Chapel Conversion in Sturminster Marshall, Nr. Bournemouth, Dorset, England - Close to Bournemouth/Sandbanks Beaches, Dorset Attractions And 30 Minutes To New Forest
Located in the village of Sturminster Marshall, the Chapel is a unique and beautiful holiday property and is the ideal base for your Dorset holiday. Whether it be to explore one of England’s most beautiful and historic counties, visit the world-renowned Jurassic coast or just relax on one of its award-winning beaches, Dorset has it all. If it’s shopping, nightlife and restaurants you’re looking for, then Bournemouth and Poole are nearby, as well as the historic cities of Dorchester and Salisbury.The Chapel was converted in 2010 and provides 5 star accommodation for four (+ sofa bed). It has two bedrooms, one double and one twin, both with en-suites. There is a raised dining area at the front of the Chapel windows under the 24-bulb chandelier. A spiral staircase leads to a mezzanine floor with an open plan sitting room, featuring exposed Chapel beams and Rose window. The old vestry is now a large breakfast kitchen, with all mod cons and leads to a landscaped garden with patio furniture.
About the Owner
Activity and Interests
The beautiful beaches of Sandbanks and Bournemouth are approximately 20 minutes drive away. All local beaches have 'Blue Flag' awards and ample parking. Other beaches include Studland Bay, Chesil Beach, Weymouth, Swanage. Poole Quay is 15 minutes drive away.
Nearest airports are Bournemouth (20 minutes drive); Southampton (35 minutes drive), Heathrow (1.5/75 hours drive), Gatwick (2 hours drive).
Nearest Ferry ports are - Poole (15 minutes drive), Weymouth (30 minutes drive), Southampton (35 minutes drive), Portsmouth (50 minutes drive). Car hire is recommended.
10 minutes drive - Wimborne Minster and Blandford Forum and good pubs. 20 minutes drive - Poole Quay. Boat rides to Brownsea Island. Take the famous chain ferry from Sandbanks to the Isle of Purbeck for Studland Bay, Corfe Castle, Swanage. Bournemouth, with its 7 miles of golden sands is one of the UK’s top holiday attractions. 30 - 40 minutes - visit the New Forest or Jurassic Coast. Salisbury, Dorchester and Shaftesbury, as well as Weymouth, Lulworth Cove and Chesil Beach.
You really are spoilt for choice, as the village is within easy reach of many attractions The beautiful beaches at Sandbanks and Bournemouth are a mere 20 minutes away, just enjoy lazing on the beach or learn to windsurf – there’s an excellent hire shop in Sandbanks!! If you’re into horse riding, then we can recommend a livery stable in nearby Lytchett Matravers, where we keep our horses – just let us know and we can put you in touch with the owner. Visit Poole Quay with its famous harbour and good restaurants or enjoy a boat ride to Brownsea Island. You can also take the famous chain ferry from Sandbanks to the Isle of Purbeck and visit Studland Bay or Corfe Castle and Swanage. As well as shopping, Poole also has the Lighthouse Theatre which regularly features both national and international acts. Wimborne Minster is a mere four miles away, with its ancient Minster and ‘chained library’. It also has a variety of pubs, shops and restaurants, as well as an excellent weekend market. Wimborne’sTivoli Theatre regularly features plays, films and live musical performances. Additionally, Wimborne hosts its famous Folk Festival during the summer. The Georgian market town of Blandford Forum is also within easy reach of the village and is where the Hall and Woodhouse brewery is located, which brews the local Badger beer – it’s well worth taking the tour! Blandford is also near where the Great Dorset Steam Fair is held. This national Heritage show is held annually, usually starting on August Bank Holiday weekend.
Bournemouth, with its seven miles of golden sands is a mere 20 minutes drive from the Chapel and is one of the UK’s top holiday attractions. In addition to its shops, nightlife, theatre/cinemas and gardens, Bournemouth now has Europe’s first artificial surf reef. Further afield, you can visit the New Forest or the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site. Additionally, the Swannery at Abbotsbury is worth a visit, especially in May/June when the cygnets are hatching.
- Booking Notes:
20% deposit at the time of booking. Balance to be paid 8 weeks prior to arrival.
Changeover day is Saturday. Checkout time is 11.00 am and arrival time is 3.00pm.
- Air Conditioning
- Ceiling Fans
- Iron & Board
- Living Room ...
- Tumble Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Kitchen ...
- Satellite / Cable
- children welcome
- pets considered
- Toilet 1 - Toilet
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
- En-suite to bedroom 1 -features a double-size shower enclosure, modern bathroom-ware, a heated towel rail, shaver point and illuminated mirror. En-suite bedroom 2 - has a corner shower enclosure, heated towel rail, shaver point and an illuminated mirror.
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1. Furnished with attractive cream and pine furniture and has a double bed. There is a wall mounted flat-screen TV. Bedroom 2. This room offers twin beds, attractive bedroom furniture and a wall mounted Free view flat-screen TV.
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Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- Notes on accommodation: The Chapel has the enviable position of being situated adjacent to Maypole Green, overlooking the Maypole which is still used annually in traditional village May Day celebrations! The exterior of the Chapel has not been altered during conversion, mindful of its place in an attractive conservation area. Inside, the transformation from a minimalist Methodist-style shell to a stylish, desirable dwelling is quite stunning!! It has been awarded a 5-star rating by Quality in Tourism in February 2011. The Chapel has underfloor heating throughout the ground floor with radiators in the upper living area. Each room is individually thermostatically controlled. There is a whole-house ventilation system in place, which constantly refreshes and circulates the air within the Chapel - this is also beneficial for those suffering from hay fever. There is ample lighting to suit any mood with wall-lights, inset window lights, ceiling spot-lights and of course, the chandelier! No Smoking or pets. Outside: The rear garden is enclosed and has been landscaped in an attractive manner to ensure easy maintenance. The paved patio area features wicker-style dining furniture and is easily accessed through the kitchen patio doors. The garden centres around a circular flower bed and is framed by slate beds with grasses and a variety of plants. At the rear, there is a raised area of decking topped by a pergola and furnished with a further table and four chairs. This area has been positioned to catch the Dorset sunshine and makes a delightful spot for an outdoor breakfast or evening drinks! At the side of the Chapel there is an original brick shed with padlock which could be used as a bicycle store. Utility Room: A door from the kitchen leads into the bright utility/laundry room equipped with a washing machine, separate tumble dryer and ironing board with iron. The cloakroom/WC is accessed from here. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All linen and towels are included. Other: Looking down from the sitting area is the dining area. This is raised to ensure enjoyment of the Chapel’s full-length windows. It is lit by crystal wall-lights in addition to the chandelier and furnished with a dining table and leather chairs.