Greystead Old Church
Bellingham near Kielder Water, Northumberland
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. 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, 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 area of the owners' rectory garden, and is accessed via the old vestry path, 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 Hadrian's Wall, while 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 Bellingham holiday home is next door to Ref. 1096, and 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, payphone, 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. Enclosed garden area with furniture and BBQ within 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.
At a glance
- Off road parking
- Open fire
- Garden / Patio
- Ground floor bedroom
- Cot available
- Highchair available
- Washing machine
- Broadband / WiFi
About the location
Kielder Water 7 miles; Hadrian's Wall 12 miles; Corbridge 18 miles; Hexham 19 miles.
Known as the Ďcapitalí 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. Itís also on the edge of the Northumberland National Park and is just a short drive from Hadrianís 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 loverís dream. There is a superb golf course close by and the area has abundant historical sites, stately homes and famous gardens.