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The Old Chapel

Thornton, York, Vale of York & Yorkshire Wolds (Ref. 1012839)



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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets No

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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31 Customer Reviews

  • "Excellent accommodation."

    Close enough to everything but far enough to be quiet.

    Dear Carlton, thank you for your feedback. It was good to meet the four of you and so pleased that you had a relaxing break. Alex. Property Owner

    Reviewed by CarltonMay 2022

  • "Absolutely perfect holiday accommodation in every way."

    Beautiful renovated chapel with all the home comforts and the welcome pack was very much appreciated. Our hosts where incredible as they supplied us with so much information of where to go,which made our holiday relaxed and enjoyable.Looking forward to staying at The Chapel again.

    Dear Val and Ken, thank you for your comments, they are greatly appreciated. We are so glad you had such a relaxing stay and look forward to welcoming you back to The Old Chapel. Property Owner

    Reviewed by ValerieApr 2022

  • "We has such a fantastic time at the old chapel."

    The place was really clean, the facilities in the kitchen were the best I have ever seen in a holiday home. The bed were really comfortable. We can’t fault anything, we loved every minute of our stay. We will be back at some point as we were all sad to go home.

    Hello Lucy, Sam & Kira, thank you for your super feedback. We are so glad you had a lovely break at the Chapel. It was really good to meet the three of you. Hopefully see you back at the Chapel and in the Yorkshire Wolds soon. Jenny, Alex & Seb. Property Owner

    Reviewed by LucyApr 2022

  • "We loved our time at The Old Chapel."

    It is a lovely cottage and had everything we needed to make our stay comfortable and pleasant. It's in a lovely quiet location but close enough to tons of great days out. We totally recommend Helmsley Castle and village. We can't wait to come back again. Right at the top of our long list of cottages that we've stayed at. Felt like a home from home and we didn't want to leave. Alex the owner was really helpful and friendly. He was a joy to deal with. Thanks for everything. Rich and Deb.

    Hello Rich & Deb, Thank you for your generous comments in the review section. Jenny and I are so glad you had a super week and managed to enjoy the many places that the area has to offer. We look forward to welcoming you back to The Old Chapel to relax and do some more exploring! Property Owner

    Reviewed by RichApr 2022

  • "An absolute gem."

    We could not fault this place at all, and the area is stunning. Fantastic stay, would definately go again

    Hi Tracy, Thank you for your kind feedback. So pleased the four of you had a lovely weekend to celebrate the birthday. It was good to meet you all and say hello. Wishing you all the very best. Property Owner

    Reviewed by TracyMar 2022

  • "Thank you for another wonderful stay!"

    The Old Chapel is the perfect place to hibernate in when the weather isn't too good. It has everything you need for a relaxing break, what more do you need! We have found our perfect holiday accommodation and look forward to returning later in the year.

    Hi Jane & Laura, Thank you so much for your comments. It means an awful lot to Jenny and I to know that you find the Chapel so special. We look forward to your return later in the year and keeping fingers crossed for no more extreme weather! Property Owner

    Reviewed by JaneFeb 2022

  • "We had an amazing stay at The Old Chapel."

    The cottage, location, facilities, decor and whole experience exceeded our expectations. It was a very last minute booking for a birthday and we had the most relaxing 4 day break after a very hectic 2021 in an obviously much loved property. We will definitely be back again. A big thankyou to Alex for his great communication and for making sure our stay was trouble free and welcoming.

    Hello Jenni, Thank you very much for your lovely feedback, very much appreciated. Great to find out you were able to enjoy your birthday whilst at the Chapel. It was good to meet you, albeit briefly. Hopefully we will be welcoming you back to the Chapel. Alex Property Owner

    Reviewed by JenniJan 2022

  • "Weekend stay at the old chapel was brilliant initial contact with Alex the owner was very good clear key collection details and information about the chapel from opening the door we loved It very clean and modern but still retained its character loved the alexa touch we went to pocklington for the day great little town £10in a taxi which numbers were provided in welcome pack loved looking out of windows across country side watching the wildlife."

    The log burner was a added bonus but the under floor heating was just right we will definitely be returning thankyou alex for your hospitality

    Thank you so much for your comments Mark, we are so glad you had a lovely time at The Chapel. Looking through the windows watching Wildlife is one of our favourite pastimes when we are there. Jenny and I look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Alex Property Owner

    Reviewed by MarkJan 2022

  • "This cottage is one of the loveliest places we’ve stayed in."

    It was spotless, had everything needed, close to lots of attractions and very family friendly. We loved our stay! The owner was very friendly and available if needed. Highly recommend staying here.

    Reviewed by RachelOct 2021

  • "This is one of the best holiday homes we’ve ever stayed in."

    Spotlessly clean and beautifully renovated, it really is a very special place. Easy and quick communication with the very helpful owners who have thought of everything. We shall be back very soon.

    Reviewed by JennyOct 2021

  • "Excellent property with everything we needed for a relaxing holiday."

    Owner always available at the end of the phone if needed but not intrusive.

    Reviewed by ChristineSep 2021

  • "The Old Chapel was wonderful, great location in a quiet village but within easy driving distance of York and Harrogate and many other Yorkshire attractions, or just go out the front door for a walk in the countryside."

    The Old Chapel has been beautifully converted into fabulous living accommodation, clean and airy with everything you need to make you stay comfortable and enjoyable. The owners, Alex and Jenny, have made The Old Chapel a home from home and provide the personal touch with little extras and plenty of useful information.

    Reviewed by AndrewSep 2021

  • "The host, Alex, was very kind, helpful and understanding."

    He offered recommendations for trips to suit my son who has limited mobility at the moment. Chapel was beautiful and clean and had everything we needed for our stay. The welcome pack was perfect too after our long journey.

    Reviewed by AlisonAug 2021

  • "Super place to stay, so well done, everything thought of."

    Reviewed by MarionJul 2021

  • "The accommodation was everything the description stated and more 5 star would ..."

    The accommodation was everything the description stated and more 5 star would certainly recommend it to our friends we’ve already booked our next holiday with Sykes in a couple of weeks to Wales I’m sure our accommodation will be to the standard as the one we’ve just had

    Reviewed by AnthonyJun 2021

  • "This is an extremely comfortable cottage."

    The building is a hundred years old but the refurbishment is 21st century. The owners were very helpful. It is a great base to explore York, the coast, the Howardian Hills and the Wolds. There are great routes for walking and cycling nearby. Five stars!

    Reviewed by JulieMay 2021

  • "This has to be one of the best places to stay!"

    They have thought of every little detail. The place is stunning. Go try it for yourself you will not be disappointed. We can't wait to go back

    Reviewed by JaneOct 2020

  • "This is an amazing cottage in a lovely location."

    The Chapel is such a stunning conversion with so many delightful touches. It’s a peaceful location with easy access to some lovely walks along the Pocklington Canal and into Melbourne. You can see the Wolds from the village which is fantastic. Great spot for a cycle also. Can’t wait to come back!

    Reviewed by JamesOct 2020

  • "I don’t really want to let anyone know how fantastic the Old Chapel is , there might not be availability when we want to return !"

    It was the best self catering accommodation we have ever stayed in. Owners we very helpful, friendly and informative. The restoration was outstanding . The decor and finish was so beautiful. Our stay was so relaxing, we only went for short walks from the chapel as we just wanted to relax. If anyone is concerned about cleanliness during COVID the Old Chapel was immaculate. We just can’t wait to return.

    Reviewed by JoyOct 2020

  • "What a fabulous place can not recommend enough, from the owner’s fantastic communication to the outstanding quality of the chapel."

    This property is stunning and has been finished with the highest detail, it was so cosy on the evening with the log burner glowing. We had such a fabulous holiday and will definitely be returning.

    Reviewed by AbbeyOct 2020

  • "The Old Chapel is a superb renovation and an absolute credit to the owners Alex and Jenny."

    The location is good and the whole cleanliness and facilities are second to none. It is ideally home from home and nothing is too much trouble for the owners. A welcome pack was left for us on arrival and everything you would normally need at home was there and more. It has a lovely feel to it and in the evenings when it went chilly, the heat pump heating was superb. All being well we will be returning again next year. Thank you Alex, Jenny and Sebi.

    Reviewed by LeslieSep 2020

  • "It's perfect for a walking holiday but not many close facilities so transport is needed ."

    The Chapel was lovely .

    Reviewed by JeanSep 2020

  • "We fell in love with the old chapel the moment we arrived."

    It has been renovated to an extremely high standard with beautiful contemporary fixtures and fittings throughout. The whole accommodation is very comfortable, especially the beds! We stayed for a week and found the location very handy for York and the coastal towns of Bridlington, Scarborough and Whitby. Thornton is a very small village which allows the chapel to be surrounded by gorgeous unbroken views of the countryside around. We loved sitting in the well maintained garden in the evenings watching sunsets in the huge Yorkshire sky. Alex, the landlord, was extremely helpful before and during the stay making sure we were comfortable and had everything we needed. We will definitely be returning to stay in this very special home from home.

    Reviewed by RichardJul 2020

  • "We had such a fabulous time at this stunning restored Chapel."

    Alex was on hand for any queries and nothing was too much trouble. We can't wait to re book for a winter break - love to be able to light that glorious burner! Highly recommend!

    Reviewed by CassandraJul 2020

  • "This place is amazing!"

    The Old Chapel has been restored beautifully. It was a pleasure to stay in such wonderful accommodation. There is everything you could possibly need... it was just like home! Lovely walks in both directions & a short 10/15 min drive to neighbouring Pocklington & not far from designer outlet if you want some retail therapy. A very relaxing few days away, definitely 5* & we would definitely return!

    Reviewed by AndreaJul 2020

  • "The Old Chapel has been beautifully restored with all the modern amenities you can think of, it has been completed to an very high standard level with a contemporary feel and is perfectly situated to enjoy everything the area has to offer with York only a short drive away."

    Underfloor heating and a log fire make the place extremely warm and cosy, a welcoming supply was also provided along with Alexa which was a nice touch. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by MuhammadFeb 2020

  • "Tranquil and pure relaxation is what the Old Chapel is all about."

    Stunningly decorated to a high standard. My 2 daughters, husband and I have loved our stay here. Location is perfect as it’s not far from the quaint village of Pocklington and the beautiful city of York. Countryside walks are aplenty. We will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by CherDec 2019

  • "The Old Chapel is warm and cosy and so much more than expected."

    The conversion is of a really high standard and we were made to feel very welcome. The Old Chapel is near the edge of the village so the views around it are wonderful especially the sunset. Well placed for visiting York and the surrounding area.

    Reviewed by AnnDec 2019

  • "Staying at the Old Chapel was a wonderful "home from home" holiday for us."

    The property is in excellent condition and our every need was catered for. When we arrived, the owner had left us a welcoming supply of milk, cake, tea, coffee, sugar, crisps and wine. We thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful underfloor heating and the luxurious and spacious showers, not to mention comfy beds, excellent equipped kitchen, reliable broadband and a friendly "Alexa" to answer all our queries.The Old Chapel had a wonderful mix of old and new furniture which blended well together and we were able to read up on the history of the property in the welcome booklet. All in all this property was a unique one with quirky features and a real gem for us to stay in.

    Reviewed by JoanneNov 2019

  • "A stunning conversion of a Methodist chapel."

    Everything is of the highest quality. The village is well situated for walks in the Wolds, on the canal, and at the coast, and York is not far away on the Park and Ride. Lots of good pubs nearby. The owner gave us an extremely warm welcome. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by ChristopherOct 2019

  • "The Old Chapel was beautiful inside and out."

    It has been lovingly restored to an impeccable level. Great care has been taken to ensure everything guests could wish for has been provided. It is a true home-from-home, perfectly situated to enjoy everything the area has to offer.

    Reviewed by GemmaSep 2019

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x mezzanine double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x king-size double (zip/link, can be twin on request)
  • Wet room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living room with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove.
  • Air source underfloor heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher, washer/dryer, toaster, kettle, TV and WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Welcome pack provided
  • Off-road parking for 1 car
  • Landscaped garden
  • External lockable brick store with cycle brackets for up to 3 bikes
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 1.4 miles and pub 1.3 miles

The property

Nestled in the small village of Thornton, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, is this superb old Methodist chapel.

Internally, the property has been renovated into a stylish and contemporary holiday home for small families and a group of friends seeking to explore this lovely rural area, with easy access into the thriving city of York, the Yorkshire Wolds and the East Yorkshire Coast.

Entering the property, you will be greeted to an open-plan living space, with two plush sofas to curl up on and spend the evening catching up with your favourite shows, whilst the warming woodburning stove provides that extra bit of warmth.

Walk through to the well-equipped kitchen, housing a range of contemporary appliances so you can easily rustle up a delicious meal for the whole family to be enjoyed at the dining table over a well-deserved glass of wine.

Follow the steps up to the mezzanine-floor where you will find a spacious double bedroom, with plenty of furnishings for storing your personal items and serviced by an en-suite shower room with deluxe fixtures and fittings, whilst a second double bedroom rests on the ground floor, with a family wet room to support.

You are surrounded by miles' worth of landscaped gardens, perfect for exploring with long summer walks, whilst the Burnby Hall Gardens is a scenic park with two lakes and over 100+ types of water lilies.

Allerthorpe Lake, with it's open water swimming and regular triathlon events only 2 minutes away in the car.

Pocklington Arts Centre is nearby, hosting a cinema, bar, and cafe for a spot of culture on your days out.

Only 20 minutes away is the bustling city of York, hosting a wide variety of attractions, including the Gothic cathedral of York Minster, the 13th century Clifford's Tower and The York Dungeon.

The Old Chapel is an excellent choice for a rural country break to the heart of the East Riding of Yorkshire.

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About the location


Pocklington 5.6 miles; York 14.4 miles; Driffield 21.4 miles

The small linear village of Thornton lies centrally placed in the Yorkshire Wolds, surrounded by the pretty market towns of Pocklington, Driffield and Market Weighton. Close by, lies the Pocklington canal which is renowned by birdwatchers who regularly see a wide variety of birds including barn owls and kingfishers, as well as a serviced barge for rides from Melbourne through the locks. The nearby market towns offer an excellent array of independent shops, super markets, tea rooms, bars and restaurants. Well worth a visit is the nearby Elvington Air Museum, the largest independent display of its type. The beautiful historic city of York is just 12 miles away to the north west and cannot be missed with its Jorvik Viking Centre, magnificent Minster and National Railway Museum.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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