Stylishly Chic

A stylishly chic, romantic, small but beautifully formed old chapel dating back to 1863, tucked away in the small hamlet of Downhead a few miles from Frome in Somerset.

for those who love space and peace...
a grand piano to play and a comfy bed to sink into, at this cool, arty bolthole near Frome

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Chapel Studio, Downhead is in the middle of beautiful countryside on the edge of the Mendip Hills. This cute romantic West Country love nest close to wonderful walks and attractions is simply perfect for honeymoons, walkers, writers, musicians and romantic breaks.

  • Self Catering
  • 1 double bedroom (Sleeps 2)
  • Large open plan reading room, kitchen & bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Pets welcome
  • No smoking in the chapel

You’ll be in your own world as you enter this tranquil retreat. On the ground floor there is an open plan kitchen with a vaulted sitting room with a grand piano, comfy sofa and chairs with a small TV and DVD player. Up a small flight of stairs on to the Mezzanine is a luxurious king-size bed with 400-thread count cotton linen. The hand built kitchen is fully equipped with dishwasher, oven, hob, microwave, cafetière, kettle and toaster right down to ice bucket and champagne flutes, and all the pots, pans, crockery and glassware you might need. There is a small laundry room with a washing machine. After a day out or spent relaxing you would be able to create a romantic supper perhaps using the finest local fare which we can provide for your stay at extra cost.

If you’d rather spend your break indulging in the little luxuries, let our chef prepare and deliver a mouth-watering meal for you (by prior request and subject to additional cost).

Chapel Studio in recent years was used as a design studio by the owners, Helen Mercer and photographer Tim Mercer. Tim’s photographs are part of the artwork on the walls in the chapel.

we can provide...
flowers, champagne, wine, chocolates, breakfast baskets, afternoon teas, picnics & delicious suppers

Local Information

The Mendip area has an excellent choice of fine restaurants to choose from: A few: The Talbot inn in Mells, The Chapel in Bruton and Osip, Bannatyne’s in Shepton Mallet. Gorgeous country pub with great food at The Holcombe Inn. In Frome there are delicious lunches and coffees at La Strada, The River Café and the vegetarian Garden Café. Bath is 15 miles away with a wide choice of eateries and there is the Hauser and Wirth art gallery in Bruton with the Piet Oudolf garden with the Roth Bar and Grill which has a wide variety of delicious food.

Chapel Studio is within 6 miles of Frome station. Downhead has no public transport.

A stones throw from wonderful walks and a perfect place to stay to visit:

  • Frome - a small market town with specialist shops and galleries and on the first Sunday of each month the artisan, food & flea markets
  • The renowned Frome music and arts Festival in July
  • Hauser and Wirth contemporary art gallery in Bruton
  • Wookey Hole & Cheddar Gorge
  • Wells - the smallest city in the UK with its 13C Cathedral
  • The Diving School at Vobster Quarry
  • The Mendips for walking
  • Babington House members club
  • Longleat
  • Stourhead
  • The Macmillan Way
  • The historic villages of Mells and Nunney
  • The ancient town of Glastonbury with its Tor... oh and the famous Glastonbury festival

our personal favourites...
The Talbot Inn (Mells), The Holcombe Inn, At The Chapel (Bruton)


Click through the calendar to chooses your dates and contact Helen.

For booking enquiries contact Helen:

Telephone Chapel Studio +44 (0)1373 836865 / +44 (0)7885 865006


Minimum 3 nights stay. Check in from 4pm and check out 11am. Please note we are flexible on booking dates but prefer weekday changeovers please.

You are very welcome to stay for only one or two nights, however there is a minimum charge of £360.

Pets by arrangement max 2 dogs. £10 each pet per night, please let me know at time of booking if you would like your pet to come.

Babies in arms and toddlers welcome.

Prices 2021

On confirmation of booking we ask for a £95 good housekeeping deposit, refundable at end of stay. *

  • 3 nights - £360
  • 4 nights - £460
  • 5 nights - £550
  • 6 nights - £630
  • Week - £700
  • Bank holidays-  min 4 nights £460 
  • 10% discount for two weeks ie. £1260 

August and September bookings a minimum of a week's booking. 

Christmas: Booking for minimum of 5 nights or longer

New Year: 4 or 5 nights or longer

* The deposit is non-refundable if booking is cancelled within 6 weeks of your holiday. However if booking is cancelled by you prior to 8 weeks before your booked dates we will do our best to rebook and if we do we will refund your deposit less 15% admin charge. It is advisable to take out travel insurance as from the date of request of the full fees due they will be payable. (4 weeks prior to booking date).


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Chapel Studio is set in pretty countryside in a farming hamlet called Downhead. It is situated in the triangle of Frome, Bath and Shepton Mallet on the edge of the Mendip Hills ...

Chapel Studio, Downhead, Somerset BA4 4LQ

For booking enquiries contact Helen:

Telephone Chapel Studio +44 (0)1373 836865 / +44 (0)7885 865006

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