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.
- 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 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.
- 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