- Sleeps: 6
- Bedrooms: 3
- Bathrooms: 2 Ensuite
- Minimum stay: 2 nights
The conversion story and process of The Hidden Chapel is so fascinating, that it has recently been documented as part of a Channel 4 series.
An 1856 congregational chapel that’s ‘hidden’ in the ancient Devon village of Zeal Monachorum (Latin for ‘cell of the monks’), it’s easy to feel that you’ve travelled soothingly back in time as you arrive.
Featured in the Domesday Book of 1086, the rural village is surrounded by acres of open farmland, as winding footpaths lead you past pretty, traditional cottages and through wildlife-steeped woods. On a clear day, you can even enjoy distant views of Dartmoor.
The chapel itself has been beautifully transformed into a sumptuous sanctuary for up to six guests. You and your favourite people can choose between three ornate double bedrooms; two of which are ensuite, while the third opens out onto a gorgeous terrace that’s made for birdsong-surrounded morning coffee.
Whichever room you choose, you can relax into irresistibly downy bedding… perfect after a long day of doing nothing much at all!
Meanwhile, there are some exquisite features to marvel at inside – including a magnificent round leaded window feature, clawfoot bathtub, and a well-equipped kitchen area that’s been expertly crafted from the chapel’s original pews. Combined with contemporary fixtures and fittings, the visual effect is truly stunning.
The scene has certainly been well-set to prepare feasts that are fit for the church elders themselves – which you can then savour at the huge, ten-seater dining table, chatting the evening away over good food (and good wine!)Keep reading
At a glance
- A stunningly converted 19th century chapel sleeping up to 6 guests, peacefully secluded in the ancient rural Devon village of Zeal Monachorum.
- There are three double bedrooms to choose from – two are en-suite, and one opens out onto a terrace.
- Head for the local Waie Inn for meals, drinks, and family fun, or simply take a woodland path and see where it leads!
- For a more romantic meal try The Duck at Yeoford, a 45 min stroll will take you to the gorgeous Tarka Line train station Morchard Road which goes directly there.
Converted 19th century chapel, sleeps 6 guests. 3 double bedrooms, 2 en-suite, 1 with outdoor terrace. Living area with sofas, wood-burner, dining table with seating for 10. Well-equipped kitchen area. Luxury bedding and toiletries provided. Outdoor seating, solar power.
Walking, cycling, fishing, nature-spotting, local pubs, local monuments, swimming, games, beaches (40 mins drive) children’s play areas.
Pour an after-dinner tipple, light the log burner and and curl up on the comfy sofas, play a record, from the collection of vinyl. Your holiday in Devon will be a chilled out break for sure.
How to fill your time? Well, you could take one of those winding footpaths and see where it leads you…
…or you could head for the locally famed Waie Inn, a welcoming bar and restaurant that boasts glorious gardens, and activities galore, both in and out of doors! Not only are fishing, football, darts, pool, and skittles all on offer here, there’s also an indoor swimming pool, and a ‘play barn’ with slides and toys for the little ones.
For a romantic meal, get the Tarka line to Yeoford from Morchard Road station down the hill and enjoy gastro pub dining at it’s finest at The Duck.
Wonderful evenings after a fun filled day to gather back at The Hidden Chapel by evening, as you light that wood-burner, and simply relax.
Things to note
Housekeeping services are available throughout your stay – just ask.