Stylish Converted Chapel | Bed & Breakfast, Nether Wallop, River Test Valley, England

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 and Jack Russell dogs, Mango and Freckle.

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.

Peter co-owns a beat on the River 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.

We spent three fun-filled days at the Mantles’ enchanting Hampshire “Chapel House” in early June 2019.   Our lovely room and bath in the brand new (very private) wing of the house looked out onto a beautiful garden with huge sheep grazing in the adjacent pasture.

Two delicious dinners at Chapel House and one at an excellent pub in Stockbridge, as well as delightful wicker basket lunches at two huts on two different beats on the Test were memorable.

Jane and Peter are the ultimate hosts, warm, welcoming and eager to share their very special part of England with us. During our trip planning phase, they also suggested a perfect 5-day side excursion itinerary to the coastal towns of Lyme Regis in Dorset and Padstow and Port Isaac in Cornwall, rounding out a perfect 8-night trip in the UK.

Barbara & Pat Callan, New York, 2019

In May 2019 my husband Steve and I had the pleasure of being one of the first guests at Chapel House, Peter and Jane Mantle’s new bed and breakfast in Nether Wallop, Hampshire. The village is situated in the beautiful valley of the River Test, birthplace of flyfishing. Fishing the Test was a bit of a pilgrimage for Steve, and Peter arranged two days of guided fishing on the Test, which was a thrill for Steve. There are also a number of interesting day trips that the Mantles are happy to arrange.

Chapel House, as the name implies, was formerly a chapel, but has been completely renovated into a large and comfortable house. Our accommodations were very comfortable, and the highlight of every day is Jane’s cooking and Peter’s uniquely engaging dinner conversation. They are terrific hosts, and make everyone feel welcome and at home.

Beds were heavenly. Excellent water pressure in the showers. There is a lovely fireplace and super comfortable couches to curl up on and spend a quiet afternoon daydreaming or perusing Peter and Jane’s extensive book collection.

While Steve went off fishing I enjoyed a day trip exploring where Jane Austen lived in Chawton.

Linda Lant, Poughkeepsie, NY