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Auld Kirk Hotel (The)
located: Ballater, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, UK
website: Auld Kirk Hotel
Historic former church converted to a 4-star hotel, situated in the heart of picturesque Royal Deeside, an excellent base for touring the Cairngorms National Park area. Describing itself as a 'Restaurant with Rooms', Auld Kirk has built a reputation for quality food, comfortable accommodation and a warm Scottish welcome.
located: Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
website: Belford Hostel
Comfortable hostel accommodation in a 19th century converted Church, located in the West End of Edinburgh. Retaining original features such as beautiful stained glass windows and stone arches. Offering both small dorms and private rooms, as well as a licensed lounge, TV lounge, self-catering kitchen, internet access ...
located: Penallt, Monmouthshire, Wales, UK
website: Capel Pentwyn
Sympathetic village church conversion in the Wye Valley, close to Monmouth, Offas Dyke, Tintern Abbey, Symonds Yat, the Forest of Dean and Chepstow. The holiday home retains church windows, vaulted ceilings and other original features, and can sleep 5 in 3 bedrooms. It also offers a spacious beamed dining/sitting room with kitchen area, a galleried sitting area and a garden with terrace.
Chapel Guest House (The)
based: Carthew, St Austell, Cornwall, UK
website: Chapel Guest House
Comfortable B&B/Guest House accommodation in a converted former Methodist Chapel, in a wooded valley just north of St Austell. Easy access to the Eden Project, The Lost Gardens of Helligan and many other Cornish places of interest. Offering spacious double, twin or single rooms, most with en-suite facilities.
located: Rhosneigr, Anglesey, Wales, UK
website: Christ Church
A stylish, modern holiday home created from a former church and retaining many original features, including the working pipe organ. The dining room is the old church altar, now furnished with an with a 8 seater dining table. The property sleeps 8 max in 3 bedrooms and a mezzaninne. Rhosneigr village has excellent beaches and is a water-sports heaven; Christ Church is in walking distance of the three beach areas.
Church Apartment at Lybster
located: Caithness, Highlands, Scotland, UK
website: Church Apartment
Spacious self-catering holiday apartment, part of a impressive church conversion. The accommodation is on two levels and is made up of three luxury en-suite bedrooms, a well appointed dining/kitchen room, laundry room and a spacious lounge with cathedral style windows looking out to open country.
Church, de Kraak van Dam
located: Franekeradeel, Netherlands
website: Search for property: 517819
Three bedroom rstored church accommodation retaining the pulpit, pipe organ and pews, but also providing a modern kitchen, comfortable living room, large garden, terrace, balcony and pool table. Our link goes to booking agents home page, for full details search for property number: 517819
Dublin International Hostel
located: Dublin, Ireland
website: Dublin International Hostel
A former convent and school now converted to hostel accommodation offering singles, double/twins, triples, four bedded and 6-10 bedded dorms in central Dublin close to O'Connell Street and Temple Bar. The old nun's chapel has been converted into a restaurant and the confessional box now houses a phone!
located: Ghent, Belgium
website: Guesthouse PoortAckere
Former nunnery dating back back to 1278, converted for use as holiday accommodation with both hostel and hotel grade accommodation. PoortAckere retains its unique character and the atmosphere is serene and restful. Hostel rooms are simple and are not ensuite, but bathrobes and slippers are offered to make the trip to the bathroom more cozy!
La Vieille Eglise
located: Saint-Aubin-de-Nabirat, Dordogne, France
website: La Vieille Eglise
This unique holiday gite in the Dordogne is a renovated medieval chapel dating from 800 AD. It's equipped with every modern convenience and very comfortably furnished but still full of atmosphere. It has one bedroom and can sleep up to three people; also a bathroom, living/bedroom and open-plan kitchen. Outside is a BBQ, shared garden with furniture, patio and shared swimming pool.
Limoux Chapel Conversion
located: Limoux, France
website: Search for property: 411742
Restored Romanesque chapel sleeping four, retaining its original stonework, floors and roof. The nave has been converted into an attractive living room, the hexagonal apse to a fitted dining/kitchen area and the porch to a bedroom. Our link goes to booking agents home page, for full details search for property number: 411742
Old Chapel (The)
located: Shaftesbury, Dorset, UK
website: Old Chapel
Family run B&B in a renovated former chapel in Shaftesbury, Dorset. Offering styling ensuite rooms with free wi-fi. The formal living room, with its wonederful views over Blackmore Vale, is used to greet guests on arrival. There's also light, airy seating area with vaulted ceilings for use by guests.
located: Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
website: Roselodge House
An impressive gothic church converted into a comfortable 57-room Budget Hotel close to Newcastle city center. The hotel has been restored and modernised yet retains its stunning gothic architecture and many features. All rooms are fitted wash basin and shaving points, but toilets, showers and bathroom are shared.
St Andrew's Church
located: Panton, Lincolnshire, UK
website: St Andrew's Church
Once the resting place of monks and Crusading Knights Templar this converted church retains Yorkstone floors, carved stone font, painted ceilings, arched windows and church doors. This neat holiday home sleeps 4 (reductions for 2) and offers a spacious open-plan dining/living room with kitchen, a galleried bedrooms (double and twin) and a secluded, wooded setting with beautiful rural views.
St Cuthbert's House
located: Seahouses, Northumberland, UK
website: St Cuthbert's House
Historic 200 year-old former church, renovated to create luxurious and beautifully designed B&B accommodation for up to twelve guests. The Grade II listed building is full of character with its charm and history preserved, yet brimming with high quality features and many luxurious touches. It's located in a quiet area just a short stroll from the busy harbour and beach at Seahouses.
Talisker – The Highland Club
located: Fort Augustus, Highlands & Islands, Scotland, UK
Luxury apartment in a former Benedictine Monastery (now The Highland Club) set in 20 acres of private grounds on the shores of Loch Ness. This sympathetic conversion has resulted in stylish accommodation sleeping 6, in 3 bedrooms. The Highland Club offers amenities such as a restaurant, club lounge with snooker, extensive gardens, tennis court and croquet (equipment supplied).
Travellers Rest Old Church
located: Chittlehampton, Umberleigh, Devon, UK
website: Travellers Rest
Unique and distinctive B&B style accommodation in a restored church from 1866. The character of the old building is retained in the original stone walls, stained glass, furnishings and a wooden staircase made from the old church pews. A characterful guest lounge, with roaring fires on colder evenings, occupies the main body of the church and the dining area is located where the altar once stood.
located: Windermere, Cumbria/Lake District, UK
website: The Undercroft
A stunning contemporary holiday home created within the historic ecclesiastical annex to St Marys Church in Windermere, dating back to the C16th. This unique two bedroom property has a gothic arched window and vaulted ceilings. Comprising entrance hall, king size bedroom with en suite, twin room, bathroom, spacious sitting room, designer kitchen, dining room and secluded garden with furniture.
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Gothic View Gourmet B&B
located: Ventnor, Isle of Wight, UK
website: Gothic View
Converted chapel still retaining many original features like rose windows and gothic arched doors. The B&B is located in rural countryside but within easy reach of local tourist attractions. Offering unique cosy guest bedrooms.
Old Presbytery Guest House
located: Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, UK
website: Old Presbytery Guest House
Formerly a Monks lodge, this 3* highly commended guest house is set in 1.5 acres of garden and woodland in the centre of rural Yorkshire, and offers luxury accommodation for the tourism and business sectors.