An elegant church conversion with soothing green views, peacefully located in the historic Scottish market town of Strathaven for divine group breaks.
  • Sleeps: 19
  • Bedrooms: 9
  • Bathrooms: 6
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights

Sleeping up to 19 guests, East Church House provides a truly breath-taking setting for groups of family and friends to congregate in style.

Overlooking Allison Green in the historic market town of Strathaven – a burgh of barony, no less – the views from the church are both beautiful and peaceful, with a charming ‘country village’ feel.

Inside, the style is an intriguing mix of old and new, with sumptuous furnishings and high-end fittings complementing the church’s original features, which include the original pulpit and stunning full-height stained glass windows.

Accommodation is generously spaced across three levels, with nine individually styled bedrooms that are perfect for couples and families (don’t worry if any of your guests struggle with stairs, as a lift can be made available on request).

You’ll find some of the bedrooms on the ground floor, including three superking rooms, one of which features en-suite facilities, and a twin and triple room. There’s also a relaxed games space that teens and young adults are sure to love, complete with a slate bed pool /snooker table, and a rustic seating area with oak barrels.

Head up to the central floor to discover the main entrance hall, adorned with artwork on display from the John Hastie Museum Trust.

This floor is also home to a superking bedroom, a magnificent open plan space with plush seating and a woodburning stove, further casual lounge areas, and a fabulously equipped kitchen with island seating (perfect for enjoying a glass of wine and a chat with the nominated cook as they toil away!)

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At a glance

  • A stylishly converted church with nine bedrooms, peacefully located next to Allison Green in the Scottish market town of Strathaven.
  • The church sleeps up to 19 guests, with accommodation spaced over three floors (a lift can be made available if needed.)
  • Bedrooms include a mix of superking, twin and triple rooms, some with en-suite bathroom facilities, to suit couples and small families.
  • Many of the original church features are intact, including the original pulpit and stained glass windows. Enjoy divine feasts at the magnificent ‘last supper’-style dining table, with seating for 20 guests!
  • There is direct access to the park, with picnic tables and a bar and restaurant. There are plenty of activities and places of interest in the local area.

Features

  • Family Friendly
  • Large Groups

Facilities

Stylish converted church, sleeps 19 guests.  Ground floor: 3 superking bedrooms (1 en-suite), 1 twin bedroom, 1 triple bedroom, bathroom with shower and freestanding bath, utility room with laundry facilities, games room with slate bed pool / snooker table, books, board games, seating areas.  Central floor: main entrance hallway with artwork, superking bedroom, large bathroom with shower and freestanding bath, large open plan area with casual seating spaces, wood-burning stove, well-equipped kitchen with island seating, Belfast sink, range cooker, dining room with full-length dining table for 20 guests.  Top floor: suite with four-poster bed, en-suite facilities, walk-in wardrobe, balcony with superking and twin room on either side, both with ensuite facilities.  Exterior: access to park with picnic bench seating.  Lift available on request.

Local Activities

Walking, picnic spots, independent shops, cafés, historic sites, paintballing, tropical gardens, festivals, museums, gardens.

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Enjoy those fabulous feasts – washed down with plenty of communion wine, of course – at the spectacular ‘last supper’-style dining table, with seating for 20 people.

The top floor is where you’ll discover the opulent master bedroom, the John Hastie Suite, with its beautiful arched window, French antique four-poster bed, en-suite bathroom, and separate walk-in wardrobe.

But if you can’t claim this room for yourself, don’t worry! There are two further bedrooms on either side of the balcony, one superking and one twin, both boasting full-height arched windows that showcase gorgeous views. Both rooms also include an ensuite.

Care to wander outside? You’ll have direct access to the park, which is strewn with flower beds and picnic tables. There’s a bar and restaurant at the end, overlooking the Powmillon burn, if you don’t feel like straying too far… from here you can sit back and admire views of the church, as you sip your chilled glass of wine!

Meander into Strathaven to browse its independent shops, quaint coffee houses, and places of interest that include the Strathaven Hotel, designed by Robert Adam Jr in the 18th century.

Slightly further afield await activities of just about every description, from paintballing to an indoor tropical rainforest – not to mention a hot air balloon festival in the summer! So you can be sure that your break at East Church House will include something to suit everyone, before you come together again to swap excited stories by evensong.

Things to note

Check in from 4pm, check out by 10am. Minimum 3-night stay.  Pets are not permitted.

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