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Spectacular Converted Church - Strangford (Available Summer 2019)

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5 bedrooms
5 bathrooms
10 guests
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Just opened summer 2019. A unique opportunity to stay in a stunning converted Church. Built in 1846 the former Strangford Presbyterian Church is a protected building due to its architectural value. The church is undergoing conversion by the Architect owner into spectacular 5 bedroom self catering accommodation. Located at the entrance to Strangford village overlooking Castleward Bay, next to Old Court wedding venue, less than 1 hr to Belfast, approx 2 hrs to Dublin. Ideal for wedding groups, friends or family occasions. A perfect base to explore Ireland. As you enter Strangford village you cannot miss the landmark church perched to your right on Quarry Hill. Saved from ruin by its local owners, the church has been lovingly restored and sympathetically converted into stunning self-cater...Just opened summer 2019. A unique opportunity to stay in a stunning converted Church. Built in 1846 the former Strangford Presbyterian Church is a protected building due to its architectural value. The church is undergoing conversion by the Architect owner into spectacular 5 bedroom self catering accommodation. Located at the entrance to Strangford village overlooking Castleward Bay, next to Old Court wedding venue, less than 1 hr to Belfast, approx 2 hrs to Dublin. Ideal for wedding groups, friends or family occasions. A perfect base to explore Ireland. As you enter Strangford village you cannot miss the landmark church perched to your right on Quarry Hill. Saved from ruin by its local owners, the church has been lovingly restored and sympathetically converted into stunning self-catering tourist accommodation. Passing through the original wrought iron gate and up the steps you enter the leafy church grounds. The path leads you directly to the imposing main entrance set in a striking blue classical façade. You enter the church via the vestibule, with a stone floor worn by countless feet since 1846. Double doors open into the sanctuary, this huge light filled space is the centrepiece of the church featuring double height ceilings, ornate cornicing and plasterwork, wooden panelling and full height Georgian windows. The open plan sanctuary has 4 zones: kitchen, dining, lounge and TV - a fantastic social space. Overlooking the sanctuary on the mezzanine level is a gallery with glass balustrades. This is reached from the sanctuary via a staircase woven into the original church pulpit. Settle down up here with a book and enjoy fantastic views towards Castleward Bay. The modern high specification kitchen is equipped with everything you might need. All the expected appliances are present with some nice extras such as a wine cooler and coffee machine. The dining table can accommodate up to 12 people. A stove (fuel provided) forms a focal point for the lounge area with plenty of comfortable seating. Tucked into an alcove in the corner of the sanctuary is a TV area, with a 50” internet enabled TV/DVD plus soundbar. The sanctuary also has a Bluetooth sound system so you can stream your favourite playlists. There is superfast broadband with full wireless coverage throughout the building. To the back are 3 ground floor bedrooms and a family bathroom. Upstairs on the mezzanine level are a further 2 bedrooms. All bedrooms have superking beds with high quality comfortable mattresses. Bedding and towels provided. Some bedrooms have an option to be converted to twin rooms upon request. All bedrooms have an internet enabled TV, desk and ample storage. 4 of the five bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms with large showers. The 5th has direct access to the family bathroom which has a free standing bath and separate shower. Modern heating and hot water systems work seamlessly in the background with the option to control directly should you wish. A laundry and drying room is provided in the grounds adjacent to the church side entrance. This building can also be used as a secure lock up for bicycles, golf clubs or other equipment. The church is elevated above the street level and surrounded by mature trees providing further privacy. There are views across rolling green fields and to Castleward Bay. The grounds are fully enclosed by traditional stone walls providing a safe enclosed space. Set mainly in lawn the garden includes a barbeque area and additional seating areas where you can sit back and listen to the calls of Curlews and Oyster Catchers in the Bay. The church is child friendly with safety features considered within the design. Stairgates, travel cots and high chairs are available on request. A toy cupboard will keep both the young and young at heart occupied. A generous welcome pack is provided with essential provisions and local produce. Essentials such as bin bags, washing powder, dishwasher tablets and cleaning products are provided. Please contact us regarding pets which it may be possible to accommodate on an individual basis. The church layout lends itself to corporate events and training/activity days. Get in touch to discuss.More
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martin h
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:July 2016
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We live in Strangford with our young family. We are really passionate and knowledgeable about our local area so don't hesitate to ask us for advice to plan your trip. We are close at hand to help if you need anything during your stay.
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We stayed in the converted church for three nights while in Strangford for a wedding. The property has been very thoughtfully and tastefully renovated throughout. The spacious lounge is bright, comfortable and can easily cope with 10+ adults. The kitchen - which has been finished...More

Date of stay: June 2019
Thank Brenda H
Reviewed 3 days ago

Strangford to start with is a beautiful historic village. Quarry Hill Church, in many ways, for over 160 years greeted all as you enter the village from the direction of Downpatrick. The owners have recently saved it from ruin and the result is a restoration...More

Date of stay: June 2019
1  Thank amoha2017
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Words will never do this place justice... From the second you walk through the huge doors your breath is taken away. What an amazing opportunity to stay in such a historic building. The mezzanine is spectacular and the original pulpit is such a beautiful addition...More

Date of stay: June 2019
Thank Catherine H
_MartyH75_, VR Owner at Spectacular Converted Church - Strangford (Available Summer 2019), responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Wow! We don't know what to say. So happy that the church was the perfect place for you and your family to stay for your big day. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a wonderful review. Please do return, we...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked the church for a family celebration and also stayed the night. What a stunning venue, from the outside it looks amazing and as you enter the expectation only increases. The quality of the finishes throughout are second to none, more like a five...More

Date of stay: May 2019
Thank Seán O
_MartyH75_, VR Owner at Spectacular Converted Church - Strangford (Available Summer 2019), responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the first ever review of our newly converted church! So glad the church was the perfect venue for your family celebration. It is a naturally social space, ideal for family occasions.

Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Suitable For Children Under 5
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About the neighbourhood
Strangford is one of Ireland's most beautiful coastal villages. Located at the mouth of Strangford Lough the Viking name means 'Strong Fjford' due to the very fast tidal currents. A designated area of outstanding natural beauty and national marine reserve Strangford lough offers a host of activities from scenic walks to adventure sports. For a small village Strangford is blessed with many local amenities, shops, renowned restaurants and traditional Irish pubs. Strangford is connected by ferry to the town of Portaferry on the other side of the Narrows. An attraction in itself the ferry dates back to 1180 and is one of the oldest recorded ferry crossings in the world. Castleward Estate (a.k.a. GoT Winterfell) adjoins Strangford village.
Getting around
Once in Strangford you can park up and everything is within easy walking distance. Car is the most convenient way to get to Strangford although it is linked by bus service to Downpatrick and onwards to Belfast.
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