Chapel Studio | Self-catering cottage in Somerset | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

It looks like you are using a web browser that we no longer support. Please update to a modern browser to improve your general internet experience on our site as well as others.

We're sorry, earlier versions of Internet Explorer have become too unsafe to use, and we can not allow them access to the secure part of our website. We highly recommend switching to a much more secure & modern browser such as the latest versions of any of the following, Opera, Safari (Apple users),  FirefoxChrome, Internet Explorer (11 or above).


Chapel Studio - Self-catering cottage in Somerset

Last cache: 19:23:48, Monday 11 December 2017

Downhead, Shepton Mallet, BA4 4LQ, Somerset
England, United Kingdom

Helen Mercer

Visit website

+44 (0)1373 836865(landline)

A grand piano to play and a delicious bed to sink into, at this cool, arty bolthole near Frome. For those who love spaciousness and peace

Read guest comments

Through the village of Downhead, up the lane, and there it is: a charming old chapel built in 1863. There's gravel at the front, seating space to the side – almost a walled garden feel; with just a couple of neighbours, you're nicely private. Walk through the dreamy green door and lofty, airy living space opens up before you, with stripped floors and contemporary pieces, half-shutters diffusing light from arched chapel windows, and black and white portraits on pristine white walls: Lord Bath in one corner, Damien Hirst in another, an intriguing private collection. A grand piano sits to the left of the space, a green chaise longue flanks a wall and there's a glass bottle chandelier designed by Kevin McCloud: you're in good company. The kitchen is ready for budding chefs, the sleek bathroom is warm underfoot, and the bedroom is up on the mezzanine. Close by is Frome, historic market town popular with London escapees, while Longleat trumpets the grandest example of Elizabethan architecture in Britain – plus lions. Come home to sumptuous bubbles to soak in, silk robes to pad about in, and space, comfort and peace.

No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Wireless internet access available.
Pets welcome
Please let the owner know if you want to bring pets.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.

Electricity included

Open fire / woodburner

Microwave oven

Central heating

Mobile reception




Cooked meals available

Washing machine

Restaurant within 3 miles

Shop within 3 miles

Pub within 3 miles

Relaxation areas

Breakfast available

Breakfast included



Spa on site

Bar on site

Free parking on site

Free parking nearby

Local points of interest from Helen Mercer:

Local points of interest from
Helen Mercer:

  • Near Frome with interesting artisan shops. The Independent Supermarket on the first Sunday of each month which fills the town with stalls of local food, designer & makers goods and a flea market. Also home to the two week Frome Festival in July.
  • Places of interest: Cheddar caves, Wookey hole, Longleat and the Safari Park, Glastonbury Torr, Stourhead and Stonehenge
  • Easy Access to the beautiful Bath city with its stunning architecture and Thermae Bath spa, Bristol, and the City of Wells.
  • Close to lovely walking countryside on the Mendips and the sustrans cycle route.
  • Situated in a quiet hamlet away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Points of interest

Guest feedback
View More (1 of 9)
"A wonderful peaceful place to stay ,very comfortable accommodation . 5star"

Dawn - Horsham, United Kingdom

July 2016
"Beautifully presented property, with all the amenities that you could wish for, at a high standard. Convenient for places to visit in and around Somerset whether that be visiting Bath, Salisbury or even Stonehenge; you'll be spoilt for things to do! Then upon your return, settle back down into the comfy sofa or entertain yourself with a tickle on the ivories. Your host can also provide the services of a chef, if you don't feel like cooking - so remember to ask. The food was delicious! If you are looking for a really special place, then Chapel Studio definitely ticks all of the boxes. "

Joe - Birmingham, United Kingdom

July 2016
"An absolute gem. All of the home comforts encapsulated in an inspirational space. You will be torn between going out to the beautiful countryside, stunning towns and cities and truly great nearby eateries or just visiting the deli and wine merchant and staying in. It more than met our expectations and the owners have put a lot of thought and effort into making it a destination you will want to return too. We will look forward to our next trip there."


February 2016
"The Chapel is a charming little book from which to explore Somerset. It's tastefully decorated, and feels a lot more spacious that it look from the outside and it had everything we needed. After a day of sightseeing, it was a lovely haven to come back to and relax. Helen was a tremendous host and even went he extra mile in getting us gluten-free products in the we me basket. It's a real gem! "
July 2015
"What a find! Idyllic location, which was within easy reach of plenty to see and do. The chapel was beautifully decorated with great facilities and lots of added extras to make you feel at home - particularly liked the chocolate brownie in the welcome hamper and the fresh flowers. Helen and Tim were an absolute pleasure to deal with. All in all, a fantastic holiday - we will definitely be back! "
May 2015
"Believe the photos, this place is as good as it looks. You feel at home right away and the welcome pack left by Helen is, well, most welcome! You will feel splendidly isolated yet are so conveniently situated for so many great days out - Bath, Wells, Sourhead, Stone Henge and Cheddar George to name but a few. This property was recommended to us and we pass on that recommendation without hesitation."
May 2015
"The studio is comfortable and well-equipped - a great place to come back to after a day exploring the area, We made good use of the OS map provided to discover walks in the immediate locality. In particular we'd recommend walking via Asham Wood and the East Mendip Way to the excellent restaurant at The Grange in Whatley. We also enjoyed a stretch of the Leland Trail, starting at Redlynch and ending up in the grounds of Stourhead. "
March 2015
"What a beautiful cottage, very aesthetically pleasing and tasteful, keeping the feel of the original chapel. We loved the bathroom, huge bath and very hot water and it's the first time we've slept on a mezzanine floor, it's gorgeous with a huge bed and sumptuous bedding. We actually unexpectedly cooked each evening as it was very cosy and we were happy to relax and stay put in the hideaway. We definitely visit again, Bath and Frome are lovely, we just ran out of time when work beckoned once more! Highly recommend it, nice welcome package too, thank you. "
February 2015
"This is a stunning apartment. The photography of the chapel creates high expectations that are exceeded in reality- its comfortable, well equipped and stylishly decorated. We had a long weekend to celebrate our wedding anniversary and my 50th. We hardly left the chapel as it was so relaxing, but when we did we enjoyed some walks and meals out in some really nice pubs. The welcome basket of goodies - plus nice touches like quality toiletries are really welcome. My only regret is that neither of us play the piano as the chapel has its own grand! We will be back."
August 2014

Have you visited Chapel Studio?

Tell us your thoughts.
Sawday's Collections

This Special Place to Stay is part of these collections…


  • 1 Cottage for 2
Price:(i) £650 per week

£20 per dog/child.

Booking info:

Minimum stay: 3 nights. Please see owner's website for availability.




Downhead, Shepton Mallet, BA4 4LQ, Somerset

Self-catering Chapel Studio (self-catering)
Cottage ~ 1 double; 1 bathroom.
Price: (i) £ 650 to £ 650 per week

Helen Mercer

Visit website

+44 (0)1373 836865(landline)