The Chapel | Tabernacle in Shropshire | Canopy & Stars

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The Chapel - Tabernacle in Shropshire

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Walcot Hall

Suitable for children of all ages

Pets welcome

Kids and pets are both welcome

Your chapel awaits! But you’ll have to wander deep inside the forest to find it…

Like all really good things in life, there’s a challenge you must take before you can reach The Chapel. In this case it’s a 500 yard forest ramble! Arrive by night and you’ll experience surround-sound of rustling oaks and chestnuts, scurrying wildlife and hooting owls. Pack a good torch and sturdy shoes.

The Chapel is one of six incredible places hidden in the sprawling grounds of Walcot Hall, home to the Parish family since 1957. The Chapel’s life was saved from destruction and lovingly re-assembled by the finest woodworkers in the West. Thankfully they left all the nice ‘chappelly’ bits in and threw in some extras too – ornate stained glass windows, a perfectly functioning organ, the deepest marble bath this side of Turkey, and a Aga which’ll make cool cheeks glow. Gather around the massive wooden table for an atmospheric feast which spills out late into night.

To wake up surrounded by forest is wonderfully surreal. There have been reports of a friendly, but insistent woodpecker who makes for a good natural alarm clock to lull you out into the day. You’re invited to treat the grounds as your own - take long strolls through the lush arboretum, indulge in a spot of seasonal foraging, and try riding, fishing, and rowing on the lake. The Shropshire Hills are close and yours to discover. Come back home to a slow-cooked meal from the Aga, or treat yourself to a very good dinner out - nearby Ludlow hosts the most Michelin starred restaurants outside of London!

Our guests say...

Fabulous location and property - quirky and comfortable - the look on our kids faces as we found it in the woods will stay with us forever.



Apart from a small problem with noisey sheep on the first night - which was sorted out quickly - we had a brilliant stay. Any issue was dealt with promptly by friendly staff. We thoroughly enjoyed the walks around the estate, rowing, table tennis and listening to an opera rehearsal from the garden. The chapel was quirky, not as luxurious as depicted but what the heck we had fun and will go back.



The bath, the bath, the bath! We had such a relaxing, happy and easy weekend at the Chapel. Hidden in the woods of Walcot Hall the Chapel is an utter gem, it's beautiful, rustic and home from home. It was so warm, especially up stairs. Every night we were incredibly cosy! A beautiful and large wooden table sits in the heart of the Chapel and we spent every evening playing board games with the candles lit and aga keeping us warm. By far though was the bath. You don't immediately see it as it's situated through a few doors at the back of the Chapel. But it's long, it's deep and the water is scalding hot. Add a tea, or fizz and a bath bomb and some candles and it's the perfect way to relax. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Our dog loved it too. We didn't feel she couldn't be off lead around the Chapel and and we barely saw another person around the grounds. We did some lovely walks and we highly recommend the Long Mynd if you're keen walkers. The Powis pub served fantastic food. Couldn't recommend the Chapel highly enough!



My partner & 2 daughters had an absolutely amazing stay at The Chapel. So warm & cozy & comfortable. What an inspiring place! We love upcycling and found the Chapel totally unique. Every aspect was charming from the harmonium to the king size bath! Comfy beds (the extra long colonial bed was a big hit with my partner who is 6'2"). I thoroughly enjoyed cooking on the range & thought the kitchen well equipped , although a decent sharp knife for prepping would have been a bonus. The girls found it very exciting arriving after dark & trying to find the chapel by torchlight. We all enjoyed our peregrinations in the grounds of Walcot Hall and we're delighted to take tea with the Head of boats & his lovely wife. We were also privileged to meet Lucinda on horseback & express our enjoyment of the chapel. The boat house was charming and we had a very pleasant row around the lake. All in all a perfectly relaxing & enchanting holiday. Our only regret is that we couldn't stay longer...we've back :-)



A most amazing Chapel set in the woodland of Walcott Hall. The interior was bigger than expected yet cosy and the bath so deep you could float in, perfect with a glass of bubbly! The whole experience was magical didnt want to leave.



There are some things in life which cannot be (anywhere near) fully appreciated until actually experiencing them DIRECT. Visually, 'The Chapel' offers quirkiness, a fascinating setting/location, some history/background, a strong element of uncertainty, mystery and intrigue ...and a uniqueness. Whilst the term 'roughing it' may be 'o.t.t.' (remember this is not 'The Hilton'), as long as one isn't expecting '5star, shiny and sparkly trinkets', 'The Chapel' extends beyond 'the norm.' and offers space, 'solidity', reliability; genuine warmth (and not just temperature-wise); it is 'inviting'; has 'amour-laden' comfort and ...HEART. (Literally) so 'close to' and 'closely surrounded by' nature and yet not 'smothered by it'. There is an 'aura' and ambiance, encapsulated by/in the GIANT centre-piece/mid-home light which is somewhat/somehow subtle yet ubiquitous to 'The Chapel'. These things can't (necessarily) be conveyed in/via photos/pictures/mere words/descriptions. From a regular attender of unusual, unique, different, quirky and different holiday properties, "You had -HAVE- to be there."



Fantastic location; great place to chill for a long weekend with our best friends; really well-equipped and cosy



It was truly magical, a really relaxing break in this beautiful part of the country. The Chapel was amazing we were right in the middle of an arboretum surrounded by Rhododendrons and bluebells. We also had sheep grazing outside with their offspring. Our little dog Roxy loved all the nearby walks and we loved coming back to the Chapel which was lovely and warm and so homely and so full of character.



Lovely quirky accommodation in a beautiful part of the country.



We had an absolutely brilliant time and loved the property beyond all of our wildest expectations. Everything was effortless and cosy and we can't wait to go again!



It was wonderful.



"Walks with the dog, wellies, wine, log fires, board games, no wifi (bliss), wandering to the village shop for the papers, home cooked food from nearby Ludlow Food Centre, relaxation at its best."



"Once we got used to the intense dark at night and the quiet it was brilliant and quite magical."



"Lovely. Really original and unique."



"We stayed in the Chapel for five days and it was lovely. We had a really relaxing week. The place itself is beautiful and the accommodation is amazing. It was like a fairy tale house."



"We stayed at the Chapel and it was wonderful; very peaceful; the accommodation was everything we expected and more."



"great. The Chapel is charming, full of little ecclesiastical details, as well as the organ! A big bearskin on the floor, comfy sofas and the Aga kept everything snug, while the bridge-linked bedrooms were cosy. The setting in the woods is very peaceful, surrounded by nothing but the breeze in the trees and birdsong."



"Beautiful peaceful surroundings, perfect for those in touch with (or who yearn to be in touch with) nature."



"It was by far the most magical short break I have ever been on. By the time the three night stay was over I felt like it was the kind of place I would LOVE to have as my own holiday home. The Chapel is one in a million and though our romantic break in the grounds of Walcot Hall was just what we needed, I could also see myself taking friends there to sit outside on the swing, drinking wine and keeping the fire burning. I was genuinely gutted to leave!"



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