Dedicated in 1869, this truly individual, converted Shropshire Methodist Chapel has been sympathetically renovated, to create beautiful and comfortable, self catering accommodation. The cottage occupies a peaceful, picturesque setting, nestling in an unspoilt valley on the lower slopes of the Stiperstones range of hills in Shropshire. The Chapel is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), approximately 12 miles equidistant from Shrewsbury and Bishop's Castle. The Stiperstones area of Shropshire has a wealth of history and natural beauty and this property has so much character and charm, that you may never want to leave.

South Shropshire has been a lead mining area from Roman times right up until the 1950's, historic buildings litter the hillsides and the nearby Snailbeach Leadmines are arguably the best preserved set of lead mining buildings in the country.

The Stiperstones range of hills is dominated by dramatic quartzite tors which tower above an unspoilt heathland, the most famous of these tors is the Devil's Chair, whilst Manstone Rock is the highest point at 536m above sea level.

The nearby Stiperstones Inn offers morning coffee, afternoon tea, and real ale. Between 12:00pm and 9:00pm. With a full menu with over 30 main courses, including: vegetarian, vegan, gluten and dairy free options. Served in either of the two dining rooms or by one of the roaring log fires in the lounge and bar areas. For larger parties, or if you are visiting during peak hours we do recommend booking a table, please call on 01743 791327.

Next door to the Stiperstones Inn is the local shop (The Stiperstones Stores) this really is a brilliant local amenity at it sells everything you might need to make your packing easier, from toiletries to groceries, fire lighters and logs to Champagne and chocolates. The shop really is a treasure-trove of unexpected bargains (that you never knew you needed) and it’s right on your doorstep.

The Perkins Beach Primitive Methodist Chapel had its last service and was deconsecrated in 1993 before being converted into a home and then later run as a B&B for 13 years. Lara & Phil of The Stiperstones Inn purchased The Old Chapel cottage late in 2013 and following refurbishment, letting of this luxury self catering accommodation began in January 2014. The decor is bright and airy, yet warm and inviting and the walls are hung with photography by Philip J Jones, many of whose prints are available for purchase at the Stiperstones Inn. For the squeamish among you it is best to let you know that there has never been a burial at the chapel as there is no graveyard nearby.

This stunning Stiperstones cottage has a Friday change over day, with check out at 10am and check in for new guests at 4pm. This is a cyclist, walker and dog friendly property which is non smoking throughout. The Chapel has everything you will need for the perfect Stiperstones Holiday; including a Private six seater hot tub, to help sooth those aching muscles after climbing The Stiperstones Hills.

If The Old Chapel is not available on the dates you require you could check the availability at our other four star self catering accommodation The Hayloft or our Bed & Breakfast accommodation at The Stiperstones Inn.

Amenities
* 3 Bedrooms
* Sleeps 6
* Dines 8
* Wood Burner & Fuel
* Oil-fired Central Heating
* Private Hot Tub
* Linen & Towels
* Washing Machine
* Tumble Dryer
* Dish Washer
* Fridge Freezer
* Free Broadband Wi Fi
* Free View Televisions
* Surround Sound DVD
* iPod/iPad Docks
* On & Off-site Parking
* Cot
* Highchair
* Stair Gate
* Walker & Cyclist Friendly
* Pet Friendly
* Pub & Shop 250 metres
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Entering The Chapel

Stepping down three exterior steps the building is entered via a porch, with storage for coats and boots.
The Entrance Hall

The entrance hall is a bright room with a handy seat, for when you need to get those walking boots on and off.

Living & Dining Area

The main living/dining area is two stories high and comes complete with original 19th century chapel features such as a minstrels’ gallery and beautiful arched windows, with views of Stiperstones village and the surrounding countryside.

A newer feature is a large cast iron wood burner. The Chapel is also fitted with oil fired central heating.

The Chapel has Broadband WiFi throughout. The living area is equipped with TV, Apple TV and a DVD player with small surround sound system and iPod dock, a selection of DVDs and comfortable seating for six guests, whilst the dining area seats eight comfortably on four chairs and the two original chapel pews.
The Minstrels' Gallery

This gallery space is a completely original feature of The Chapel and can be used as a separate cosy sitting area and by special arrangement as a double bedroom. With views over the balcony to the main lounge below and up the valley from the window this is a peaceful space to read and relax. Books, board games & jigsaws are kept here along with binoculars and a celestial telescope.
The Master Bedroom

The master bedroom has a luxuriously comfortable kingsize bed, a suite of matching furniture and a comfy chair. The room is fitted with two Velux skylight windows and is decorated with a subtle Venetian Theme.

The room is also equipped with a free-view television with built in DVD player, bedside lamps, radio alarm clock, iPad/iPod docking station and hair dryer.
The En-suite

The adjacent en-suite is equipped with a bath with hand shower and a shaver point. The en-suite is decorated with a Tunisian theme inspired by the blue doors of Sidi Bou Said.
The Twin Bedroom

This cosy room has two beautifully comfortable single beds a suite of matching furniture and an original arched chapel window and is decorated with a a subtle Egyptian theme. It is equipped with a free-view television with built-in DVD player, radio alarm clock (with iPod dock) and hair dryer.
The Small Double Bedroom

This room has a small double (4ft) bed, a suite of matching furniture and an original arched chapel window and is decorated with a theme of local natural history. The room is also equipped with a free-view television with built-in DVD player, radio alarm clock (with iPod Dock) and hair dryer.
The Kitchen

The Shropshire self catering holiday cottage has a small very well equipped kitchen with built-in double oven and four ring ceramic hob, a microwave, built-in dishwasher and refrigerator.
Plus all you will need for a spot of baking, including, doughnut, popcorn and rice makers.

The Utility Room

The utility room is fitted with washing machine, tumble dryer, full sized fridge freezer, ceiling mounted laundry airer and an iron & ironing board.
The Garden

With a choice of places to sit and eat or just sit and relax the cottage garden is terraced on two levels with a sloping rockery between. The top level is a flagged patio with a raised deck and seating area.
The lower terrace has a stepping stone pathway lined with a gravel bed and a recreation of the Stiperstones ridge line, that leads to the six seater luxury hot tub.
The garden is planned with a beautiful selection of hardy perennials against a background of the Chapels Virginia Creeper clad walls which change from rich green to deep red in the early autumn.
The hot tub has been provided to help you relax after a long day of walking, cycling or just the exhaustion of sitting reading by the fire. Let the tub’s water jets massage away your aches and cares.
Perkins Beach Dingle

The Lane outside the holiday cottage leads up the hill into the Stiperstones National Nature Reserve, bring sturdy shoes to explore the unspoilt scenery. More details about the walk to the top of the hill can be found on
Lara’s Walks Page.

Parking

There is parking at The Old Chapel for one car, but further parking is available free of charge at The Stiperstones Inn approximately 250 metres away. There is also a lockable bike shed for up to six bikes and bike cleaning facilities have been included.



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