Welcome to Chapel House
Chapel House, in the charming Hampshire village of Nether Wallop, is a stylishly adapted Baptist chapel from the 1840s.
It is now home to Peter and Jane Mantle, who spent the previous thirty years in Ireland and the Bahamas developing two beautiful buildings in stunning locations and running them as world-class lodges for fly-fishermen and those in search of really special places to stay.
Located at the heart of the beautiful Test Valley, Chapel House, with its access to private stretches of the famous River Test, attracts fisherfolk as well as those seeking comfort and tranquillity amid quintessential English countryside.
With two delightful guest rooms and sumptuous breakfasts and picnic lunches, Peter & Jane offer warm hospitality in their wonderfully atmospheric home. The house is full of books, fishing paraphernalia and artwork from their travels abroad. The magnificent sitting room features a large stone fireplace, carved by masons at Salisbury Cathedral, where roaring log fires are the norm – to the delight of the resident Labrador dogs, Mango and Yoyo.
The guest bedrooms offer super-king beds, crisp linens and lovely views – one over the adjoining ancient sheep meadow, the other over the pretty little walled garden where breakfast is often served if weather permits.
The Chapel is almost equidistant between the cathedral cities of Salisbury and Winchester and just three miles from the very attractive town of Stockbridge, with its quirky shops, wonderful gastro-pubs and live trout swimming in the main street.
For those wanting to fish, Peter owns a beat on the Test near Romsey and has access to several other private stretches on that gin-clear and historic chalk stream where dry-fly fishing was invented.
For those wanting to walk in the glorious countryside, there are numerous trails across the nearby chalk downs or through ancient woodlands, full of wildlife and rare butterflies.
And for sightseers, the amazing cathedrals at Salisbury and Winchester (the latter containing the tombs of Jane Austen and Isaac Walton), the wonders of Stonehenge and the beautiful National Trust gardens at Mottisfont are all within very easy reach.
To fully appreciate the bucolic surroundings and pastoral atmosphere, most guests stay for three nights.