Leader Funding


The restoration and conversion of Greystead Old Church - a landmark heritage building in Northumberland National Park on the road to Kielder - to 5 state-of-the-art holiday accommodation was generously supported by Northumberland Uplands Leader Action Group (NULAG) with a major grant. Leader funding was vital in ensuring that we could realise our ambitions for St. Luke’s in the best way possible and ensure that this formerly derelict historic building is preserved and enjoyed for many years to come.

Thanks to Leader, we were able to preserve the original Georgian interior whilst achieving an intriguing reversal of normal living spaces, with new bedrooms and en suite bathrooms on the ground floor, while the Mezzanine above offers a unique living space with spacious kitchen and dining areas and views over a balcony to the East End of the former church, now the main Sitting Room.

Leader support also enabled us to carry out the building conservation work needed, including repairs to the roof and restoration of the Georgian plaster ceiling, windows and stone flagstones as well as the installation of heating and electricity and full redecoration of the interior. The grant also helped fund exterior works including the creation of a gravel driveway, eco-friendly parking area, and fencing and gates. Thanks to this generous support, we could afford to include in the project an eco-friendly bio-mass boiler to supply the Old Church as well as our second holiday home at Greystead Coach House and our own house.

Leader projects are holistic, seeking to benefit the wider community, and we are delighted that the building work was undertaken by specialist North East firm, Historic Property.

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