Day 20 of The Quirky Tour and Jess and Dom enjoyed a visit to The Chapel in Shropshire.
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This has always been on my ‘Must Visit’ list and it certainly did not disappoint.
The short walk through the woods to it just added to the anticipation. In fact when I swung open the door I couldn’t have been more delighted with the decor and coziness of The Chapel.
Wonderful to meet owner Lucinda with whom we have worked since 2018, and Emma who showed us around. I really like the laidback ambiance of this site and the owner's enthusiam for quirky and creative projects.
An entrance porch to kick off your boots and then you are into one living space with sofas, a woodburner, wooden dining table and chairs, with full kitchen and aga, book cases, lots of gorgeous windows and more. I loved the styling and warmth of the space.
To the back of the chapel there is a bathroom - with shower too. But the bathtub was too tempting for me! I was not surprised to learn that the owner is an interior designer - it shows!
A spiral staircase takes you up to a double bedroom at either side connected by a walkway between the 2 with a view over to the floor below.
Everything is dripping in history and intrigue, as is the story of the estate. The owners have poured much energy into saving old buildings and rebuilding them here and turning them into wonderful places to stay.
Food and Drink:
The Powis pub is found at the end of the long driveway at the entrance to the estate. This is a friendly place much used by the locals and serving good food and drink. This is a happy place!
Or you can settle into your accommodation and eat and drink there after you work up an appetite walking around the estate and lakes.
Jess' top tip:
We enjoyed walking around the arboretum and marvelling at the raw nature and ancient trees found there. Do bring wellies or walking boots for this stay.
We then found a good route and walked from the estate to Bury Ditches in the Shropshire Hills. This is an Iron Age hill fort with panoramic views - a pretty circular route.
This site is also just a 30 minute drive from Powis Castle. Unfortunately the castle itself was closed when we visited, but we really loved seeing the beautiful gardens - well worth a trip!
Jess' review of The Chapel - 27th January 2023
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