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Beautiful property steeped in history
The views from the conservatory are breathtaking
The conservatory is a great space to sit and enjoy breakfast basking in the morning sun
Sit and relax in the sheltered hot tub further where views can be enjoyed from here
Amazing views from the garden out over the rolling hills beyond
Well equipped kitchen catering for all your needs
A thoughtful welcome pack provided by the owner for your arrival
Large living space ideal for those holiday gatherings
Bringing a touch of colour to the lounge
Curl up in front of the cosy wood burner in the lounge
Good size dining table in front of one of the many stained glass windows
The perfect spot to sit and read on the mezzanine landing
Cosy Master bedroom with an en-suite bathroom
Spacious en-suite bathroom with shower
Sweet details in the bathroom
Steeped in history the second bedroom on the ground floor has some lovely features
The sweet little touches can be found throughout the chapel
Quirky third bedroom with access up to the den
Head up to the cosy den which has a day bed and Playstation 2
The old chapel stained glass windows still feature throughout
So many little quirky touches
Ground floor shower room
A wonderful garden ideal for al fresco dining while dipping in and out of the hot tub
1 / 23  Beautiful property steeped in history
2 / 23  The views from the conservatory are breathtaking
3 / 23  The conservatory is a great space to sit and enjoy breakfast basking in the morning sun
4 / 23  Sit and relax in the sheltered hot tub further where views can be enjoyed from here
5 / 23  Amazing views from the garden out over the rolling hills beyond
6 / 23  Well equipped kitchen catering for all your needs
7 / 23  A thoughtful welcome pack provided by the owner for your arrival
8 / 23  Large living space ideal for those holiday gatherings
9 / 23  Bringing a touch of colour to the lounge
10 / 23  Curl up in front of the cosy wood burner in the lounge
11 / 23  Good size dining table in front of one of the many stained glass windows
12 / 23  The perfect spot to sit and read on the mezzanine landing
13 / 23  Cosy Master bedroom with an en-suite bathroom
14 / 23  Spacious en-suite bathroom with shower
15 / 23  Sweet details in the bathroom
16 / 23  Steeped in history the second bedroom on the ground floor has some lovely features
17 / 23  The sweet little touches can be found throughout the chapel
18 / 23  Quirky third bedroom with access up to the den
19 / 23  Head up to the cosy den which has a day bed and Playstation 2
20 / 23  The old chapel stained glass windows still feature throughout
21 / 23  So many little quirky touches
22 / 23  Ground floor shower room
23 / 23  A wonderful garden ideal for al fresco dining while dipping in and out of the hot tub

The Olde Chapel School House

Cerne Abbas (4mls NE), Dorset
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Hot tub
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Family friendly
Quirky
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Striking property, steeped in history and situated in the heart of rural Dorset
  • Boasting an enclosed garden and a sheltered hot tub, from where you can admire the breathtaking views
  • Direct access to countryside walks and within a short drive to the Jurassic Coast
Property code: 75611

A lovingly converted chapel nestled in the tranquil rural village of Duntish, boasting wonderful walks through Dorset’s area of natural beauty.

This beautiful former chapel has been imaginatively renovated and thoughtfully converted to provide welcoming and cosy holiday accommodation for four guests. Set in a picturesque village on the northern fringes of the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this stunning property makes a fantastic base for families and couples seeking a tranquil rural getaway. Beautifully furnished and decorated in warm mellow tones, this lovely cottage features a soothing hot tub, warming wood burner and original stained-glass windows.

Entering this historic building you will find the appealing and relaxing open-plan lounge/diner. The lounge is perfect for relaxing in with a good book or a favourite movie, and you can enjoy a family meal in the charming dining area nestled behind the character staircase. The stylish kitchen is a pleasure to cook in and leads into the airy and light-filled conservatory. The ground floor also features a shower room. Adorned with quirky features, the cottage offers three tastefully decorated bedrooms: two ground-floor single rooms (the second accessed via the first), and a super-king-size room on the first floor, with TV, en-suite bathroom and a day bed ideal for a child under 10 years old. There’s also a cosy den, reached via steep open-tread steps from the second single bedroom, which has a day bed and PlayStation 2. The pretty garden features a sheltered hot tub, patio and outdoor furniture, perfect for sitting back and taking in the beautiful rural views.

The spellbinding Jurassic Coast is just a short drive away, and this gorgeous cottage also makes a superb base for idyllic rural walks in the glorious surrounding countryside. Close to the Cerne Abbas Giant (4.5 miles), the cottage is ideal for visiting the historic market town of Dorchester (12 miles), renowned for its links with Thomas Hardy.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • 3 bedrooms – 1 super-king-size on the first floor and 2 singles on the ground floor (second room accessed from the first)
  • Sleeps 4+1 - 1 additional bed available on request at time of booking and suitable for a child under 10 years old, additional bed is either the pull out sofa bed in the Master bedroom or the day bed in the den (maximum occupancy is 5 guests + 1 infant)
  • 2 bathrooms - 1 wet room style shower room with WC on the ground floor, 1 en-suite bathroom with bath, shower over bath and WC on the first floor
  • Kitchen - electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice compartment, dishwasher and washing machine
  • Electric and central heating included
  • Hot tub
  • Bath robes and slippers provided
  • Wood burner (first basket of logs included from October until the end of March)
  • TV and DVD player in lounge, TV in the super-king-size bedroom
  • Guests can access their own accounts for Netflix, Amazon, YouTube on both TV’s
  • Cosy den accessed from the second single bedroom via steep open tread stairs which has a day bed and PS2 with a selection of games and books
  • Allocated parking for 1 car
  • Wi-Fi included
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Gas BBQ
  • Pub and shop within walking distance

Belinda Withey

This property is personally managed by Belinda.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 18 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Roger 18th June 2021

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Be mindful that this property is somewhat remote and is in a hamlet. so walking to the local shop or pub is not practical!. No clothes dryer! Downstairs bedrooms have no windows! Property is prone to farming slurry smells which at times can be very pungent. Welcome pack is really poor. Property is close to the road so at times fast moving traffic aRead moret the front of the property can be very annoying. Property is on Factory Road, Duntish and is 4.5 miles from Cerne Abbas! At times a lot flies! Hide

Reviewed by Kevin 11th June 2021

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Lovely, relaxing cottage and perfect base to explore the Dorset area. Hot tub a real bonus. Comfortable bedrooms. Had a wonderful stay!

Reviewed by Isobel 4th June 2021

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Over all it was ok carpets could do with being replaced as they are very old furniture and beds good laundry very clean. Both shower heads need to be cleaned and unblocked. Garden was ok stinging nettles need to be removed from around the lawn. Didnt use hot tub. Lots of flies but that was understandable as there were cows at the bottom of the gardRead moreen Hide

Reviewed by Andrew 28th May 2021

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We had a lovely and enjoyable stay at this cottage, (two adults, two primary school children and a dog). It was equipped with everything we needed and proved to be a charming and homely base for our holiday. Plenty of places nearby to visit / eat at, and not too difficult to drive a little further afield to see other parts of Dorset. A great holidaRead morey. Hide

Reviewed by Sharon 30th April 2021

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Cant fault this gem of a converted schoolhouse. Plenty room for us all to spread out in comfort and the hot tub was perfect.

Reviewed by Sue 4th December 2020

A very charming property with views across the countryside, lovely spacious front room with a beautiful open fire very cosy. The bed in the master room was extremely comfortable. We enjoyed a much needed break very quiet and peaceful.

Reviewed by Terence 30th October 2020

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Lovely place owner was friendly hot tub fantastic had a great stay

Reviewed by Dale 18th September 2020

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We spend a lovely week at the Old Chapel and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We had great weather, warm days, cool nights so enjoyed both the hot tub and the log burning stove. Great location in rural Dorset.

Reviewed by Caroline 7th August 2020

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A lovely cottage. Quirky and comfortable. We had a great time. The owners were very kind and friendly.

Reviewed by Nicholas 31st July 2020

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Reviewed by Emma 13th March 2020

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Lovely cottage, friendly, clean and special touches provided by the host. Wonderful view from the hot tub and we had a lovely relaxing break.

Reviewed by Andy 27th February 2020

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A spacious and comfortable cottage in a gorgeous period property. Brilliant if you have a dog and the garden view from the hot tub is wonderful. Comfy with everything you need.

Reviewed by Sally 21st February 2020

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A really beautiful cottage, perfect for a relaxing break.

Reviewed by STUART 25th November 2019

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Reviewed by Josh 8th November 2019

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A lovely place to stay, very good location, nice touches throughout the cottage and well equipped

Reviewed by Jane 2nd September 2019

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Reviewed by Richard 23rd August 2019

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Reviewed by Hilary 9th August 2019

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We had a lovely time at the old Chapel school house. It's very relaxing and there is a public walk across the feilds, behind the house, which our dog loved. The owners are lovely and helpful. We are hoping to go back next year.

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Beautiful property steeped in history
The views from the conservatory are breathtaking
The conservatory is a great space to sit and enjoy breakfast basking in the morning sun
Sit and relax in the sheltered hot tub further where views can be enjoyed from here
Amazing views from the garden out over the rolling hills beyond
Well equipped kitchen catering for all your needs
A thoughtful welcome pack provided by the owner for your arrival
Large living space ideal for those holiday gatherings
Bringing a touch of colour to the lounge
Curl up in front of the cosy wood burner in the lounge
Good size dining table in front of one of the many stained glass windows
Show 11 moreThe perfect spot to sit and read on the mezzanine landing

Location

Map
Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

Although it's just three hours from London and the South East, Dorset feels like a world away from the hubbub of the city. This gem of a county offers the very best of rural England: magnificent coastal scenery, vast sandy beaches, rolling hills, charming villages, country pubs, stately homes and medieval castles.

Take time to explore the dramatic and diverse coastline. Stretching 95 miles from East Devon to Poole, the Jurassic Coast has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is the only natural phenomenon in England to achieve this status. Here, visitors can uncover Earth's fascinating history whilst enjoying unspoilt views over superb beaches, many of which welcome canine companions too. From the iconic rural rock arch at Durdle Door to the endless sandy expanses of Studland, Dorset has it all.

Why not head to Lyme Regis, classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty? Like much of West Dorset, it has an old-world ambience and offers excellent fossil hunting opportunities. Or head east to discover the beauty of Lulworth and the vibrant seaside resort of Swanage.

Steeped in history and with a certain quintessential charm, Dorset's glorious countryside is peppered with small towns and villages which are well worth a visit. Many are graced with fine buildings, immortalised in the books of Thomas Hardy, a Dorset-born novelist and poet. For more energetic visitors, footpaths and cycleways reveal the county's hidden secrets with the coast always close at hand for those who love the water.

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