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The Old Chapel

Huntingford, Dorset (Ref. 2970)


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71 Customer Reviews

  • "The Chapel was not cleaned very well."

    Many cobwebs, even in the cooker. Fridge ,kettle and pedal bin not in very good working order. Beds quite hard. However, we had a good week of walking and the owners were very pleasant. We understand this has become too much for them and they are totally taking holiday let's after this month.

    Reviewed by JanetSep 2021

  • "Charming generous owners live opposite The Chapel is quite isolated, nearest pub in Mere a 1."

    5 mile walk on single track unlit road. No internet and mobile reception intermittent. The Chapel building is a wooden rebuild of an original and is quite unique. Just a couple of niggles, the garden is in need of some tlc and the cutlery should be replaced. Otherwise 100%. If you are looking for a quiet comfortable reboot from modern life this is it.

    Reviewed by IanJul 2021

  • "The Chapel was very quiet and peaceful - ideal for a country retreat."

    Mr and Mrs Wood were very kind and went out of their way to help when there was a problem with the car.

    Reviewed by KatharineJul 2021

  • "The property was clearly well loved and provided unusual accommodation."

    The facilities included almost everything needed for a holiday. It wasn’t an issue for us but there is no broadband in the hamlet where the property is situated and no access to wifi

    Reviewed by DianneJun 2021

  • "The Old Chapel was really nice, we were very happy with the accommodation and Mr & Mrs Wood were very helpful and pleasant."

    Sykes, on the other hand, were over dogmatic and forceful in their emails. The NHS QR code, for instance; it is not a requirement or law that we should scan it on the NHS app upon arrival, even though Sykes said it was and this caused us concern as we don't have the technology to do this. The only requirement in law is that the owner of the property keeps a record of people who visit or stay at the premises. It is equally valid to keep a hard copy record as it is for the visitor to scan the QR code.

    Reviewed by RobertMay 2021

  • "An enjoyable stay to attend a rescheduled wedding - many thanks to the owners for allowing the bride and groom to have some photos taken outside what is a beautifully restored property."

    Reviewed by CarolMay 2021

  • "Lovely quiet location and some nice walking not too far away."

    Very happy with the accomodation as most cottages for two are a bit small but this was so lovely, comfortable and spacious. Owners very nice and helpful.

    Reviewed by JaneApr 2021

  • "Loved the feeling of space in the living area."

    Reviewed by ElaineAug 2020

  • "Lovely area."

    Very well equipped cottage. Wonderful owners! Large and homely, restful living space, comfortable and warm.

    Reviewed by PhilipDec 2019

  • "The cosiness and comfort in mid-winter, the kindness and thoughtfulness that our hosts (John and Jenny) showed with the Christmas tree and decorations, the home-baked mince pies to welcome us, and their general friendliness and warmth, made this a very special experience."

    Add to that the beautiful area, the peace and rural quiet - and the feeling of warmth and tranquillity that the Chapel exudes.... this is a place we would love to return to!

    Reviewed by HamishDec 2019

  • "Lovely cottage in beautiful surroundings it exceeded all our expectations."

    The owners were very welcoming and helpful.

    Reviewed by PaulSep 2019

  • "Lovely accommodation in a beautiful part of the country, so peaceful with a lovely garden to seat and let the hours fly by."

    Thank you Mrs Wood for our arrival gift of tea and homemade cakes. We will be back.

    Reviewed by AnnJul 2019

  • "The chapel was lovely, John and Jenny made us feel very welcome, thank you for the cakes and leeks."

    Reviewed by ColinMay 2019

  • "A beautiful setting with very friendly and helpful owners."

    They were very efficient and we felt very looked after. Thank you.

    Reviewed by ElsaFeb 2019

  • "Owners are friendly and helpful"

    Reviewed by HeatherDec 2018

  • "A beautiful Chapel in a quiet location."

    Very warm and cosy. Spent Christmas there, and it gave us everything we wanted. Well fitted out with enough pots etc to cook Christmas lunch. Local pub just a short drive away, probably walkable in the summer. Mr and Mrs Wood gave us the warmest of welcomes and could not do enough to make sure our stay was enjoyable

    Reviewed by JenniferDec 2018

  • "Beautiful cottage."

    Reviewed by MickNov 2018

  • "The Old Chapel was one of the most unique and quirky properties we have stayed in."

    Myself and my partner chose this place as we are keen walkers and nature lovers and the surrounding areas are breathtakingly beautiful. The Chapel itself was cosy, comfortable and full of character. The owners were helpful and friendly, giving us some great pointers on local walks, pubs, and other areas of interest. I would highly recommend staying there to anyone who wants a quiet break away from city life.

    Reviewed by LisaOct 2018

  • "Exceptional peace and comfort - a precious find."

    Downmarked on cleanliness but only due to being honest - it is a country location with high ceiling and naturally found a few cobwebs. Owners very welcoming and close at hand if any problems, but there were none. PS: Although owners nearby they were never intrusive.

    Reviewed by CarolOct 2018

  • "Lovely renovated chapel, ideal for couples."

    Very warm welcome from the owners who were able to advise about places to visit and to eat. Excellent base for visiting attractions in all the surrounding counties. A week is not enough to see everything - we shall definitely return.

    Reviewed by NigelAug 2018

  • "The owners were lovely and very close to hand to give advice on where to go and help with anything regarding the cottage."

    The cottage is in a typical quiet rural location, so it would mean a drive to the nearest town, but if you want a quiet and cosy cottage to just get away from it all this place is ideal.

    Reviewed by PaulAug 2018

  • "Excellent all round base for quiet week-end."

    On arrival, John & Jenny made us feel most welcome. The Chapel is a lovely restoration and well appointed. In fact more than we needed for a brilliant Summer weekend. We picked this location as it was a somewhat cheaper option to allow us to visit National Trust at Stourhead. Whilst Mere was rather basic, we missed out Gillingham and found Shaftesbury, which proved an excellent choice to stroll around. Saturday morning was really buzzing; the Mitre proving to be a good choice for food and drink. Sitting in The Chapel garden, we enjoyed the sun; sitting indoors, we could certainly imagine a cosy Winter's evening. In summary, a lovely country break. Thanks.

    Reviewed by NigelJul 2018

  • "The Chapel was beautiful, sensitively restored with taste and to a high standard."

    A warm welcome from John and Jenny Wood was a nice surprise. The kitchen is well equipped. The area is peaceful and quiet and also a good base for touring around

    Reviewed by IvanJul 2018

  • "The owners were exceedingly warm and welcoming."

    We had a wonderful relaxing stay in what is a stunning property.

    Reviewed by AndyMar 2018

  • "The owners were very welcoming."

    The Chapel was a wonderful holiday base with everything we needed, far more than we've had in other cottages. Would definitely book again.

    Reviewed by DennisJun 2017

  • "A very quirky cottage, very large for two people."

    The owners have achieved an extraordinary renovation, loosing none of it's. character. The cottage had everything you needed. We were warmly welcomed by both owners. Thank you for the tea and cake.

    Reviewed by KathleenMar 2017

  • "The Chapel emerges impressively from the surrounding countryside as you travel in from the main road, and once there the property is well thought out, well equipped and very peaceful, with a good space outside for the kids to run about in."

    The owners were friendly, helpful and we would love to come again for a longer break some time in the future!

    Reviewed by StephenApr 2016

  • "It was lovely to stay in a "different" type of accommodation."

    On arrival we had a warm welcome from the owners who live opposite the Chapel. The main room was bigger than we expected and always warm. The beds were very comfortable, the bathroom was also much bigger than expected and the towels provided were of good quality. It's in a lovely area with lots to see and do.

    Reviewed by SallyOct 2015

  • "The Old Chapel was of a very high standard with very welcoming owners."

    It was situated in the beautiful countryside with easy access to all the nearby tourist attractions.

    Reviewed by JulieAug 2015

  • "The location was excellent; very quiet and peaceful but also within easy reach of a supermarket and an excellent pub for food."

    It was also a good base for visiting lots of places in Dorset. The owners of the property made us very welcome and the property was a credit to them, with all the facilities you could want. The Old Chapel made our holiday one to always fondly remember.

    Reviewed by LindaJun 2015

  • "The Old Chapel is such a delightful cottage."

    Can't wait to go back! I've been recommending it to all my friends! A practically perfect in every way cottage!

    Reviewed by FionaMar 2015

  • "Location was really good."

    The owners were friendly, helpful and their pub recommendation was spot on. A very unusual property which was comfortable and warm. Everyone we met in the area was really friendly and it was a really nice place to visit.

    Reviewed by HildiFeb 2015

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Chapel!"

    It was warm and cosy and we would go again. We loved the space and the uniqueness of the place as well as the countryside location.

    Reviewed by JamesDec 2014

  • "This place was so wonderful, so peacefui and so cosy."

    Reviewed by AdAug 2014

  • "This is such an unusual property, built to an excellent standard."

    We felt relaxed as soon as we arrived. It is central to lots of tourist locations or you can just walk through the countryside, being surrounded by farmland, and eat at the local pub.

    Reviewed by PatriciaMar 2014

  • "Beautiful little chapel, full of character and so peaceful."

    Just the place to get out of the city and re-charge your batteries! The owners are lovely. We were met by home made chocolate cookies and all things necessary for a nice hot cuppa. The owners are a real font of knowledge regarding places to see in the surrounding area and kept us well supplied with logs for the wood burner. My daughter and I had a fabulous long weekend. Wish we could have stayed longer!

    Reviewed by DebraJan 2014

  • "Beautiful and unusual property."

    Set in a quiet and relaxing area.

    Reviewed by PaulineOct 2013

  • "The Chapel had been rebuilt to a superb standard, and was in a very quiet and peaceful location."

    It was also a good base to see the surrounding area. The cottage had a wealth of information leaflets and books for first time visitors.

    Reviewed by HelenSep 2013

  • "A lovely venue and the warm welcome and helpful attitude of the owners."

    Reviewed by MichaelJun 2013

  • "Unique property in quiet country retreat yet within easy distance of many places of interest."

    Made to feel very welcome.

    Reviewed by PeterApr 2013

  • "The Chapel is very cosy and comfortable."

    We love it, which is why this is the third year in a row that we have booked it to use as a Christmas shopping base! The owners are really friendly and very helpful and their cakes are good too!

    Reviewed by PaulineNov 2012

  • "Quality restoration of this beautiful old building."

    Excellent quality fixtures and fittings. Very quiet, rural setting.

    Reviewed by GeoffreyOct 2012

  • "An absolutely fantastic property."

    We could tell that it had been a ‘labour of love’ for the owners. The only place I have ever stayed which has more sofas and armchairs than the number of people allowed to stay. The location is brilliant. In summary the best place we have ever stayed.

    Reviewed by PaulaOct 2012

  • "Distinctive property, very quiet location but within easy reach of the places we planned to visit."

    Warm welcome from the owners. An experience to be repeated some time in the future for sure.

    Reviewed by RogerSep 2012

  • "The owners were absolutely lovely, the kitchen divine."

    Upon arrival we were treated to home-made scones and jam. There were so many extra little touches making the holiday very special indeed.

    Reviewed by RebeccaAug 2012

  • "The owners were very friendly and made us very much at home."

    The weather was mainly good and we were able to sit outside. The area has a lot to offer and we had family in the near vicinity.

    Reviewed by RaymondJun 2012

  • "A great location and wonderful owners."

    Reviewed by GregMay 2012

  • "Ideal away from it all kind of holiday."

    The unique accommodation was beautifully presented. We particularly enjoyed the wood burning stove - something we had not come across before. Although there was a first class central heating system the wood burner made a lovely focal point. Altogether a first class holiday.

    Reviewed by ReginaldMar 2012

  • "An unusual property with high interest and novelty value."

    It was also very warm and comfortable with all that you could need. The location is idyllic being both quiet and rural yet within easy reach of villages and towns in Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset, including the coast which was a short drive away. The owners were extremely welcoming and even provided us with a home made cake on our arrival!

    Mrs SwarbrickFeb 2012

  • "The welcome by our hosts was excellent - they left tea, cakes & flowers."

    The property was handily positioned for touring Dorset, Wilts, Somerset & West Hampshire.

    Reviewed by PhilOct 2011

  • "Quiet and secluded, however, not too far from tourist attractions."

    Reviewed by BAug 2011

  • "Spacious property in a relaxing rural setting."

    I loved the main window above the door which let in lots a natural light. Quaint villages nearby with some nice pubs. Lovely location with rolling country side. Plenty of parking and we all felt safe and secure.

    Reviewed by NickAug 2011

  • "Friendly welcome from the owners."

    Property was clean - home from home!

    Reviewed by DebbieJul 2011

  • "The warm welcome we received and the spaciousness of the living space."

    The location of the property - hidden in the countryside but with easy access to visitor attractions.

    Reviewed by WendyJul 2011

  • "It was home from home, very relaxing and close to all of what Dorset has to offer."

    Reviewed by BeverleyJun 2011

  • "A very special, wonderful place."

    Living in a chapel is unique.

    Reviewed by NicoleApr 2011

  • "Warm friendly welcome, lovely quiet location, within easy distance of many varied and interesting places."

    Reviewed by PeterSep 2010

  • "The Old Chapel was absolutely lovely."

    Really unique and special, with elements of tradition with all the right touches of mod cons. While the weather wasn't, this was a beautiful and comfortable place to moan about it from!

    Reviewed by MarkAug 2010

  • "Interesting, unusual property in a great location for touring."

    Owners very keen to ensure that our stay was enjoyable, yet they were not at all intrusive.

    Reviewed by ChristopherAug 2010

  • "Perfect location for our visit to Dorset."

    A very warm welcome from the owners. A unique and interesting building which surpassed our needs, that had been renovated and maintained to a very high standard - a credit to the owners.

    Reviewed by ChrisJul 2010

  • "Lovely welcome by the owner."

    Fantastic location. Secluded and quiet, but very easy access to main road and therefore surrounding area.

    Reviewed by DebbieJul 2010

  • "A beautiful, unique property."

    Take the 'B' roads to discover the local scenery - lovely! Sunday carvery at the 'Walnut Tree Inn' in Mere is a must - scrumptious.

    Reviewed by MargaretMay 2010

  • "Totally unique building, The Old Chapel was rebuilt by the owners who live opposite."

    They have lavished money and care to re-create The Chapel as a unique holiday 'cottage'. Good base for walking, Stourhead, Shaftesbury and Salisbury. Liked it so much we spent some days looking for houses around there.

    Reviewed by BrianApr 2010

  • "Chapel itself was a fantastic building."

    Nice quiet location. Good food at the local pubs. Gillingham just a short drive away, that has plenty of shops.

    Mr KhanApr 2010

  • "It was a very nicely finished building, with everything you would need for a relaxing break, the location was very secluded and quiet."

    Reviewed by AndrewMar 2010

  • "The property is very comfortable with plenty to see and do within easy reach."

    Reviewed by SheilaFeb 2010

  • "My holiday was very last minute (the day before I went) and staff at Sykes were very helpful."

    I described what I was looking for and hey presto, it was exactly right! The Old Chapel was awesome - a real 'wow' moment when I went in, which stayed with me all week. The owners were great. I loved the location - right on the border of three counties, so lots to explore. I loved being on a farm, having cows as my neighbours - quite a change from the city life I lead!

    Mrs HarcourtOct 2009

  • "Owners were very welcoming and helpful."

    This property is a lovely comfortable cottage in a quiet location. Great area for walking and many beautiful and interesting places to visit.

    Reviewed by MarySep 2009

  • "Excellent for peace and quiet."

    Very comfortable cottage and good pubs were not too far away.

    Reviewed by RobinAug 2009

  • "Very quiet and peaceful, very warm welcome."

    Wonderful area to tour.

    Reviewed by VincentAug 2009

  • "Very nice property with plenty of see and do within a very short distance."

    Reviewed by SusanJun 2009

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The property

An interesting, unusual, detached former chapel, fully rebuilt in 2008 to replicate the original wooden structure dating back to 1867, in the tranquil, rural hamlet of Huntingford, close to the borders of Dorset and Wiltshire.

This quality renovation has inspired interest locally and nationally, having been featured on TV's Homes Under the Hammer and in Dorset Life magazine.

The characterful, timber-clad interior, with its high beamed, vaulted ceiling and superb galleried landing, gives the living space a light and airy feel, while there is a lovely kitchen and bathroom at the rear, as well as an attractive eaves bedroom.

The chapel stands in its own garden surrounded by glorious countryside and farm land, with access to plenty of walks.

Locally, there are country pubs serving good food and real ales, with trout fishing also available close by.

There's plenty to see and do in the area: the magnificent house and gardens at Stourhead, racing at Wincanton, Shaftesbury and Longleat House and Safari Park.

A superb and unique holiday home in a most beautiful part of the country.


  • One bedroom: 1 x eaves twin
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, power shower over, basin and WC
  • Fitted kitchen
  • Living area with vaulted beamed ceiling with sitting area, dining area, sofa bed and woodburner
  • Wide galleried landing overlooking living area.
  • LPG central heating with woodburner in living area
  • Electric oven, halogen hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, TV with DVD, Freeview, CD/radio, selection of books and games
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Paved sitting area with garden furniture, lawned area and shed for bike storage
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 2 miles, pub 1.25 miles.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Mere 2 miles; Gillingham 3 miles.

A tiny, rural hamlet, Huntingford is situated amongst glorious unspoilt countryside on the borders of Dorset and Wiltshire. Ideal for walking and taking in the superb country views, the area is well served by attractive inns and is also very well placed for exploring numerous National Trust properties and gardens, including Stourhead, only 4 miles away. Longleat House and Safari Park, as well as the ancient hilltop town of Shaftesbury, featured in the famous 'Hovis' advert, are also an easy drive. A little further afield, Stonehenge, Wilton House, the beautiful cathedral city of Salisbury and even the stunning Dorset Jurassic Coast are all easily accessible. This lovely area will provide you with a holiday to remember at any time of the year.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Off-season
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