A stunning medieval property set in an acre of scenic gardens and streams
I inherited this unique, beautiful place a few years ago and decided I would like to share it with people who love the same things as I do – the history of this quirky rustic cottage, its beautiful garden and the stunning countryside around it. It is a genuine pleasure to hear from guests who have discovered and fallen in love with this magical corner of West England.
Why Jason chose Old Cleeve
The building St Pancras Chapel is a converted 13th century Chapel, built by the monks of nearby Cleeve Abbey. With extensions built in the 17th and early 20th century, it is a uniquely historic building – with its stained-glass window and English Gothic arches – that combines the charms of a rustic cottage and the conveniences of modern living. The garden The Holy Well in the garden predates the Chapel and runs into a stream joining the Washford River, which runs its course within earshot along the floor of this secluded river valley. Set in an acre of private, mature gardens – comprising lawns, a kitchen garden, mature shrubs and flowerbeds, orchard and paths and bridges, the Chapel sits below the stunning countryside of the Brendon Hills and is ideally located for dog-owners and ramblers.
What makes this Cottage unique
St Pancras Chapel combines everything you'd expect of a traditional English country cottage with a history more commonly associated with National Trust and English Heritage properties. The property is set in a remote part of the West Somerset countryside and the enclosed garden is an oasis of peace and quiet, the silence only broken by the tinkle of the spring in the ancient well and stream running into the nearby River Washford.
Max guests: 9 (sleeps up to 9 adults)
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
Saint Pancras chapel amazing, so much character stunning views location superb.
The perfect stay for Christmas especially the log burner to gather around of an evening. Thanks Jane for all your help. (Property management)
Quality accommodation In a beautiful setting
Everything you could possible want is right there. Home away from home.
Hello Lesley, I'm glad you had everything you need to feel at home – Jane and I try to make our guests as comfortable as possible and anticipate everything you might need, I'm glad we seem to be getting it right! Thank you also for your very kind words in the guest book too, I really appreciate it – especially as it is the first in a brand new book! I hope one day we might be able to welcome you back. Jason
just what we needed
Great stay - great welcome by Jane - never been to that part of the UK before and despite the weather we thoroughly enjoyed it.
Very comfortable accommodation - picture book house - fantastic garden - slept really well - everything was well provided for.
Hi Chris, I'm very glad to hear you enjoyed your stay and thank you for your kind words about the Chapel and its garden. I'm very lucky to have Jane manage the place, we both take a lot of pride in making our guests as comfortable as possible – but while we can look after the house and everything in it, we can't control the weather! I'm really glad you had a good first impression of West Somerset, we would love to welcome you back one day.
Winning in Washford
Fantastic house with amazing gardens, comfortable beds and close to top notch walks. Thanks!
Hello George, thank you for your kind words about the Chapel and garden, I'm very proud of the place and really enjoy welcoming guests who love it as much as I do. My favourite part about visiting West Somerset is all the walks in the area – there's a real variety of terrain in the area and of course it is all beautiful. By the way, Jane mentioned on how well you left the place, thank you for that, I really appreciate it – and I would love to welcome you and your party back one day.
Pretty cottage with all modern needs
Enjoyable place to stay - and very friendly check-in. We appreciated being able to read the history of the place. Lovely location for Exmoor - we only had a couple of days but we walked so much in beautiful country and coastal walks.
Hello Charlotte, I'm very glad to hear you had an enjoyable stay at St Pancras. Splendid to hear you enjoyed my potted history of the place; there's so much to write – as well there might for an 800 year-old property – I struggled to decide what to leave in. (For example, I left out the fact that the Victorian landscape artist John William North (1842-1924) rented the Chapel to house his mistress and three illegitimate children.) I was glad also to read you had a lovely few days taking in the beautiful landscape of Exmoor – I've known the area for over 20 years now but I'm still slightly taken aback at the stunning charm of the countryside whenever I visit. Thank you for your kind review, Jane and I would love to welcome you back one day. Jason
Food and drink
For those who like to eat out, there are two pubs nearby – the closest a five-minute walk away – that boast gastronomic menus as well as a great range of beers, wines and ciders. A short drive there is fine dining at the Royal Oak pub in Luxborough, or a splendid curry at the Bengal Spice restaurant in Williton.
Walk on the wild side
Lying in the beautiful countryside on the edge of Exmoor National Park, just below the Brendon Hills, St Pancras Chapel is ideally located for walkers, and there are some splendid views over the Bristol Channel from coastal paths a short drive away. There is a sandy beach at Minehead and stone beaches rich with Jurassic and Triassic material for keen fossil-hunters.
Take a step back in time
For history buffs there is nearby Cleeve Abbey – the monks of which built St Pancras Chapel in the 13th century – and the medieval village and castle of Dunster; a little further out is King Alfred's Daw's Castle and the poet Coleridge's cottage.
Drink scrumpy – and feed the sheep!
Just a short walk from St Pancras Chapel is a working cider farm and shop – Torre Cider Farm – which has lots of cute animals (at the time of writing, piglets, lambs and chicks) on site. For more exotic animals, you can pop down the road to Washford Cross and visit the meerkats, tarantulas and alligators of Tropiquaria zoo and aquarium.
Visit the Age of Steam
From there it is but a short walk to Washford Station on the West Somerset Railway, on which steam trains ply the line every day in the summer and run a number of events around the year.
Great fun for the outward-bound
For those who enjoy the great outdoors and energetic pursuits, St Pancras Chapel has arranged a 10% discount with a local provider for guests interested in outside activities such as kayaking, mountain biking, climbing, abseiling, archery and orienteering.