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The Chancel across the churchyard
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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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1rover1
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Unique property - 3 bdrm converted chancel in beautiful Dorset countryside”
Reviewed October 2, 2013 for a stay in September 2013

One of 3 dwellings in a former 1828-built church, The Chancel, set in the beautiful Dorset countryside, was perfect our group of 5 adults, incl. 1 senior with reduced mobility. We absolutely loved our stay there. On the main floor, there was a fully equipped kitchen with stainless steel appliances, large dining room, & master bedroom with en-suite bath. Upstairs, there were 2 more bedrooms, a full bath, & a large family room with TV, internet, books, movies, & games to entertain us. Outside, was a lovely patio with 2 sets of tables & chairs, beautiful gardens, the church graveyard, nearby schoolhouse, & sheep pasture. Absolutely gorgeous, and steeped with history & charm, The Chancel retains its beautiful stained glass windows. Booking was easy. We received full instructions on booking and owner & local property manager contact info in case we needed it. The Chancel was a great base for our day trips to Wareham, Wool, the Durdle Door, W. Lulworth, Moreton, Corfe Castle (village & castle), Swanage, Portsmouth, Gosport, the Isle of Wight, Dorchester, Weymouth, & more. We followed the T.E. Lawrence (of Arabia) trail & enjoyed many long walks in the beautiful Dorset countryside. You do need a car. We flew into Gatwick, took the train to Bournemouth to pick up our automatic rental car, & with the owner's instructions & our GPS, had no problem finding The Chancel. We had breakfast & dinner in, & enjoyed many lunches out (Castle Inn, Corfe Castle & Frampton Inn, Moreton). We sampled local cheese, meat, veggies, sweets, ale, cider & more. We loved the Dorset Apple Cake (served warm with cream) & the Dorset Cream Tea (with coffee; we're Canadian). The guys, history & WWI/II buffs, really enjoyed the Bovington Tank Museum (they stayed 6 hrs), Portsmouth Historic Dockyard (Action Stations, Mary Rose, HMS Victory, HMS Warrior 1860, National Museum of the Royal Navy, Harbour Tours), Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport, The Keep Military Museum in Dorchester, & more. The locals were always friendly & very helpful. In a week we were able to do many, but not all, of the things on our list. We look forward to a return visit to The Chancel.

TIPS: Do book trains in advance for discounts & look for group discounts, I followed the link at http://www.londontoolkit.com/travel/gatwick_southernengland_transfer.htm, & booked at http://www.thetrainline.com. 1 person went early, so 4 of us travelled from Gatwick to Bournemouth for £27pp, return. On Bovingtank Tank Museum Day, the 3 ladies went from Wool to Weymouth by train for £5.10pp, return. (We didn’t pre-book.) The Chancel is full of tourist info for every interest. Do take a long walk, starting from the manually-operated rail crossing near The Chancel. If you're a shopper, do visit the Gunwharf Keys Shopping Centre in Portsmouth. If you have UK ancestors and are interested in genealogy, do visit the Dorset History Centre in Dorchester. Do look for The Essential Visitors’ Guide to Wareham: A Saxon Walled Town at http://www.dorsetforyou.com/media.jsp?mediaid=147828, go to Wareham on market day, visit the local museum, & do the Walls Walk. Do go to W. Lulworth & see the beautiful, thatched cottages. Enjoy your stay in Dorset. We definitely did!

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Denise F
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A unique place to stay”
Reviewed September 3, 2013 for a stay in July 2013

The Chancel in East Stoke is a place we have returned to year after year and we never tire of it. Being a third of a converted church, it still has retained many of the church's original features. Set in the beautiful countryside of Dorset, it has everything you desire. Well equipped, very comfortable and only 6 miles from the smugglers cove of Lulworth and approx. 9 miles from the old fashioned seaside town of Swanage, there is something for all ages. They provide bedding and towels if you don't want to take your own, plenty of cooking utensils if you dont want to eat out although there are great pubs in the area serving top notch food! The Chancel has something for everyone.

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Liked best: Everything about it
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Extended Family
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midlands
Reviewed July 24, 2013 for a stay in July 2013

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Liked best: Peaceful location, fantastically well equipped!
Liked least: Really can't think of any negatives apart from the lack of electric fans - 99% of the year you wouldn't need them but it was 34 degrees outside during the day!
Traveling group: Young Children
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Baltimore, Maryland
Reviewed July 8, 2013 for a stay in June 2013

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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: Going home
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Tamsin R
London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“A charming property in lovely, tranquil grounds. Highly recommended.”
Reviewed June 30, 2013 for a stay in June 2013

This is a unique property situated between Wool and Wareham which my husband and I booked for a short break in late June 2013. It makes up part of an old church so is full of character and beautifully maintained. It is so well-equipped that it feels more like a home than a holiday let. The outside area is lovely and so quiet and we took advantage by eating al fresco, overlooking the gravestones. The accommodation is arranged over two floors with two twin bedrooms, bathroom and living room (and magnificent stained glass window) on the first floor and en suite double bedroom, dining area and kitchen on the ground floor. Being just the two of us, we lived on the ground floor which felt like a bit of a waste but we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will definitely return but probably with two other couples.

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Liked best: The uniqueness of the property and grounds.
Liked least: No shops within walking distance.
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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domus20
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great place to stay in beautiful Dorset”
Reviewed May 11, 2013 for a stay in May 2013

THE Chancel has a comfortable and homely feel - this is a contrast to the normal holiday let feeling. The house is well equipped. the location is good for exploring the eastern end of the Jurassic Coast and the lovely surrounding coastline. lots of great golf courses is a bonus. the surrounding graveyard adds a certain something.

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Liked best: felt like a home not a holiday let
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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melfromho...
Hove, England, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“A little slice of heaven”
Reviewed October 9, 2012 for a stay in October 2012

This beautiful house was a real joy to stay in. Peaceful surroundings, comfy fresh beds and totally well equipped. It didn't feel at all like a holiday let as everything was so perfect - will go again!

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Liked best: The beautiful upstairs living room with the stained glass windows
Liked least: Going home!
Traveling group: Friends
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