Utterly gorgeous restored chapel in a pretty countryside village near Bristol
Sleeps 4 (+2)
It’s hard to describe this place without the excessive use of superlatives but let’s give it a go. Utterly unique, it has the bones of an ancient chapel, with the body of the coolest, contemporary hideaway. We’d never have thought an ancient wooden pulpit and heavy candelabra could blend so beautifully with cowskin stools and a velvet yellow chaise longue, but gorgeous tall windows and vintage-style art cleverly pull it all together. Music lovers will be in particular heaven; the original organ remains, along with a Baby Grand piano and masses of space to jam – Paul Weller was a recent guest. Or you could just stick on the Sonos and enjoy the acoustics.
The rest of the place is thoroughly modern, and bursting with sophisticated colour and texture. A gorgeous inky-blue kitchen diner and emerald-tiled bathroom offset by copper tones. Embossed emerald wallpaper in one double bedroom; burnt-orange velvet drapes in another. There’s a characterful pub a walk away, foodie restaurants are a short drive, and Bristol and Bath are day-tripping distance. We absolutely loved it.
- Walk over fields to countryside pub Ring O Bells for a pint and home-cooked seasonal menu. Run by the same owners, it’s bursting with character – flagstone floors, inglenook fireplaces and vintage bar games – and has played host to some incredible secret gigs in the past. (We hate to namedrop but Kylie, Coldplay, and Duran Duran… imagine if you got lucky).
- You’re in a mini Lake District. Nearby Litton Reservoir is a beautiful tree-lined lake with easy walks; Blagdon Lake is brilliant for boat and bank fly fishing; Chew Valley has good bird watching, a little playground and the award-winning Salt & Malt fish and chips restaurant/takeaway.
- This area is known as ‘foodie valley’. The Ethicurian in nearby Wrington is an enchanting walled garden restaurant, offering a seasonal menu; The Canteen at Yeo Valley HQ is fabulous for lunch, with lots of community-farm veg, and the Pony & Trap is a Michelin-starred pub. Book ahead for them all.
- Day trip to Bristol for cool independent boutiques and restaurants, fantastic urban art, and a glorious waterfront fringed by multi-coloured townhouses. Or drive a little further to Bath.
- Kids will love Cheddar Gorge and Noah’s Ark Zoo, home to tigers, elephants and white rhino (closed Sundays).