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“Unforgettable”

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The Chancel across the churchyard
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32 reviews
The Chancel across the churchyard
The Livingroom
The Twin Bedroom
Out the door sitting in the sun
Through the arched window!
Through another arched window!
Dinner for 6
Start another day watching birds during breakfast
Just arrived - clean kitchen!
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Converted chapel -
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Wareham, Dorset, England

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GregFromR...
Reading, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Unforgettable”
Reviewed 19 March 2015 for a stay in March 2015

We had a fantastic time staying at this lovely property. The conversion has created a most unique place to stay and the location makes it a great base for sightseeing in the Purbeck area.

My only disappointment is that we could only get away for a short break, we would love to have stayed longer.

A special mention goes to Chris, the owner, who was very helpful and went out of his way to be flexible with the arrival and departure times for us.

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Liked best: The unique vibe that makes it so memorable.
Liked least: There was a little traffic noise in the bedroom, but it is not obtrusive.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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AnneMarie...
Bristol, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Just Perfect!”
Reviewed 9 February 2015 for a stay in February 2015

What a beautiful place - we took our three nephews and nieces with our child - and the six of us had a most wonderful time. The children slept in the two twin bedrooms upstairs and we slept in the double bedroom downstairs. They absolutely loved it - a big box of games, beautiful child friendly décor - very tasteful. A great big table for us to eat around, and very accommodating kitchen - with every kind of kitchen utensil and equipment you could possibly need. A warm welcome with lights to help your way in the dark. Great bathrooms, all we needed was a flannel! We ate in, cooking at home, and travelled around the area , exploring by way of a downloaded treasure hunt of the area - which the kids just loved. We did not turn the TV on at all. Doesn't that just say it all? Highly recommended. We will be back. Thank you.

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Liked best: The unusual accomodation - he beautiful windows and decor.
Liked least: Leaving!
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Donna P
Bristol, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Gorgeous property - can't wait to go back.”
Reviewed 11 December 2014 for a stay in December 2014

This was a surprise weekend away, planned by my partner and children (9/5/1yrs) so I had no preconceptions of what it might be like, but I loved it. We all did. I obviously didn't have any part in the booking, but my partner said it was easy and that the owners were accommodating and helpful. We arrived late at night, and even though it is pretty dark, arrival instructions we received got us straight to the property and everything was as it should be.
The Chancel itself is stunning. The photos do not do it justice. We all want to go back and were sad to leave. It is fully equipped and well presented. The master room is on the ground floor whilst the children sleep upstairs, along with the living space so my only recommendation would be to have a stairgate available for those who have young children. We moved a seat to put in front of stairs to deter my 1yr old. This isn't a complaint, but it is the only thing I can think that I wanted during my stay.
I loved the postcards, they were a nice touch.
People were staying next to us, but we didn't hear them so it feels as though you are completely on your own.
I can't comment on local amenities as we didn't really explore much. We visited Durdle Door and Monkey World. The local shop is a car journey, I think about 9 miles, unsure if there was something closer. And I am unsure what there is to do on foot......we didn't have chance to find out.

All in all, great property and location.

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Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 25-34
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Management Response
12 Dec 2014
Thankyou for your kind words. Someone took our stairgate and I should have replaced it by now. Going tomorrow so will do it then. Don't forget you get this year's prices from now on...

Chris Rick
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David B
London, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
“The perfect place to spend time with friends”
Reviewed 28 October 2013 for a stay in October 2013

The unique setting of the property, together with the layout and the fact that everything you could ever conceivably need during your stay is provided made this an exceptional place to stay. Despite being located in an old church, within a graveyard The Chancel feels so homely and cosy inside that it doesn't feel spooky or unnerving, it simply adds character. The location was perfect for sightseeing in the local area with lots to see.

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Liked best: Unique property, very cosy and everything provided.
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 35-49
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Clearasch...
London
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Beautiful old Church”
Reviewed 23 October 2013 for a stay in October 2013

The Chancel is very well equipped with everything you need to make your stay good. We ate in every night as it was cold and raining and the kitchen was a pleasure to use. The path to the car park is absolutely pitch dark at night, so it is vital that you leave the automatic light on during daylight to see your way if you do plan on going out after dark, or you may bump into a tree or a gravestone as I did! There was noise from the road which passed directly outside two of the bedroom windows, which because we were not used to traffic noise at night disturbed our sleep somewhat and I think this would be noisy if you wanted to sit in the garden in the summer. The Waterloo to Weymouth train passes a few metres in the other directlon, and if you go through the level crossing gates and out onto the road the other side, there is the most beautiful, almost traffic free walking, either along the river, or up the quiet lanes where you can spy deer in the fields when the sun gets low in the sky, and all sorts of other wildlife which delights. The man who operates the crossing gate will give you all the information you would like to know about the area. Dorchester on market day is well worth a visit, as is Wareham. We know the area well having lived in both Poole and Swanage for many years, and absolutely love this part of the country. The Chancel made our stay warm and very comfortable.

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Liked best: The location which is right on the Purbeck Way
Liked least: The soft toys in the rafters in one of the upstairs bedrooms
Travelling group: Extended Family
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