The Old Chapel ref: UK2561

Horsehouse, near Leyburn, Wharfedale and Area

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  • Bike Store 
  • Detached Property 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Highchair 
  • Pub within 1 mile 
  • Rural Location 
  • Woodburning Stove 
  • WiFi 
  • Cot Available 
  • Luxury Collection 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Pets – not allowed 
  • Heritage Collection 
  • Open Plan 
  • Church or Chapel 
  • Parking - On Site 
  • Shower Cubicle 
  • Unique Cottages 


A beautiful Grade II listed, converted chapel, sitting in a commanding position offering fabulous views over Coverdale. Situated on the outskirts of Horsehouse, just over 2 miles from the village of Carlton and 8 miles from the market town of Leyburn, this wonderful holiday home has been renovated to a very high standard whilst retaining original features such as stained glass windows, a pulpit and a pew. The house is ’upside down’ to take advantage of the stunning views. There are three bedrooms on the ground floor, and both the en-suite and the family bathroom have underfloor heating. There is a separate utility/boot room on the ground floor, perfect for drying off coats and boots after a day of exploring the Dales.
From the entrance hall a lovely wooden staircase leads up to the impressive galleried first floor, a beautiful open plan living space with windows on all sides and stunning views over Coverdale. This spacious, light-filled room has vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, wooden floors and fabulous stained glass arched windows.
The quality fitted, shaker style kitchen, with granite worktops, double Belfast sink and all modern appliances, makes this the perfect place to cook up a tasty treat. A contemporary wood burner sits central to the room and makes for the perfect spot to gather around on a winter’s day. A large Smart TV, Wi-Fi, bluetooth soundbar, DVD player, board games and poker set are provided to ensure there is something to keep everyone entertained.
Outside, there is a small woodland area with a picnic bench, and a large courtyard with sitting-out area and garden furniture surrounded by a large boulder wall with plants and climbers. Please note that children would need to be supervised at all times, as the driveway is not gated and there is a drop from the grassed top of the boulder wall to the courtyard.
The Old Chapel provides the perfect rural retreat for those looking for peace, tranquillity and some of the most stunning scenery in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. There are a multitude of walking routes available straight from the door of The Old Chapel. At the end of the day there is a choice of the local village pub, or for a wider selection of fare, the community run pub in Carlton. The nearest village store is located in Middleham Village, and there are a variety of well-stocked family-run stores in Leyburn, such as traditional butchers and bakers, fashion shops, jewellers, gifts and homeware and a specialist delicatessen.

The hamlet of Horsehouse is located on the road from Middleham in Wensleydale to Kettlewell in Wharfedale. Middleham has lots to offer and is most famous for its castle, which was once home to Richard III, and is also home to several racehorse trainers, providing a wonderful sight each day as the horses and riders make their way through the village up onto the gallops. There is a village store and a small selection of tea shops, cafés and galleries all set around it’s pretty village square. Shop 5 miles, pub 100 yards, restaurant 3 miles.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

9 steps to entrance (with alternative level access at rear).
Bedroom 1: With super kingsize bed and en-suite with shower cubicle, toilet, bidet and heated towel rail.
Bedroom 2: With kingsize bed.
Bedroom 3: With double bed.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet, heated towel rail and tiled floor.
Utility/boot room: With freezer and washing machine.

First floor

Open plan living space: Galleried with wooden floor and beams.
Living area: With wood burner, Freesat Smart TV, DVD player and bluetooth soundbar.
Dining area.
Kitchen area: Shaker style with electric oven, induction hob, combi microwave/oven/grill, fridge and dishwasher.

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


Oil central heating (underfloor in en-suite and bathroom), electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Travel cot and highchair. Welcome pack.


Large courtyard with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Small woodland area with picnic bench. Bike store. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking. Please note: There are 3 steps to the picnic bench, and a drop from the grassed top of the boulder wall to the courtyard.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    5 miles
  • Distance
    7 miles
  • Restaurant
    3 miles
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    100 yards
  • Railway station distance
    23.0 miles
  • Lake
    8 miles

About the local area

Beautiful Wharfedale is one of the longest valleys in the Yorkshire Dales and it has a surprise in store for those who follow it southwards.

The River Wharfe rises on high moors and tumbles through the tiny villages of Yockenthwaite and Hubberholme, last resting place of the writer JB Priestley. Then it's on to Buckden, where Wharfedale properly begins.

But this is a Yorkshire dale of two landscapes. To the north, Upper Wharfedale is about high moors and more robust countryside, while Lower Wharfedale, beginning at the villages of Grassington and Threshfield, is very different. The land changes from high moor to a rich river valley with green and lush woodland - unusual in the Dales - with rocky outcrops. One of the most famous is Kilnsey Crag, near the village of Kilnsey. The dramatic overhanging limestone crag has long been a favourite with climbers.

On the hills above the River Wharfe, the remains of Iron Age and Bronze Age settlements and burial cairns can still be seen.

Passing between Grassington and Threshfield, the valley heads down to Burnsall, the waterfalls at The Strid and to the striking remains of beautiful Bolton Abbey.

Lower Wharfedale is a great place for nature lovers. The action of glaciers during the last Ice Age, plus hundreds of years of farming, have created many wildlife habitats. There are hillside streams, rocky limestone outcrops, grass meadows, bogs and dry-stone walls, all to be seen and enjoyed.

Things to do nearby

Upper Wharfedale

Along the Upper Wharfe Valley the characteristic drystone walls and barns of the Dales, important flower-rich hay meadows, beautiful riverside and valleyside woodland combine to create a wonderful place to relax and explore the great outdoors.

Pennine Bridleway - Horse Riding

The Pennine Bridleway is a new 350 mile long National Trail in the North of England.

Skipton Market

Visit this long running market in the town that boasts the location of `The Gateway to the Dales' Market days are Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Stalls vary from meat, fruit and veg to clothes, cards and plants.

Malham Tarn Estate

This outstanding area of limestone pavements, upland hill farms and flower-rich hay meadows provides a marvelous setting for walking, cycling or just enjoying the great outdoors.

Brimham Rocks

One of the highlights close to the spa town of Harrogate these amazing collection of weird and wonderful rock formations.

Pennine Cruisers
Pennine Cruisers

Take a 30 minute tour of the beautiful Leeds Liverpool canal around Skipton, the Gateway to the Dales.

Follifoot Park Riding Centre

Situated on the outskirts of Harrogate offering riding tuition catering for all standards from absolute beginners to advanced riders.

River Wharfe - Day Tickets
River Wharfe - Day Tickets

Some great fishing venues including Burnsall, Ilkley and Grassington. Day tickets available.

Skipton Castle

One of England's most complete medieval castles standing above the bustling market town of Skipton. Visitors can explore the whole castle which notably withstood three years of siege during the English Civil War.

Mary Toodley Loop - Horse Riding

The Mary Towneley Loop, is a 42 mile circular route which forms part of the Pennine Bridleway National Trail.

Whinny Gill Reservoir
Whinny Gill Reservoir

This Reservoir sits on the edge of Skipton and is a fairly unique construction. An ideal bed for small fish to hide away from the waters larger fish!

Parcevall Hall Gardens

Parcevall Hall Gardens lie on a steep hillside and are the only RHS and English Heritage registered gardens open to the public in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The 24 acres of formal and woodland gardens rise up the hillside and command impressive views.

Coniston Hall - Fishing

The lake is set in 24 acres of magnificent grounds of a large hotel and makes for a peaceful days fly fishing. Both boat and bank fly fishing are available. The Coniston Hall lake is open for fly fishing from 1st April to 1st October inclusive.

Bolton Abbey Railway

Travel between Embsay station, built in 1888, and the new award-winning station at Bolton Abbey. Your journey takes you through picturesque Yorkshire Dales scenery. Enjoy special Thomas the Tank Engine rides and a visit from Santa at Christmas!

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