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Converted Chapel | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6

There is a certain historic fascination about staying in a converted chapel which lies deep in the heart of West Cornwall. When it becomes clear that The Old Chapel, Sancreed sits in an area which has immediate literary and artistic links (D.H. Lawrence, John Miller, John le Carre, Stanhope Forbes and the Newlyn School of artists), when access to Land's End, St Ives and spectacular hill and coastal scenery is on your doorstep, a mediaeval church and holy well next door, then that fascination discovers a reality. Walks in the area place you at the heart of a Du Maurier novel. Built in 1886, this south-facing Wesleyan chapel is located on the village green in the pretty hamlet of Sancreed which sits on top of a hill with glorious, uninterrupted views over Mount's Bay, Penzance and the surrounding countryside which has been designated an area of outstanding beauty.

The present owners have spent a considerable amount of time and devotion to primarily create a fabulous, spacious yet warm and compact private home which is now available for the first time as a unique holiday property. The chapel has been decorated and furnished with an eclectic mix of comfortable antiques and authentic Victorian and Edwardian period furniture and has recently been used for Murder Mystery weekends and long country-Christmas parties, where Cluedo, Charades and open fires go together! The Old Chapel retains a wealth of period features (the spacious modern kitchen and informal living space has a total of seven windows, many of which are original stain-glass arches.) Large flagstone floors, winding staircases, high-vaulted ceilings and a fabulous, open formal lounge on the first floor are all part of the interior of this unique holiday home.

The Chapel has very pretty gardens on all three sides, including a landscaped pond with plenty of little hideaways that are perfect for that long-awaited holiday novel or a quiet, private moment when the sun goes down. For the ornithologist, rooks, buzzards, wrens, egrets and the occasional red kite and heron can be found. There are choughs at St Just. For the fly fishermen, there are trout at Drift a mile away. The panoramic views, copses, Well and Beacon, quoits and streams afford great opportunity for painters and sketch-artists. Indeed, the community itself is artistic in a dozen ways. The Chapel is ideally situated, with parking, and with easy access to Penzance and transport links to the Isles of Scilly, The Minack Theatre, Lamorna and Sennen Cove beach. There is a bus stop on the village green.

Entrance through side gates and stable door into stunning bright open-plan kitchen and living space with high-vaulted ceiling, exposed beams with hanging plants and original stained glass windows. Fully fitted kitchen with solid wood worktops, Belfast sink, large freestanding six burner gas cooker. Family-size fridge/freezer, dishwasher and microwave. Large dining table and chairs, contemporary wood-burner. Steps through door to hall leading to family bathroom with bath, hand basin and W.C. Bedroom One: Twin (orthopaedic) zip-link beds, Laura Ashley soft furnishings, stained-glass windows facing south, period furniture. Bedroom Two: Double bed, period furniture and en-suite facilities including shower cubicle and eco friendly electric shower, hand-basin and W.C. Beautiful vaulted library, study and minstrels gallery with general literature, history and poetry. Nearby utility area with washing machine, freezer, sink, computer access point, storage space. Central double-staircase runs off main entrance and hall to first floor and stained glass window. Large Lounge area, well-lit (seven windows) with views over the valley to the south and east. Mix of comfortable period sofas, large flat screen TV/DVD player and small music system. Wood-burning stove. Bedroom Three. Double bed, period furniture and access to Minstrels' Gallery (please ensure that children are supervised in this area).

Outside: Lawned area with statuary, uncovered pond, flowerbeds, granite walled gardens, garden furniture and large gas-barbecue facility on patio. Two side patios with shrubs, fountain, pots benches/seating for breakfast coffee in the south-east sunshine! There is a small well-lit summerhouse with seating, library, and plants for that private hideaway, with views. Private parking.

Please note: Guests are kindly asked to refrain from smoking inside the property. One controlled dog welcome downstairs.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

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