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The Old Chapel

(Ref. 904605)

Handley near Ashover, Peak District & Derbyshire Dales Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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40 Customer Reviews

  • "The Old Chapel is probably the best cottage we've stayed in over many years."

    We were greeted warmly by the owner. The chapel conversion has been done to a very high standard. The views from the property are terrific. The location really does provide peace and tranquility with towns and places of interest nearby. Thoroughly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by KeithOct 2023

  • "The Chapel was a lovely property and the perfect place to stay for our holiday."

    It had everything we could possibly needed and was lovely & cosy. Perfect location for us to get out and about every day and also a nice starting point for us to go for a walk. If we are in the area again it is somewhere we would happily return to & have already recommended it to family & friends.

    Reviewed by EmmaOct 2023

  • "The Old Chapel was very comfortable with a lovely welcome hamper."

    The area views are outstanding and the Old Chapel is so peaceful. The double bed was comfortable and plenty of fresh towels. The owner was very friendly and we loved chatting with them. We will be back

    Reviewed by RosinaOct 2023

  • "We had the most wonderful time at The Old Chapel."

    It’s such a fabulous property, and is finished to an incredibly high standard. Every aspect of the place has really been thought through, and there has been no expense spared. The beds are AMAZINGLY comfortable! Our holiday was spent mostly in the property and grounds, having a really great and relaxed first week of the school holiday together as a family. However, it is positioned perfectly to explore everything that the area has to offer. We will definitely return to stay here again. Thanks so much Jayne and Martin x

    Reviewed by FionaJul 2023

  • "For us the lack of private space and the close proximity of the owners property was an issue and affected our holiday ."

    We did not feel the pictures accurately reflected just how close the owners are and that the ‘seating area’ is in full view of the owners . The Chapel itself is lovely and the welcome hamper was a kind gesture but our holiday was affected by our feelings of being overlooked at all times . The listing does say the Chapel is on the same plot as the owners but we feel Much more clarity is needed .

    Hi kerry We are sorry to hear that you felt that the close proximity of the chapel to the owners property was an issue. We are going to update the photo's on the property listing to give more clarity on the proximity of the Old Chapel to the owner's property. We are glad to hear that you had a good stay with us bar the proximity to the owners property we hope to see you again. kind regards chapel team Property Owner

    Reviewed by KerryJul 2023

  • "Prachtige chapel."

    Cosy zoals wij dat graag wilden. Zeer aardige eigenaren, die enkele kleine dingetjes probleemloos oplossen. Prima.

    Reviewed by FransJun 2023

  • "Very pretty holiday let."

    Comfortable beds. Owners very friendly and helpful and very generous with the welcome basket etc!

    Reviewed by AndrewMay 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at The Chapel."

    The accommodation was perfect, there was an amazing welcome basket in arrival and lots of useful information provided about the local area. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by HellenFeb 2023

  • "Cushions on the sofas would be good to support to help support the back."

    More coasters for hot drinks. (protect furniture)

    Reviewed by IanOct 2022

  • "Absolutely beautiful, spotless and homely."

    Hosts could not have done more to welcome us (there was even a lovely welcome pack that was most unexpected but so gratefully appreciated). A wonderful area, stunning scenery and very friendly locals. Be careful of the ‘guard’ dogs though. You’ll be greeted, loved, wagged at and want to borrow them until you return …and return you will. We cannot recommend this place highly enough Thank you Jayne, Martin and pooches

    What an absolute pleasure it was to have you to stay with us. We hope you enjoyed your holiday and the wonderful countryside surrounding us, hope to see you again. kind regards, The Picks and the Pouches Property Owner

    Reviewed by PaulSep 2022

  • "Es war ein sehr schöner Aufenthalt bei sehr netten Gastgebern."

    Besonders hervorzuheben ist, dass die Old Chapel von den Gastgebern mit Milch, Brot, Pizza, Äpfeln und Kuchen für uns ausgestattet wurde.

    Vielen Dank, ich hoffe, Sie haben Ihren Aufenthalt genossen und hoffen, Sie wiederzusehen Mit freundlichen Grüße Property Owner

    Reviewed by SvenAug 2022

  • "We had a wonderful week in The Old Chapel, a lovely holiday home to stay."

    The owners were very thoughtful. Flowers and a basket of groceries on the table were very nice gestures. We felt very welcome.

    Reviewed by TheoAug 2022

  • "Very enjoyable stay at the cottage and the owners were very helpful."

    Reviewed by PaulMay 2022

  • "Quite a lovely and unique setting Lovely welcome pack Comfortable beds."

    Nice and warm. Very nice throughout thank you Would recommend

    Reviewed by KathleenApr 2022

  • "Very comfortable and well equipped cottage"

    Reviewed by AMar 2022

  • "The cottage was very comfortable and in an ideal location to explore the Peak District."

    The owners had the heating and the radio on with fresh flowers on the table. Very thoughtful touches.

    Reviewed by MariaFeb 2022

  • "A wonderful cottage which completely exceeded our expectations."

    It certainly has been converted well and furnished beautifully. Everything you needed was provided. Owners are on site and they were very welcoming and friendly.

    Reviewed by JulieSep 2021

  • "We were exceedly pleased with the accommodation and the welcome from the owners."

    Despite The Chapel being next to a road the village was so peaceful we weren't disturbed at all. This location proved to be a perfect location for exploring the Peak District. Matlock is quite a busy hub, but we found a lovey scenic drive avoiding Matlock to get to Chatsworth. We also went to Chatsworth farm shop twice so this proved handy. We found The Chapel very well equipped and comfortable. Although if you like a firm pillow I would take your own. We barely saw the owners who lived the other side of the plot, and didn't see this as a problem. We would gladly stay again.

    Reviewed by AdrianAug 2021

  • "Wonderful stay."

    The property had everything we needed and more. The owners were around if we needed them but not intrusive. The extra thoughtful touches of cake, wine and fresh flowers were wonderful. The property was well stocked with all we needed and spotlessly clean throughout. Stunning area with great views. The only slight downside was that the area of garden to use, while well maintained and pleasant is very much in full view of the owners property, there is nothing they could do about that but it might be an issue for some. Loved this property, so peaceful.

    Reviewed by RebeccaAug 2021

  • "Immaculate property, full of character and very well-equipped."

    Owner friendly & welcoming, with flowers, milk and cake kindly left for us. Beautiful, peaceful location within reach of a range of lovely walks and places to visit. The only minor criticism we had was that the photo doesn't show that the owner's house is just the other side of the drive, so there is a lack of privacy.

    Reviewed by HayleyAug 2021

  • "The old Chapel is a fantastic holiday cottage, the hospitality of the owners was excellent."

    Location was quiet but not far from everything you need.

    Reviewed by LeeJul 2021

  • "Lovely holiday house with very friendly and accommodating owners on site, nothing was too much trouble, we had a brilliant week, thank you!"

    Reviewed by RossMay 2021

  • "The Old Chapel is full of charm, a luxurious quality holiday accommodation."

    The rooms were spacious, comfortable and warm with good quality furnishings. The Old Chapel had everything you needed for an enjoyable break and very good value for money.

    Reviewed by DeanOct 2020

  • "A beautiful cottage - fully recommend."

    It is quiet, very well equipped and ideal for a ‘get away from it’ break.

    Reviewed by GrahamSep 2020

  • "The property was beautifully presented; warm and welcoming."

    Chocolates disappeared almost immediately, followed by wine; all very generous and thoughtful. A peaceful, relaxing and tranquil setting. Thank you for allowing us to enjoy quality time together. We would both highly recommend.

    Reviewed by JoanSep 2020

  • "This was a great cottage, or rather, a very grand chapel conversion."

    The setting was quiet with great views and having the owners living next door meant they could introduce us to the property and were very friendly and helpful. They even let our kids play with their dogs and in their back garden on the swings and slide. The property is immaculate with traditional features amongst modern facilities. The pictures don't convey the space the place has yet it still manages to feel cosy. The location is perfect for visiting people in Derbyshire or sightseeing and walking in the peaks, especially as you can skip over the hills to Chatsworth or Bakewell and avoid the queues on the usual routes in.

    Reviewed by PaulAug 2020

  • "Beautiful, spotless and comfortable accommodation, full of character."

    Lovely hosts too!

    Reviewed by KatalinAug 2020

  • "The Old Chapel was lovely, the amenities were great and the cottage was sparkling clean."

    The Owners who live in the adjacent house were very helpful.

    Reviewed by GaryAug 2020

  • "Very nice property, ideal for two but will would still be very good for four."

    Nice safe location, having all the facilities you need, highly recommend.

    Reviewed by AndrewAug 2019

  • "We loved staying at The Chapel."

    Martin and Jayne are fantastic hosts. Very friendly and helpful. Kids lived staying there especially as there are two lively dogs on site as well. Will definately go back again

    Reviewed by JamesAug 2019

  • "We had a great time at the old Chapel."

    Jayne and Martin the owners looked after us well. We had everything we needed in the house and it was very luxurious. They had two well behaved dogs that were very friendly with us. It was a good way to spend our 28th. Wedding anniversary.

    Reviewed by JohnJul 2019

  • "The cottage is well equipped, every little detail was taken care of, it is well maintained and very clean."

    Martin and Jayne are a lovely couple, friendly and helpful. The DVD player was not working so Martin brought their own over for us to use in the evenings. The cottage is situated in a beautiful part of Derbyshire, waking up to those views was heaven.

    Reviewed by LindaJun 2019

  • "Fantastic location close to many places of interest."

    The owners were very friendly and helpful without being too much. The cottage is very comfortable and extremely well equipped. We thoroughly recommend it and will certainly be going back there later in the year.

    Reviewed by MikeMay 2019

  • "The photos of the cottage do not show how near the property is to the owners or how the far side of the property is directly on the road."

    This didn't worry us at all as the owners were friendly without being intrusive but some may prefer to be more isolated. The master bedroom, though very cosy and well fitted, was smaller than anticipated and might not suit a very tall or larger person. However these are minor details and overall we were extremely happy with the layout, facilities and general warmth of the chapel conversion. There was plenty to do on the odd day we chose to remain inside which was good. We will definitely book the same cottage for a return visit as it is perfect for visiting family. The two dogs were adorable and very friendly!

    Thank you for your feedback. We have added that the property is on the grounds of the owners property. We are glad you enjoyed your stay at The Old Chapel and would love to have you back! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael RMar 2019

  • "Beautiful conversion done with taste."

    Welcoming owners. Can't fault the property ... delightful location with lots of good pubs and things to do.

    Reviewed by AlanFeb 2019

  • "Very peaceful place & a great location to experience the Peak District."

    The Old Chapel was exactly what we hoped for & the owners, Martin & Jayne ensured everything was perfect throughout our stay without intruding in any way. I would definitely recommend The Old Chapel & the Surrounding area for anyone that wants to "get away from it all"!

    Reviewed by VincentDec 2018

  • "What a truly beautiful amazing place to stay so comfortable and welcoming a place to get away from it all."

    such a lovely couple couldn't do enough for us. furnished to a very high standard truly a home from home. Thank you so much for making our christmass so special

    Reviewed by JacquiDec 2018

  • "The property is excellent."

    It's furnished to a high standard, with comfortable sofas and bed and a good central heating system (there is a dishwasher, which isn't highlighted on the website). WiFi and mobile phone signal is very good. The location is very convenient for touring round without having to drive distances. The chapel is situated in the owners grounds and they are very pleasant, as are the two dogs. Would definitely return when next in the area.

    Reviewed by StephenSep 2018

  • "What a wonderful find this converted Chapel is."

    It has all the facilities you could wish for in beautiful, peaceful surroundings and is located near the many attractions of the Peak District, including Chatsworth, Bakewell and Matlock. It has been lovingly furnished to a very high degree of comfort and the owners are very friendly and helpful. We had a great holiday and would certainly recommend both the Chapel and the Peak District to anyone looking for a lovely part of the UK to visit and the perfect holiday home.

    Reviewed by TracyJun 2018

  • "The cottage was one of the best-equipped we've ever stayed in - lots of towels (of excellent quality too) and everything you could need for a holiday."

    The owners were also very friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by ElaineApr 2018

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with a shower over bath, basin and WC, ground floor cloakroom with a basin and WC
  • Open-plan living area with a kitchen, dining area and sitting area with electric woodburning stove
  • Hot tub is available at the property - this needs to be prebooked with the owner.
  • Gas central heating, electric woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, TV with Freeview, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Lawn area with table and chairs
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 15 minute walk
  • Note: Open spiral staircase, care must be taken
  • Note: Property is on the same grounds as the owners property
  • Note: As of 4/6/19 this property is pet free
  • Any previous bookings will be honoured.

The property

This 19th century converted Methodist Chapel sits in the Derbyshire hamlet of Handley, overlooking the picturesque Ogston Reservoir.

This cosy, character-filled bolt hole serves as a heart-warming base for your Derbyshire getaway.

Enter the property through the fabulous original chapel door and arrive at an open-plan living room, brimming with period features and homely touches to make your stay one to remember.

The electric woodburning stove sits in a stunning fireplace to keep you warm on those chilly evenings.

A country cottage-style kitchen and dining area, equipped with all necessary appliances, completes the ground floor.

Head up the elegant, spiral staircase in the centre of the room and take yourself up to the first floor under the eaves, with the chapel's original wooden beams providing a sense of charm.

Both bedrooms; a double and a twin room, are thoughtfully decorated to make you feel right at home here at The Old Chapel.

Velux windows offer wondrous views of the surrounding area, the perfect sight to wake up to.

The property is topped off with a splendid family bathroom, where you can get ready in style for a night of food and drinks in the local White Horse Pub.

Revel in your surroundings by taking a seat on the lawned area to the front of the property; why not watch the sunrise with your morning coffee or the sunset with your evening glass of wine?

Handley is a peaceful spot to spend your holiday, it's also an excellent base for touring the surrounding area.

The picture-postcard Ogston Reservoir not only provides wonderful views, but also a sailing club.

Why not visit the Peak District national park and their wonderful towns Bakewell, Matlock, Ashbourne not far from the Old Chapel.

In Derbyshire you will find Stately Homes such as Chatsworth, Haddon and Hardwick.Castles such as Pevril and Bolsover – all offering a great sense of history.

For the children their is the adventure playground and farm at Chatsworth.

There are many teashops, pubs and restaurants offering welcome refreshments after a thirsty day spent sight seeing.

Matlock is an all year round attraction with its spa and Heights of Abraham with able cars, not far away is Arkwrights Mill at Cromford.Other Derbyshire attractions are the Caves at Castleton, Carsington Water, Crich Tramway Museum, and Riber Castle.There really is something for everyone.

A unique cottage in a tranquil location.

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About the location


Ashover 3 miles.

The small, rural hamlet of Handley is peacefully situated in the Derbyshire Dales, just 2 miles from Clay Cross which is home to a traditional shop and three welcoming pubs. The rural village of Ashover is just 3 miles away. Ashover is located in the Amber Valley, just 4 miles from Matlock, and offers a 9-hole golf course and several good pubs including the Crispin Inn, renowned as one of the oldest pubs in the Peak District. The county town of Matlock, famous for its warm springs, offers a host of fine eateries, good shops and a fascinating museum, whilst at the heart of the town, Leys Hall Park provides a lovely setting for recreational activities such as bowls, tennis and boating. Enjoy a thrilling day at Gulliver's Kingdom with its owl maze, water gardens, nature trails, exhilarating rides and cable car trips over the magnificent Matlock Gorge. Follow the High Peak Cycle Trail, or visit the lovely market town of Bakewell or the elegant Chatsworth House. Plenty to see and do for all the family at this wonderful location.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas