James Wright

The Old Church

Church Tower

Church Tower


The Gothic Church, East Horrington, Nr. Wells, Somerset (5 mins from Wells, 35mins from Bath and Bristol) A note from the owner: “Welcome to this magical part of Somerset. Our experience in hosting all kinds of parties over many years means that we know what our guests really want. From quiet family get-togethers to grand house parties – the Gothic Church is a unique and fun modern party venue for all occasions and will ensure wonderful memories of your special celebrations. ” Built in 1838 the Old Gothic Church stands in the sleepy village of East Horrington, 2 miles from Wells, Britain’s smallest city (it has a Cathedral, therefore it’s a city!) offering good shopping facilities as well as restaurants and pubs, a cinema, churches of most denominations, together with open-air markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Wells is making a name for itself as a film location, the most recent productions which have been filmed here are “The Libertine” starring Johnny Depp, the hit movie Hot Fuzz and the second film about Queen Elizabeth 1st called “The Golden Age” starring Cate Blanchett. The Gothic Church is a fine example of early Victorian sacred architecture and has been recently renovated to the highest of modern standards. It is now a unique and fun party venue for private celebrations offering sumptuous living and working spaces and rooms with luxurious interiors. Entering via the immense vaulted atrium you’ll find two downstairs bedrooms, one bathroom and one shower room and a fully-equipped 44ft kitchen/breakfast room. There are also stunning spaces for optional spa/pamper sessions. Ascending the open-plan double staircase you will find on one side of the atrium the spectacular banqueting gallery with its three original stained glass windows. On the other side are three further bedrooms, another shower room and the spacious Chancel living room with its central glass wood-burning stove and impressive Gothic windows, with views as far as the mystical Glastonbury Tor and the Isle of Avalon. Outside is a private decked courtyard complete with indoor hot tub and seating area. There is off-road parking for 3 cars with additional parking available further down the lane. The Gothic Church offers Luxury Self-Catered Accommodation Options for your Special Occasions.


How to find The Gothic Church: Map and Travel Guide

The Old Church
Chilcote Lane
East Horrington

This is the best tried and tested method of directions! Several people try to be clever and use their Sat Nav systems and they nearly all get lost and end up phoning us several times on the day of arrival. Our advice is follow these instructions to the letter and you’ll arrive easily and on time!

Take whatever route works best for you to the centre of Wells in Somerset. Ask for St Thomas Street, which is well known and is situated at the back of the Cathedral. Follow signs to The Horringtons and Bath via St Thomas Street. You should immediately pass the Fountain pub on your left (and you should be going uphill!) Continue along this road for almost 1 mile where you will see a junction and a signpost to East Horrington. Take the right turning (Old Frome Road), sign-posted to East Horrington, with Wells Golf course on the corner. Follow this road uphill, it twists and turns for about another mile when you will come to a tiny, easy-to-miss crossroads. Look to your right and you will see the Gothic Church. So turn right at that crossroads (Chilcote Lane) and park immediately on the right in the three spaces in front of the church or further down on the grass verge. (Make sure you park all four wheels on the grass verge so that the wide farm machinery can get past without scratching or shunting you!)

That’s it – you’ve arrived! Come through the wooden gate and ring the bell on the right. (If you are not being met by the housekeeper there is a key box just past the front door on the side of the buttress. A code will be given to you by the booking manager).


Driving Times (approx.)

   London: 1 hour 50 minutes
   Bristol: 35 minutes
   Bath: 35 minutes
   Wells: 5 minutes
   Glastonbury: 10 minutes
(Glastonbury Music Festival): 10 minutes

Nearest Airport:  Bristol Airport: 30 minutes

Nearest mainline railway stations (All three direct from London Paddington):

   Bristol Temple Meads: 35 minutes
   Bath Spa: 35 minutes
   Castle Cary: 20 minutes (All three direct from London Paddington)

Taxis – Taxis will cost (one-way) from around £35.00 to Bath or Bristol and £30.00 to Bristol Airport:

   A Taxis: 01749 670200
   Wookey Taxis: 01749 678039 (can provide people carrier size taxis)

Excursions – day or evening: it may be cheaper to hire a 16 seater minibus from 1st Avenue Minibus Hire – 01761 417700 (around £160 – £200 return to Bath or Bristol – they operate at night too, and can provide drivers.)