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The Old Chapel

Huntingford, Dorset (Ref. 2970)

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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine

Reviews & Ratings

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26 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

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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 area."

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

    Reviewed by PhilipDec 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

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  • 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.

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.

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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