The Chapel - Tabernacle in Shropshire
Suitable for children of all ages
Kids and pets are both welcome
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!