A Room at the Inn: At the Chapel in Somerset
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Last Christmas, on a quick trip to Somerset, I was lucky enough to spend a night at At the Chapel, a former Congregational church dating to the 17th century in the village of Bruton. On the premises: a bakery, a wine shop, a café, 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 beautiful photos shown below were taken by Dee Purdy of She Had Us at Hello , unless otherwise noted. 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. Above: In the interior, "materials are limited to reclaimed oak, local Doulton stone, simple blackened wrought iron fittings," the architects say. Above: "Faith" by Lucy Glendinning. Above: A Pebble Coffee Table by Ahmed Sidki . Above: At the Chapel also has a cafe and bakery where locals flock for breakfast. Above: Freshly baked loaves. Above: Interior details. Above: A detail of the restaurant's graphics. Above: Spartan marble-tiled baths. Image via At the Chapel. Above: Above the restaurant, there are five bedrooms. Above: The exterior resembles a church but in fact was originally a coaching inn. N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on January 9, 2013.