Converted Chapel | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
A beautifully converted detached five double bedroom, five bathroom Chapel.
Situated in the conservation area of Malmesbury, the oldest borough in England and very Cotswold 'chocolate box', is Chapel House. A stunning detached five double bedroom, five bathroom converted Chapel, built in 1899 and decommissioned 10 years ago. The property has a plethora of distinctive period features which include numerous original stained glass windows, archways, oak pillars and parquet flooring. The accommodation creates an infusion of spacious contemporary living within a historical setting. The conversion and interior design were completed 2010 to a very high standard. Prior to being decommissioned the rear of the chapel was used as a Methodist school. No burials ever took place on the chapel grounds.
The ground floor living accommodation comprises an impressive 25ft x 25ft drawing room with part vaulted ceiling of roughly 25ft, stone mullion arch stained glass windows, a wood burner and parquet flooring.The leather suite is a fine old Chesterfield.
Further reception rooms include a dinning room a study with Wi-Fi, both rooms have double aspect stone mullion stained glass windows. There is a downstairs cloakroom and a downstairs bathroom with shower and WC.
The kitchen/family room has built in bespoke wood wall and base units with a butler sink and a range of high quality integrated appliances. French doors lead from the kitchen to a striking South facing walled courtyard garden with flagstone flooring, the garden creates an idyllic secluded haven. The chapel's roof line affords partial coverage over the courtyard.
On the first floor the master bedroom is accessed via a private staircase and benefits form a vaulted ceiling and full en suite bathroom.
Four further double bedrooms are accessed off the main staircase and accentuate the architectural features of the chapel, incorporating the stone mullions with stained glass windows and beams, making each room unique. Three of the four front bedrooms have en suites, the fourth has sole use of the bathroom at the bottom of the main stairs. A noteworthy feature is the views from the upper level down to the drawing room below.
The approximate floor area is 250 sq m.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Weymouth 70 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bristol 50 km, Nearest railway: Kemble 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 4 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (5), Cots (2), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details outdoors|
Parking is on the road. There are lots of places to park directly across the road and down the nearby roads.
BBQ upon request.
Bicycles upon request.
Check in is after 3pm.
Check out is prior to 1pm.
I offer a gift of one bottle of red wine, one bottle of white wine and chocolates these are on the kitchen table to greet guests. I supply tea and coffee and a bottle of milk. I also have for guests perusal a number of brochures on things of interest in the local area.
Guests will be met at the property to show them how everything works and answer any queries and questions they may have about Chapel House and the area. My managers are a couple who have lived in the area for a long period and are a wealth of knowledge on good pubs, walks, places of interest etc.
The Central England/Cotswolds region
The City of Bath is around 20 km away, it has a beautiful Abbey, amazing Georgian architecture, the famous Roman baths and a host of unique shops and restaurants. Tetbury, Prince Charles's local town is 4 km away with several very good places to eat including the famous, Snooty Fox.
Tetbury also has a great many antique shops, some are top quality BADA or LAMPDA registered but others are great places to find bargains and browse. Prince Charles's home, Highgrove, is 4 km away, visits can be arrange for viewings of the gardens. Westonbirt Arboretum is 3 miles away with its golf course. Whatley Manor is 3 km from The Chapel and boasts fine dining, beautiful gardens and a famous spa, the spar offers a host of treatments or just a morning or afternoon in the sauna, 3 steam rooms, hydrotherapy pool which is both indoor and outdoor (very well heated) the meditation room and the amazing salt showers.
Badminton Horse Trials, the world famous 'top' three day event takes place from 7th to 11th May at the Duke of Beauforts home just 8 km away. WOMAD festival of music is 1 km from Malmesbury 28-25th July and Gatcombe Horse Trials at Princess Annes home takes place 5-7th August and is around 12 km away.
Malmesbury is Englands oldest borough and dates back over 1,000 years. It is often called "The Queen of the hill top towns". Set on a hill, circled by the River Avon, the skyline is dominated by the impossing Norman Abbey.
In the 10th century Althelston the 1st King of all England made Malmesbury his Capital. In 1010 Monk Eilmer made wings and 'flew' from the Abbey. He glided 200 yards before landing and breaking his legs, he blamed the lack of a tale for the short flight.
Malmesbury flourished in the 15th, 16th and 17th Century as a weaving centre, well known for fine silk and lace. The historical sights of the old town: the fine 15th Century Market Cross, the Old Courtroom and Almshouses, narrow medieval streets, quaint alleyways and the river walk with amusing tales of the towns past and personalities, can easily be discovered on foot.
Internationally renowned, Abbey House Gardens offer a romantic and unique oasis in the centre of town. Owned and run by Malmesburys famous'Naked Gardeners!'.
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23 Mar 2014
As a family of 11 for a birthday week end, Chapelhouse was perfect. It is very quirky and a great base to explore the beautiful surrounding areas. I would definitely recommend to others… More
15 Jan 2014
"An atmospheric house but lacking in both natural and artificial light."
The house was spotless and beautifully decorated for Christmas. There were no bedroom curtains and the light from street lamps shone straight in. There were only two windows which were not stained gla… More
I am so pleased that you and your guests thought Chapel House was beautifully decorated for Christmas and that it was 'spotless'. I am however very concerned that you were surprised that the majority of rooms had stained glass windows. The property is a converted chapel. It states in the first two paragraphs of the holiday lettings website that the living room, study, dining room and 4 of the 5 bedrooms have stained glass mullion windows.The kitchen however has a large plain glass french window the master bedroom also has a plain window. The master bedroom has curtains for obvious reasons, however, only 1 of the other bedrooms has curtains as the windows are stained glass, the stained window with curtains has street light, the other rooms do not. I am sorry light for you was a concern, but in an old building during the Winter (one of the wettest in UK history)it is perhaps to be expected,however,quite a lot of my guests choose Chapel House for the dim and subdued lighting. I do wish you had discussed your issues with my managers during your stay or contacted me,if light from Malmesbury was troubling you a pole and curtain could have been fixed straight away, however, I am afraid I could not do anything about the stained glass windows.
18 Dec 2013
"Once again, impeccable!"
This was our second stay at Chapel House. The first time we stayed for my wife's 30th birthday celebrations. We had a wonderful stay the first time.Our return was with a slightly different group … More
12 Nov 2013
"The prefect base for a group stay"
Chapel House had everything for a group of 5 adult couples - great location, good choice of pubs & restaurants, great countryside on hand. The house was kept in good order with excellent facilities a… More
1 Nov 2013
"Unique, comfortable and superbly furnished house"
We were given a very warm welcome by the owners manager who explained everything we needed to know including the parking arrangements which, for long term, is a 10 minute walk away. This was no problem for us but should it have been raining or we had a young family could have been an issue, it just needs a little planning.
We stayed in the chapel for two nights in order to attend a family wedding -it was ideal and we thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful décor. Having looked at the photographs of the chapel prior to our visit, we had decided to have our evening meal on arrival 'chez nous' which was so easy and enjoyable in the attractive dining room. However, we were only a party of seven, if you are a party of 10, be prepared to 'budge up a bit' around the table as it is on the small size!
Overall a lovely house to stay in and spoil yourself!
21 Oct 2013
"A stunning house in a lovely town"
I stayed in Chapel House with a group of friends for my birthday. The house is absolutely stunning - the photos do not do it justice. It was immaculately clean and very well stocked with everything y… More
18 Oct 2013
"Perfect weekend away from the city"
We were a group of 8 wanting an nice weekend away. Chapel House has amazing interior design, with a lovely atmosphere. It's close to the high street, which is bustling with pubs, cafes, delis, bu… More
16 Oct 2013
"Chapel House is perfect!"
I went to Chapel House with my partner and some friends for my partner's 30th birthday. Tamsin was extremely accommodating and Chapel House didn't let us down in character, charm and locati… More
22 Sep 2013
"Unique accommodation!!!! Great place!!!!"
We were a group of 10 staying in the chapel because of a nearby wedding. We were lovely welcomed by the manager who showed us around. Everything was tidy and very clean. Besides the great atmosphere o… More
19 Sep 2013
"Quirky and unusual gem in a picturesque old town"
Chapel House was a great little find, perfect for our August bank holiday stay. We were a group of 4 couples, brought together from all different parts of the country at Chapel House for a wedding in … More
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