Willey Chapel is a beautifully converted chapel located between 2 charming market towns in the Welsh border lands. It is magnificent for walking and is 4 miles away from the Offa's Dyke trail. It has stunning views and is the ideal place to reconnect with yourself, with nature, with loved ones or all of the above! It has a large garden with a clay pizza oven and there is a tin tabernacle if you are a large group and need extra space or a workshop space to crack on with a creative project.
This is the story of our home, the beautiful and unique Willey Chapel.
Once upon a time on the Welsh Border...
"According to records kept, there was a small chapel in the Pound Lane about 1830, and by 1868 it became apparent that this one was too small for the attendance of people at that time..."
The Chapel was well-attended for many years until the 1970s when it became more of a meeting place, for the W.I., tea parties & other events. Eventually its former life came to an end, and it was sold and converted into a private dwelling.
The new chapel was built in 1869 using the skills, materials and labour of the local community. Then in 1932, a tiny tin chapel near Kington became redundant, this was dismantled and transported by horse & cart to be re-erected here as the Sunday School Room, at a cost of £35. 16s. 3d.
Willey Chapel is tucked away in the hills a short way from the Powys Herefordshire border, but only 3.5 miles from the two small but thriving towns of Knighton & Presteigne, where there is lots going on. Although actually in Herefordshire it has a Welsh postal address.
It was converted to keep its original features. The ground floor is quite open plan although divided into 2 rooms - kitchen and sitting room. Upstairs there are 2 bedrooms & a bathroom with a spacious landing. There are big velux skylights that make it lovely & light.
It is situated beside a quiet lane and perched up high at nearly 1000 ft, with amazing views to the south west, looking towards Hergest Ridge. Wide-open skies, plenty of sunlight, clouds & weather. Also the sky is really dark at night, there's an observatory nearby, so clear moonlight & stars too.
The chapel has brick construction with a slate roof and cast iron windows. It has its own water supply from a deep borehole.
Oil fuelled central heating, with radiators in every room.
A large Clearview woodstove in the sitting room. Decent broadband.
There is nearly an acre of land adjoining the old Schoolroom, some of which has an ash & chestnut plantation, some garden area, some orchard trees.
Just a small front garden outside the Chapel itself.
The old Schoolroom has been converted to include a kitchen, bathroom, loo and sleeping platform. This has been used for events & workshops, as well as a separate place for guests to stay. There is also another workshop space adjoining with a loft overhead. If you are a group of more than 7, then the tabernacle can also be booked which sleeps up to 4 more.
The chapel is the perfect place to get away from it all and reconnect to nature. You can welcome the swallows win the Spring, enjoy the antics of the resident starlings, the kites, buzzards & ravens, get involved in coppicing the ash trees to fuel the stove, tend the sedum roof or even bake bread in the clay oven. The surrounding countryside is ideal for walking, situated only 4 miles away from the Offa's Dyke trail.
- No shoes in the house please - bring your slippers!
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