Disused chapel gets a new lease of life

Eshott  Reading Room and  Annabel Garven
Eshott Reading Room and Annabel Garven

A DISUSED village chapel will be given a new lease of life as the hub of its community.

Plans are under way to convert the former 19th Century Methodist Chapel in Eshott into a community hall.

The chapel was originally built by entrepreneur Emerson Muschamp Bainbridge, who owned the nearby Eshott Hall and its surrounding estate.

The building was dedicated to Bainbridge in 1882, but was deconsecrated in the 1940s and fell out of use.

Now Eshott Hall owner Robert Parker, who bought the chapel last year, is planning to turn it into The Reading Room, creating an additional facility for the hall, as well as the village.

Once redecoration and refurbishment is complete, it will be able to accommodate up to 40 people.

Eshott Hall House Manager Annabel Garven said: “The building has received minor cosmetic improvements and with our total redecoration the aim is to put it into use as soon as possible.

“This is a bright, airy space, which, like Eshott Hall itself, retains many original features, and we are delighted that it will once again become an integral part of both Eshott Hall and the Eshott community.”

Eshott Hall Country House Hotel opened 18 months ago after a major refurbishment.

With a five-star rating, it provides luxury accommodation in the Northumberland countryside near Morpeth, as well as a venue for meetings, weddings and private parties, with 11 suites, an AA rosette restaurant and manicured gardens and grounds.

Along with its sister property Guyzance Hall, it will open its doors on Sunday for a wedding open day to show what it can offer happy couples for their big event.

The hotel can be used for a small civil ceremony in a sitting room, or a grand scale event and the whole property booked for exclusive use.

House Manager Laura Brydon said: “The idea of the weekend is to allow us to show both properties to best advantage to anyone planning their wedding.

“You will be able to see the facilities we can provide and discuss the menus and arrangements that we offer, and the dates and times your wedding can be held.”

Traditional afternoon tea will also be available at Eshott on the day, but must be booked in advance.

For more information about the event and to book, telephone 01670 787454, email info@eshotthall.co.uk or visit www.eshotthall.co.uk