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A Room at the Inn: At the Chapel in Somerset

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A Room at the Inn: At the Chapel in Somerset

May 18, 2018

On a quick trip to Somerset a while back, I was lucky enough to spend a night at At the Chapel, a former Congregational church dating from the 17th century in the village of Bruton. On the premises: a bakery, a wine shop, a cafe, bar, and restaurant, and upstairs, five recently renovated bedrooms for drowsy diners; some with views over Bruton’s 12th-century Saxon rooftops. As Matthew Norman wrote in The Guardian, “It was as close to a religious experience as this rampant atheist is ever likely to have in a house of the Lord.”

Owned by former Notting Hill denizens Catherine Butler, a restaurateur, and her husband, architect and furniture designer Ahmed Sidki, At the Chapel gives nearby Babington House a run for the money. For more information, go to At the Chapel.

The double-height dining room is illuminated by a cascading glass fiber optic chandelier by Bruce Monro. The owners enlisted architects Mackenzie Wheeler to oversee the rehabilitation of the building. Photograph courtesy of The Modern House.
Above: The double-height dining room is illuminated by a cascading glass fiber optic chandelier by Bruce Monro. The owners enlisted architects Mackenzie Wheeler to oversee the rehabilitation of the building. Photograph courtesy of The Modern House.
In the interior, “materials are limited to reclaimed oak, local Doulton stone, simple blackened wrought iron fittings,” the architects say. Faith by Lucy Glendinning is on the wall to the right. Photograph courtesy of The Modern House.
Above: In the interior, “materials are limited to reclaimed oak, local Doulton stone, simple blackened wrought iron fittings,” the architects say. Faith by Lucy Glendinning is on the wall to the right. Photograph courtesy of The Modern House.
At the Chapel also has a cafe and bakery where locals flock for breakfast. Photograph courtesy of At the Chapel.
Above: At the Chapel also has a cafe and bakery where locals flock for breakfast. Photograph courtesy of At the Chapel.
Over the restaurant, there are five bedrooms. Photograph courtesy of At the Chapel.
Above: Over the restaurant, there are five bedrooms. Photograph courtesy of At the Chapel.
Interior details. Photograph courtesy of At the Chapel.
Above: Interior details. Photograph courtesy of At the Chapel.
Spartan, marble-tiled baths. Photograph courtesy of At the Chapel.
Above: Spartan, marble-tiled baths. Photograph courtesy of At the Chapel.

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N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on January 9, 2013.

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