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North Transept - self-contained annex to our converted Victorian Gothic church

Bedrooms 1
Space 538 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

The North Transept is a self-contained annex to our converted Victorian Gothic church. We have done all the conversion ourselves to a very high standard, and the high ceilings and beautiful Gothic windows make it a unique space. The church is part of a small hamlet called Chittoe, situated in a beautiful hidden valley in the Wiltshire countryside; it's surrounded by fields and with lovely walking from the door. It's also easy to get to lots of Wiltshire attraction and just over half an hour to the Georgian city of Bath.

The church was built for the local country house estate in the mid-19th century and was deconsecrated in 1980. We have been converting the church since 1988 - it is our family home.

The North Transept has its own separate entrance from the outside into its own lobby which is a good place to leave your coats, shoes and boots. This then opens into the North Transept - an impressive double height space. On the ground floor there is: a comfortable living and dining area; a fully equipped kitchen with electric oven, gas hob, microwave, coffee maker and plenty of cupboard and worktop space; a bathroom with bath and shower. Stairs lead up to a mezzanine which has a comfortable king size bed with hanging space and drawers. At this level there is a large beautiful Gothic window which looks out onto the old graveyard and beyond to open fields. The whole space has beautifully high ceilings with exposed beams but is warm and cosy with underfloor heating under the stone ground floor.

The sofa on the ground floor level is a double sofa bed, for which bedding can be supplied on request.

Access to the North Transept is step free with wide doorways making it wheelchair accessible; wheelchair users who are unable to get upstairs would be able to sleep on the sofa bed.

The North Transept has Wi-Fi, telephone, smart TV and an audio system with an aux lead so you can plug your own music in.

Guest access

- The Old Church is set in its own two acres of landscaped gardens with mature trees and shrubs, pond and summer house which guests are free to explore and enjoy.

- There is loads of car parking and guests can park their car in one of the bays of our earth sheltered garage in the grounds.


Interaction with guests

- Guests will be welcomed on arrival and shown around the North Transept and the grounds. We provide some things so you can make your own breakfast – there are: various teas, fresh and instant coffee, sugar, granola, milk, orange juice, sliced bread and croissants in the freezer, jam, marmalade and butter. We will be available or contactable during throughout your stay if you need assistance.

The neighbourhood

The North Transept is located in Chittoe a quiet hidden valley with lots of lovely walks directly from the church and many others just a short drive away. It is in hamlet of less than 20 houses and on a no through lane so it's very quiet and peaceful (apart from the sounds of the owls, pheasants and Muntjac deer!).

As well as walking and enjoying the peace of the countryside, there are loads of other things to do in the area. Nearby are: the market town of Devizes with Wadworth Brewery and the Kennet and Avon Canal with its famous Caen Hill flight of 29 locks; the National Trust village of Lacock which has Lacock Abbey and has been used as a set for various films and TV programmes; Bowood House with its famous Capability Brown gardens and golf course, spa and children's adventure playground; the Neolithic stone henge monument at Avebury, Silbury Hill, and the West Kennet Long Barrow; the picturesque village of Castle Combe; the historic market town of Corsham with Corsham Court; the market town of Marlborough; the Georgian City of Bath is about 35 minutes away.

There is a variety of places to eat nearby including village and town pubs and a range of restaurants.

There is a well stocked farm shop about 5 minutes away, a village shop about 10 minutes away, and a range of supermarkets within 15-20 drive.

Getting around

- There is plenty of free parking for the North Transept.

- The local train station is Chippenham.

- There are plenty of local taxi firms.

- There are various cycle routes.

- Bristol airport is about an hour away, and Heathrow airport is about an hour and a half away.

- Directions are provided on booking

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Bromham in Wiltshire

Property Type:
  • apartment
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 538 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • The bathroom has a wash basin, toilet and bath with shower over bath. It is supplied with plenty of white fluffy towels, hand wash, hand cream, shower gel, shampoo and conditioner.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , The sofa on the ground floor falls out to be a double bed.
  • The comfortable king-size bed is on the mezzanine with views through the large Gothic window. There is a large chest of drawers and a hanging rail for clothes. The sofa on the ground floor pullls out to be a double bed. This could be used for children or wheelchair users who cannot climb the stairs, or for more adults if your friendly enough!
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(12 traveller reviews)

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North Transept - self-contained annex to our converted Victorian Gothic church
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

We thought this was a beautiful building, in a lovely setting, with breathtaking views and gardens.

  • 5 of 5

We were welcomed by Sarah, who is utterly charming, and she had kept touch in the lead up to our stay, to ensure we knew where to go. The Old Church has been lovingly transformed into a lovely house, but, retaining all the majesty of the church, and, to us, it felt safe, warm and welcoming, but, also, Holy. The North Transept is incredible, beautifully done, brilliant use of space, everything you could wish for in the terracotta coloured kitchen, and throughout. Sarah has thought of everything. It was elegant, warm, cosy and just perfect. We loved every minute of our stay. Sarah allowed us to use their splendid and spacious gardens, so, our dog had a blast, on top of which, he loved his walks in the surrounding countryside. The area is wonderful for the many delightful villages, small towns, markets, churches and gallops for racehorses, so, we left wanting more, which is how you want it don't you. Sarah and her husband were perfect hosts, available when you need something, ever ready with helpful and interesting information, but, discreet and non intrusive. We felt very comfortable and relaxed, could not have asked for more, and we feel very lucky to have found such a magical place. Thank you Sarah, you have done, and, do, an magnificent job.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review - we're so pleased you enjoyed your stay and loved The Old Church and surrounding area as much as we do!
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Exceptional space and host

  • 5 of 5

I can not imagine a better experience staying in the north transept! The host is so exceptional and we loved every moment of the architectural style.

Thank you,

  • Review Submitted: 26-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Pleasantly surprised

  • 5 of 5

The garden/grounds was a surprise and a delightful Golden Retriever with her friendly bark was such a delight. Sarah and Peter are welcoming and they obviously love their converted chapel home of 30 years; the gardens are breathtaking to look at and photograph, the sounds of the birds were such a welcome to leaving the city behind us. I chose this place to get away from the city, to sit and relax, read and give my daughter some R&R to do some of her watercolor painting and artwork . Unfortunately, we didn't get to enjoy the R&R at this property, as we had planned. We'd been on the road and traveling around England for 2 1/2 weeks already, but we felt we would be in the way of the owners that live on the property, so we made plans to go out and about daily. Glad we saw some other places in England, but I should have just relaxed. The apartment is lovely. Sarah provided us with a few basic items in the fridge, and I had not expected that at all. It was nice to have milk , butter, bread, jam and juice for the morning. We appreciated that kind generosity. The apartment is clean, organized and very cozy. We didn't bring insect repellent on our trio, but I highly recommend it on this property. My daughter and I truly enjoyed it a lot. We even got used to the thought that the graveyard was just outside our bedroom window. We welcomed the friendly ghosts. All in all, I give this location a five plus plus stars! I'm glad we selected this location.

  • Review Submitted: 25-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great whatever the weather

  • 5 of 5

Excellent & imaginative accommodation with good equipment. Helpful & hospitable hosts and friendly dog. Extensive garden in which we were free to walk and garage in which to park. The transept is atmospheric and warm - something we appreciated as we had icy winds and then 2 - 3 inches of snow during our last two days. We intend to return for another stay.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review – we very much enjoyed meeting you both. We'd love to see you again sometime if you return. Sarah
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Perfect vacation lodging for rest and inspiration

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful historic church has been converted with all the modern conveniences and elegance yet staying true to highlight the architectural features. This was the best part of our vacation. The kitchen was well appointed and had everything we needed. Their property is set in the countryside and the views are outstanding. My only wish is that we had booked a longer stay. I would highly recommend staying at this property!

  • Review Submitted: 17-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much – glad you enjoyed your stay. It was a pleasure to meet you both. Sarah.
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Wonderful English Countryside Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed our stay at the North Transept, tucked away in Chittoe. We were greeted on arrival by Tara, then by our gracious host, Sarah. Sarah and Peter invited us into their home, "The Old Church", for a pot of tea, some friendly conversation, a bit of history and information on the local setting, then a tour of the North Transept and its amenities. It really is a fantastic space within beautiful grounds, is very quiet, and is thoughtfully equipped. We enjoyed tea and croissants each morning before heading out for our daily adventure; the location provides ready, central access to areas throughout Wiltshire and the Cotswolds. During our 6 night, 5-day stay our visits included Castle Combe, Bath, Westonbirt Arboretum, Malmsbury, Lacock, Avebury stones, local Chippenham and Devizes, and we made a trip into the Cotswolds through Stow on the Wold, Chipping Campden, and Broadway, all of which was within 20 minutes to an hour-ish drive away. It was very relaxing back in the North Transept each evening - either enjoying a bottle of wine in the living room, sharing a hot soak in the tub, reviewing provided maps and books to plan the next day's adventure, or looking through the day's photographic treasures - followed by a comfortable night sleep. Sarah and Peter were wonderful hosts, had numerous excellent recommendations, were unintrusive yet approachable for any need, and we thank them for a most-memorable getaway. Would highly recommend the unique North Transept to friends and others traveling within this beautiful part of England.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
44 Miles
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Car: recommended

The North Transept is surrounded by fields and with lovely walking from the door. It's also easy to get to places like:

- Market town of Devizes with Wadworth Brewery and the Kennet and Avon Canal with its Caen Hill flight of 29 locks

- National Trust village of Lacock which has Lacock Abbey and has been used as a set for various films and TV programmes

- Bowood House with its Capability Brown gardens

- Market town of Corsham with Corsham Court – also used as TV and film set

- Picturesque village of Castle Combe – also used as TV and film set

- Great Chalfield Manor - National Trust property also used as TV and film set

- Stonehenge

- Neolithic stone henge monument at Avebury, Silbury Hill, and the West Kennet Long Barrow

- Market town of Marlborough

- Georgian City of Bath

- Bradford On Avon – picturesque and historic town with nice cafés and restaurants

- Cathedral city of Salisbury


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £25
Pet Fee £5
Refundable Damage Deposit £50

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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