A stylish Welsh chapel that’s been sympathetically restored with a modern twist, enjoying a peaceful location within walking distance of the foothills of the Black Mountains and Talgarth’s pubs, cafes and shops.
The ancient market town of Talgarth nestles beneath the Black Mountains which run along the border between Wales and England. The chapel is a short walk from the town’s main square where you can take advantage of the local butchers, delicatessen, the town stores, and working mill and bakery. The area is perfect for outdoor pursuits where you can hire a rowing boat, kayak, Canadian canoe, stand-up paddleboard or fishing boat on Llangorse Lake, the largest natural lake in South Wales. A wealth of walking is available whether you chose to follow the rivers and canals or enjoy the hilltop views. For the more easy-going guests, there are some lovely market towns such as Hay-on-Wye, known as the town of books, Crickhowell and Brecon, all within easy reach. This converted chapel was built in 1857 and is one of three Welsh Baptist chapels in the Welsh town of Talgarth. The present owners have sympathetically restored the chapel to create a perfect space whether you wish to entertain with friends or simply relax after a day out exploring the mountains.
The simple white frontage with half-hipped roof offers access into the chapel. A small lobby provides space for coats and boots before you step into the original heart of the chapel, a space that has been cleverly thought through and finished in a simple yet eclectic style. For relaxing you can sink into one of the large sofas and catch up with friends, enjoy a film of choice on the TV with Apple TV, and for total relaxation, there’s a lightbox light with endlessly changing colour. To dine, you can take a seat in one of the high-backed pews and relax over a supper of local produce. The kitchen will bring out the best of any chef, a simple industrial style, though easy to use and well-equipped with an electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and dishwasher. And for entertaining, a wall unit hides an array of glasses and tumblers perfect for mixing the ultimate cocktail. There is also a small utility room with a washing machine and a separate WC on the ground floor. When the day is done, you can climb the stairs where you will find two bedrooms, a clever solution within a large space offering a contemporary and private space. Each bedroom is set within an architect-designed pod in order not to undermine any of the original features of the chapel, including a king-size room with a solid wooden bed that has been upcycled from the original chapel pews and dark wooden panels with wall lights. There is also an en-suite shower room with WC. The second bedroom is a twin room featuring single beds also up-cycled from the original chapel pews and there is an en-suite shower room with WC. A separate lounge area adjoins the twin bedroom.
Outside, there is a gravelled enclosed area in front of the chapel with garden furniture. A public right of way to the graveyard is situated to the side of the chapel. Roadside parking is subject to availability.
Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.