellet heating from biomass boiler, underfloor in some rooms, with woodburner. Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, 2 x TVs with FreeSat, DVDs, CD/radio, WiFi, free phone, selection of books, games and DVDs. Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Cot and highchair. Ample eco-friendly grass-effect off road parking for 4 cars. Private, enclosed garden area with furniture and BBQ in secluded corner of owners' spacious garden Shared use of owners' all-weather tennis court. Two well-behaved dogs welcome. Sorry, no smoking. Shops 5 miles, pub 3 miles.

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Guest Reviews


    • “Breathtaking accomadation. Stunning surroundings.”
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    • “We stayed at Greysteads Church for October half term. It is extremely well equipped with high class fittings, the beds are super comfy with top notch bed sheets that a luxury hotel would be proud of. It is very cosy and warm, and all the different sitting areas make it perfect for many people to be busying with different persuits. The surrounding area is beautiful with plenty to do for a week with active children. Walks from the property are brilliant with a magnificent bridge crossing the North Tyne not to be missed. The night sky is not to be missed and we would love to return again. Accomadation not to be missed. Thank you.”

    Ejtams, Leicester, United Kingdom, October 2015

    • “An amazing place to stay.”
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    • “I can't recommend this accommodation high enough, it truly is an an amazing place to stay. We as a family of 8 spent a week here in July,the weather was good and we took advantage of the tennis courts, and the BBQ, our two dogs loved running around in the gardens. After spending our days visiting surrounding areas we returned to the church for an evening of come dine with me. The kitchen area is perfect for entertaining and extremely well equipped, and the living area on the ground floor is perfect for relaxing or to watch a movie on the large TV. The owners live close by and are very welcoming not at all obtrusive. I would highly recommend to a group of friends or a family who are looking for great accommodation away from it all but within easy reach of local attractions, and beautiful countryside. Looking forward to staying here again sometime in the future. Thank you for sharing your lovely converted church.”

    Sandie62, Selby, United Kingdom, September 2015

    • “Peaceful”
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    • “What a lovely converted church. Miles from anywhere and such a peaceful place to stay. Owners are very friendly and welcoming.”

    Natalie H, June 2015

    • “Exceptional and Unique Accommodation”
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    • “I had the pleasure of staying at Greystead at the end of May 2015, with three generations of my family, ages ranging from 2 and half to 74 years and all of our needs were more than catered for. The accommodation is spotlessly clean, warm and welcoming with many thoughtful touches that made our stay both memorable and enjoyable. The facilities are first rate, no expense has been spared, the beds and bed linen were top quality and extremely comfortable. All the appliances were of a high specification and user friendly. The tennis court and gardens were easily accessed, just on the other side of the gate, adjoining the church yard. There is a pleasant lawned area to kick a football or exercise the dog, while being surrounded by breathtaking views and grazing sheep. The conversion itself is both well considered and sympathetic, retaining many original features, yet providing a very practical and comfortable living space. The layout is such that the whole family could be together, although often occupied with different activities. The owners live nearby and could not have been more welcoming or helpful, nothing was too much trouble. We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Greystead and truly did not want to leave. The owners deserve every success with this venture, the thought, care and attention to detail is apparent in every room. I would give Greystead my highest recommendation and look forward to returning very soon.”

    Jill W, South Shields, United Kingdom, June 2015

    • “Brilliant holiday rental - great location and very well appointed.”
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    • “We liked everything about this wonderful church conversion. The upside-down design works very well and the property is very highly specified with wi-fi, well appointed kitchen with top quality appliances, open plan kitchen/dining area, 2 flat screen TVs etc. etc. The property is also pet-friendly, so our dog enjoyed herself too! The main purpose of our visit was to spend time at the Kielder Observatory and we were very lucky with clear skies every night of our stay. We also enjoyed excellent walks by Kielder Water and nearby Bellingham. Had the weather been bad we would have still had a good time as the property was so warm and well kitted out. Thanks also to the owners, who were very welcoming and helpful.”

    David T, March 2015

    • “Absolutely lovely accommodation”
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    • “Just returned home after wonderful week in the Old Church, Large family get together all of whom enjoyed everything about this accommodation and the surrounding areas. Can't add anything more than has already been said by previous holidaymakers.”

    Charnwoodtwo, Leicester, January 2015

    • “It certainly has the wow factor.”
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    • “The property was amazing. Driving up to the church it looks fantastic, set in rural Northumberland. It was very easy to get to with easy instructions from the owners. The accommodation is large, very large. With big open plan spaces and a wonderful kitchen diner. The restoration of the church is wonderful with lots of its original features retained. The stained glass window, the other windows, and the doorways all make it a special building. The church is kitted out with top class fixtures and fittings and the kitchen stocked with quality gear. Dishwasher, washing machine, ovens etc all top of the range. There are a couple of smart TVs linked up to the excellent Wi-Fi (needed as there is no mobile signal). Lots of books and board games too. We stayed with friends and found the place big enough to find your own space and not be on top of each other. I was concerned that the building would be cold but I never once felt cold. A large log burner, central heating, and I think under floor heating made the place toasty. The bedrooms were all finished to a high standard and individual and quirky. I loved the hall way where we could leave muddy boots and clean the dog after a walk. The place welcomes dogs. Good location if you want to getaway from it all. Its about 15 mins drive to a well stocked village of Bellingham and about 10 minutes to the very beautiful and underrated Kielder water. The only downside I can think of is the bedrooms are under the kitchen diner and on a morning some of the early rises woke the sleepers up with footsteps on the wooden floor. Also we had a toddler and we couldn’t find a stair gate. Other than that I really really like this place and would certainly come back again. Loved my stay here.”

    DarrenHartlepool, Hartlepool, United Kingdom, January 2015

    • “Excellent property and location - hard to beat”
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    • “This is one of the best properties we have stayed in. Excellent for a family get together, so well furnished and a great location. The space is fantastic and well designed. On entering the property you get the wow factor, very much a "Grand Designs" moment. The heating was superb, with loads of hot water - we never felt cold. The bedding is of a very high quality and beds / mattresses all superb. 3 of the bedrooms have ensuite - the twin shares with one of these but is probably fine if there are two children. Wifi really useful as there is no mobile signal - but there is a landline so you are contactable in emergencies. Some reviewers have mention the noisy upstairs floor - you can hear it in the bedrooms on the ground floor - but something you get used too quickly and we are not the sort to lie in. Good idea to get Grocery delivery (Tesco) on the Friday night as makes it so easy. Unfortunately, Waitrose don't deliver but nearest Branch is in Hexham for click and collect All credit should go to the owners as this is a great example of how you can make such a cosy and comfortable retreat from a listed building. Make sure you visit Keilder - fantastic walks and scenery. Also good local walks at Falstone and surrounding villages. All in all a great holiday home in a great location. PS Just been looking for somewhere similar to stay with family next year in North of England - finding it very difficult to find somewhere as good as Greystead, so will probably end up going back!”

    Sharpmike2010, Norwich, United Kingdom, October 2014

    • “More than lives up to expectations”
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    • “Most self-catering properties are a bit of a disappointment compared to the photographs on the website (at least in my experience), but you certainly couldn't say that about Greystead Old Church. This is an exceptionally good conversion of a wonderful Gothic church, and although the property still has a churchy feel, it has been brought bang up to date with hotel-quality bathrooms, antique furniture, and a fabulously well equipped kitchen. All the furnishings are first class, with lovely white linen and fluffy towels. Decent wifi, which you need as there is NO mobile phone reception for miles around! As others have commented, the upstairs floor is a bit creaky so if you are an early riser, your friends/family will hear you crashing about. But we were there with three other couples and found there was plenty of space for all of us. We made good use of the tennis court although the net could do with some TLC (but the audience of sheep and the lovely surroudning countryside more than made up for this). There are plenty of walks from Bellingham, and dozens more just a short drive away. We also did the 26 mile cycle ride round Kielder Water, which was quite exhausting but well worth the effort. All in all, I cannot recomment this property too highly. And as an example of what nice people the Monroes are - when our dishwasher broked down on our last day, they offered to come in and do the washing up for us while we were out walking!”

    Claretta, London, England, July 2014

    • “Beautiful Holiday Home and Surroundings”
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    • “Greystead Church is Fantastic! A beautiful building with an equally beautiful and very homely interior. The location is a few miles from the South of Kielder Water where there are lovely walks and cycling trails and is approximately an hours drive from scenic coastal areas such as bamburgh; it is also close to Bellingham town if you need a local store or petrol station. The bedrooms were fab, and the beds very comfy. We couldn't find any negatives about the house or stay.. a very fab house indeed, we didn't want to leave! Finally, the owners were kind and very helpful, even lent us rackets to play on the tennis court that you also have access too. I would highly recommended it and we will definitely be back!”

    Lizzy G, Keighley, United Kingdom, July 2014

    • “An opportunity to stay in a stunning and unique conversion”
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    • “This was a really quality experience. From the outside, this looks exactly like the country church it ever was (built in 1817) but once inside it is impossible not to be totally in awe of the magnificent conversion that has been undertaken. Bedrooms, (3 of the 4 are en suite) are now situated where once there were pews. At the altar there are steps up to the mezzanine floor where the main (huge) living space has been constructed, over the top of the aisle and the bedrooms. Everything is top quality here, and the view of the stained glass window from above is just magnificent. The extremely helpful owners live in the rectory next door and because there is no garden at the church itself, guests are invited to avail themselves of the owner's garden, which is accessed by walking though the graveyard. A word of warning, it has not been possible for the owners to construct a gate at the end of the church drive, so it is not secure for either dogs or children. I would also personally worry about very young children and the flight of stairs up to the mezzanine floor.”

    Jan G, Worthing, United Kingdom, May 2014

    • “Wow... what an amazing place!”
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    • “We booked this cottage as a "surprise" get- together.. and what a surprise we got. This immaculate church conversion was in an idyllic setting and very near the lovely town of Bellingham and the Kielder National Park and facilities. We had an excellent time. The equipment was excellent and VERY modern, so much so that we old folk couldn't quite understand why the rings didn't heat up on the hob... we'd never come across the high spec induction hobs before!. We went as a group of 8 and there was more than enough room. There are different places within the living area for some people to watch TV, some to listen to the radio and others to watch a DVD. As a "Brucey-bonus" we could also take the dogs. Well worth booking - highly recommended.”

    Tooza, Lancaster, United Kingdom, May 2014

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    • “Greystead is a fabulous place, it's been renovated to a very high speck. We feel the integrity of the building had been kept whilst incorporating modern facilities. It was cold, windy and wet for our stay but inside Greystead was lovely and cosy there was constant hot water and that's with 8 people showering/bathing. All in all a great place.”

    Ms Sims, Sheffield, November 2015

    • “It's rare to stay somewhere that exceeds your expectations. Greystead Old Church is a wonderful, cosy and homely house, it has been renovated beautifully. We enjoyed being surrounded by nature and wonderful countryside, it was a real escape.”

    Mrs Holmes, London, October 2015

    • “Best conversion of a church to a holiday let ever. Could find no fault with it. Highly recommended in every respect.”

    Mr Walker, Huddersfield, October 2015

    • “There was just a very homely feel to the property. It was very clean, tidy and well furnished. Perfect for what we wanted.”

    Mr Haworth, Manchester, September 2015

    • “The kitchen and dining area was very spacious and well set out. There was plenty of hot water and the place was nice and warm for us. There were great large showers, it had great character and is in a good location near Kielder Water with it's Birds of Prey and walks.”

    Mrs Stuart, Nottingham, September 2015

    • “It was a magic place and we will definitely come back. The Church is by far the best holiday home we have ever been in. Excellent!”

    Mrs Kilanowski, Neu Anspach, July 2015

    • “This is a property that totally exceeded our expectations. It is 5 stars at least, it is now the place to stay for us in Northumberland.”

    Mr Savage, Worcester Park, June 2015

    • “We were impressed with how warm, comfortable and well-equipped the holiday property is. The upside-down layout works very well and the owners were also very welcoming and helpful. We were fortunate to have good, clear weather for our visits to the Kielder Observatory and there is plenty to do in the area.”

    Mr Tilsley, Horsham, March 2015

    • “Greysteads Rectory is in a beautiful location close to the Kielder Forest but not far from lovely market towns like Hexham. The property was amazing inside and out. It was difficult to fault. Highly recommended.”

    Mrs Scott, Huddersfield, January 2015

    • “This is the second time we have been at this property in 4months, it is an absolutely jaw dropping place to stay both inside and out. The weather was wild, it was just like being in the original Wuthering Heights but inside the property the building just wrapped itself around you in a warm secure lovable hug all week. I will be booking again for mid Autumn. Fantastic but don't tell everyone our secret place!”

    Mr Appleton, Durham, January 2015

    • “We had a fantastic time here and would definitely recommend. We will be back, thank you for a great stay.”

    Mrs Schofield, Boldon Colliery, December 2014

    • “Fabulous property, full of character and beautifully renovated. The owner is very easy and pleasant to deal with.”

    Mrs Moore, Warrington, November 2014

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About the location


Kielder Water 7 miles; Hadrian's Wall 12 miles; Corbridge 18 miles; Hexham 19 miles.

Known as the ‘capital’ of the North Tyne Valley, this delightful town of natural stone houses nestles close to the banks of the River North Tyne. Said to be sited on a Roman station, the charming market town has much of interest, including a 12th century church, heritage centre and 30ft waterfall, just to the north. It’s also on the edge of the Northumberland National Park and is just a short drive from Hadrian’s Wall and Kielder Water and Forest. Suitable for year-round holidays, this unspoilt area with its fishing, horse riding, abundant wildlife and superb walking country is a nature lover’s dream. There is a superb golf course close by and the area has abundant historical sites, stately homes and famous gardens.

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