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Welcome to The Old Chapel, brought to you exclusively by Character Cottages, local specialists in stylish Cotswold holiday rentals.
The Old Chapel is a former small chapel, located close to the heart of the quintessential Cotswolds village of Northleach. This peaceful village benefits from a number of shops and restaurants, and is perfectly located for exploring the surrounding countryside or visiting the many beautiful towns and villages of the Cotswolds.
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The Grade II listed, detached stone chapel has been beautifully converted, to create a unique and stylish holiday cottage, whilst retaining character features, including stone arches, stained glass windows and vaulted ceilings. The character of The Old Chapel is complemented by its modern facilities, including wireless internet access, a flatscreen TV and a modern kitchen.
The property sleeps a maximum of 4+1 people (with the +1 on a chair bed), in two bedrooms, with one bathroom and a downstairs cloakroom. There is an enclosed garden and off-street parking is available. The Old Chapel is an ideal retreat for friends, couples or a family, looking for a peaceful getaway.
Booking and payment
Character Cottages is a marketing agency and we do not own or manage any of the cottages listed on our website. Bookings made via us form a legal agreement directly between you and the property owner.
For bookings commencing more than 10 weeks in advance, a 30% non-refundable deposit is required to confirm the booking. The balance payment is then due 10 weeks prior to arrival.
All payments are made subject to the cancellation policy set out in the standard Booking Conditions.
A security deposit of £175 is payable, which is returned after the letting period, subject to an inspection of the property. The security deposit is payable prior to arrival at the property, via a bank transfer or a valid debit or credit card.
The maximum occupancy of the property is five guests, at any point during your stay. Unauthorised over occupancy is a breach of our terms and conditions and may result in the cancellation of your booking and additional charges. Please consult us prior to booking if you wish to discuss the possibility of having more than five guests at the property.
Regrettably, pets are not accepted.
Bed linen and towels
Bed linen and towels are provided for guests.
Arrival and departure times
Arrival time is after 4pm and departure time is by 10am. Access is via a key safe, therefore it does not matter if you are arriving late at night.
Bed sizes and configurations
Bedroom 1: King size bed
Bedroom 2: Double bed + fold-out chair bed, suitable for children
Please note that bedroom 2 is an open gallery room, which overlooks the living room of the property - see the "Accessibility, health & safety" section below.
Family bathroom: Bath, walk-in shower, toilet and wash basin
Downstairs cloakroom: Toilet and wash basin
Heating, fuel and logs
The property has an electric central heating system. Electricity is included in the rental price.
The property has free wireless internet access and a Freeview TV with DVD player. A cordless telephone is also provided, with a bar on international calls.
Mobile phone reception within the thick walls of the property is poor or variable, however, outside the property it is generally OK.
The property has off-street parking for three cars and free, on-street parking is readily available. The drive entrance is relatively narrow and drivers of larger vehicles may prefer to park on the street.
Where a letting exceeds nine nights, a mid-stay clean, bed linen and towel change may be included in the price. Please check with us to confirm. Additional housekeeping services may be available on request.
Child friendly facilities
The property accepts children of all ages, however, there is not currently a travel cot or high chair available.
The garden of the property can be enclosed.
Please also see the "Accessibility, health & safety" section below.
A small quantity of initial consumables is provided for your convenience (eg. tea, coffee, sugar, dishwasher tablets, washing up liquid, soap, washing powder, toilet rolls, etc), however, you should not expect the quantity of these provisions to be sufficient for the duration of your stay.
Accessibility, health and safety
This is an old, Grade II listed property and has many character features, including a narrow and steep spiral staircase and low beams, which could pose difficulty to guests with limited mobility, or carrying babies, both in terms of their general movement and their ability to quickly exit the house in the event of an emergency.
Bedroom 2 is an open gallery room, which overlooks the living room of the property, with only a wooden rail enclosing it. We do not recommend that this bedroom is used by young children.
The rear patio garden is raised by approximately 50cm and has no railings enclosing it.
The smoke and CO detectors operate on a sound only basis and, therefore, those who have serious impairment of hearing may not be able to hear the alarm systems and could be at risk.
No smoking is permitted throughout the property.
In order to provide you with as much detail of our properties as possible, we sometimes use wide angle photography, which can make certain rooms, or spaces, appear larger than they actually are. Wherever possible, we try to include a floorplan, with detailed dimensions of rooms and areas. If you have any queries regarding the size of any rooms or spaces, please do not hesitate to contact us.
This property was well suited for us and the Northleach location was ideal for the hiking vacation we had planned. We enjoyed our vacation but had some issues to contend with.
On arrival, the house was cold and adjusting the wall thermostat had no effect. Since there were no directions in the Welcome booklet about this we called the manager. She told us there was an electronic controller in a closet that the cleaning staff leaves in standby mode even though guests are expected. Adjusting this hidden controller warmed the house nicely.
We also had some continuing issues with the hot water system. This unit heats the water over night but then doesn’t activate again until either the tank is depleted or its night timer is triggered. This caused us problems since, as hikers, we did not need hot water until we returned in the evening by which time the stored water had cooled off rather significantly. Since this was a newly installed system, this particular quirk was not diagnosed for several days. Fortunately, there is a backup system that can be activated. It is our understanding that information explaining this feature has been added to the Welcome booklet.
As just stated, this problem affected our stay for several days. While the management company (CHHM) continued to work with us, ultimately it was the owner of the property who needed to compensate us for our inconvenience. The owner did finally respond to us, but it took him six weeks to do so.
The lowered rating we gave this property is due to the property owner’s slow response to our situation.
We thoroughly enjoyed our Cotswold vacation despite these problems. The Old Chapel is really a wonderful property in a great location.
We came over from the US specifically to visit the Cotswolds. The old chapel in Northleach was the perfect location. We visited many surrounding towns and villages of Stratford-Upon-Avon, Chipping Campden, Gloucester, etc. Gifford's Circus is a must-see. Sudeley Castle was also a great place to see (Gifford's Circus performed on the grounds of the castle). I now want to move to Northleach. Everyone was so warm and friendly. Due to the spiral staircase I would not recommend this place for young children (5 and younger) or the elderly (unless they want to sleep downstairs on the couch). More seating would be nice...just one additional comfy chair.
We spent 6 wonderful nights at this chapel. The village is charming and unspoilt by tourism. This is a perfect base to explore The Cotswolds and make day trips to places a little further afield.
The chapel had everything we needed and was comfortable.
I would happily stay here again and recommend to friends.
Thank you for a great stay.
The Cotswolds are a range of hills in west-central England, sometimes called the "Heart of England". The name Cotswold means "sheep enclosure in rolling hillsides".
The Cotswolds are characterised by attractive small towns and villages, built of the underlying Cotswold stone (a yellow oolitic limestone). In the Middle Ages the wool trade made the Cotswolds prosperous and some of this money was put into the building of churches, leaving the area with a number of large handsome Cotswold stone "wool churches". The area remains affluent, which has encouraged the establishment of many high quality pubs, restaurants and antique shops.
Car: Northleach is easily accessed by car from all directions, being within a mile of both the A40 and the A429 (Fosse Way), the two major roads through the centre of the Cotswolds. Northleach is approximately ten miles north of Cirencester and nine miles south of Stow-on-the-Wold.
Train: The nearest railway station to Northleach is Kingham (approximately 13 miles away), which has regular, direct services to London Paddington, with a typical journey time of approximately 90 minutes.
Plane: Birmingham International Airport: 53 miles, approximately 75 minute drive; Heathrow International Airport: 71 miles, approximately 80 minute drive; Bristol International Airport: 61 miles, approximately 80 minute drive.