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The Old Chapel Retreat

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Staindrop, Barnard Castle, County Durham
Grade 4 Star rating
Pets 3
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A rare chance for the whole family to stay in a converted chapel providing spacious rooms, a large dining table and even a games room.

The Old Chapel Retreat, a charming, detached, 19th-century chapel has been skilfully restored to retain much character and charm throughout. It provides quirky, clever holiday accommodation whilst retaining some original stone floors and walls. Perfectly located in the heart of this pretty picture postcard village with quaint inns and tea rooms. Within walking distance is the medieval grand fortress of Raby Castle with its 200-acre deer park surrounding the castle. Barnard Castle, a thriving market town, is only 5 miles with exciting shops and pubs. Auckland Castle, home of the Bishop of Durham and the wonderful nature reserve at Low Barns, is also close by. Beamish Museum lies only 20 miles away where life in the 1800s/1900s can be relived in this working museum. Motor enthusiasts may like to visit Croft Circuit only 12 miles. Durham city, only 17 miles, has a magnificent castle dating back to 1072, a beautiful cathedral, fine shops, galleries and eateries. Try a day exploring the magnificent Roman Wall country in Hexham and Corbridge, easily reached in under an hour and close to the Pennines. A little further venture to Northumberland taking in the magnificent heritage coastal route, stopping off to see Alnwick and explore the castle used to film Robin Hood, Harry Potter and Elizabeth. Meander through the cobbled streets, or visit the enchanting Alnwick Gardens with one of the largest Treehouse restaurants and water fountains. Relax with a drink and barbecue in the enclosed courtyard area after a day out exploring this exciting area or head up to the top floor for a relaxing game of pool in the games room. Shop and pub 25 yards.

Large living room with electric woodburner and wooden floor. Dining room. Large well-equipped kitchen with TV, Rangemaster (for cooking), breakfast area, granite worktops, original stone floor and patio doors. Study/snug. Utility. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with 6ft bed and wooden floor, one with 5ft bed, each with en-suite shower room and toilet. Double bedroom with wooden floor. Twin bedroom with wooden floor. Single bedroom with additional pull-out bed (for +1) and wooden floor. Bathroom with free standing bath, shower cubicle, toilet and wooden floor. Second floor: Games room with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only), TV, high ceiling and beams.

  • Electric woodburner included
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Five TVs (three Freeview)
  • TV/radio/DVD/CD
  • Two DVDs
  • Cassette/CD
  • Rangemaster with double oven included
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • American fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Small enclosed courtyard with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 2 cars); additional roadside parking
  • Pool table, football table, children’s games
  • Secure cycle store
  • Ground floor facilities
  • No smoking
  • Please note: This property has a security deposit of £200.

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  • Barbecue
  • Bike Store
    Bike Store
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
  • Ground Floor Facilities
    Ground Floor Facilities
  • Games Room
    Games Room
  • Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Decorated at Christmas
    Decorated at Christmas
  • Wifi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Luxury Collection
    Luxury Collection
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Church or Chapel
    Church or Chapel
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 25/02/2018
    The cottage was furnished to a high standard and was well equipped.The games room on the top floor was really good. Even though there were 12 people for the weekend wedid not feel crammed in, there was plenty of room for everybody.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 18/02/2018
    We booked this for my mums 80th birthday there were nine adults, two teenagers and two dogs the chapel was perfect for getting all the family together and I don't think the photographs actually do it justice. We had lots of dog walks around the village and my son visited the pub and they were dog friendly didn't do much exploring as it was just a long weekend break. Every family member commented on the comfort of the beds and the welcome pack was a very nice touch. Definitely recommend it to large groups.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 05/02/2018
    Great property. Lots of living space. Close to lots of activities, attractions & walks.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 22/01/2018
    Good hospitality. Lots of provision left by the owner. Clean and tidy. Only issue 1 tv out of 5 worked.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 19/11/2017
    The cottage was fantastic the kitchen was extremely well equipped! The only tiny downside is nearly all the games upstairs are in a real mess and all the pieces need putting back with the right games! It did not affect our stay we had a fantastic time, thank you

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 22/05/2017
    Very comfortable and well equipped for our 50th birthday get together. Convenient for local shops and pub. More outdoor space would be nice but the character of the property made up for it.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 15/05/2017
    We stayed there as a family of 12 for a special birthday celebration . The place is amazing and catered for our every need . Very thoughtful welcome pack to greet us . We loved it

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 08/05/2017
    We booked this cottage for a long weekend to accommodate family travelling to our wedding so that we could all stay together as it was a small wedding. The Old Chapel was ideal for this purpose. Plenty of space to either stay together or have a bit of peace and quiet. Lovely little restaurant over the road serving a good Sunday Lunch

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