Characterful converted Chapel with log burner & hot tub

This characterful Chapel is the newest addition to our Yorkshire Bolthole collection and has been extensively renovated to the highest standard, keeping many of the traditional features alongside plenty of modern amenities. Situated on the renowned Bolton Abbey Estate, the Chapel is perfectly placed to take in the outstanding uninterrupted views of the surrounding Yorkshire Dales.

Guests at Wesleyan Chapel will receive complimentary spa access to The Devonshire Spa, including use of all spa facilities and new state-of-the-art vitality pool. Pre-booking a time slots for spa access is necessary.

Part of the Bolton Abbey Collection.

  • Rooms
  • Beds
  • Guests
Inclusions & Amenities
  • Private garden
  • Wi-Fi access
  • Linen and towels
  • Welcome pack
  • Private parking
  • Hairdryer
  • Log burner
  • BBQ
  • Central heating
  • TV
  • Wonderful views
  • Outdoor seating
  • Hot tub

Sleeps 8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 4
Dogs allowed
Children welcome

The top floor features an entrance vestibule opening into the large open plan living area, complete with comfortable lounge, dining table and large kitchen with island. The log burner takes pride of place whilst the traditional vaulted ceilings create a feeling of old-world charm and ambience.

The kitchen is well equipped with all mod cons, including a double height fridge/freezer, electric Aga, dishwasher and coffee machine.

The chapel sleeps eight people in four spacious double bedrooms on the lower floor, each with its own bathroom. Outside, there is a secluded terrace with comfortable outdoor seating and a relaxing hot tub, which is perfect for taking in the uninterrupted views of the River Wharfe  and Barden Bridge.

Dogs are welcomed at a rate of £35 per dog per stay, please contact the reservations team to add a dog to your booking: 01756 718111 or email There is an abundance of things to do with your dog in Yorkshire.

Complimentary spa access is included in your stay at the nearby Devonshire Spa, this includes use of all spa facilities. Timed slots must be booked in advance. Spa day experiences are also available which include treatments, extended use of the spa facilities and lunch. Please contact the spa directly on 01756 718142 to book.

PLEASE NOTE: Whilst the Chapel has no mobile phone signal, it does have good WiFi coverage and a landline.


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Wesleyan Cottage in Detail


Large entrance vestibule, with bench seating for boot and coat storage.

Open plan living area which features the traditional vaulted ceiling with exposed beams and large feature windows in the gothic style of the period.

There is a fully equipped kitchen, fitted to the highest quality with granite work surfaces. The kitchen features a large central island, double height fridge freezer, Aga cooker and dishwasher. Adjacent there is a large shared dining table that seats eight, and is perfect for group dining amongst the hustle and bustle of the kitchen.

The lounge has a large seating area consisting of a large corner sofa and two single chairs. The central focal point is the impressive fireplace with a log burning stove and open chimney breast with views through to the neighbouring kitchen. The living room also has a large flat screen TV, modern open shelving and impressive artwork.


There are steps down to the lower ground floor where you will find comfortable and stylish bedroom accommodation plus access onto the outdoor patio and garden.

Each of the four double bedrooms has its own bathroom and are decorated with traditional patterns and heritage colours. All are light and airy and the perfect place to rest after an eventful day exploring the wonderful local area.


There is an outside patio, complete with seating area for you to enjoy the breath-taking location and panoramic views of Wharfe Valley and Barden Bridge, all in perfect seclusion and peace.

There is also a spacious seating area and BBQ for the most special of al fresco dining.

Parking is available outside the Chapel for up to four vehicles.


The Chapel was built in 1884 with many elements of the Gothic Revival style which was a trend of the 19th century. Its construction was a reflection of the Wesleyan Methodism in the area at the time and played an important role within the community until the 20th century when it finally closed. The Chapel has remained fairly untouched over the centuries, the pews and pulpit were removed at some point in the 1900s and the ground floor used as a school or large teaching room. The scar from where the pulpit once sat can still be seen today, and two original stone fire surrounds still remain. At some point the lower ground floor was also re-configured to form a number of rooms, we presume for accommodation.

The Chapel was sold in the 70s and became a workshop and retail facility, before rising costs meant its demise and it was sold back to the estate.

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Renovation Story

The sheer vastness of the ground floor space was challenging because we wanted it to feel homely yet not lose the essence of the heritage of the building. Elevating the living space at the rear of the Chapel helped to visually and emotionally differentiate the space while contrasting floor finishes further defined areas. A new central feature fireplace between the kitchen and sitting area divides the room and provides a truly lovely focal point. We added walls on the lower ground floor to reconfigure the space into bedrooms, raising the floor level to open up the view through the windows to the rolling Dales beyond.

Interior Design

In the sitting area, we have displayed antiques, artwork and books gathered from Chatsworth House, The Hall at Bolton Abbey and Bolton Abbey Estate to make it feel like a family home.

We are particularly proud of a refurbished bar unit from the Bachelor’s Passage* at Chatsworth House. We added a mirror at the back to reflect light, glass shelves replaced wooden ones, and safety film was added to the glazing. Interior lights were the final touch in bringing the original unit into modern-day service.

The kitchen is built and designed in a heritage style. All the lighting is custom, and over-island lights in the kitchen are made from colanders, whilst all-weather table lights are rechargeable and portable and can be used indoors or out. The eclectic and stylish mix of furniture and artwork comes from both the Chatsworth and Yorkshire estates.

Downstairs, the bedrooms are a mix of classic and traditional, with the emphasis equally divided between comfort and experience, with sumptuous bed linens, drapes and décor. The beds are a mixture of 4-poster and heirloom pieces, whilst wallpapers were sourced from British designers. Bed headboards are unique and bespoke, designed and made individually for each room.

Bathrooms are all tiled, with traditional fittings and bold colours that evoke a timeless design with a country house feel.

We worked closely with Lady Celina of the Cavendish family to help her realise her vision to turn this fantastic space into unique and quite special holiday accommodation.


A hot tub and rattan furniture allow guests to relax at the end of the day.

*a corridor linking all the bedrooms whereby male guests could avail themselves of refreshments without disturbing other members of the household

Please note that unfortunately, the maximum occupancy of our cottages cannot be exceeded at any time. Guests cannot arrange for visitors to the property or hold events (such as parties, celebrations or meetings) at the property without advance consent. For the comfort of all our guests and neighbours, we expect all residents to behave in an appropriate and non-disruptive manner. For more information on our booking terms and conditions please click below.

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