Wareham holiday converted chapel rental with beach/lake nearby, internet access and walking and TV

The Chancel

from £60 /night help Price for guests, Nights approx:


21 reviews

from £60 /night help Price for guests, Nights approx:

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1 / 13 The Chancel across the churchyard

Converted Chapel / 3 bedrooms / sleeps 6 Home 13131

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Converted Chapel / 3 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms / sleeps 6

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Description from owner

The church was converted into residential dwellings in 1994 and consists of three houses - the Tower, the Nave and the Chancel. The Chancel still retains the large East window just beyond the alter area, which is now one of the many features adorning this unique house.

Much of the original stained glass has been retained in all the windows, especially the magnificent East window, which overlooks the Purbeck Hills.

Further details indoors

The Chancel has been furnished and equipped to the very highest standards, with: dishwasher, micro-wave oven as well as conventional oven, washer/dryer, freezer, video and extensive video library and digital TV.

The Dorset region

Dorset is known as the British Riviera with its miles of protected beaches it is a favourite for both relaxation and walking.

Its countryside is just as spectacular with its villages bursting with rural charm.


The County town of Dorchester is a mere twenty minute drive away, and is worth a visit, especially on Wedneday's which is market day. You may even find you have purchased a cow or sheep from the market - if you're not careful!

The Purbeck region of Dorset. Trips to Corfe Castle, Swanage, the famous Studland beach, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door are all very close by. Monkey World and Bovington Tank Museum are even closer.

Bed & bathroom

  • 1 Double Bed, 4 Single Beds
  • 1 family bathrooms, 1 en suites


  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • High chair available


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Shared garden
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • Video player
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Telephone
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

Will consider

  • Corporate bookings
  • House swap

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  • Parking
  • Suitable for people with restricted mobility
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users


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No smoking at this property

About the owner

Chris R
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07 Jul 2015
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United Kingdom

Languages spoken: English

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“Fantastically well equipped, comfortable, homely property in a peaceful location”

Reviewed 24 Jul 2013

'The Chancel' is a fantastic hideaway property perfect for exploring beautiful Dorset. The house is tucked off the beaten track away from busy town centres and is a perfect place for getting away from it all. There are several towns within short driving distance with supermarkets and pubs and the beach at Lulworth Cove is less than 10 minutes drive away, Corfe Castle is about 15 minutes away and you can be in the large resort town of Weymouth in about half hour. The Chancel is superbly equipped with all the pots, pans and crockery you would ever need, a dishwasher makes cleaning up a breeze and having young children we found the washing machine invaluable - there was even washing powder in the cupboards! The comfy sitting room has a pair of uber comfy sofas perfect for lounging on and watching the TV or a DVD ( plenty of films to choose from if you had a rainy day or just wanted a day in ) We found the hi fi system particularly useful as I personally like to have music on pretty much constantly! The chancel has 2 lovely clean bath rooms and a pair of power showers - we were very thankful of those as it was 34 degrees outside during our stay. In fact the only thing we can think of that we would have benefited from would have been a couple of electric fans. We will certainly be visiting again next year if not sooner and will be booking The Chancel again for our stay. We must admit it was a little eery walking through the old church yard to get to the house but we're happy to report no spooky goings on! - just adds to the charm of the place and I'm sure it has a fascinating history. ( the neighbours are dead quiet!! - sorry I couldn't resist! )

“A dozen trips to England and this was the absolute best!”

Reviewed 8 Jul 2013

Our stay at the Chancel was fabulous! The property is picturesque, comfortable and outfitted like our home - not a rental. The gardens, where we spent many afternoons, are both peaceful and beautiful. The interior tastefully incorporates the stained glass windows, carved stone arches and vaulted ceilings of the original 16th century church (moved to its current location in the 19th century). It's conveniently situated within easy driving distance to many interesting towns (Lyme Regis, Swanage, Wareham, Dorchester, Netherbury, etc.) Don't miss breakfast at the schoolhouse in Moreton, fossil hunting along the Jurassic Coast, and touring the ghost town of Tyneham. The sunset from Purbeck Hill is fantastic. And, for military fans, the Bovington Tank Museum is a must. (Have a care, as the Army actually trains its tank drivers on nearby public roads.) We've traveled from the U.S. to visited England and Scotland many times. This was the most charming and relaxing trip yet. We plan to return to savor it again very soon.

“Fantastic cottage - homely, clean and well equipped.”

Reviewed 17 Sep 2012

Great holiday let. The property has great character and is very well furnished. It is very clean and extremely well equipped. Wonderful location with Corfe Castle, Swanage, Monkey World, Knoll Beach, etc, all 20 minutes away or less. Highly recommended.

“A charming yet 'spooky' corner of Dorset”

Reviewed 1 Oct 2011

'The Chancel' is a conversion of a church which went out of service in the 1980's. You immediately get a sense of what awaits you inside when parking your car ... right next to a beautifuly maintained graveyard! The childrens' imaginations begin working immediately and their excitement is infectious. The interior doesn't disappoint, being very clean, well organised and homely, with original features such as stained glass and inscriptions being retained. There are two other properties in use - 'the Nave' and 'the Tower' - all part of the same building. The location is excellent for the beaches at Studland and Swanage, and medieval Corfe Castle is an easy drive away. There's lots of space for children and it's a great base for exploring Dorset. And you can explore the graveyard after dark...if you dare!

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