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The Old Chapel

(Ref. 1024795)

Sturminster Marshall, Dorset Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Electric vehicle charging
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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31 Customer Reviews

  • "This converted property has been fitted out to high standards and we could not fault it nor the location."

    It was an ideal base to explore the Jurassic coast and surrounding countryside. Well worth a visit and definitely one to remember for future visits.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by IanOct 2023

  • "Lovely peaceful location with a field and access to the river behind , just a few minutes away."

    Beautiful chapel conversion, very clean and tidy and well equipped.

    Thank you so much for such lovely feedback. So glad you enjoyed your stay! Property Owner

    Reviewed by AndreaOct 2023

  • "This is a lovely converted Chapel, we enjoyed our stay."

    Reviewed by TraceySep 2023

  • "We had an amazing stay; the Chapel has been converted beautifully, was extremely comfortable (especially the beds), and had everything we needed."

    The welcome wine and cake was such a lovely touch. The electric car charging point was incredibly helpful too!

    Thank you so much for such wonderful feedback. Really pleased you so enjoyed your stay! Property Owner

    Reviewed by RobynSep 2023

  • "Spacious, clean and well equipped."

    Set in a lovely village location with good dog walks and a short drive to Weymouth, Corfe, Bovington & Poole. Cannot rate this property highly enough for anyone with, or without dogs.

    Thank you for this lovely feedback Nicola. We’re glad you enjoyed your stay and would of course, welcome you again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by NicolaJul 2023

  • "A charming and unique property which was very clean and well maintained."

    The kitchen/dining area has a lovely outlook onto the patio garden. There is plenty of kitchen work space and the Rangemaster cooker made it easy to serve up meals for six people. We had a lovely warm welcome from the hosts and would certainly rebook in the future.

    We are so glad you enjoyed your visit. Thank you for your comments. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JudithJun 2023

  • "The old chapel is a beautiful building in a fantastic location."

    It is well thought out with all the little items you may need during a week away. We stayed here with our 2 dogs and really enjoyed exploring the area and had some fantastic meals out and a nice relaxing time. We arrived to find a lovely cake and a bottle of wine left for us which was just perfect after a long drive. We spent a few hours the day we arrived sat in the garden which is a nice sheltered little sun trap. Our only criticism is that the bed was SO uncomfortable!! Unfortunately we did not sleep well during our stay and both ended up with back ache (we don’t usually have this problem) and constantly jostled by each other tossing and turning all night. If the mattress is replaced we would love to stay again!

    We’re so glad you enjoyed the area, the Chapel itself and the local eateries. It is so unfortunate that the ‘feel’ of a mattress is so subjective and will never be to everyone’s tastes. Property Owner

    Reviewed by CharlotteApr 2023

  • "A lovely place to stay."

    Everything was clean and comfortable and the Chapel was spacious enough to bring our family around for home cooked dinners! Our dog loved the enclosed garden and it was handy to be able to charge my car as this was my first holiday with the electric one. Thank you so much for a lovely holiday.

    Thank you so much for your lovely feedback! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit. Property Owner

    Reviewed by MaryApr 2023

  • "Immaculate a real gem and an excellent conversion."

    Nice location handy for purbeck swanage Blandford and Dorchester. Probably one of the best of the bunch! Friendly and local owner. We loved it! We will return!

    Thank you for your lovely feedback. So glad you enjoyed your stay! Property Owner

    Reviewed by TimothyFeb 2023

  • "We has a very peaceful, relaxing stay at the beautiful Old Chapel in Sturminster Marshall."

    The Chapel was spotlessly clean, bright & modern, yet sympathetic to the history of the building & its surroundings. A real home from home, with everything you could possibly need. Plenty to do in the area, we would recommend & hope to return. Many thanks

    Dear Alison, Thank you so much for the lovely feedback. We’re so glad you enjoyed your stay and the area and would of course welcome you again! Best wishes, Penny Property Owner

    Reviewed by AlisonOct 2022

  • "The Old Chapel is a gem."

    Well equipped, spacious yet a home from home. The kitchen is lovely. After a long day out it was great just sitting in the garden. In the welcome pack the owner had put about the renovations which I found really interesting. The chapel is well located for exploring Dorset. We spent many an evening in the Red Lion, every meal was delicious and the staff and customers made us feel so welcome. Really didn’t want to come home and fell in love with the Old Chapel. Thank you for a lovely holiday which was most needed. Love Oban and family. xxx

    Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. We're so glad that Oban (and mum and dad) enjoyed your stay so much! Glad you were so welcome at The Red Lion too. Thanks for leaving The Old Chapel so tidily and for the lovely self-portraits in our Visitors book! Property Owner

    Reviewed by KarlSep 2022

  • "Wonderful stay at the old chapel and the host Penny was so helpful."

    Highly recommended.

    Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. So glad you enjoyed your stay! Property Owner

    Reviewed by GaryAug 2022

  • "An absolute privilege to stay at the chapel, it’s got everything you need and is in a lovely village."

    Big shout out to The Red Lion pub, we had a few lovely evenings there with great food.

    Thank you Maria for your kind words. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and that the village and Red Lion pub were a great hit! Thank you for leaving our property so tidily. Property Owner

    Reviewed by MariaJul 2022

  • "For us, two elderly folk with an adult handicapped daughter and a dog, the Old Chapel provides a lovely setting where we can go for walks in beautiful countryside and relax in comfort in the house with every modern appliance to make life easy."

    Within easy walking or driving distance there are dog friendly pubs where we can have an evening meal where we felt welcome, so that even when our daughter on the autistic spectrum said embarrassingly loudly, as her meal was put in front of her, "This looks like a dog's dinner", the waiter simply grinned. Possibly he picked up that as she loves dogs, this from her is a compliment.

    We are so glad you enjoy The Old Chapel so much and that all of your needs are met locally. Thank you for your repeated custom. Property Owner

    Reviewed by LucyMay 2022

  • "A beautiful chapel and garden, renovated with taste and imagination to create a space that is light, airy and peaceful."

    A joy to spend time in. We enjoyed our stay there immensely. An excellent base from which to explore Dorset.

    Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. So glad you enjoyed your stay! Property Owner

    Reviewed by AlisonApr 2022

  • "We loved our stay at the Old Chapel, the property felt like a touch of luxury and had everything you could ask for, from the bright, spacious and fully equipped kitchen & diner to the warm, cosy first floor lounge, as well the two en-suite bedrooms, and was immaculately clean and tidy throughout."

    The owners had left plenty of local information, and were very helpful with keeping us informed prior to our stay. The property is ideally situated in a quiet and peaceful village, but is still only a short drive from many different places to visit and enjoy, including Corfe, Swanage, local beaches and Bournemouth. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay with our dogs and would recommend to anyone.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to give such lovely feedback. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and it was a pleasure to host you! Property Owner

    Reviewed by MarkMar 2022

  • "Absolutely wonderful Old Chapel which has been converted professionally to create an amazing holiday home."

    The Old Chapel is in a wonderful location which is very well placed for travel to many lovely beaches, dog walks, and places of interest. The owners of the property are very friendly and helpful, thank you Penny for a fabulous break.

    Reviewed by SteveMar 2022

  • "A wonderful property and an impressive chapel conversion."

    Really tidy, warm, spacious and a pleasure to stay in! The kitchen has literally everything you could need. We were greeted with an amazing Lemon drizzle cake and bottle of white wine which was a generous touch! Location wise, In the village a few hundred yard from the local pub which is welcoming and friendly. We travelled to Poole, Swanage and Shaftesbury so it was a perfect location for us. We also had breakfast at the ‘Vines’ garden centre a mile away which is worth a visit too for traditional breakfasts! A great stay all round and the owners were a pleasure to deal with and responsive to any questions we had before arrival. Thank you for having us

    Thank you so much for such lovely feedback! Glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by GeorgeFeb 2022

  • "Had a lovely week at the Old Chapel."

    Great having 2 en suites and a brilliant kitchen diner. We had 2 dogs so having an enclosed garden was a real bonus. Will definitely be booking to go again.

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

    Reviewed by SaraJan 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our stay in the Chapel and it was in a perfect location for us to explore the Jurassic coast."

    The Chapel conversion has been done extremely well and we were very comfortable. It was a great place to stay in the winter but I would think it would be even better when it is warmer and the very pretty garden can be used

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

    Reviewed by KarenJan 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay and enjoyed the peace and quiet of the village whilst being able to get to other busier places without too much of a drive."

    The property is lovely with a nice big kitchen and plenty of space and even though it is a converted chapel and our stay was in November it was warm and cosy. We will be looking to book again I am sure.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback - we’re so glad you enjoyed your stay. Of course we’d love to welcome you again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by JoanneNov 2021

  • "Lovely place to stay, well equipped with everything you could possible need and welcome wine and lemon cake was delicious thank you."

    Great location to visit near resorts. Lovely village and the local pub is great for food.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback, it was a pleasure to welcome you to The Old Chapel Property Owner

    Reviewed by SharonOct 2021

  • "The Chapel was a lovely place to stay in Dorset."

    Very central for things to see and do. The place was very clean and had all the facilities you need. 2 pubs to walk to and the people in the village are all very friendly. Loved the big kitchen to socialise. Freddie the dog loved it too. Wine and cake were a great touch.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback. It was a pleasure welcoming you to our Chapel, glad you enjoyed your stay. Best wishes Property Owner

    Reviewed by ChristineSep 2021

  • "Extremely enjoyable holiday."

    Super accommodation in a great location.

    Thank you for your positive feedback. So glad you enjoyed your holiday. Property Owner

    Reviewed by PandoraSep 2021

  • "The chapel is very nice, but the double bed is very uncomfortable."

    Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear the bed was uncomfortable for you. The bed has a high pocket sprung quality mattress and has not been mentioned before. Kind regards Property Owner

    Reviewed by BrigitteAug 2021

  • "Penny ensured from during our booking as we asked to move dates right up to the night before arrival that we were well catered for."

    Penny called the night before arrival to see if we had any questions and to confirm parking arrangements. The Chapel is stunning and exceeded our expectations and had everything that we needed to make our stay perfect. We hope to be able to book The Chapel again in the future.

    Thank you so much for your very positive feedback. So glad you enjoyed your stay! Property Owner

    Reviewed by StephMay 2021

  • "Everything went as planned with good communication of relevant information from Sykes Cottages"

    Reviewed by SharronDec 2020

  • "We thought the property was very well equipped and had a lovely garden which our dog enjoyed!"

    We appreciated the cake and bottle of wine on arrival but felt a little welcome pack with milk, tea bags and coffee would have been useful. The village was lovely with friendly people and the area was interesting with many places to visit. We would be more than happy to stay here again.

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2020

  • "Fantastic accommodation in a beautiful little village."

    Lovely walks, river two minutes walk away, two pubs just down the road. 20 minute drive to the beach.

    Reviewed by CharleneSep 2020

  • "Really enjoyed our stay at The Old Chapel in Dorset."

    Very clean on arrival and had excellent facilities. Overall ideal for a quiet relaxing stay.

    Reviewed by ChristopherAug 2020

  • "Just a wonderful holiday cottage fully equipped and beyond expectation."

    Reviewed by JoJul 2020

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  • Two ground floor bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Ground-floor cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with sofa bed
  • Electric charging point available - Additional charges will apply
  • Electric charging point available - Additional charges will apply Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, toaster, kettle, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, TV, DVD player and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Regularly available street parking available opposite the property
  • Enclosed patio, decking and gravelled areas with furniture
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.6 miles and pub 0.1 miles

The property

Nestled in the small village of Sturminster Marshall, in the Dorset countryside, is this superb chapel conversion.

Completely renovated into a stylish and contemporary holiday home for friends and families seeking an escape to Dorset.

Step upstairs into the open plan mezzanine sitting room where you can curl up with your loved ones and unwind in the evening with a choice of three plush sofas to sink into, one of which is a sofa bed for any additional guests.

This room boasts stunning exposed beams which add to the wealth of character this property has.

Wonderfully appointed to the rear of the cottage is an open-plan kitchen/diner, fitted with high-quality cream units and sleek Corian worktops providing all the necessities you could need to cook up a storm for the whole family.

A further dining area can be found in the property and would make a wonderful space for gathering to enjoy a deliciously prepared home-cooked meal, or bring some board games from home for those quieter evenings.

The two well-presented bedrooms, comprising of a double and twin, can be both be found on the ground floor.

Each bedroom benefits from its own en-suite shower room for your convenience and a selection of contemporary furnishings for storage purposes.

Outside, you will have your very own enclosed garden with patio, gravelled and decking areas to choose from; sit out in the afternoon sun with a refreshing beverage and dine alfresco.

Resting just on the outskirts of the Cranborne Chase AONB, you will have easy access with plenty of opportunities for long walks and cycling.

Sturminster Marshall itself provides a two pubs with good food, one of which is just a two minute walk away, as well as two local shops with extensive opening hours, and the nearby town on Wimborne has many restaurants and pubs to choose from which a selection of shops and supermarkets that are ideal if you need to pick up any last-minute essentials.

Further afield, you will find the bustling coastal town of Poole, which is ideal for accessing Poole Harbour's beach for those family day trips, also an excellent opportunity for a variety of watersporting activities including sailing and fishing.

For some stunning scenery, Upton Country Park is a delightful choice with a Georgian mansion on-site for a spot of history.

Choose The Old Chapel as your base for exploring this lovely rural area of the Dorset countryside.

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About the location


  • Wimborne Minster 5.5 miles
  • Blandford Forum 7miles
  • Poole 8 miles

The east Dorset village of Sturminster Marshall, on the banks of the River Stour, is the ideal base for a holiday within easy driving distance of some of England’s finest beaches. The village boasts two pubs, a farm shop, golf course, village shop, including a pharmacy and Post Office, and a parish church. At the end of the village on the banks of the river stands White Mill, a former mill, now owned by the National Trust and open at weekends in the summer months. To get to the mill you have to cross the medieval arched White Mill Bridge, the oldest bridge in Dorset. You can sit here and picnic on the riverbank in one of the most beautiful corners of rural Dorset. An easy drive takes you to historic Wimborne Minster with its popular antique market, the Georgian town of Blandford Forum or magnificent Poole harbour where you can take one of the regular boat trips around the islands. Alternatively, enjoy the coastal route towards Swanage or to Weymouth. The village makes an interesting base from which to explore this beautiful area.

Please note: Electric charging point available - Additional charges will apply

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas