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Spacious Chapel Conversion With Sea Views In A Traffic Free Environment



Updated: 19-Nov-2016
Cottage in Runswick Bay, Nr. Whitby, North Yorkshire Moors, Yorkshire, England - Nestled In The Heart Of This Quaint Seaside Village And 75 Metres From The Blue Flag Sandy Beach

High Chapel is a recently converted Former Methodist chapel situated in the North Yorkshire National Park in the heart of the pretty seaside village of Runswick Bay. Among its many attributes is its traffic free environment, surrounded by footpaths leading to the cluster of pretty cottages that make up this unique seaside village. To the front of High Chapel is a raised balcony area a flagstone garden with raised borders with views across Runswick Bay to Kettleness Point and beyond. patio seating is provided allowing for alfresco dining in this pretty, tranquil and sheltered spot. The sandy beach is only 75 metres away. The main lounge area is spacious with a double height cathedral ceiling and sea views from the door and windows. Off the lounge is the high specification contemporary open plan kitchen allowing for the free flow of conversation between the rooms. Also on the ground floor are the utility room and bathroom. On the first floor is an oak and glass staircase and balcony over the lounge with 2 bedrooms offering a king size bed in one and twin beds in the second room with pull out trickle beds underneath.

High Chapel is a family friendly cottage with space and comfort in a tranquil environment

More Details
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We purchased High Chapel in 2003 as a closed Methodist chapel and set about carefully and tastefully converting the chapel to a practical family holiday home for ourselves and our two daughters. We regularly use High Chapel ourselves and have been renting the cottage for about 4 years now.

We never tire of visiting High Chapel and use it as a tranquil resting place from our hectic lives in the Midlands.

Having said that, we love to sail and swim in the bay and regularly run the coastal path to either staithes or Sandsend as part of our regular fitness training for athletics and triathlon events!

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Guestbook comments from the owner

"High Chapel is timeless in its beauty and peace, we'll be back again".

"Thank you for an absolutely perfect weekend in a gorgeous place, what a wonderful home, we will be back soon".

"High Chapel is beautifully and tastefully decorated with everything you could need and want, such a lovely place, spacious relaxing and in a stunning location".
Mar 2015
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5 Reviews

based on 5 holidaymaker reviews


A warm and welcoming individual cottage by the sea

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at High Chapel. It felt like a real home away from home and was very well appointed and had some lovely touches and additions that we wouldn't necessarily have expected.

The owners were excellent with communication and information and were very helpful in accomodating and providing items for our young children.

The property is stunning and individual. We know and love Runswick Bay and it was great to be back again in such a lovely and welcoming cottage.

Thank you so much for a lovely long weekend - our little break allowed us to relax so that it felt as though we were away for a lot longer.

We would thoroughly recommend a stay at High Chapel to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful house, wonderful location.

  • 5 of 5

Runswick Bay is a very special place and we spent a lovely weekend at High Chapel. The chapel has been thoughtfully converted into a really well appointed, airy, bright house. The beds were extremely comfortable and all mod cons made for a very relaxing break. We were blessed with some lovely winter sunshine and so were able to enjoy some lovely walks on the beach just a few minutes walk from the chapel. Runswick Bay is a great location from which to explore the North Yorkshire coast and moors and we will certainly be back

  • Review Submitted: Mar 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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This is an airy yet cosy converted chapel with comfy beds and everything you need.

  • 4 of 5

We stayed for the New Year and thoroughly enjoyed this space. It has been thoughtfully converted to a high spec. and once familiar with the wood burner the space can readily be warmed up to combat whatever the weather outside is doing! The shower was pleasantly powerful and the bathroom overall was clean and a lovely space. Phil was helpful from the outset and I felt was available if we had needed him.

My only request for any improvement would be a basic coffee grinder - we had some gorgeous coffee beans from Ethiopia but no way to pulverise them. We plan to come back to High Chapel.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A Unique Property In A Charming Location

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at High Chapel. A comfortable and characterful conversion with excellent facilities. Unusual to be in the centre of a village with no passing traffic - lovely and quiet at night.

Runswick Bay is a delight with a quirky layout - follow the narrow winding paths up and around the pretty cottages and enjoy the sea view.

A great base for the area of Yorkshire and beyond. We enjoyed local walks from the doorstep and also drove out to Durham, visiting Ormesby Hall on the way.

We definitely recommend High Chapel and hope to be back soon.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very special place

  • 4 of 5

High Chapel is excellent accommodation with lovely views

  • Review Submitted: Sep 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review, really pleased you enjoyed your stay at High Chapel. Phil
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From the Owner

We love the uniqueness of Runswick Bay with its traffic free environment surrounded by quaint cottages. The views across the Bay from the chapel are totally relaxing and the morning walk along the beach is just so refreshing. There are fantastic walks from the chapel or a short car journey to Whitby provides ample retail therapy when required! Runswick Bay is a quiet and peaceful location most of the year and the chapel compliments this with it own unique atmosphere.

Activity and Interests


The seafront is only 75 metres from High Chapels front door which leads onto a beautiful blue flag sandy beach. The route is via small traffic free footpaths making it very safe for young families.


Staithes 3 miles. Whitby 7 miles. Scarborough 30 miles. York 60 miles. Durham 50 miles.

Further Details:

Please note we do not accept dogs and there is no smoking in the chapel. We provide all logs, kindling and firelighters for the log burning stove. Bed linen, fresh flowers and all kitchen essentials are also supplied. There is a pub and cafe in the village a 1 minute walk away! We also provide a parking permit for the residents car park free of charge and free unlimited WiFi.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
3 Sep 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
3 Feb 2017 - 8 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Mid season
22 Apr 2017 - 1 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A deposit of 25% is due when booking and then the balance is due 6 weeks before your stay. Usual change over days are Friday's and Monday's however we can sometimes accommodate variations on this if available.
During July and August we will only take 7 day bookings as a minimum. At other times, 3 and sometimes 2 night stays are available. Please contact the owner to discuss prices for these stays.

Changeover Day:
Preferred change over days are Friday's and Monday's with arrival time of 15:00 and departure of 10:30 am. However we may consider some variation on this if it is available.

Notes on prices:
Prices quoted are for weekly stays. 6,5,4 or 3 night stays and sometimes 2 night stays are available, please contact the owner to discuss these prices individually.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

High Chapel is spacious and characterful for entertaining friends or family and the availability of free WiFi ensures contact with the outside world if and when required. The fixtures and fittings are all of a high standard and the log burning stove and underfloor heating provides ample heating and atmosphere for warm and cosy evenings in.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • The ground floor bedroom is furnished with a large free standing power shower, roll top bath, toilet and sink. The room has a tiled floor with underfloor heating and a heated towel rail.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 provides a king size metal frame bed and a wardrobe. There is a window seat with beach glimpses. bedroom 2 offers two metal frame single beds with additional trickle beds underneath for a 5th guest. Both have high pitched ceilings and heating.


  • Garden


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: Parking for High Chapel is available for 1 car, free of charge in the residents car park by use of the owners permit. The car park is situated on the edge of the village approximately 250 metres away. Loading and unloading can be conducted at the turning circle at the end of the cockpit, approximately 50 metres from High Chapel. Outside: High Chapel has a small raised balcony and flagstone garden with raised borders. Patio seating is provided both in the garden and on the balcony to enable alfresco dining in this tranquil and sheltered spot with sea views across to Kettleness point. Utility Room: Off the kitchen is a utility / store room, providing a fridge freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer, as well as ample cloak room and storage space. There is an oak floor with underfloor heating. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bedrooms are prepared with fresh bed linen for every new guest. Tea towels are also provided but guests are asked to provided their own bathroom towels.

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