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LUXURIOUS & SPACIOUS CHURCH CONVERSION, CAITHNESS, SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS

Sandra Thain

Speaks English
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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LUXURIOUS & SPACIOUS CHURCH CONVERSION, CAITHNESS, SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS

Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday apartment in Lybster - The Old Free Church, Lybster

Luxury self catering accommodation for families, couples and groups of friends

This luxurious church conversion offers an unrivalled self-catering holiday in the coastal village of Lybster. Ideally situated on the far north-east coast of the Scottish Highlands, Caithness is known for it's remarkable light, extraordinary skies and spectacular coastline.

Designed for practicality and comfort, which is well-appointed and homely, offering a well-equipped kitchen, family-friendly layout, spacious and luxurious bedrooms with their own en-suite shower rooms and fabulous gallery lounge, offering the ultimate in luxury, warmth and charm.

Appointed with quality fixtures and fittings, every effort has been taken to preserve the church walls, the deep window recesses, cathedral style windows and the retention of the original church beams.

With an abundance of spectacular countryside to explore, a variety of local attractions and a high standard of self-catering accommodation, this magnificent holiday rental will attract families, couples and groups of friends.

Family Friendly: Simple pleasures are often the most memorable and come from those hassle-free holidays where the whole party is relaxed. We aim to ensure just that - occupied children, relaxed and happy young people and chilled-out adults. Indeed, the layout of the church apartment really lends itself to chilling out, and our guests enjoyment of the accommodation is important to us. We know there are days that you won't want to leave! With this in mind, we always ensure there are lots of DVD's & X Box Games for all ages and books and magazines for those squishy sofa days. Our Scottish Monopoly is a hit with families! We've got most of the traditional board games (Scrabble, Cluedo, Pictionary) alongside cards, dominos, trivia, 1000 piece jigsaws, etc. The environment is designed to be child friendly and little ones can play with our toddler toys in complete safety with space to run around and enjoy their play. Fast and effective WiFi is guaranteed and provided completely free of charge

Heritage - Unique Quality: The church itself was built in 1840 - the Free Church of Scotland serving the village of Lybster. It shut its doors as a church in 1989, becoming a labour of love to a local villager, who spent the years gradually renovating its interior to splendid excellence. The Church Apartment at Lybster is the third and final phase of the renovation and it is a pleasure to offer such a unique self-catering holiday experience.

It is important, in offering such high standard accommodation, that nothing has been left to chance, and attention has been made to even the smallest details.

A variety of local prints allow you to enjoy Caithness at its best and appreciate the many coastal scenes, spectacular skies and extraordinary light and colour. Local Malt, luxurious toiletries from Scottish Fine Soaps, robes and quality linen ensure you know you're on holiday and for the ultimate indulgence, there's even a country spa (females only) just over a mile away!

A bit more about the area's attractions: Lybster is a perfect base to explore the many attractions of Caithness. Famous John O’Groats with its breathtaking scenery and unrivalled coastline, is a 40 minute drive. Here there are daily ferries along the coast (including a sealife tour) & regular sailings to Orkney. See the world famous Duncansby Stacks from the top of John O'Groats. Visit John O'Groats' wonderful new addition - Flavours, luxury Ice Cream & Confectionery Shop. A fabulous selection of cones and flavoured ice creams. Amazing sundaes. Hot Chocolates and Lavazza coffee to take away. Stockists of wonderful Cocoa Mountain Chocolate (the ultimate Highland Indulgence). Perfect to take home as a gift (if you can manage not to scoff it before you get home!) Why not try the Explorer rib at John O'Groats? A fantastic speed boat that takes you around the intruiging island of Stroma and around the stacks - a breathtaking and memorable experience. Visit the Castle of Mey, just along the coast, lovingly restored by the late Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mother. The Dunbeath Heritage Centre & Pulteney Distillery in Wick are among many of the visitor attractions.

Wick has a large Tesco Superstore, butchers and fishmongers and the usual selection of takeaways, restaurants, shops, parks & swimming pool. Thurso offers a variety of supermarkets, deli, shops, cafes, bars & restaurants as well as a swimming pool. In Caithness there are a huge variety of restaurants to suit all budgets & tastes, from award winning seafood restaurants to bars and bistros.

FLYBE & EASTERN AIRWAYS - Flying from Edinburgh & Aberdeen to Wick Airport (Sunday to Friday flights)

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Suitability:
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Guestbook comments from the owner
This is an outstanding holiday home. Much more than an apartment - first class! Very special, oozing with charm and EVERYTHING is such good quality. Didn't want to go home.....

Thank you Sandra for a wonderful holiday.
Jun 2010
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Sandra Thain

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.co.uk since 2008
Speaks English

I have always loved property and design so coming across the Church Apartment was just wonderful and I knew it would make the perfect holiday home.

Sandra Thain purchased this apartment in 2007

The Church Apartment offers everything you could possibly want in a holiday home. We are seasoned self caterers and know exactly what we ourselves expect when on holiday. You will therefore find the Church Apartment very well-equipped and designed so you'll know you're on holiday but with the reassurance that it will be a home from home experience too.

The Church Apartment is wonderfully unique and it does not fit the mould of standard self-catering. It is spacious and oozes charm. Luxurious and indulgent, but comfy and homely at the same time.

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Reviews

5
based on 24 holidaymaker reviews

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Luxurious & spacious church conversion, Caithness, Scottish Highlands
average rating of 5.0 based on 24 reviews
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Luxurious & spacious church conversion, Caithness, Scottish Highlands
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Lybster Northern Scottish Highlands
Berkshire, England
5

CHARACTERFUL GEM IN QUIET LOCATION

  • 5 out of 5
I've always hankered after owning a converted church, so it was a delight to holiday in one, and it's a high quality conversion. Luxuriously equipped, clean and generously prestocked with essentionals. Huge relaxing upstairs living room with 2 large separate sofa areas, and a nice view of the neighbouring cows in the evening. The free wifi let me keep my emails up to date and check the ferry sailings. Lybster is a quiet village with its own picturesque little harbour (20 mins walk or 2 mins drive) and within easy striking distance of John O'Groats and the ferries to the Orkneys.

We found a super beach about 20 mins north at Reiss Sands (by the Golf Clubhouse) and had a beautiful sunny day on 3 miles of deserted sand. Had previously just spent a few days on a crowded Cornish beach - what a contrast. I even had a swim in the North Sea - yes, it really was warm enough. (I didn't bother with the wetsuit I'd taken to the beach.) Fantastic family beach. If you like hilly moorlands in which to walk and picnic, they are 5 mins drive away.

We also used the very impressive Catemeran ferry from Gills Bay to take our own car over to Orkneys and had a lovely relaxing day driving around there, returning on the other ferry to Scrabster, which gave us a wonderful view of the Old Man of Hoy. Sipping wine on the deck of the very smart car ferry as we passed within 300yds of the 1000ft cliffs of Hoy - it was like being on a cruise. The day trip via ferries to the Orkneys is easy, informal and well worthwhile.

As an English tourist from the home counties, I've previously been deterred from visiting northern Scotland by the seemingly vast distance, and the "unimproved" nature of the road network beyond Glasgow (where we stopped overnight). Well, driving north from Fort William was a revelation. Quiet 'A' roads with huge vistas and beautiful scenery - the miles flew by, and we easily outpaced the SatNav's timetable because the roads feel so quiet (compared with the South-East!) It was really easy driving.

We were very impressed by all our host's generous touches - the welcoming bottle and chocolates, and all the helpful stuff in the fridge and also in the well equipped utility room. Thank you so much. We will definitely return.
  • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2009
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Luxurious & spacious church conversion, Caithness, Scottish Highlands
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p98755
Lybster Northern Scottish Highlands
Central Scotland
5

OUTSTANDING LUXURY APARTMENT

  • 5 out of 5
We stayed at the Old Free Church in Lybster in January this year and I cannot recommend this luxury self catering holiday property highly enough. The owner was extremely welcoming and friendly and went out of her way to make us feel totally relaxed as soon as we arrived. The accommodation is outstanding and has a totally luxurious feel about it. It's been well designed and has everything you could possibly ask for with it's well equipped kitchen and elegant furniture throughout. All the extra touches made it even more welcoming from the complimentary malt to the lovely bed linen. The bed is one of the most comfortable I have ever slept in. I could go on and on. Fantastic walks in the area and only a short drive to Wick or Thurso. Totally peaceful and tranquil, I didn't want to leave and will definitely be returning very soon. Thankyou for a fantastic stay.
  • Review Submitted: 15-Mar-2014
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2014
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Luxurious & spacious church conversion, Caithness, Scottish Highlands
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p98755
Lybster Northern Scottish Highlands
5

A COSY RELAXING BREAK

  • 5 out of 5
The property was very well presented, clean and well equipped, with the fabulous living room especially comfortable.
The harbours locally were all attractive, and we had our first experience of cooking lobster bought on the pier, after researching the method on-line.A great success- chill in the freezer for 1/2 hour, then cook in boiling water for 20 mins. Then raid the car for a hammer to crack the claws!
Day trip to Orkney was also a highlight.
  • Review Submitted: 11-Oct-2011
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Luxurious & spacious church conversion, Caithness, Scottish Highlands
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Lybster Northern Scottish Highlands
Peterhead
5

BLISS

  • 5 out of 5
I can't recommend this property, the hospitality, the location or the warmth and helpfulness of Anne the owner and Lyndsay who welcomes you and makes sure everything is ready for your arrival, highly enough. First of all the apartment has everything you could possibly want from a relaxing, luxury, highland getaway and as every other review states - the pictures really don't do it justice. Anne has really thought of everything you could possibly want including providing a wealth of information on things to do and see in the area. the thoughtfulness and attention to detail would put 5 star hotels to shame. You can literally turn up with your toothbrush and an overnight bag because the apartment has everything in it that you will need. This was one of the best breaks i've had home or abroad and a lot of that was down to the ambience of the property and the uniqueness of the area. Can't wait to return.
  • Review Submitted: 14-Jun-2011
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. I am delighted you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you back.
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Luxurious & spacious church conversion, Caithness, Scottish Highlands
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Lybster Northern Scottish Highlands
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
5

STUNNING APARTMENT, STUNNING SCENERY

  • 5 out of 5
We stayed at the Old Church Apartment in May 2011. I can honestly say it is the nicest place I have ever stayed. It has been beautifully converted and has all the mod cons you could possibly need whilst being clearly very very well looked after.
The surrounding countryside is breathtaking, as is the route up from Inverness Airport. The apartment itself makes for a wonderful retreat for relaxing and chilling out in the peace and quiet after a long day's walking or sightseeing.

I would love to stay again sometime and highly recommend it.
  • Review Submitted: 07-Jun-2011
  • Date of Stay: May 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Luxurious & spacious church conversion, Caithness, Scottish Highlands
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Lybster Northern Scottish Highlands
Doncaster
5

BEAUTIFUL ACCOMODATION IN A BEAUTIFUL LOCATION

  • 5 out of 5
We went for my 40th birthday and it was the perfect break we were looking for. The weather was fine and the local area is lovely. There is plenty to see and do and we were out of season. We went to Lybster harbour and there is nice photos to taken and walks to be had. The accomodation is fantastic and there is everything inside you could wish for. Sandra even left bubbly on ice with strawberries and chocolates for our arrival. If you enjoy seafood you need to go to the captains galley at scrabster. Also a trip to John o Groats is a must. I would definately recommend a trip to this part of Scotland and we hope to return to the church apartment next year.
  • Review Submitted: 08-Dec-2010
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Location

Nearest Airport
13 Miles
Wick
Nearest Ferry
13 Miles
Wick
Nearest Train
13 Miles
Wick
Nearest Motorway
A9
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Lybster
Nearest Barpub
Lybster
Nearest Golf
Lybster
Nearest Restaurant
Lybster
Car: recommended

Lybster is the perfect base for exploring wonderful Caithness. It offers golf (its very own 9 hole heathland course), heritage, coastal scenery & small cove pebble beach and harbour, museum, shops & a cafe and take-away. Lybster’s Waterlines Visitor Center gives a fascinating insight into its unique role in the once vibrant fishing industry. For the active angler, naturalist, ornithologist or photographer there are castles, historical sites, lochs and rivers all within easy reach. There's an abundance of wildlife and countryside to explore, with coastal and forest walking opportunities. A local Country Spa offers a range of pamper packages and treatments (females only).

Usual town amenities in nearby Wick and Thurso. Caithness has a variety of restaurants, from award winning seafood to bars and bistros. Excellent tourist attractions and breathtaking scenary

Other Activities: Luxury Country Spa, Glass making studio

Golf: Just 500 yards from the church, you will find Lybster's very own 9 hole golf course, offering fantastic views on this heathland course.

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Rental rates for this holiday apartment in Lybster, Northern Scottish Highlands

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SUMMER 2014
28 Jun 2014 - 27 Sep 2014
3 night minimum stay
£537
for 3 nights
From
£179
£895
 
 
Autumn 2014
28 Sep 2014 - 31 Oct 2014
3 night minimum stay
£417
for 3 nights
From
£139
£695
£1,500
 
 
Winter 2014
1 Nov 2014 - 19 Dec 2014
3 night minimum stay
£357
for 3 nights
From
£119
£595
 
 
Christmas
20 Dec 2014 - 26 Dec 2014
7 night minimum stay
£895
for 7 nights
£895
 
 
New Year
27 Dec 2014 - 3 Jan 2015
7 night minimum stay
£995
for 7 nights
£995
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£375
for 3 nights
From
£125
£595
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee 25
Notes Sunday 20th July for 6 nights - only £700!
Saturday 2nd August for 4 nights - only £500

2014 SPECIAL RATES FOR COUPLES
Ask about our discounted COUPLES rate. For the use of the entire apartment, with the Oak Room (4 poster) being set aside for 2. [The other bedrooms will be locked & this rate is only applicable for 2 people sharing 1 bedroom].

Cancellation Policy

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Lybster in Northern Scottish Highlands

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Forms of Payment:
  • accepts credit card
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 185 m²
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • village
Theme:
  • Luxury
  • Family
General:
  • Living Room
  • Alarm Clock
  • Thermos Flask
  • Shampoo
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Maps
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Iron & Board
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Internet
  • Activities Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Towels Provided ...
Kitchen:
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Kitchen
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Toaster
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Hob
  • Oven
  • Microwave
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Large shower enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Large shower enclosure. Multi-jet shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Large shower enclosure. Multi-jet shower
  • Spacious en-suites with large shower enclosures. (Bathrooms 2 and 3 are multi-jet). A generous selection of towels are provided - Hand towels, Bath towels and Bath sheets (and Bath Mats) Luxury Scottish Fine Soaps toiletries are complimentary For those travelling with babies, rest assured, we have the following; A wooden cot and comfortable mattress. We provide a fitted sheet. Please bring baby's preferred bedding A permanent stairgate A steam steriliser A Baby bath A changing mat A high chair A box of toys suitable for littlies
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 4 Poster King-sized Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , Split Level Room. Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , Super-kingsized Bed or 2 singles
  • The bedrooms capture the ambience of this wonderful church conversion. These luxurious rooms have thick woollen plaid carpets, coordinated furniture and fabrics and their own en-suite facilities. The Plum Room, with its rich colours, imposing beam, deep window recesses and staged platform housing the double bed. The Brodie Room, with its elegant furniture and sumptuous coordinating fabrics offers flexible sleeping arrangements with a super king-sized bed or 2 single beds. The Oak Room, with its magnificent king-size four poster, coordinated oak furniture and rich indulgent fabrics and commanding cathedral floor-to-ceiling window. All the bedrooms have lockable doors. Guests are afforded total privacy, with a guarantee that they will not be interrupted in any way during their stay. Luxury Scottish Fine Soaps toiletries and robes are provided. Quality bed linen. A wooden cot is situated in the Oak Room - bring baby's own bedding
Entertainment:
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Video Library
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Toys
  • Video Games
Suitability:
  • pets considered ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • sight seeing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • surfing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • cycling
  • fishing
Notes:
This is very spacious accommodation that is child-friendly with a well designed layout which is luxurious, yet practical and comfortable. Beautiful open country views from the lounge. Main TV has SKY Package and SKY+. TV's in bedrooms are all flat screen digital. XBox 360 with 2 controllers and its own flat screen and plenty of XBox games for all ages. Digital radio in the kitchen. Excellent Wi Fi is provided free of charge. WiFi is available throughout the entire property - no limited 'hot spots'. There is no garden to this property, but lots of dog walking opportunities in the area - with a park just a short walk away from the main door. Caithness has lots of glorious beaches and Lybster's own beach is 5 minutes by car or a 20 minute walk. If you have a well-behaved dog that would like to join you on holiday, then please enquire. A charge of £25.00 will be added for a dog.
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