Skip the coffins in the kitchen of this British retreat



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an interesting retirement in Worcestershire, England, turning heads everywhere. And no, it’s not because of its comfortable amenities and aesthetic exterior that looks straight out of the pages of a Jane Austen novel.

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No, what attracts attention is the fact that he was a funeral home.

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You read correctly.

Well, at least one of the houses on the property. The other two buildings that can also be rented are a four-person cottage called Crossbrook Farm and a well house, the listing on Rural Retreats says.

If that wasn’t scary enough, there are also coffins in the kitchen.

“When we renovated this property, we tried to retain as many of the existing features as possible that had been hidden under plaster or left unexposed,” owner Victoria Dudley said, according to the New York Post. “The family set of caskets on the wall was acquired from a northern funeral director.”

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The property is described as “romantic and unique” and has even been named one of the TRipadvisor’s Top 10 Worcestershire Vacation Rentalssays Rural Retreats.

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Exposed timbers, a feature stone fireplace, flagstone and oak floors – The chapel has a host of period features and details to make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time,” the listing details. “Yet the furnishings and fittings are decidedly 21st century, with modern comforts like a claw-foot tub and sleek furnishings.”

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Chapel rental features include:

According to, the former funeral home cottage isn’t the only spooky building guests can stay in – the well house is haunted by the ghost of a man who drowned centuries ago.

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Just in time for Halloween.

“In the Well House, the legend is a drowned French gentleman in the 18th century,” owner Stuart Dudley said, according to the Post. “There’s a memorial to his death on the front of the well – it’s a good piece of history.”

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Despite its spooky vibe, guests who have stayed at the property have fallen in love with it, according to reviews from Rural Retreats.

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“If you like the quirky, this is a must,” said one review. “The hosts were very helpful and friendly with advice on places to visit and restaurants.

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“Absolutely stunning accommodation,” read another. “Everything (everything) you needed at your fingertips. Fantastic welcome basket. All in all an amazing week!”

The Chapel Chalet is available for around $639 for a “short break”.

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TJ Macías is a live national sports reporter for McClatchy based in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Previously, TJ covered Pace for the Dallas Mavericks and Texas Rangers for numerous outlets, including 24/7 Sports and Mavs Maven (Sports Illustrated). Twitter: @TayloredSiren

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