House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
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Middle Gable is one of the most picturesque and historic properties in the Cotswolds, dating from the time of the English Civil War, over 350 years ago. The house has recently been sympathetically refurbished and retains a wealth of character features, including dovecotes (square holes on the outside wall, originally intended to house doves or pigeons), stone mullion windows, wooden beams, a grand fireplace, original wooden flooring and a “wig and gown” cupboard, to store the wigs and gowns worn by people of the period. Complementing these period features, the house has modern facilities, including two satellite TVs, a Blu-ray home theatre system and a well equipped kitchen. The living room and both bedrooms look out over beautifully maintained gardens, which include a paved seating area for Middle Gable guests. The layout of the house makes Middle Gable an ideal retreat for a family or a group of friends.
The house sleeps up to five people, in two bedrooms: two in a spectacular four-poster bed in bedroom 1 and three in single beds in bedroom 2. There is a bathroom and a shower room.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Birmingham 80 km, Nearest railway: Kingham 13 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Further details indoors|
Middle Gable is located very close to the heart of the beautiful village of Bourton-in-the-Water.
The property is accessed via the garden, which leads to the beautiful wooden front door. Inside the house, a small entrance hall leads into:
- Living room: A grand room, which has been newly refurbished in a traditional style, enhancing the abundance of period features, including stone mullion windows, a large fireplace with wood-burning stove, wooden beams and a centuries old alcove. The refurbishment includes a limestone flagged floor, with underfloor heating, and the provision of a flat screen satellite TV and Blu-ray home theatre system.
The living room then leads into the Inner Hall, which in turn leads to:
- Shower room: Contains a shower, basin and toilet;
- Kitchen/dining room: The kitchen is well equipped, including a cooker with hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge, freezer and washer dryer. There is a good sized dining table, with five chairs, and the layout of the room ensures that all guests can socialise whilst cooking is in progress.
Returning to the Inner Hall, a grand wooden staircase leads up to the first floor hallway, off which are:
- Bedroom 1: The initial highlight of the room is the spectacular super-king size four poster bed and this impressive room also has what is believed to be the original wooden flooring, stone mullion windows and the original “wig and gown” cupboard. There is a flat panel satellite TV in the room;
- Bathroom: Contains a bath with shower attachment, basin and toilet.
The staircase then continues up into the gable of the house, giving access to:
- Bedroom 2: A very spacious, dual aspect eaves bedroom, with beautiful original wooden beams. The room contains three single beds, two of which can be pushed together and one of which doubles up as a sofa (it is a full size adult bed, however).
|Further details outdoors|
Out of the front door, the lovingly cared for open plan gardens spread out in front of you. In Middle Gable's garden, extending from the front of the house, there is a bench, for relaxing and looking out over all the gardens, as well as a more paved seating area, which contains an outdoor table and chairs. At the end of the garden is a double garage for guest use.
A security deposit of £100 is payable to the property owners (£175 at Christmas, New Year and Cheltenham Week), which is returned by the owner after the letting period, subject to an inspection of the property less any deductions for breakages or damage incurred. For UK based guests, the owner's preferred payment method is via a cheque. Overseas guests must pay the deposit via Paypal. Further details of how to pay the security deposit will be provided with your booking confirmation.
Regrettably, Middle Gable does not accept pets.
Bed linen and towels:
Bed linen, bath towels and hand towels are provided for guests.
Arrival and departure times:
Arrival time at Middle Gable is after 3pm and departure time is by 10am.
Bed sizes and configurations
•Bedroom 1: Super-king size bed;
•Bedroom 2: Three full size single beds. Two of the beds can be pushed together (although they are not zip and link beds).
Fuel and logs:
Electricity and gas are included in the letting price.
Logs for the wood burning stove can be purchased locally.
Middle Gable has wireless internet access, two satellite TVs (one in the living room, one in bedroom 1, both of which receive the same signal) and a Blu-ray home theatre system in the living room. There is also a telephone available, for incoming calls only.
Middle Gable has a double garage with off street parking directly outside the garage for one additional car.
Where a letting exceeds seven nights, a mid-stay clean, bed and towel change are included in the price. Additional housekeeping services are available on request.
Child friendly facilities:
A travel cot (without linen) and a booster seat are provided.
Toilet rolls and cleaning products are provided. Guests should bring all the other consumables that they will require with them.
Accessibility, health and safety:
Middle Gable is an old, Grade II* listed property and has many character features, including some low beams and ceilings, and multiple floors, which could pose difficulty to guests with limited mobility, or carrying babies, both in terms of their general movement and their ability to quickly exit the house in the event of an emergency.
The smoke and CO detectors operate on a sound only basis and, therefore, those who have serious impairment of hearing may not be able to hear the alarm systems and could be at risk.
No smoking is permitted throughout Middle Gable.
Hen and Stag parties:
Hen and Stag parties are not allowed at Middle Gable.
In order to provide you with as much detail of our properties as possible, we sometimes use wide angle photography, which can make certain rooms, or spaces, appear larger than they actually are. Wherever possible, we try to include a floorplan, with detailed dimensions of rooms and areas. If you have any queries regarding the size of any rooms or spaces, please do not hesitate to contact us.
The owners of Middle Gable are proud supporters of www.giveustime.org.uk, which provides holidays to servicemen and their families, to help them adjust to life after combat.
The Central England/Cotswolds region
The Cotswolds are a range of hills in west-central England, sometimes called the "Heart of England". The name Cotswold means "sheep enclosure in rolling hillsides”.
The Cotswolds are characterised by attractive small towns and villages, built of the underlying Cotswold stone (a yellow oolitic limestone). In the Middle Ages the wool trade made the Cotswolds prosperous and some of this money was put into the building of churches, leaving the area with a number of large handsome Cotswold stone "wool churches". The area remains affluent, which has encouraged the establishment of many high quality pubs, restaurants and antique shops.
Cotswold towns include Bourton-on-the-Water, Broadway, Burford, Chipping Norton, Cirencester, Moreton-in-Marsh, Northleach, Stow-on-the-Wold, Stroud and Winchcombe. The town of Chipping Campden is notable for being the home of the Arts and Crafts movement, founded by William Morris at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. William Morris lived occasionally in Broadway Tower, a folly, now part of a country park. Chipping Campden is also known for the annual Cotswold Olimpick Games, a celebration of sports and games dating back to the early 17th century.
The Cotswolds is the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales. Whilst the beauty of the Cotswold AONB is intertwined with the villages that seem to almost grow out of the landscape, the Cotswolds were primarily designated as an AONB for the rare limestone grassland habitats as well as the old growth beech woodlands that typify the area. These habitat areas are also the last refuge for many other flora and fauna with some so endangered they are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. The uniqueness and value of the Cotswolds is engendered in the fact that five European Special Areas of Conservation, three National Nature Reserves and over 80 Sites of Special Scientific Interest are contained within the Cotswold AONB.
Information on things to do in the Cotswolds is provided in the Activities tab and places to eat and drink are listed in the Food & Drink tab on the Character Cottages website
Bourton on the Water
The village of Bourton-on-the-Water (or “Bourton”) is famous for its picturesque High Street, flanked by long wide greens and the River Windrush that runs through them. The river is crossed by several low, arched stone bridges, which have led to Bourton being called the “Venice of the Cotswolds”. Bourton is regularly voted the prettiest village in the Cotswolds.
Despite only being classified as a village, Bourton’s status as a major tourist destination means that it has numerous shops, pubs, restaurants, cafes and tourist attractions.
One of the Bourton’s long standing traditions is the playing every summer of a game of medieval football, with goalposts set up in the River Windrush itself. Two teams play with a standard football and a referee attempts to keep order. Crowds line the banks of the river, and the aim is to score as many goals as possible (whilst getting everyone else as wet as possible!).
Various long-distance footpaths and local walks start, finish or pass through Bourton, including the Windrush Way and the Heart of England Way, which begins its 100-mile route north in the village.
Food and drink:
Bourton has a variety of places to eat and drink, including cafes, tea rooms, pubs and restaurants, with a range of prices to suit all budgets. For eating in, nearby Stow has a Tesco and a Co-op for regular food purchases and, for a special treat, there are a number of delicatessens specialising in local produce.
There are many excellent places to eat and drink in the wider North Cotswolds area, with the major towns of Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water, Moreton-in-Marsh, Chipping Campden, Broadway, Burford and Chipping Norton containing a wide variety of tea shops, pubs and restaurants, catering for most tastes and budgets. There are also many traditional Cotswold pubs located in the lovely villages throughout the North Cotswolds.
The list below is a very small sample to give you a flavour for the wide range of attractions and activities that are available in and around the Cotswolds . Tourist Information centres are located in all the main North Cotswold towns.
- Blenheim Palace
- Warwick Castle
- Cheltenham race course
- Cotswold Farm Park
- Batsford Arboretum
- Broadway Tower Country Park
- Snowshill Manor & Garden
Activities available in the Cotswolds include walking, cycling, horse riding, golf, swimming and rock climbing.
Further food & drink and activities information is available on the Character Cottages website.
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15 Sep 2014
"Romantic Stay & Ideal Cotswolds Village ~ Bourton on the Water"
My husband and I just stayed at Middle Gable in September 2014. After driving my husband crazy to take me on vacation to the Cotswolds, my dream finally came true. I'd been researching the best… More
21 Aug 2014
"character cottage in great location"
Middle Gable is a well presented cottage with a beautiful garden and it's very near the centre of Bourton though in a quiet location. The house has been tastefully furnished and the lounge is ver… More
The following response was posted by the property owners:
"Thank you for your comments, we are pleased you enjoyed your stay at Middle Gable. We are sorry you found the oven lacking, we have spoken to the housekeeping team who will check it.
The television in the bedroom has to be switched on to work, the switch is situated at the bottom of the television. In general the height in the top bedroom is unrestricted but you may have to duck under the beam if you are over 6ft in height, the door into the bedroom is low but guests are advised of that when they call me for key details, my husband is 6' 2" and does not find it a problem, but this property is almost 400 years old and some variation in roof height is part of its innate character. If you had called me during your stay I would have been able to rectify the oven and television issue for you!”
13 Jun 2014
"Like Coming Home"
My husband and I did our first ever cottage rental here in May 2013 and thoroughly enjoyed it. Having hemmed and hawed about where our next vacation destination would be, we decided to come back to Mi… More
26 May 2014
"Beautiful Place...A Relaxing Tonic"
Middle Gable cottage was outstanding - a beautiful place in a beautiful village (Bourton on the Water). The owners were helpful and easy to deal with, and the cottage itself has been renovated with gr… More
5 May 2014
"If we could only stay here forever..."
We've stayed at many a lovely house in Britain, but Middle Gable is by far the best we've ever been to. We were enchanted from the moment we walked into the garden and then inside the house … More
25 Feb 2014
"Quaint charm but all of the modern amenities we could have wished for"
I stayed at Middle Gable in December with a group of friends having found the property on the Character Cottages website. The property was really lovely. Having been built in the 16th Century it ooz… More
14 Feb 2014
"All we had hoped for and more"
Our stay at Middle Gable can be summed up in just three words ... Superb, superb and of course ... superb. The owners have thought of everything to ensure guests have every comfortThe country has suff… More
16 Jan 2014
"This cottage has great character and comfort and served us well as a base to visit the Cotswolds and neighbouring sites."
The cottage has three levels with good views over gardens. It is well equipped and managed by the owners. The village is pretty as is the area.… More
28 Oct 2013
"Wish we could live here"
There were 5 of us and I wish I had a nickel for every time one of us said "isn't this perfect". There is a little table and chairs tucked at the back of the garden where you can enjoy… More
13 Oct 2013
"3rd time at this amazing holiday home."
We have just returned from our 3rd trip to Middle Gable. As ever, the house was all you could want and more, for a relaxing and comfortable stay in Bourton on the Water.This is a beautiful period home… More
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