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Hugh's Chapel with help yourself breakfast
Hugh's Chapel with help yourself breakfast
5 guests
1 bedroom
4 beds
1 bath
5 guests
1 bedroom
4 beds
1 bath

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**N.B New Year minimum booking of 4 guests for 5 nights**. An entire quirky converted Baptist Chapel in the Brecon Beacons National Park with a secret musical story and lots of sleeping options. Warm in winter with thick stone walls that are so calming and quiet. This is a simple place to detox from busy lives. Cosy nights in front of the wood burner with friends or family. A place to read, play the piano, listen to music, sing, cook or just do nothing. Cycling, walking, from the door.

The space

Its a really unusual space but comforting, its not so large you feel lost inside by Chapel standards its a small Chapel but it does have that height in the main open plan living space and its a great space for entertaining getting together with friends or family. There are lots of little corners to go in if you want some time to yourself. Reading a book up on the mezzanine looking out of one of the big arched windows is lovely. Its great acoustically and listening to music is great. But its the feeling of those thick stone walls and quiet calm that is really special, the light that comes in through the windows at different times of day. Its very simply furnished and feels more like a pair of comfortable jeans than the feeling you get from an immaculate show home where you are worried about being there. From that point of view its easy to relax into the feel of the Chapel. The Chapels story is also something unique but you will have to find that out yourself.

Guest access

The Chapel and Garden is all accessible. We have one bit of the Chapel which is locked away which is used for storage and needs building work so that bit is locked away but thats beyond the door in the pulpit. The rest of it is yours for the time you are there.

Interaction with guests

I like to give guests space but also provide enough information that they can really get the most out of their time and experience some of the things we love about the area whatever your taste. When you are staying for a short period of time its so easy to miss those things. Its taken us years to find discover some of the places just on the doorstep and try out places to eat. I have also used Airbnb to go away and I always find its nice to meet hosts even if its just once to know who you are dealing with. I usually call up early on in the stay to make sure you have worked out where everything is and answer any questions and got everything you need. Then I usually find using the airbnb mails text or (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) deals with most things without impacting on your time.

Other things to note

Parking Note : There is space for two small cars or one larger one outside the Chapel although our preference is for one. There is potential to accommodate other cars but please let us know if you have more than one vehicle.

Please note that the mezzanine space is accessed by a spiral staircase with no handrail. We therefore advise that it is used by adults or children over 8 at parents discretion. Use of the mezzanine is at guests own risk.

The two single beds are folding beds that can be put anywhere in the Chapel. One of them is a full single bed size and very suitable for an adult. The other is narrower typical folding bed size and slightly shorter more suitable for a smaller lighter person child or teenager although I have had a few comfy nights on it. Unfortunately there is no description for folding bed and these are much more comfortable than a floor mattress. The beds can be moved around quite easily to suit your circumstances.

We now also have a Sofa Bed on the Mezzanine which is very comfortable and is a standard double bed width. So there are quite a few sleeping options. There are several areas within the common space - The mezzanine, The pulpit landing area and even within the main area there are corners that work quite nicely for the beds with some privacy without impacting on the main sitting, cooking, eating areas.

The bathroom which is a shower and toilet is small but adequate.

The Wifi is a mobile wifi which is 10x faster than our telephone line broadband which is still in the dark ages. However I just couldn't find an unlimited use package so there's not enough to be constantly gaming or streaming films. It's there for Internet browsing, email, remote working, music and occasional film. Remember to switch wifi off your device when not in use and switch up background App updating as its surprising how much they use up updating themselves in the background.

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Amenities
Pets Allowed
Wireless Internet
Kitchen
Free parking on premise
Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Common spaces
2 single beds, 1 sofa bed, 2 sofas
House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check-in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 11AM
Self check-in with lockbox

We just expect the property to be respected as it was your own home. We do have a strict no smoking policy in the Chapel. Lastly it is really important to ensure small black gate next to large five bar gate is kept closed at all times to stop sheep getting in and eating neighbours veggies.
Thankyou. Ivan

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Terry User Profile
November 2017
A fabulously quirky venue with special attention to detail and the most accommodating host. Warm, comfortable and very homely.
Ivan User Profile
Response from Ivan:
Thanks Terry it was great to meet you your hubby Richard and your sister and her hubby. Glad you were comfy up on the Mezzanine in the double there. You picked the warmest spot up there above the woodburner!
November 2017

Nicola User Profile
November 2017
We had a fantastic stay at the Chapel from the moment we stepped through the front door to a warm room smelling of freshly-baked bread (and actual fresh bread int the bread-maker too!). Ivan is a fantastic and friendly host. His directions for finding the Chapel were very helpful, he had excellent tips for what to do in the area and very interesting history of the Chapel. The Chapel itself is the perfect place for a relaxing break, the views are breathtaking and although it feels nicely remote, there is loads in close proximity. The breakfast that Ivan provides was fantastic and every effort has been made to make your stay at the Chapel wonderfully comfortable. Would thoroughly recommend!
Ivan User Profile
Response from Ivan:
Thanks Nicola for your lovely review glad you enjoyed the Chapel and the walks to the waterfalls and up on Gilwern Hill to the Lamb and Fox. Hope to see you again. Ivan
November 2017

Naomi User Profile
November 2017
Ivan and the Chapel really were amazing. Incredible location and host!

Eliza User Profile
October 2017
We spent 4 nights here and had a great stay. Ivan looked after us so well - fresh bread, milk, continental breakfast, and excellent local knowledge and recommendations for walks. The chapel is an incredible building - high ceilings, grand piano, tall windows, but well heated and warm. We had a family get together here on our first night and it is a great space for cooking and sharing a meal. Incredible views across the mountains and lovely wood burner made it a great place to cosy up on rainy days. Short drive into Abergavenny so easy to ferry family members to/from train station! The area is fantastic for walking and cycling - we would have made more of this if it hadn’t been for having a small baby! A wonderful break, thank you Ivan.
Ivan User Profile
Response from Ivan:
Thanks so much Eliza for your review. It was fun having you all stay your two sisters, grandma and mum as well as your little one. Four generations ! A first for Hugh's Chapel.
October 2017

James User Profile
October 2017
Ivan was very conscientious in all departments ensuring all our needs (even ones we didn't know we had) were met. His enthusiasm to keep us informed meant we had regular contact throughout our stay.

Danny User Profile
October 2017
What a lovely property with a bit of history. The host is very polite and knows some really nice walks. Gifts and fresh bred on arrival too

Robert User Profile
October 2017
This place is just wonderful. Quirky, beautiful, peaceful and comfortable. Ivan was an amazing host - we arrived to freshly baked bread and came back from the pub to a roaring fire. So nice to have a grand piano to play too. Can't recommend this place enough.

Abergavenny, United KingdomJoined in March 2016
Ivan User Profile
We first moved to this part of Wales in 2000 when I stumbled on Clydach exploring the lanes on my way back from work. I was instantly attracted to the hills, woods and streams as well as the forgotten past of ironworks quarries and tramroads. It was the place I would have loved…
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