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Take a break in a converted 13th century Cistercian chapel!

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

A stunning medieval property set in an acre of scenic gardens and streams

St Pancras Chapel is a holiday cottage offering self-catering accommodation, deep in the West Somerset countryside on the edge of Exmoor National Park. Built on the grounds of a holy well by the Cistercian monks of nearby Cleeve Abbey in the 13th century, today the modernised chapel combines the attractions of rural life with all the amenities of the modern age.

While you’ll have plenty to do at St Pancras Chapel – with facilities ranging from the snooker table to lawn games such as croquet and boules – there are many great places to explore for couples and friends, kids and the whole family in the surrounding area. These include the hundreds of walks in the Brendon Hills, the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and its Jurassic Coast; the steam trains plying the West Somerset Railway Line from Minehead to Bishop’s Lydeard; and the castle, yarn market and inns of the medieval village of Dunster.

St Pancras Chapel welcomes guests of all ages and the extensive, fenced-in gardens make it suitable for dog-owners. There are two double bedrooms, one twin bedroom and one single and one double sofabed to accommodate larger parties.

So kick back and ease into the rural seclusion of St Pancras Chapel, relax and gather your thoughts. Guests’ testimonials speak of the opportunity for quiet relaxation and reflection in this enchanting oasis of tranquility, the sacred spring and stream in their peaceful river valley.

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Property Manager
Member since: 2017
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Speaks English
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
9 August, 2018

About Jason

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 Watchet

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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Watchet in Old Cleeve

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Max. adults: 9
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • Please use the drinks coasters and placemats provided – with particular regard for polished wood surfaces.
  • Guests are welcome to use the snooker table (remove dining tabletop and lift table on ratchets at each end) but please observe the displayed rules.
  • Dogs are welcome and have the run of the garden under owners' supervision, but please keep them off the furniture. Fouling incurs a charge to deposit.
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • There are further sleeping arrangements for bigger parties with double and single sofabeds in the sitting room.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
St Pancras Chapel guests are entitled to a 10% discount with local outward-bound activities provider, Exmoor Adventures. The manager can give guests directions for country walks, extensive local information and, for a small fee, meals ready to finish on the Aga, cold dishes and picnic hampers for days out. There are a number of pubs and restaurants in the area, the closest a seven-minute walk from the chapel. Besides the abundant walking routes in the surrounding countryside, there is a multitude of tourist attractions very close by, including: a scrumpy farm and shop, with pigs and goats; a zoo with tropical house and aquarium; National Trust and English Heritage properties; Washford station on The West Somerset Railway, on which steam locomotives ply the line; beaches popular with fossil hunters; and the seaside town of Minehead which boasts a sandy beach, civic gardens and – if you fancy a change of scene – a Butlins fairground, food hall and swimming park.


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Take a break in a converted 13th century Cistercian chapel!
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

picture postcard cottage in a lovely environment

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we arrived, the cottage had an atmosphere of peace and relaxation. The cottage was delightful and well modernised throughout. Plenty to do and see in the area, and lots of good walks, and good pubs. Thoroughly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

What can I say! The whole experience of this outstanding building was amazing. We all had the most fantastic time here. Would defiantly come back again

  • Review Submitted: 02-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words Patricia, I am glad you had a fantastic stay! It's always great to hear my guests love the place as much as I do – please do get in touch if you'd like to come back again. Regards, Jason
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Brilliant break.

  • 5 of 5

Great cottage full of homely touches.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much Paul, it’s always a pleasure to hear from a happy guest - I’m glad you felt comfortable!
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Absolutely lovely property

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful property. Lovely location. It was a little chilly at night but we eventually got our head around the heating.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi, thank you for your kind words! Thanks also for making the point about the central heating – please accept my apologies for not anticipating this, I have now compiled a list of housekeeping information for guests, including how to control the heating and hot water; this is how I learn to improve my guests' experience! All the best, Jason
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Nearest Airport
48 Kilometres
Bristol International
Nearest Barpub
White Horse
Nearest Train
23 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
26 Kilometres
M5 (Deane Gate)
Nearest Restaurant
White Horse
Nearest Beach
6 Kilometres
Watchet Beach
Car: recommended

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.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 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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