A remote countryside chapel is up for sale and could make the perfect renovation project and future home for the right buyer.
However, aside from being nestled in one of West Wales most remote locations, there’s another small catch – the property also comes with its own graveyard.
Nestled at the bottom of a valley, in a remote spot in the heart of the Pembrokeshire countryside, Beulah Chapel is a hidden gem.
To get to the remote characterful stone building, you have to wander down multiple country lanes and cross two pretty stone arched bridges over a babbling brook.
The location might be remote but the history of the area runs right through it, and not just via the chapel.
The building is adjacent to the historic railway line that used to transport slate from the nearby Rosebury quarry.
Although shrouded in silence, the chapel is not too far away from the nearest human habitation.
The tiny hamlet of Little Newcastle is just half a mile up the hill, but for amenities the village of Letterston is down a few lanes, about three miles away.
If the coast is calling, the nearest beach with facilities is at Fishguard, about seven miles to the north of the chapel.
The first version of the chapel was opened in 1808 and the first sermon was preached on the Easter Monday of that year.
The property was rebuilt in 1874, and then again in 1887, but the building that is currently for sale has barely been touched, apart from a few repairs, since the builders packed up their gear and left the site in 1910.
With dwindling membership, the ending of the Sunday school and the demolition of the stables, vestry and Beulah cottage next door, the chapel has experienced a steady decline.
The Pembrokeshire chapel closed in 2019 and is now looking for a new owner to save it from the slide into further dereliction and create an exciting new chapter in its history.
Inside and out, the building and its approximate one acre of land offers a unique property renovation proposition, oozing character and history.
The entrance hall vestibule boasts period floor tiles below and above you are greeted by a pretty stained glass window that can be admired from the entrance but also from inside the main chapel on the other side.
Inside the main room, the chapel has a layout you might expect, filled with pews and two aisles downstairs, and a first-floor mezzanine of seating that wraps around three walls.
The distinctive ceiling is definitely worth noticing, and not just for the attractive exposed wood beams.
Upstairs, although in a more derelict state due to damp and mildew, the main chapel window at the front is a glorious sight to behold.
The chapel is being sold with all the pews, pulpit and everything still in place, apart from four gas lamps, including all the fine quality woodwork, although some, of course, will need restoration.
And so to the outside and to the feature of the property that probably provides the biggest talking point; the graveyard that comes with the sale.
It’s not unusual for a historic chapel or church on the market to come with the graves in the garden but Beulah can offer up to one acre of land to create your own private section of garden too.
Under the overgrowth, there may be some room for a seating area right next to the chapel too, although it’s hard to see if there are any graves already occupying that space.
The chapel is being sold by the Baptist Union, and a spokesperson for the organisation says: “The situation with the graveyard is that the purchaser will enter into an agreement which contains a covenant stating various regulations to which he/she will be required to adhere.
“Some of the regulations will be those imposed by law and the actual terms themselves will be discussed by both solicitors at the time of forming the agreement.”
Although the chapel would need planning permission to convert it into a dwelling of course, it gives a potential new owner the potential to own a peaceful spot in the glorious and popular Pembrokeshire countryside.