The Old Chapel

Galphay, Ripon
Guide Price £499,950

The Old Chapel is a beautiful conversion of a former Methodist Chapel, believed to date back to 1817 and originally converted in the early 1990’s. This unique family home enjoys a delightful elevated position in the heart of the village. The property has undergone a programme of extensive improvement with significant alterations undertaken throughout the ownership of the current vendors. Some of which are listed below:

2004: All internal doors replaced with four panelled doors, some with glass, brass handles and latches. Reclaimed double doors fitted between living room and inner hallway/boot room.
2008: Bespoke historic secondary glazing fitted to two chapel windows and a mezzanine floor formed to create a 4th bedroom.
2010: Reconstruction to the ‘Sunday School’ building significantly increasing the internal living space to include a bespoke living kitchen to the ground floor and a principal bedroom suite to the first floor.
2014: Main chapel completely re-roofed with eco-roofing insulation and the addition of new front Velux windows.

Whilst retaining many of the original Chapel features, including gothic arched windows, stripped pine floors and exposed oak beams and trusses, this distinctive home now offers excellent living space ideally suited for modern day family life.
The internal accommodation is entered via a characterful vestibule with built in storage and stained glass door leading to a comfortable sitting room featuring the original double-height chapel windows, pitched pine flooring and log burning stove. The sitting room also has direct access to the rear gardens through the french doors. The inner hallway/boot room takes you to the formal dining room. The current owners have created an impressive living kitchen designed and installed by John Lewis of Hungerford and features an extensive range of bespoke cabinetry, sile stone work surfaces, double belfast sink with Perrin and Rowe taps, central island, limestone flooring with under floor heating and bi-fold doors with direct access to the rear stone flagged terrace and gardens. Further accommodation on the ground floor is a bedroom/study with en suite shower room.
To the first floor is a light and spacious galleried landing off which is the master bedroom suite with handcrafted fitted cupboards, dedicated dressing room and en suite bathroom with freestanding roll top bath and Fired Earth tiles. Guest bedroom and further double bedroom, with Jack and Jill bathroom with separate shower and Fired Earth tiles.

The Old Chapel is approached by a private driveway, which leads to parking for several cars. The front gardens are mainly laid to lawn with flower and shrub borders and a delightful stone flagged seating area all bounded by natural stone walling. The principal garden lies to the rear and features secluded terraced gardens bounded by mellow stone walls providing an idyllic setting with seating areas, perfect for al fresco dining complete with established cottage style planting, together with a profusion of climbing roses, hydrangea, clematis, jasmine and honeysuckle. The gardens border open countryside enjoying stunning panoramic views. To the side of the property is a further gravelled garden with log store and garden shed.

The Old Chapel occupies a lovely tranquil setting in
the heart of this quintessentially English village with a large village green at its centre and surrounded by beautiful rolling countryside. Situated north of the cathedral city of Ripon, within Nidderdale an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’.

The village enjoys a thriving community with the Village Institute, hosting many events, such as the annual village barbecue, quiz nights, wine tastings, Burns’ suppers, Christmas get togethers, occasional village pantos, visiting musicians and theatre companies, Christmas craft fair, village carol singing etc. In June the village hosts the annual open gardens. The GVI also has a children’s play area. The Galphay Inn is a small friendly public house with a pub garden serving food and drinks.

The Yorkshire Dales and Yorkshire Moors with many National Trust attractions including Studley Royal Deer Park and Fountains Abbey World Heritage Site are easily accessible. The location also offers excellent bridleways and a network of footpaths for country walks.

The nearby market town of Masham offers a wide range of further amenities. The Cathedral city of Ripon is a thriving market town hosting a weekly market, a wide variety of shops, services and supermarkets together with public houses and restaurants, plus a leisure centre, swimming pool, racecourse, golf club and sports clubs.

Galphay is within catchment area for Fountains Primary School in nearby Grantley and the renowned Ripon Grammar School with transport available direct from the village. A further range of excellent state and independent schools for all ages are within close proximity.

For those commuting, the village is within easy reach of Ripon’s bypass, the A1 (M) motorway networks with links to the regional business and commercial centres.

Rail connections can be found at Thirsk, Harrogate and York with direct access to London Kings Cross. Leeds Bradford Airport is also within easy access.


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