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Chapel House Converted Chapel
- 5 bedrooms
- 10 sleeps
- min stay varies
- Converted Chapel
- 5 bedrooms
- 10 sleeps
- min stay varies
Description from owner
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
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 250m2..
Check in is after 3pm.Check out is prior to 1pm unless a prior arrangement is made.
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 plus a loo roll in each bathroom/toilet.
I 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.
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.
Cleaning services and house keeping can be arranged for longer staying guests upon request and at an extra cost.
Serving staff/waitresses etc can also be arranged for special functions in advance and at an extra cost.
Private caterers are also available locally and recommended companies can be supplied. As can good local taxi firms all of whom can give competitive rates for short journeys and airport and train station pick up and drop off.
Location description from owner
The 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!'.
- Nearest beach 70 km
- Child friendly
- Car advised
- Ask about pets
- Private garden
- Great for children of all ages
- Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
- Cot available
- High chair available
Bed & bathroom
- 1 Super King Beds, 4 Double Beds, 1 Cot available
- 1 Family bathroom, 4 En suites, 1 Toilet Only
- Wi-Fi available
- Private garden
- Bicycles available
- Internet access
- Central heating
- Washing machine
- Clothes dryer
- High chair available
- Satellite TV
- DVD player
- CD player
- Hair dryer
- Linen provided
- Towels provided
- Not suitable for wheelchair users
- This owner does not use online booking. Please contact them and they will be able to offer you a secure way to pay for your stay. Never pay for your holiday rental by wire transfer (such as Western Union or Moneygram) as this type of payment is untraceable.
- No smoking at this property
About the owner
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- Calendar updated:
- 23 Aug 2016
- Years listed:
- Based in:
- United Kingdom
Languages spoken: English
This Converted chapel has 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms and sleeps 10. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 02 Feb 2011. Located in Cotswolds, it has 27 reviews with an overall rating of 4.5. The average weekly rate varies from £1500 to £2000.
The Owner has a response rate of 75% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 23 Aug 2016.
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– based on 27 reviews
- Very Good
“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!
“A truly great experience in this converted Chapel, in the cetre of Malmesbury”
Chapel house is a great place to stay, beatifully furnished a real home from home. It was ideal for my daughter wedding at the Abbey, just a few minutes away. The main reception room is very grand with a vaulted ceiling and the 5 bedrooms were all fitted with everything you would need. We were met by one of the managing couple, she was very informative, pointing out the free long term parking. just 5 minutes away. We would love to do a return trip.
“A very enjoyable stay.”
We were a gathering of five couples and were quite impressed overall with the property. Probably the best greeting we have had in nine years of gatherings, and clearest introduction to a house. As others have commented some bedroom curtains would have been useful and it was slightly tight to all eat together - but we managed. Yes, parking a slight issue but I would not describe it as a big problem. The town of Malmesbury is beautiful and well worth a visit. Superb selection of walks, and the garden owned by the "naked gardeners" is a delightful place to spend an afternoon. We would happily stay again.
“unique home and wonderful stay”
We had a wonderful stay around a family wedding. Chapel House was a real find-------5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms made wedding primping easy for teenagers! A lovely large living room with gas log fire accomodated an ongoing chess tournament in one corner and a master's thesis review in the other, while the rest of us warmed our toes and chatted. Fantastic butcher's/deli two doors away and a few minutes walk right into the heart of Malmesbury. English weather didn't allow us to use the little courtyard in April but it's nice to have a little outside space when the sun shines. Parking in the Triangle opposite is easier if you arrive before 3pm.
“Great property, excellent location...real WOW factor”
I have just returned from staying in the beautiful chapel house with 8 friends for my 30th Birthday weekend. The house was amazing, with the main living room providing the real wow factor & ample room for everyone to enjoy the property and not feel like they are living on top of each other. The location is excellent, and when checking in we were informed of good eateries / pubs & local areas of beauty by the friendly & very helpful property manager who lives across the road. Would certainly recommend this place as a great stay for a weekend break or longer
“great location, great company but not a great property to rent”
We travelled down by car to the property (2 adults and 2 young children) on a Friday afternoon and we had read that parking was available opposite although not actualy attached to the property which I didn’t regard as a problem at the time. However in reality we drove round the town for an hour trying to find any sort of parking before finally ending up in the public paying car park approx. 10mins walk from the property. It was only short stay car park and we had to get up early in the morning to move and again the following day. We were staying as part of a pre-Christmas family get together and because of the company and fun we did have a fantastic time. In addition the property is a good location for access into the lovely town. However I would not recommend this property because of the following facts: • If you sat on the toilet in the ensuite the amount of hair and dust (not ours) on the skirting boards and floor edges was disgusting • The glass stained windows were beautiful but not at 2 o’clock in the morning with a street light shining outside. There are no curtains or blinds on the window and it was like sleeping with the main bedroom light on • The front 2 bedrooms are very noisy as the neighbours include a pub and late night takeaway • The table an MDF top (not a regency as described) could only fit 6 comfortably and therefore at no point over the weekend could we all sit and eat together • There is minimum crockery and cutlery so if you do have starters and mains you will be required to wash in between • There is no WIFI – First thing the caretaker/manager told us on arrival Then to end it all the owner refused to return our deposit stating that we had scratched a table. The facts were that we never used the table (coffee table in the corner of the lounge) and even when we asked for evidence she couldn’t provide a photo – never pay cash deposit as required by this owner. To sum up lovely location and Malmesbury is beautiful but look for an alternative property.
This was put on by a group where I had to keep half their deposit. This is the only deposit I have had to keep in the year that I have been using Holiday Lettings. When my house managers notice a damaged table and objects missing they notified me. I telephoned Holiday Lettings to ask what procedurers I should take. After taking their advice I put in writing to my guests why I intended to keep their deposit. The responce from them was not polite. They informed me that they were going to list a bad review if I did not pay them! In the end I paid 50% of there deposit as a good will guesture. Not once during their stay did they complain about anything when my managers were with them or contact me. It is such a shame when this happens. I have guests returning this year that stayed last year and I am sure that this would not be the case if this review was accurate. Tamsin Newman
“This seemed an ideal place for a family get together but things were not as advertisede”
A lovely place on arrival although the bathrooms and kitchen could have been cleaner. The propery is actually the home of the owners so there is a lot of personal property around ( not just funishings but cosmetics, clothing etc.) which we found a little uncomfotable. The advert said the property included Wi-Fi and a regency table in the dining room and both of these were missing,which meant that it was not possible for all 10 of us to stit round the table and eat together. There is also only one entrance into the property and no fire-escape and had there been a fire in the kitchen there was no other way out. We also had a lot of trouble getting our cash deposit back (which we never received oin full) as we were accused of damaging an item of furniture with no evidence to back this up, Parking is also very difficult if arriving on a Friday evening, in fact one of our party drove around for 20 minutes! On the plus side the beds and bedding are of a high quality and the property is very well situated for visiting Malmesbury
This was put on by a group where I had to keep half their deposit, I have also reponded to another review posted by the same group. This is the only deposit I have had to keep in the year that I have been using Holiday Lettings. When my house managers notice a damaged table and objects missing they notified me. I telephoned Holiday Lettings to ask what procedurers I should take. After taking their advice I put in writing to my guests why I intended to keep their deposit. The responce from them was not polite. They informed me that they were going to list a bad review if I did not pay them! In the end I paid 50% of there deposit as a good will guesture. Not once during their stay did they complain about anything when my managers were with them or contact me. It is such a shame when this happens. I have guests returning this year that stayed last year and I am sure that this would not be the case if this review was accurate. Tamsin Newman
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