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Greystead Old Church Pet-Friendly Cottage in Bellingham, Northumberland

729
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per week
sleeps 8
4 rooms
3 bathrooms

Greystead Old Church Pet-Friendly Cottage description

Holiday home
Greystead Old Rectory is a wonderful church conversion near Bellingham. With upside down accommodation, its four bedrooms are on the ground floor. There are three king-size doubles, and a twin bedroom. There is also a bathroom, shower room, and a first floor open plan living area with a kitchen, dining area and sitting area. The ground floor also has a sitting room with woodburner. Outside there is shared use of the large gardens, and also the all-weather tennis court, which is shared with the owners. There is also ample off road parking for four cars. Greystead old Church makes a great base for a relaxing break.

Area
Unofficially recognised as the capital of the Tyne Valley, it is a picturesque collection of stone houses nestling on the banks of the North Tyne river. This part of Northumbria is steeped in history and a wide range of historical monuments and buildings pay testament to the region's past. Hadrian's Wall is a short drive and the origins of Bellingham itself can be traced back to Roman times. In addition, the local countryside remains unspoilt and much of it is cared for by the National Trust, offering ample opportunities for walking, riding and other outdoor pursuits. The countryside also acts as home to a variety of wildlife and there are a number of nature reserves from which you can observe animals in their natural habitat.

Region
Northumberland is a heady combination of fishing villages, market towns, sandy beaches, magnificent castles and historic Hadrian's Wall, tied together by beautiful countryside and abundant wildlife.

Amenities
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.

Amenities

  • Accepts Pets
  • Cooker
  • Cots
  • Dishwasher
  • Enclosed garden
  • Fridge
  • Garden
  • High chair
  • Kettle
  • Linen provided
  • Log fire
  • Parking
  • Parking space
  • Telephone
  • Towels provided
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • Wifi
  • Near pub
  • Rural location

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Reviews

Ms Sims
November 2015
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.
Mr Macmillan
February 2016
Easily, the best place that we have stayed in. Beautifully furnished and equipped to a very high spec. Very friendly owners who are available if needed but everything is that well thought out and organised that we didn't need to contact them. We met the owners while walking the dogs and they were very friendly indeed.
Mr Haworth
September 2015
There was just a very homely feel to the property. It was very clean, tidy and well furnished. Perfect for what we wanted.
Mrs Magee
June 2016
Fantastic historic and comfortable accommodation, with plenty of space. We found it well equipped with lovely garden surroundings for relaxing outdoors and enjoying the scenery.
Mr Mackenzie
July 2016
Superb, fabulous accommodation and immaculate. We will be back, thank you.
Miss West
January 2016
Absolutely amazing place to stay for the week at Christmas. I can highly recommend It to others! It was clean and spacious. The owners were lovely, the lay out was amazing and the kitchen was outstanding. Overall a fantastic holiday house, the photos don't do it justice. Amazing In person.
Mr Walker
October 2015
Best conversion of a church to a holiday let ever. Could find no fault with it. Highly recommended in every respect.
Mr Savage
June 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 Moores
December 2015
A fabulous property, with the luxury of a five star hotel. Everything was catered for for a momentous holiday or a short break.
Mrs Stuart
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.
Mr Appleton
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!
Mrs Scott
February 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.
Mr Tilsley
March 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.
Mrs Kilanowski
August 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 Moore
November 2014
Fabulous property, full of character and beautifully renovated. The owner is very easy and pleasant to deal with.
Mrs Schofield
December 2014
We had a fantastic time here and would definitely recommend. We will be back, thank you for a great stay.
Mrs Holmes
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.
Mr Sharp
October 2014
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 certainly get the wow factor. There is nothing we did not like and are thinking of returning next year. All credit should go too the owners as this is a great example of how you can make such a cosy and comfortable retreat from a listed building.
Mrs Cash
November 2014
This property was excellent, we could not fault it in any way. It had everything we were looking for, it was a great family getaway holiday.
Mr Weaver
August 2014
Best self catering accommodation we have stayed in. Fantastic conversion.
Ms Peek
December 2013
Wonderful restoration property, sympathetically done to the very highest specification. Every comfort catered for - a fantastic and welcoming living space. Remote location but surrounded by amazing scenery and pubs offering good food, cold beer and a warm welcome.
Dr Bennett
January 2014
Beautiful building, very comfortable. Lovely warm welcome from owner. Open plan layout was perfect for a friends reunion.
Mr Chubb
November 2013
Stunning property, decorated to a high specification. All furnishings were top quality too. Friendly owners who live near by if you need them. Brilliant place for a special time. Even better than I thought it would be. I would highly recommend.
Mr Steward
June 2014
This property is indisputably first class. Thoughtfully and beautifully restored with high quality fittings and furniture and a stunning mezzanine with a well equipped kitchen and dining area. This was absolutely ideal for our party. We spent our time walking, golfing, and visiting National Trust properties. Each evening we congregated for supper at this wonderful property. The owners were charming and very helpful.
Mrs Stimpson
May 2014
Everything about this property was to a very high standard and we all liked everything about the property and the surroundings. So there was absolutely nothing that could fault it.
Mrs Cuthbert
June 2014
The property was very comfortable with plenty of room for everyone, we all had a lovely time.
Mr Carroll
August 2014
Beautifully converted church, which was ideal for two families. We loved use of the tennis court and owners where very helpful in giving help and advice prior to our stay.
Mrs Antill
January 2014
This holiday house was fantastic, beautifully restored old church with high standard interior. It is a great location to explore Kielder.
Mr Page
May 2014
We booked this cottage as a surprise get-together. Lovely surroundings and second-to-none luxury - We had a great time. Thank you
Mrs Webster
May 2014
The property was great, we stayed there as part of a group of 7 with two dogs. The facilities and the house itself where fantastic, and the added bonus of a tennis court made the holiday perfect. Thanks.
Mrs Williams
February 2014
This property is outstanding. I can't think of anything that would improve the accommodation at all.
Mrs Hudson
October 2013
The accommodation was fantastic, with a well equipped kitchen (every tool you could need to cook with). Each bedroom was beautifully designed, luxury! The Old Church was located near to Kielder Reservoir, and we enjoyed lots of lovely walks. The owners were very helpful. Would love to go back again soon.
Mrs Fallon
December 2013
Greystead Old Church is spacious, warm and provides high quality equipment. The character of the building has been retained in the conversion.
Mr Stewart
September 2014
A superb holiday home, as delightful on the inside as this Georgian conversion church is on the outside. Set near enough to Kielder Water to enjoy innumerable outdoor activities such as sailing, mountain biking and star gazing, but also convenient as a base to explore the rest of Northumberland. A truly unique experience, one I would recommend to anyone thinking of taking a holiday in Northumberland.
Mrs Bell
March 2014
The property was fantastic and unique. The size and layout of the church meant that everyone had their own space but still felt a sense of togetherness. The location, close to Bellingham and Hexham was close enough for town shopping. It was perfect for the children and for a family get together. Would definitely look to return again.
Mrs Cubitt
November 2013
This is a superb property, so much thought and detail has been put into this restoration, we could not fault it. Heated by a bio mass boiler with underfloor heating it was always warm. The owners are very welcoming and helpful. Greysteads Old Church is a pleasure to come back to after long walks in this beautiful area. We have booked again for Christmas, and very much look forward to being regular visitors here.
Mr McDonald
January 2014
Great property, very well presented and everything thoughtfully provided to make the stay highly enjoyable. Stunning conversion with superb open plan living space makes it the perfect place for a special family get together.
Mr Garnham
September 2013
Tranquil location giving real escape to the countryside. Beautifully decorated and furnished to a high standard. Ideal location to explore Kielder Water and the National Park with delicious meals at Pheasant Inn, and food from Kielder organic meats and the village bakery in Bellingham. Could not fault this holiday.
Mrs Anderson
October 2013
Absolutely first class renovation of Greystead Old Church, with everything you could want for a family holiday. Friendly helpful owners. Bellingham nearby for stocking up on food. The Pheasant Inn was great for dinner one night.
charnwoodtwo
January 2015
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.
ejtams
October 2015
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.
Anne2578
September 2016
Nothing really to say except, stunning and faultless accomodation . The conversion is great and very tasteful, felt very comfortable . The house is equiped with everything one needs for a holiday . Thank you to the owners
Mrs Wycherley
September 2013
The owners were very friendly and helpful, made us feel very welcome. This is the perfect place for a family get together. We had a wonderful time and hope to return.
sharpmike2010
October 2014
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!
Natalie H
June 2015
What a lovely converted church. Miles from anywhere and such a peaceful place to stay. Owners are very friendly and welcoming.
Sandie62
September 2015
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.
Jill W
June 2015
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.
Jan T
February 2014
We really enjoyed all the space, the different little sitting areas, the lovely downstairs lounge to be together for films and the excellent dining and kitchen area. The owner was delightful to communicate with and guests' comfort was clearly a priority. The setting is fantastic and we went on local walks as well as visiting Kielder Water. If you are looking for a large place that sleeps 8 this is a wonderful place to stay.
Jan T
January 2014
We really enjoyed all the space, the different little sitting areas, the lovely downstairs lounge to be together for films and the excellent dining and kitchen area. The owner was delightful to communicate with and guests' comfort was clearly a priority. The setting is fantastic and we went on local walks as well as visiting Kielder Water. If you are looking for a large place that sleeps 8 this is a wonderful place to stay.
Williams Family
April 2014
This is the most beautiful rental-everything is top rate from the towels to the crockery (all John Lewis!). The bathrooms are all beautiful decorated and the owners have thought of everything - sewing kits, spare bulbs, etc. the starter kit for the woodburner kept us going all week in February!! There are many lovely walks from the doorstep and many more if you drive a little distance first. The Observatory at Kielder gets booked up so book before you arrive. We loved the food and atmosphere at The Pheasant Inn & if you contact the owner they'll give you a local taxi firm number. If you're looking for a special place to stay...this is your place! There is enough space for families to stay together without living in each other's pockets! Bike hire available at Kielder Village -great service & good value. Thoroughly recommend staying here. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
David T
March 2015
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.
Tooza
May 2014
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.
Jan G
May 2014
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.
Lizzy G
July 2014
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!
ukx0101
September 2014
We stayed here for a week as a family including two babies. There is plenty of space for everyone and the bedrooms themselves aren't directing beside one another, there is a bathroom or corridor seperating them so noise between rooms is minimal. On they subject of noise I'm afraid there's no beating around the bush - the mezzanine area is loud and creaky and when you are tryin to settle babies down its a right pain if anyone goes up the stairs or walks around, you can hear everything going on. I think this property is more suited to couples with older children or none at all! Having said that, the highchair provided was very clean and the travel cot although not used by us was in good condition. The wooden floor of the mezzanine is more forgiving for toddling babies than the tiled floor in the living area. There is also no direct walks outside of the church suitable for prams but you can walk down to the tennis courts if you need to get them to sleep! There are some more pram friendly walks in Bellingham which is ten mins in the car. The quality of the fixtures and fittings at the church are outstanding and there is everything you could possibly want in the kitchen! Basic supplies of dishwasher tablets (will come to that in a sec!), washing up liquid, washing powder, tea/coffee, cleaning clothes, tea towels etc are all provided. The towels are thick and luxurious and there was also one dressing gown in each room. There are plenty of books and a reasonable selection of DVDs and CDs as well as some family favourite board games. Unfortunately the dishwasher was not working throughout our stay which was a pain especially when there are a lot of you staying. Thankfully there is more than one setting per person so you aren't waiting for plates to be washed before you can use them! The owner has assured us that the issue will be dealt with so hopefully this won't be of concern to future guests. The grounds of greystead rectory and coach house are very well maintained and te tennis courts were fun. Unfortunately the owners are not responsible for the churchyard and this has become rather overgrown which we found disrespectful to those buried within the church yard and their families who may come to visit their graves. I plan on writing to the CofE about this. The churchyard is open to the public and I might warn you to keep the church doors locked as we had passers by walk in thinking it was a church in use. We did see the owners occasionally and they were very approachable but did not interfere on encroach on your holiday. It was nice knowing they were only next door as the church is very rural. Kielder is really close by and we had some good days out there as well as Bellingham and corbridge too. There is really so much to do nearby but you do have to drive to get there. To summarise, this is a beautiful place and it has been well restored, it's very peaceful and large enough to accommodate big groups. On reflection, I booked the holiday with my party head on and not my new mums hat on!
Claretta
July 2014
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!
Mr Appleton
June 2016
Everything, including the weather this time, was fantastic. It's the third time we have been to Greystead Old Church and it will not be the last time. Love it, Love it, Love it.
Michnield
May 2014
Greystead Church is definitely worth a visit - the huge stained glass windows dominate every room. The rooms are of good size, plenty of bathrooms, luxury towels, beds and bedding, top notch kitchen with all mod cons! Only downside worth a mention is the creaky floorboards upstairs (which is where the kitchen is) as you can't make a sneaky midnight cup of tea without everyone knowing and hearing!! Lovely people who own it and live in the rectory next door - shared access to a tennis court and option to BBQ. Location somewhat remote - need to drive everywhere but Bellingham 4 miles away for necessities and some good walks, Kielder 7 miles away.
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