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“A unique, welcoming property.”

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The Chancel across the churchyard
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34 reviews
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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“A unique, welcoming property.”
Reviewed October 12, 2016 for a stay in October 2016

We had never stayed in a church before but it was carefully redesigned to give spacious, user friendly, warm accommodation. The churchyard, which could be seen from the breakfast table in the kitchen, was full of birds and there was even a bird table and seed available. It gave the impression of being a well loved second home. I would have given it a "5" but the television reception let it down. We don't settle in front of the box until about 9pm but we do like to watch it uninterrupted.

Date of stay: October 2016
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Liked best: The overall comfort of the place
Liked least: Television
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Nick G
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Another Good Stay”
Reviewed September 18, 2016 for a stay in September 2016

As on the previous occasion when we stayed at The Chancel. last year, we had a great time.
The accommodation was well appointed and it's location was ideal for exploring the Dorset area. There is plenty to do and see in the region, with enough choice to satisfy both young and old visitors alike.
On fine evenings it was nice to sit outside in the garden and relax.
Since last year the mobile phone coverage has now increased to 4G (for the Vodaphone network anyway).
The rooms were light and airy and the property provided all you could wish for as a holiday base.
I would thoroughly recommend The Chancel.

Date of stay: September 2016
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Liked best: locatiom
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
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RICHARD B
Harrogate, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“Lovely place, great location”
Reviewed August 18, 2016 for a stay in August 2016

We are a family of 6 and this was our usual last minute booking. Dorset is very popular and there wasn't much availability by the time we booked. The Chancel is exactly as described. It is excellent value. There is plenty of space, 2 bathrooms (1 ensuite), lots of kitchen crockery. The upstairs gallery sitting room is very light and airy. The Chancel is a great base for exploring East Dorset. It is only 20-30 minutes from Studland. Corfe Castle, Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door, and Lulworth Castle are 15-20 minutes away. The Bovington Tank Museum and Monkey World are 5 minutes away. Nearest shops are in Wareham (10 mins) or Wool (5 mins). Whilst The Chancel is situated just between a main road and a train track, it isn't an issue. We actually took bicycles and cycling out the back of The Chancel over the railway track, you find yourself on lovely quiet lanes. I went running 3 times along the lanes, too. The only observation re The Chancel would be that it does need a dust! Maybe because it is a converted church with the high ceilings its not an easy task. Also, there was a bit of road noise. We couldn't really open our bedroom window at night as it kept me awake (I am a light sleeper).

Date of stay: August 2016
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Liked best: Galleried sitting room, location
Liked least: Dust and road noise
Traveling group: Teenagers
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Tony W
Overton, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Outstandingly well equipped and full of character in a beautiful situation”
Reviewed June 11, 2016 for a stay in May 2016

We were myself and my wife, our daughter and her two children aged 7 and 5. We thought the conversion to a home was excellent. The accommodation was spacious and very well equipped. All you could reasonably need for a holiday was there, and though the parking was a bit tight for two cars no problem arose in practice. There's a pleasant garden to sit in and for children to play in.

The kitchen and its equipment is excellent, Beds are comfortable. Having a bathroom and a shower room, both with loos, is very useful for a family. The dining area which is also the entrance hall is quite spacious, and the lounge upstairs even more so.

Chris provides first-rate guidance and instructions about everything.

We'd definitely recommend The Chancel and hope to return.

Date of stay: May 2016
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Liked best: Character, spaciousness and equipment
Liked least: Shaver socket upstairs not working
Traveling group: Extended Family
Your age range 65+
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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ConnorCA
Surrey, United Kingdom
1 review
“Superb accommodation great location”
Reviewed April 11, 2016 for a stay in March 2016

The Chancel is idyllic. A fabulous conversion with beautiful stained glass windows and very cosy. Accommodation had all you would need and is in a perfect location for visting many of the Dorset attractions. A very lovely few days over Easter

Date of stay: March 2016
Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Noniehump...
Dorking, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Perfect!”
Reviewed February 15, 2016 for a stay in February 2016

We had an amazing short break at The Chancel - everything we wanted/needed was there (and more!). It feels like you are staying in a friends house rather than a holiday rental, and we quickly felt at home. The kitchen is well equipped with plenty of plates etc (not just the usual one per person), and there are lots of games and DVD's provided for if you need them. The pre-stamped post cards are a nice touch, and go to show just how personal this rental feels. We will definitely be back again as there is so much to explore in the local area.

Date of stay: February 2016
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Traveling group: Young Children
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Elleode
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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“Fantastic place to stay”
Reviewed February 14, 2016 for a stay in April 2014

We absolutely loved our stay here, it is cosy and beautiful and very handy to everywhere you want to visit. Shops nearby couldn't be better

Date of stay: April 2014
Traveling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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