The Church is amazing, and Massive!!. Its in a beautiful village with lovely walks, we even had a visit from "daisy" the cow from the farm next door who had escaped. (Quickly rescued by the farmer, which the children weren't happy about, but bringing "Daisy" home wasn't an option)
Its close enough to amazing days out including Killhope Lead Mine and South Tynedale Railway, both Visits I can highly recommend, make sure to visit the Hub museum next to the Railway station in Alston for a trip down memory lane. Its also easy driving to Ullswater, which is a another great day out.
There Church was very clean and comfortable with everything we needed. We were even lucky enough for a couple of cold nights which meant we could put the lovely wood burning fire on, which was fab.
Phil the owner was very responsive to emails and helped us with any questions and our deposit was returned swiftly too.
The children especially loved the viewing room in the spire which has the best views for miles.
All in all a lovely property for a great break I would highly recommend.
We were a group of 7 - two families meeting in the Lakes for a week of hiking, water sports and dog walking. The owner, Phil got in touch well in advance to ensure the bedrooms were configured to our needs and was very helpful in providing a full brochure about the property which included advice on everything from shopping, deliveries and local activities including picturesque walks, some of which started from the church.
Our original plan was to eat out some nights but after enjoying the spacious and well-equipped kitchen on our first night, we ended up around the big table sitting on the pews for almost every meal.
The beds were comfortable, the 4 bathrooms were lovely and the wonderful showers deserve a special mention - just what you want after a day out.
The grounds were very well maintained and it was a lovely surprise that we could open the hatch to climb the ladder into the spire - the views were lovely and being able to sit up there was a really nice touch.
4 of us rattled around in this beautifully converted church.
The weather helped and the visiting bat added to the occasion.
A few more garden chairs and a complete set of wine glasses would have made for perfection
Old St Johns Church is an absolutely amazing place. Set in a quaint little village we were surrounded by sheep and ponies. The church gardens are just beautiful and the interior is even better than the pictures. Just as we did, any visitor will be thankful for a rainy day, as it will provide the perfect excuse to forget about sightseeing and enjoy the house totally guilt-free. The landlord, Philip, is beyond helpful and the house has everything you'll ever need and then some.Perfect place for adults, perfect place for children, perfect place for pets. We really hope to find a reason to book this church again some day.