The Old Chapel is a superb cottage in a peaceful hamlet hidden away in the secret little valley of Wensley Dale just beyond Matlock. Nestling among houses on the slopes of Oker Hill, the Chapel's light and airy rooms, glowing log burning stove, oatmeally carpets, quality furnishings and extensive equipment make this a wonderful holiday retreat.
You will be spoilt for choice if you like walking - by the side of the river into Matlock, up on to Stanton Moor to see the 'Nine Ladies Needles', along lovely Wensley Dale, or out over the hills on the nearby Limestone Way. Or, if you are like me, it's just the stroll of an evening to the Square and Compass or Three Stags in Darley Bridge.
With walks a plenty you may decide to while away your days in and around Oker. But remember that Chatsworth House, the Derwent Valley Dams and all the Peak District's other attractions are close at hand. Alternatively, treat the children to a cable car ride across Matlock gorge or varied water adventures at Carsington Water. Perhaps all of you can then revel in nostalgia on Crich's wonderful tramway.
A stone flagged entrance with plenty of space for coats and boots. An attractive and spacious lounge with comfortable furniture and lovely drapes, glowing log burning stove, T.V., and D.V.D. A galleried reading area above the lounge. A large dining kitchen, gathered around the traditional 'Aga style' electric stove, with pine table and chairs, microwave, fridge-freezer, dishwasher, automatic washer and tumble-dryer. A lovely double bedroom with pine furniture. A smaller twin bedroom with pine beds. A bathroom with bath/shower over and W.C.
Linen and towels are provided. Central heating, power and fuel for the stove are included. A cot and high chair can be requested. There is a sunny patio area with furniture. Parking for one large car is available together with lots of other spaces along the lane. Parents of young children should be aware of the open nature of the stairs to the gallery. Pets and smoking are not permitted. There is easy access for people with walking difficulties. Please ask for details.
Weekly bookings are normally Saturday to Saturday but short breaks are available throughout the year excluding Xmas and New Year. Bookings for Christmas and New Year are from Tuesday to Tuesday .
Nearest pub - Darley Bridge 1 mile. Nearest village shop - Matlock 1.5 miles. Nearest supermarket - Matlock 1.25 miles.
"The property was really clean and fantastically well-equipped. The chairs and bed were comfortable and it was lovely and warm! The kitchen was a dream - nearly as big as our entire bungalow at home (slight exaggeration!) with every implement you could wish for. The chapel was nice and central for lots of places in Derbyshire. We enjoyed Haddon Hall and Crich Tramway Museum. There was one thing in the description on the web site which was a bit misleading regarding disabled access. It was very easy to get in and go through to the kitchen but the three steps up on either side, to the lounge one way and the bedrooms the other, became a little trying for my wife who has a painful back. This did not in any way spoil our holiday. Overall a superb place."
Written by Jack, Loughborough, 16th September 2017
"We had a lovely stay in the Old Chapel which was ideally suited for a family break. The kitchen is a great size and the lounge area feels cosy with plenty of room still. Didn't fire up the log burner since the stove in the kitchen pumps out heat all day. The location is great being near Matlock which has restaurants and a large supermarket. Matlock Bath is just down the road which has a few attractions to keep everyone entertained, cable car, mines, amusements and loads of fish and chip shops! Bakewell is nice for a wander too but really a walk in the dales is the order of the day and these are literally just behind the cottage..and up the hill."
Written by Harse family, Hook, 31st October 2015
"This is a fabulous conversion, comfortable, quirky and equipped to the highest standard. The owner really has worked hard at making this a great experience."
Written by Cheshire, 26th September 2015
"The Old Chapel was equipped with everything we needed. The hosts did not skimp on essentials such as hand soap, toilet rolls ,cling film, tinfoil and dishwasher tablets. We were very pleased with a lovely welcome basket of goodies to start us off. There was a great array of games and puzzles for staying in, plenty of leaflets and suggestions of places to go and things to do. The living and kitchen space was more than ample for four of us, light bright and airy in the high ceilinged living room, with a lovely Minstrel gallery above adding charm. The kitchen very well equipped for all our cooking needs. The secon bedroom is a little small amen storage space is limited but this was not an issue for us, just something to note. The space available was well thought out and the whole place was spotlessly clean and tastefully furnished. We were in a lovely hamlet but very close, by car,to a large supermarket. Plenty to do in the surrounding area. Our hosts had prepared us that the road was to be dug up outside to replace some drains, but that did not detract from our stay at all. This was a perfect break and we would happily come again. Thank you to our hosts."
Written by Millburn, York, 22nd August 2015