The Old Chapel
Converted Chapel | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
The Old Chapel is situated up a small lane, right next to woodland in the Royal Forest of Dean with wonderful walks right on the doorstep. It has been sympathetically converted retaining much character and charm. There is lots of pine cladding on both walls and ceilings. Most of the accommodation is on the ground floor, with the exception of the galleried bedroom which overlooks the lounge.
The Old Chapel exudes a feeling of peace, calm and tranquility; a place where you can get in touch with your soul.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Barry Island 90 km|
|Will consider||House swap, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bristol 36 km, Nearest railway: Lydney 5 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The cottage has very high ceilings with lots of pine cladding and mainly original wooden floors. The lounge/diner measures approx 31' x 16' and it has high ceilings. There is a 42" flat screen TV in the lounge, plus DVD player. There are 2 bedrooms with a double bed in each; (one bedroom is on the ground floor and the other is a galleried bedroom with apexed ceiling and wooden beams). There is a fully equipped bathroom with walk-in shower enclosure, wash-hand basin, bath, toilet and bidet, plus a fully equipped kitchen and uitlity area. Outside the garden is of a small courtyard design with garden tables, chairs, sunloungers and BBQ.
|Further details outdoors|
The small courtyard garden has a table and chairs for 6 people. There are also 4 La Fuma style recliner chairs for relaxing. The garden is lit, so it is possible to read in the garden during the evening in the summer months.
Welcome tea tray provided on arrival.
The Central England/Cotswolds region
The Royal Forest of Dean is a paradise for walkers and wildlife lovers. It is one of England's few remaining ancient forests, with over 24,000 acres of woodland. In years gone past it was a mining area.
The Forest is a beautiful and unique area of south-west England with a magical and mysterious quality to it. The area was once a royal hunting ground for Normal kings. J K Rowling grew up in the Forest and gained inspiration for the Harry Potter adventures from the Forest's enchanting and mystical atmosphere. Dennis Potter, Wordsworth and JRR Tolkien have also been inspired by it. The area is perfect for walkers, birdwatchers, horse-riders, cyclists, canoeists, rowing, rock-climbing, abseiling, caving, off-road driving, clay shooting and mountain-biker and fishers. Within an hour's drive you can visit the Cotswolds, Bristol, Bath, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Tintern, the Wye Valley, Monmouth, Hereford, Worcester, Ross on Wye, the Brecon Beacons, Black Mountains, the Malverns, and Stratford upon Avon.
Forest of Dean
There are two local pubs in the village of Yorkley (approx 400 inhabitants), one within a 3 minute walk and the other within a 12 minute walk; both serve food. The village also has two convenience shops, a medical centre and a post-office.
The designated cycle paths in the Forest have recently been voted the best in Britain.
Local tourist attractions include Go-Ape, Puzzlewood, the international St Pierre golf course, Celtic Manor (the home of the 2011 Ryder cup), Offasdyke Walk, Clearwell Caves, the Shambles Victorian Village, the Dick Whittington Farm Park, Taurus Crafts, the Dean Heritage Centre, Symmonds Yat (seven counties and peregrins can be observed here); the Nagshead Nature Reserve and the National BIrds of Prey Centre. There is also the family cycle trail, Dean Forest railway and even llama-trekking. Families can hire cycles from www.pedalabikeaway.com and ride through the forest on designated tracks.
There is huge scope for walking, observing wildlife, canooing, cycling, mountain-biking, clay shooting, rowing, horse-riding, rock climbing, abseiling, caving, off-road driving and fishing. Pedalabikeaway supplies a variety of bikes for hire. Chepstow race course is nearby. For golfers there is the St Pierre golf course about 10 miles away and the Forest Hills golf club.
There is much much more!
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2 Aug 2014
"Home from Home"
Our third year staying in this lovely converted chapel, we absolutely love it, 4 of us staying and spending our week cycling and walking in the area. The Owner could not be more pleasant or helpful, … More
23 Jun 2014
"Lovely peaceful accommodation with everything you could need"
I stayed here with my mother for a 3 night break. The chapel sits right on the edge of woodland and is as peaceful as you could wish for. The accommodation is very well kept and the owner really has… More
27 Oct 2013
"A warm, welcoming and atmospheric Old Chapel set right on the edge of the Forest of Dean"
The weather was wet and cold as we arrived with our 92 year old mother. Full of trepidation regarding access and homeliness. We need not have worried. From the initial communication to the directions … More
16 Oct 2013
"This is the worst Holiday cottage I have ever stayed in"
The cottage sells it self with great pictures, cleverly disguising it's true location. The sales patter talks of nothing but great pubs and woodland on your door step. The reality... It is set on… More
3 Aug 2013
Our second year visiting the Old Chapel, it is perfectly situated for us walkers and cyclists, up a lane into the forest, has everything and more that a family could need whilst on holiday, home from home; this time we didn't use the log burner as we were so lucky with blue skies and sunny days, loved sitting outside with cool drinks in the peace and tranquility after busy days. Perfect area to venture further for visiting Ross, Symonds Yat, and many local beautiful attractions. We have recommended and one set of friends has been to stay with more going in November, we hope to make another visit before the end of this year as I have the withdrawal symptoms from being away from the forest, yearning to be back there. Thanks again to Doreen.
6 Feb 2013
"BEST WEEKEND EVER!!!"
We found The Old Chapel in a peaceful location very close to forest walks. As soon as we walked in, we felt at "Home" and with the log burner on within 15 minutes and a glass of wine in hand… More
9 Sep 2012
"The Perfect romantic get away"
After a horrid start, our morris minor broke down, we finally arrived a day late, (Thank goodness for the sat nav) but the Chapel was more than enough to remove all the stress and worry instantly. A p… More
26 Jul 2012
"Loved it and can't wait to return."
The converted Chapel is beautifully transformed into a wonderful home in a delightful setting and the owners have thought of simply everything you could possibly wish for and need. We returned home last Saturday having enjoyed our best ever week in the Forest which is a huge compliment as we have been going every year for about 22 years. We came this time with our daughter and her fiance and walked and cycled around 70 plus miles all from the Chapel, the weather although slightly inclement did not dampen our stay and in fact gave us the excuse to light the fabulous log burner and light a few candles whilst enjoying evenings in after cooking with a good bottle of wine snuggled up on the three lovely squiggy sofas reading or watching films on the big flat screen TV, so cosy and homely, neighbours were very friendly and all in all I can say I would move there tomorrow. I hope Doreen continues to let the Chapel as this has now become our firm favourite.
8 Nov 2011
"A lovely cottage with every need catered for"
A lot of the time, when you stay somewhere, you wonder if the owner has ever actually spent any time there.Here you could really tell that they do use this place.As ever, travelling with a young child… More
2 Oct 2011
"A place to rest, recharge and relax"
I was expecting something a bit unusual (how does one convert a Chapel into a dwelling...) and I wasn't disappointed, the Old Chapel has lots of charm and quirkiness and at the same time it is very modern, and clean. Lots of attention to details, I particularly liked an enormous folder full of useful information, second best must be the cast iron open stove to curl up in front and third to sleep on the mezzanine floor.
We wish we'd gone later in autumn, the forest must be awesome when the leaves change colours but all the same it is a magical place. If I had to suggest one thing to do I would say an half day trip to Symonds Yat Rock + one of the walks along the river Wye, unforgettable very dramatic scenery.
Thank you guys for a perfect long weekend
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