Chale, Isle of Wight
Cool, quirky and oh-so retro, this converted tabernacle church is the perfect one-of-a-kind base for your next trip to the Isle of Wight
Take a step back in time in this cosy and quirky converted tabernacle, situated in a truly magical location on Blythe Shute, just outside the village of Chale. Hidden away in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty, you and yours can breathe in the fresh sea air and take in the stunning country vistas that surround this wonderful vintage hideaway.
Once a community tabernacle, The Mission dates back to the late 1800’s, and has been beautifully converted to offer one-of-a-kind accommodation, that will be a sure-fire hit with those who have a passion for all things retro.
Step inside and you'll be met with an open-plan design that has totally transformed the original and unusual design features. With the building's original purpose very much in mind, the decor is full of kitsch nods to religious icons and wonderful post-modern furnishings.
Cleverly reconfigured from a church hall into a funky holiday home, the giant white cube that sits in the middle of the building creates a fabulous “home within a home” and offers extra sleeping accommodation on a wonderful mezzanine level that compliments the open plan living arrangements perfectly.
The large living area has plenty of space for you to kick off your sandals and relax on the red velvet swivel chairs or the black leather sofas. Run you toes across the soft fluffy rug, or warm your hands on the wood burning stove that will keep you feeling cosy and snug all year round.
The kitchen itself is a thing of beauty, with a beautiful English Rose vibe about it. Decked out with original cream metal units full of vintage tea sets, crockery and glassware, you really will feel far removed from the modern day, as you sup tea around the old wooden table with its mis-matched chairs. You needn’t worry about missing out on your modern day conveniences either as the kitchen area cleverly contains a cooker, dishwasher, fridge-freezer and a washing machine.
The bathrooms are equally as delicious as the kitchen, with original features revamped to create something truly special. The main bathroom, for example, has a sunken bath that has been slipped into the spot where the original baptismal font would have been, and is gloriously grand in every respect.
When it comes to resting you head, climb up inside the cube to either of the mezzanine bedrooms that are full of more vintage furnishings, soft old school blankets and plenty of retro-cool accessories.
For extra accommodation, the old 'Sunday School Annex’ which is attached to the property offers a further two bedrooms that can be used as doubles or twins, and another beautiful shower room. The versatile sleeping arrangements at The Mission should sway you if you are considering a place to stay as a family or group of friends, and want an original and interesting base from which to explore the Isle of Wight.
Outside the old tin tabernacle is a decked courtyard area with shabby chic seating, perfect for enjoying something nice and cold on a hot summers evening. Send the kids off to play on the grass or explore the raised wilderness garden to the side of the property, while you cook up a storm on the BBQ, or read a book in the Indian Summer inspired ‘sit-outerie’. Whatever you have come for, the Mission offers retro perfection on the beautiful Isle of Wight.
Southampton Airport - 2hrs 15 mins
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