The Old Chapel
Converted Chapel | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
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The Old Chapel is a former small chapel, located close to the heart of the quintessential Cotswolds village of Northleach. This peaceful village benefits from a number of shops and restaurants, and is perfectly located for exploring the surrounding countryside or visiting the many beautiful towns and villages of the Cotswolds.
The Grade II listed, detached stone chapel has been beautifully converted, to create a unique and stylish holiday cottage, whilst retaining character features, including stone arches, stained glass windows and vaulted ceilings. The character of The Old Chapel is complemented by its modern facilities, including wireless internet access, a flatscreen TV and a modern kitchen.
The property sleeps a maximum of 4+1 people (with the +1 on a chair bed), in two bedrooms, with one bathroom and a downstairs cloakroom. There is an enclosed garden and off-street parking is available. The Old Chapel is an ideal retreat for friends, couples or a family, looking for a peaceful getaway.
The grand front door of The Old Chapel opens into a good sized hallway. The ground floor rooms are:
•Living/dining room: A beautiful room, with stone arches, stained glass windows and wooden floors. There is comfy lounge seating for five, with a TV and DVD player, and there is a circular dining table, also with seating for five, set in the semi-circular "apse" of the chapel;
•Kitchen: Accessed directly from the living/dining room, the modern kitchen contains a four ring electric hob, electric oven, fridge freezer, microwave, toaster and kettle;
•Downstairs cloakroom: Contains a toilet and a wash basin, as well as a washing machine and a tumble dryer.
A spiral staircase leads up from the hallway to the landing, off which are the following character filled rooms:
•Master bedroom: Contains a king size bed;
•Mezzanine bedroom: Contains a double bed and a chair bed, which can be made up into a small bed, if required. This is a galleried room, which overlooks the living/dining room, enclosed only by a wooden rail;
•Family bathroom: Contains a bath, walk-in shower, toilet and wash basin.
The front door leads out into the gardens of The Old Chapel. There is a small lawned area to the front of the property, as well as a gravelled parking area to the front and side, with space for three cars. A gate at the side of the property leads through to the enclosed rear terrace, which contains a table and chairs, and a charcoal barbecue during the warmer months of the year.
A security deposit of £175 is payable, which is returned after the letting period, subject to an inspection of the property. The security deposit is payable prior to arrival at the property, via a bank transfer or a valid debit or credit card.
The maximum occupancy of the property is five guests, at any point during your stay. Unauthorised over occupancy is a breach of our terms and conditions and may result in the cancellation of your booking and additional charges. Please consult us prior to booking if you wish to discuss the possibility of having more than five guests at the property.
Regrettably, pets are not accepted.
Bed linen and towels:
Bed linen and towels are provided for guests.
Arrival and departure times:
Arrival time is after 4pm and departure time is by 10am. Access is via a key safe, therefore it does not matter if you are arriving late at night.
Bed sizes and configurations:
•Bedroom 1: King size bed
•Bedroom 2: Double bed + fold-out chair bed
Please note that bedroom 2 is an open gallery room, which overlooks the living room of the property.
•Family bathroom: Bath, walk-in shower, toilet and wash basin
•Downstairs cloakroom: Toilet and wash basin
Heating, fuel and logs:
The property has an electric central heating system. Electricity is included in the rental price.
The property has free wireless internet access and a Freeview TV with DVD player. A cordless telephone is also provided, with a bar on international calls.
Mobile phone reception within the thick walls of the property is poor or variable, however, outside the property it is generally OK.
The property has off-street parking for three cars and free, on-street parking is readily available. The drive entrance is relatively narrow and drivers of larger vehicles may prefer to park on the street.
Where a letting exceeds seven nights, a mid-stay clean, bed and towel change are included in the price. Additional housekeeping services may be available on request.
Child friendly facilities:
The property accepts children of all ages, however, there is not currently a travel cot or high chair available.
The garden of the property can be enclosed.
Please also see the "Accessibility, health & safety" section below.
A small quantity of initial consumables is provided for your convenience (eg. tea, coffee, sugar, dishwasher tablets, washing up liquid, soap, washing powder, toilet rolls, etc), however, you should not expect the quantity of these provisions to be sufficient for the duration of your stay.
Accessibility, health and safety:
This is an old, Grade II listed property and has many character features, including a narrow and steep spiral staircase and low beams, which could pose difficulty to guests with limited mobility, or carrying babies, both in terms of their general movement and their ability to quickly exit the house in the event of an emergency.
Bedroom 2 is an open gallery room, which overlooks the living room of the property, with a wooden rail enclosing it.
The rear patio garden is raised by approximately 50cm and has no railings enclosing it.
The smoke and CO detectors operate on a sound only basis and, therefore, those who have serious impairment of hearing may not be able to hear the alarm systems and could be at risk.
No smoking is permitted throughout the property.
In order to provide you with as much detail of our properties as possible, we sometimes use wide angle photography, which can make certain rooms, or spaces, appear larger than they actually are. Wherever possible, we try to include a floorplan, with detailed dimensions of rooms and areas. If you have any queries regarding the size of any rooms or spaces, please do not hesitate to contact us.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Birmingham 80 km, Nearest railway: Kingham 20 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
The Central England/Cotswolds region
For many, Northleach is a Cotswold secret. Tucked away from the busy A40, between undulating hills, it stands at a crossroads on the Roman Fosse Way, in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The streets in and around the ancient market place are rich in architectural interest, ranging from half-timbered Tudor houses and merchants' stores to the great House of Correction, (formerly 'The Cotswold Heritage Centre'), built in the 18th Century.
Above all, Northleach is a thriving small Cotswold town, which has successfully balanced its traditional commerce with the demands of tourism. When you walk through the town, it presents itself as a proud descendent of the great days of the wool trade, boasting the finest example of the Cotswold perpendicular style in the impressive Church of St Peter and Paul. Although wool is no longer the main business of the town, the marketplace is busy with trade and the local hostelries provide a lively service to both visitors and locals.
For the visitor, Northleach is an ideal place to stay, perfectly located in the heart of the Cotswolds. The town centre is compact and completely unspoilt, having changed little since 1500. Here you walk through the small alleys leading off the marketplace and discover houses whose upper levels of timber framing overhang great stone built walls and wide oak doors. It is said that beneath the houses and streets of Northleach runs a maze of stone vaulted tunnels. Whether this was the result of mining or some more obscure activity, few residents of Northleach could tell you!
Most of the shops in Northleach are owned by independent proprietors and you will find something for everyone, from fresh bread and cakes, newspapers and magazines, to specialist wines, fine quality meats and cheese, dolls houses and furniture, music boxes, cosmetics, cards and souvenirs. Northleach also has a variety of eating places and public houses.
The Cotswolds are a range of hills in west-central England, sometimes called the "Heart of England". The name Cotswold means "sheep enclosure in rolling hillsides".
The Cotswolds are characterised by attractive small towns and villages, built of the underlying Cotswold stone (a yellow oolitic limestone). In the Middle Ages the wool trade made the Cotswolds prosperous and some of this money was put into the building of churches, leaving the area with a number of large handsome Cotswold stone "wool churches". The area remains affluent, which has encouraged the establishment of many high quality pubs, restaurants and antique shops.
Cotswold towns include Bourton-on-the-Water, Broadway, Burford, Chipping Norton, Cirencester, Moreton-in-Marsh, Northleach, Stow-on-the-Wold, Stroud and Winchcombe. The town of Chipping Campden is notable for being the home of the Arts and Crafts movement, founded by William Morris at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. William Morris lived occasionally in Broadway Tower, a folly, now part of a country park. Chipping Campden is also known for the annual Cotswold Olimpick Games, a celebration of sports and games dating back to the early 17th century. Famous places close to the Cotswolds include Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, Cheltenham, home to the famous horse racing festival, and the beautiful university city of Oxford.
The Cotswolds is the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales. Whilst the beauty of the Cotswold AONB is intertwined with the villages that seem to almost grow out of the landscape, the Cotswolds were primarily designated as an AONB for the rare limestone grassland habitats as well as the old growth beech woodlands that typify the area. These habitat areas are also the last refuge for many other flora and fauna with some so endangered they are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. The uniqueness and value of the Cotswolds is engendered in the fact that five European Special Areas of Conservation, three National Nature Reserves and over 80 Sites of Special Scientific Interest are contained within the Cotswold AONB.
Food & Drink
For a small town, Northleach is fortunate to have a number of eating and drinking options, including:
•The Wheatsheaf Inn: The Wheatsheaf is a coaching inn, where in years gone by teams of horses and coaches would be kept in the stables below and above blindingly drunken parties would be held, where coachmen, travellers and mysterious highwaymen would drink, dance, tell tales, sing and generally be very badly behaved. Much has changed but the aim is still to be an exceptional example of a traditional coaching inn with a great wine list, good beer and some excellent regional food, which is, wherever possible, local, seasonal and sourced from only the best suppliers in the area.
•The Ox House Wine Company: The Ox House overlooks the market square and is the home of the Ox House Wine Company's retail shop, cafe, bistro and wine-bar. The atmosphere is similar to a continental café-bar, where many of the company's wines are offered for tasting, or can be bought by the glass, bottle or case in a relaxed yet informed manner.
•The Red Lion Inn
•The Sherborne Arms
There are a couple of cafes in Northleach and, unusually for a small Cotswold town, there is also a takeaway kebab and pizza shop.
Northleach also has a convenience store, a baker and confectioner, and an award winning butcher:
•W. J. Castle: The traditional styled building, complete with central passage, has been extensively refitted over the years in line with modern methods of butchery, but has still kept its own character and sense of tradition. The building's timber beams are still present in the shop, along with the original flagstone floor, all fronted by the original sash windows. Winners of the 'Best Small Butcher's Shop', you can always be assured of a warm and friendly welcome at the shop.
There are many excellent places to eat and drink in the wider Central Cotswolds area, with the major towns of Cirencester, Cheltenham, Stroud, Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water, Northleach and Burford containing a wide variety of tea shops, pubs and restaurants, catering for most tastes and budgets.
The list below focuses on some of the traditional Cotswold pubs located in the lovely villages throughout the Central Cotswolds (as ownership and chefs change regularly, we are unable to give specific recommendations regarding the quality of any particular establishment):
•Bathurst Arms, North Cerney
•The Catherine Wheel, Bibury
•Colesbourne Inn, Colesbourne
•Five Mile House, Duntisbourne Abbots
•Golden Ball Inn, Lower Swell
•Hare & Hounds, Foss Cross
•Highway Man Inn, Elkstone
•Hollow Bottom, Guiting Power
•Horse & Groom, Upper Oddington
•Inn at Fossebridge
•King's Head Inn, Bledington
•Lamb Inn, Great Rissington
•Seven Tuns, Chedworth
•Swan Inn, Swinbrook
•Tollgate Inn, Kingham
•The Village Pub, Barnsley
•The Wheatsheaf Inn, Northleach
We recommend phoning in advance, to check opening times and availability of food, especially during the quieter months of the year. Many pubs accept children and dogs, but you should always check this in advance.
The list below is a very small sample to give you a flavour for the wide range of attractions and activities that are available in and around the Cotswolds. Tourist Information centres are located in all the main North Cotswold towns.
•Cheltenham race course
•Cotswold Farm Park
•Broadway Tower Country Park
•Snowshill Manor & Garden
Activities available in the Cotswolds include walking, cycling, horse riding, golf, swimming and rock climbing.
Further food & drink and activities information is available on the Character Cottages website.
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6 Sep 2014
"Unique and Authentic Stay in the Cotswolds"
My husband and three kids and I loved the old chapel! It was within walking distance to everything in town. Yes, there are wood louse, but it only saw them downstairs. We are from Florida, USA and … More
25 Aug 2014
Nice cottage, bedrooms and bedlinen etc.. However, some cleaning and other issues: Very dirty upholstery on sofa and armchairs - too dirty to sit on. To make matters worse old sweets and crisps had … More
The following response was posted by the Owners' Property Manager:
"As you rightly say, the cottage had not been prepared to our usually high standard; the chair bed had not been made up, and there were a few small cobwebs, and a smudge on a mirror. One of my team prepared the house following the previous guests' departure, but did not realise there was a chair bed at the property as it was the first time she had completed the property on her own. There was over a week from that point, until your arrival on 11th, which is why there were cobwebs at the cottage. I would normally have inspected the house before any arrival, but due to the volume of work, I was not able to - that was my mistake.
Although I had already been out working for over ten hours, when you called, I immediately loaded my car again, and visited the property to rectify the situation which should not have occurred in the first place. I had asked you not to wipe/vacuum/tidy anything, so that I could precisely assess the condition of the property. When I arrived, just before 7pm, I checked everything, made up the chair bed, cleaned the smudge from the mirror, vacuumed the entire property and removed the cobwebs.
In addition, I left you a bottle of wine in the fridge, with a hand-written note of further apology.
It is disappointing to hear that, following my visit, you were still unhappy with the results and I note, with interest, that you took some photographs. If those photographs were taken post my visit, they I would ask that you send them through so that I may see exactly where I failed in my service.
We place great importance on providing a high level of quality service to all of our clients, and have worked tirelessly to achieve a well-respected position in the industry. Unfortunately, we appear to have fallen short of our high standards, but, and I am sure you will agree, we have been punctilious in the rectification of your complaint.
I look forward to hearing from you."
14 Jul 2014
"Wonderful Cotswold experience"
We spent 6 wonderful nights at this chapel. The village is charming and unspoilt by tourism. This is a perfect base to explore The Cotswolds and make day trips to places a little further afield. The c… More
30 May 2014
"Wonderful holiday home!"
We were delighted with our week's stay at The Old Chapel in early May! It's a beautiful property: bright and airy, nicely furnished, with a great kitchen and laundry room, and lots of arch… More
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