A STONE built former Methodist chapel with the potential for conversion into a ‘fantastic holiday cottage’ has been put up for sale.

The chapel, in Timble, in the Washburn Valley, is due to be sold at auction and has a guide price of £110,000.

It is close to Fewston and Swinsty reservoirs, between Skipton and Harrogate, and near to England manager, Gareth Southgate's Swinsty Hall.

The chapel was built in 1835 on land released from the Forest of Knaresborough for a National Day and Sunday School.

The single-storey building inside measures 7.4m by 5.38m (23ft 1in by 17ft 8in) and comprises of a central aisle flanked by a raised platform on one side and a stepped seating area to the other.

It has double doors and two large windows to the front, and a high window to the rear.

Gary Shankland, of Dale Eddison’s Otley branch, which is handling the sale, said: “This is certainly one of the most unusual properties we have brought to market in a number of years, and one that is attracting quite of a lot of interest.

“Whilst it was purpose built as a Methodist Chapel more than 180 years ago, subject to gaining the required approvals, the building offers potential to be converted into living accommodation."

He added: “It has already been suggested that it has enough height to create a first floor with two bedrooms and a ‘jack and jill’ bathroom, and the ground floor could become ‘open plan’ incorporating a sitting room and dining kitchen.

“And unlike other Yorkshire religious buildings of a similar era, it doesn’t come with any listed status. However, I must stress permission from Harrogate Borough Council will need to be sought before any work to convert it begins, and a buyer must satisfy themselves about any potential changes before bidding on this property."

He added that the chapel, if converted to residential use, would make a 'fantastic holiday cottage let or an ‘Airbnb'.

It is close to the Timble inn, Fewston and Swinsty reservoirs and to the Dales.

More details from : daleeddison.co.uk