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St Mary's Chapel

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West Lulworth, Dorset Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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18 Customer Reviews

  • "A lovely house, it suited the two of us well."

    We didn’t use the rooms upstairs. BUT A king size bed needs king size bedding, not just double size. The fan in the shower room did not work. The worktop lights in the kitchen did not work. We never found out how to turn on the hob fan and lights. The drawer containing the manuals needs to be organised for easy reference, and broken equipment discarded. There were no spare keys. The drive access is a problem which could ruin many holidays. Rights of way carry responsibilities, which seem to be ignored by tradesmen and others who might not understand the concept. A friendly, respectful, patient approach to the neighbours by the owner might yield benefits in restoring relations. Our strong suggestion is that the owner should create a new access from the road on the other side of the tree. The right of way could then be cancelled or bought out by the neighbours.

    Thanks for the feedback and glad you enjoyed your stay. To respond to your comments, the bedsheets are king size sheets but it is possible that they have been shrunk by the laundry company. We’ll get the cleaner to check. The bathroom fan and all the kitchen lights/fans do work but there a lot of switches which can be confusing! We’ll get Dreams to put a guide in the folder. We left the appliance manuals in the drawer just in case someone wanted them - I think this is unusual in a holiday let so will remove them as it may just cause confusion! From a security perspective, there is only one front door key (in the lock box) which cannot be copied at a key cutting shop. I think this is common practice at holiday lets, with Dreams having a spare key if anyone inadvertently gets locked out! The shared drive is not a problem and was created to service both houses when the original chapel became two residential plots. I think the issue you witnessed was that the window cleaner left his car blocking the shared access, something that he shouldn’t have done. Thanks again for your feedback! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Bernard4.4Apr 2024

  • "This is a lovely property with a well kitted out kitchen and comfortable furniture."

    The conversion of the chapel is beautifully done and all of the furniture is of very good quality. The location is excellent and it’s a nice to stay in as it is to explore the local area which has a lot to offer with something for every interest. We’ll certainly be booking again. Some of the bedding was a little tired - I’ll bring a pillow or two next time. But this didn’t stop of from having a lovely stay!

    Thanks for the feedback and the new booking for next year! We are down in a couple pf weeks and take a look at the bed linen/pillows to see what needs to be replaced! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Audrey4.1Aug 2023

  • "A beautifully appointed property."

    Spacious, very clean and comfortable. Excellent position for access to Lulworth Cove and other tourist spots. The short walking distance to several really good at pubs and restaurants is a big plus too! We had a lovely two week stay.

    Thanks for the positive feedback - glad you enjoyed! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Margaret4.4Aug 2023

  • "We very much enjoyed our stay, but there are a few things that need mentioning."

    The bedroom on the ground floor was very cold and we discovered that the top right hand window catch was broken so it was impossible to completely close the window. We did our best to repair it but it was very difficult to reach and should be checked in case the screws need tightening more. A mirror in each bedroom would have been welcomed (had to dry my hair beside the front door) and several things were lacking in the kitchen. It was not possible to eat a 2 course meal without washing up forks. There were no egg cups, mixing bowls, sieve, salad bowl or cake/ quiche tins or butter dish.

    Hi. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and thanks for your positive review. We didn't know about the window catch so thnks for letting us know - it should be fixed this weekend. We will also be adding a few more items to the kitchen - we actually thought some of these items were there already! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Eileen5.0Jul 2023

  • "Pleasant cottage; good location; surprisingly easy walk to the Cove; had three good meals in the village."

    Thanks for the positive feedback. Glad you enjoyed your stay! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Eric Allan5.0Jun 2023

  • "The cottage was comfortable and very well equipped."

    The design was imaginative and provides something a little different from a 'standard' holiday home , the conversion of the chapel is very well done. Off road parking was easy and there is space for 2 cars if need be. Lulworth Cove is a 10 minute walk , there are many interesting places to visit very close by, the area is a walkers paradise. There are 3 or 4 places to eat in West Lulworth/Lulworth Cove and the small general stores across the road from the cottage (but unobtrusive) was very handy too. A very pleasant base to see a lovely county.

    Thanks for the feedback - glad you enjoyed the cottage! Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2022

  • "An amazing house - luxury top-end fixtures and fittings."

    We were amazed!

    Great to hear that enjoyed it! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jerome5.0Jul 2022

  • "High quality conversion of old chapel."

    The fixtures and fittings are beautiful and plentiful. Garden is well presented with a good balance of plants and shrubs and a pleasure to sit in. A great holiday.

    Thanks for the feedback and glad you enjoyed! Property Owner

    Reviewed by William4.4Jun 2022

  • "Delightful cottage, well presented and well equipped."

    Just would have liked recycling facilities as we felt guilty only having the one refuse bin and lots we could have recycled.

    Glad you and enjoyed it and thanks for the feedback on recycling bins - will check with the council... Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0May 2022

  • "We loved everything about it."

    Thank you. We stayed there with our 4 children in 2006 so it was a place of memories. A beautiful cottage oozing quality. Just perfect.

    Thanks - glad you enjoyed it! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Apr 2022

  • "A very comfortable property furnished to a high standard, in an excellent location with only a short easy walk to Lulworth Cove."

    Many walking and sightseeing opportunities within easy driving distance and a hotel restaurant and a pub, both serving good food only a short walk through the village. We had an excellent stay in March but visitors in the summer will find the road through West Lulworth gets much busier.

    Thanks for the feedback. Glad you enjoyed! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rosemary5.0Mar 2022

  • "I was quite astounded by the very frosty reception given by the neighbours who were very rude and clearly resentful of our presence."

    Apart from that we were happy with the accommodation

    Sorry you encountered an unfriendly neighbour. May be they were having a bad day as the majority of people in Lulworth lovely!. But glad you had a nice stay and enjoyed the accommodation. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Harry3.8Nov 2021

  • "A very unique place to stay."

    Cottage was very comfortable and very clean. Great place to visit Dorset and surrounding areas.

    Glad you enjoyed yourself! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Oct 2021

  • "The Chapel is exactly as it is in the photo gallery."

    Very nicely furnished and we felt at home from the minute we stepped through the door. Quirky little nooks and crannies around the house give it its unique character. Great location with a well stocked local supermarket straight across the road, beautiful walks within very short distance. Lulworth Cove also a very short walk and a wide choice of places to eat in or takeaway at the Cove. Lots of places ( English Heritage & National Trust ) within easy driving distances - pre booking visits needed. Really good week despite some days and spells of very wet weather. A problem with the heating was quickly & efficiently resolved and the log burner is a very cosy heat meantime.

    Thanks for your feedback. Glad you enjoyed yourself! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gillian4.7Oct 2021

  • "Firstly West Lulworth is a very pleasant village with easy access to Lulworth Cove a beatuiful place."

    Unfortunately for the first time feel let down since I started using Sykes Cottages. On first arrival at St Mary's Chapel I tough this will be great base for our holiday. I wasn't lonf though before I notice that the living room furniture was covered in pet hairs so the first job was to start vacuuming the furniture, not an ideal start! Then the little annoying things, no teapot (we're no all coffee drinkers). No egg cups, and lacking cooking utensils in particular tongs. Loose tap in the bathroom, didn't know whether if the tap was going to come off all together, I'm not a plumber!. Some of these things might seem a bit petty but considering the price paid for this holiday, I think the place should have been spotless (particularly in view of the COVID situation) and with all fixtures and fitting in order.

    Thanks for your feedback and sorry thats some things not to your expectations. It's our first year letting the property and have increased the utensils. We didn't know the tap was loose but this has also been fixed. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew2.2Sep 2021

  • "Amazing holiday, glorious weather helped."

    Quality fixtures and fittings. Lovely outside area to relax. Great position to local store, village and beach.

    Thanks for the feedback - glad you enjoyed! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Shaun5.0Jul 2021

  • "Excellent location!"

    Cottage immaculate with high quality furnishings. Very comfortable! Location of Londis (just across the lane) was very convenient! Cottage is on the main route into Lulworth Cove, so expect traffic to be passing from early morning. However, the fantastic facilities and comfort of the property far outweigh a few early awakenings!

    Thanks for the feedback - glad you enjoyed Property Owner

    Reviewed by Guy5.0Jul 2021

  • "Lovely holiday cottage."

    Superbly fitted, comfortable beds, sofas and chairs. Wonderfull cottage, obviously well loved by the owners. Thanks for a great stay.

    Reviewed by Derek4.7May 2021

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x ground-floor double, 1 x double, 1 x bunk room
  • Ground-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin, and WC
  • Bathroom with roll top bath, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Underfloor heating and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for two cars on driveway
  • Lawned garden with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 50 yards, pub 0.1 miles
  • Beach 0.6 miles

The property

The Chapel is an exquisitely converted semi-detached property resting in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, just a short stroll from the striking Jurassic coastline.

Sleeping up to six guests, this stunning chapel conversion provides the perfect home-from-home for a family or group of friends seeking a memorable holiday in the coastal village of West Lulworth.

Stepping into the property, you immediately notice the high ceilings, large windows and fascinating suspended walkway connecting the two first-floor bedrooms; an unusual and fascinating feature that gives a contemporary and chic feel.

The ground floor is lined by underfloor heating, keeping your toes warm as you step over into the open-plan living space where a large woodburning stove sits prominently in the sitting area, providing extra warmth on those chilly winter nights.

The expansive open-plan space is bright and airy with the light from the wide windows creating a beautiful flow through the ground floor of the house, with the well-equipped kitchen being close to the dining area, allowing all hands on deck when it comes to cooking up a tasty meal to enjoy whilst reminiscing on the day's adventures had.

The property benefits from a flexible sleeping arrangement, with one of the double bedrooms being on the ground floor, positioned behind an attractive glazed partition and served by a downstairs shower room, offering the perfect sleeping spot for those less mobile, with the remaining two bedrooms being on the first floor; a further double and a bunk bed room, along with a stylish bathroom with a freestanding bath where you can enjoy a relaxing soak to end the day perfectly.

Moving outside; you will find an enclosed lawned garden with mature hedges and greenery, complete with a gravelled seating area, making it a fabulous spot of some alfresco dining in the warmer months.

You will also be able to enjoy the superb view on offer of Hambury Tout, the vast chalk hill which overlooks the coast.

The Chapel is conveniently located within walking distance from a many local amenities including a well-stocked village store, public houses and various local eateries, and not forgetting the stunning pebble beach at Lulworth Cove, only a leisurely stroll away, where you can choose to embark on the clifftop walk to one of Dorset’s most iconic landmarks, Durdle Door.

Kimmeridge Bay also lies within driving distance, making a wonderful stop to explore this marine Special Area of Conservation, as well as it being home to rockpools rich in wildlife and the safest snorkelling site in Dorset, as well as sitting on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site and along the South West Coast Path, giving you plenty of places to explore.

Visit the wonderful The Etches Collection Museum of Jurassic Marine Life, before venturing out further to find the Purbeck Mineral & Mining Museum and the astounding natural Blue Pool on the outskirts of Wareham, while the centre of the town hosts even more amenities to take your pick from as well as its very own enticing museum.

In reach of Weymouth and the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty too, The Chapel is a wonderful choice of holiday home for your staycation in delightful Dorset, where you are sure to have a welcoming and relaxing break discovering all that this beautiful part of the county has to offer.

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

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About the location


Wareham 9.1 miles; Weymouth 14.7 miles

West Lulworth boasts some of the most dramatic geological features on the Jurassic coastline and arguably the most photographed locations in the UK. Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door sit at the heart of this area and really are a must see. Lulworth Cove has many little café’s and beachside shacks serving local seafood, ice cream and other delights, as well as several restaurants and pubs from which to choose. There is an Lulworth estate information centre which offers an insight into how the cove and Durdle door were formed and Jurassic history of the region. If you tire of Cove and cliff top walks then Lulworth Castle is a short drive away and offers another glimpse at some more recent history, along with Tyneham Village, and Corfe Castle. This is a really special area and the village retains a lot of it’s thatched cottages and has a real air of a rural retreat.

Please note: There are 2 external CCTV cameras at the property, however they are not in use.
Please note: The property does not accept pets however, we cannot guarantee that pets have not previously been in the property.
Please note: A gardener will attend weekly to mow the lawn.
Please note: Every so often, a window cleaner will attend the property.
Please Note: Nearest public pay and display car park is Lulworth Cove BH20 5RS (approximately 15 min walk)