The Old Methodist Chapel
The building The accommodation How to find us A brief history Yoxford  Suffolk Coastal District
Built in 1888, The Old Methodist Chapel is an imposing structure of Suffolk white brick and a fine example of Victorian chapel architecture. Most striking from the road is the magnificent rose window, which like all the chapel's windows, is a mass of stained glass in a kaleidoscopic array of pastel colours. Inside the chapel, your eyes are immediately drawn to the splendid timber ceiling with its soaring roof trusses and buttresses punctuated by delicate cut-outs.

A place of worship until the early 1980s, the chapel served the next ten years as an antique shop until 1992 when, in consultation with English Heritage and the Conservation department at Suffolk Coastal District Council, it was sympathetically converted into a private home. The overall design of the chapel, which is listed Grade II, has not been altered or harmed in any way; indeed the conversion has been carried out so sensitively that many visitors think that the kitchen area is converted from a pulpit and that the raised galleried bedroom used to be the choir.

There are not many homes that can boast a reception room that is 45 feet long, 36 feet wide and over 30 feet high. Among the welcome new - and decidedly twentieth century - features added to the chapel are the very efficient underfloor heating and an unusual central vacuuming system.

The present owners have carried out further works to the building, including converting the former stable to the rear of the chapel into a particularly attractive double bedroom and bathroom and, since 1998, this and a further bedroom in the chapel have been available for bed and breakfast. Both rooms overlook the chapel's secluded courtyard garden, are finely appointed with period furniture and have CD player as well as colour TV, Video and radio.

The Old Methodist Chapel is a rather special place to stay for a few days. It is featured in the latest edition of Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay and in Go-Slow England.