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Welcome to the impressive, Grade II* listed, Middle Gable The Old Hall
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Welcome to the impressive, Grade II* listed, Middle Gable The Old Hall
A beautiful Cotswold stone property! The spacious and stunning living room
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Welcome to the impressive, Grade II* listed, Middle Gable The Old Hall
A beautiful Cotswold stone property!
The spacious and stunning living room
Stylish furnishings, underfloor heating and a roaring log burner
The house is a lovely home from home
The large kitchen and dining room
Large, hand painted dining table and chairs
Beautifully presented
A lovely, sociable room
The house is full of character features
The lovely, old stairwell, in the heart of the house
A beautiful stained glass window, in the stairwell
The luxurious master bedroom
Traditional character features and modern facilities
The grand, four poster bed
Relax in style!
Looking out to the landing
Antique furniture
The family bathroom, which contains a bath with a handheld shower attachment, toilet and wash basin
Another room full of character
Bedroom 2, with two single beds
Beautiful style and character
Bedroom 2 also has a day bed
A lovely bedroom
More character features
The house has a lovely garden at the front
Middle Gable The Old Hall is one of a row of traditional cottages
The garden in full bloom
Middle Gable The Old Hall, an exceptional character property
The garden is beautiful all year round
A lovely place to relax and unwind
The square holes are 'dovecotes', where doves would once have lived
Bourton-on-the-Water is a beautiful Cotswold village
Take a stroll by the River Windrush
Known as the 'Venice of the Cotswolds'!
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 5
Bourton-on-the-Water, Cotswolds, England

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steve k
Warrington, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Just Perfect”
Reviewed 29 June 2015 for a stay in June 2015
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MG really lived up to its billing and was the best cottage holiday my wife and I have had and we've regularly taken this type of holiday in recent years.The house is well appointed and very comfortable with all the necessary amenities.Bourton on the Water is a beautiful village offering many good eateries and well located for touring the Cotswolds.

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Liked best: comfortable furnishings
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Ray E
Heswall, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“The Perfect Break”
Reviewed 16 May 2015 for a stay in April 2015

To stay in Middle Gable was a privilege. A beautiful period building, clean and well, maintained in the heart of a picturesque village. Walk a few hundred yards to the center of Bourton on the Water and you have the river with five pretty bridges surrounded by some very nice bars and restaurants. Food and drink in the village was plentiful. The house is stunning, original beams, low doorways, beautiful staircase, period fittings - comfortable beds, good kitchen, etc. The owner was very personable, provided good customer service and was easily contactable. We found there to be plenty of space for two couples. There were an abundance of walks to enjoy around the village. Would highly recommend to the discerning traveller.

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Liked best: The cottage and the location in the village
Liked least: day trippers and it rained one day
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Kenneth O
Leicester, United Kingdom
1 review
“Honeymoon Heaven”
Reviewed 21 April 2015 for a stay in April 2015

WOW, a gorgeous place full of character. A MUST stop place.
Middle gable was amazing.
A really nice village, and surrounding villages.

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Liked best: Everything
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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31Gypsy
Brisbane, Australia
1 review
“English Cottage Stay”
Reviewed 16 December 2014 for a stay in December 2014

Beautiful English cottage experience in a picture perfect town. The cottage exceeded our expectations and was presented beautifully. Our host was very helpful and friendly.

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Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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JohnMcG68...
Camberley, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“A very enjoyable experience”
Reviewed 3 December 2014 for a stay in November 2014

We are glad we did not read the somewhat negative 14th October comment before opting to rent this property. Our expectations were fully met and we found that the quirkiness of the house and the historical feel of it all added to our enjoyment. the accommodation successfully combined the feeling of something old with modern facilities and it had a warm feel to it at what was a cold time of the year. We also felt that Kate, the owner went out of her way to ensure that everything was to our satisfaction. She even took the trouble to phone us on the evening of our arrival to check that we were happy with everything.
It was perfectly situated for the town, alternative shops and good pubs and restaurants and we would not hesitate to recommend Middle Gable for those who enjoy something a bit different.

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Liked best: It was so different from other holiday homes we had stayed in.
Liked least: We have nothing bad to say about it.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Alwaystra...
Washington DC
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Nice place but disappointing service!”
Reviewed 28 November 2014 for a stay in October 2014
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person found this review helpful

While the property is full of character and well kept, service was lacking. Having stayed at quite a few properties in the UK in this price range, we were surprised by the lack of a welcome basket and basic household supplies, e.g. dishwasher tablets, paper towels, spare toilet paper, and face cloths. Also, fresh tea and coffee would have been very welcome (there is no way we'd have used the oddments supplied). I mentioned the lack of dishwasher tablets in an email to the owners and they replied that they only supply basic cleaning items (?), and any (dishwasher tablets) there have been left by the previous guests. They added that there is usually tea, coffee, and sugar but as guests do not always replace what they use, there may be a shortfall for incoming guests. They explained that unlike their other properties they are not at Middle Gable every week to service it and that it is not part of the house keeping team's duties (too bad it can't be added). Expecting guests to purchase these supplies for a property in this price category seems very frugal. If supplies are based on what others leave behind then this should be stated in the Pre-Arrival information document.

I can understand that the owners may not be aware that the mattresses need to be replaced. There is a large dip in the mattress of the first bedroom, and the beds in second bedroom have thin foam mattresses thus making sleep difficult.

As a safety precaution the outside light should come on automatically at dusk; trying to see the two low steps that are on the pathway leading to the front door at night is very difficult.

Bourton-on-the-Water is well worth a visit, it has many lovely shops and restaurants, and the motor museum is wonderful.

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Liked best: The house and the neighbours! Without them we may never have got the key out of the lock box and also because they turned on the outside light we were saved from falling on the steps on the pathway and could actually see the keyhole!
Liked least: The feeling that the owners didn't care about us.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway
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Management Response
2 Dec 2014
Character Cottages, as a marketing agency, does not look after or maintain any cottages.

The following is written by the property owner:

"Thank you for your review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay as noted in the email that you sent me, when you also informed me that the dishwasher tablets box was empty. I will deal with your comments point by point if I may.
We do not supply a welcome pack as different people have different dietary needs and allergies and would not want to be responsible for causing any sort of allergic reaction. There is usually a small supply of tea, coffee and sugar and a canister of salt. I am sorry if you feel there was not enough for you on your arrival, although this is a self-catering property and the nearest shop is a four minute walk away, we do still try to ensure that these items are there. There are basic cleaning supplies at the property as stated in the pre-arrival information. There are always two toilet rolls in both bathrooms as well as hand wash at all sinks including in the one in the kitchen, however we do not supply facecloths, as I feel these are quite intimate items and not something that is usually expected by guests nor something that I myself would want, preferring to bring my own.
I did ask the housekeeper to check the cupboard under the sink after your e-mail and there was a box of dishwasher tablets at the back as well as three bottles of washing up liquid, some bleach, floor cleaner, kitchen cleaner, bathroom cleaner, granite worktop cleaner, hob bright, oven cleaner and a packet of j-cloths, so I am at a bit of a loss with reference to your comments on cleaning supplies.
We stay at this property a lot ourselves, the most recent time being last weekend. The mattress is just over a year old and cost £500 last May. it has a memory foam centre which is designed to mould to the shape of your body giving a very comfortable sleeping experience. There is absolutely no dip in that mattress whatsoever. I will check on the upstairs mattresses, which are in fact standard sprung mattresses rather than foam, but we have had no complaints from any of our guests saying they are unable to sleep because they are not comfortable at any time in the last four years.
The switch for the outside lights to illuminate the front door is in the porch. Most guests arrive in daylight hours but if you had informed me that you were arriving so late I would have asked our very kind neighbour to put the light on for you . We are in the process of having a light by the front door with the PIR sensor on but as it is a grade 2 star listed property we have to get permission to do so. The instructions on how to access the key safe are given when I speak to guests pre-arrival. There is a tall lamp that shines by the key box and also a PIR controlled light that lights up the path and the key box, so guests can see it if they arrive after dark. There is limited street lighting so it is always advisable to have a torch in the country.
Lastly, I would just like to say that as I had been in contact with you prior to your arrival with restaurant suggestions for your Daughter’s Birthday celebrations, I find the comment about the owners not caring to be very unfair."
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
VickiG41
Tampa, Florida
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
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“Lovely Cottage & Fabulous Location”
Reviewed 25 October 2014 for a stay in October 2014

We have just returned from our vacation in beautiful England. The highlight of our trip was our stay at Middle Gable and Bourton on the Water. The cottage is everything you could wish for and more. It was nicely decorated and had all the modern amenities while retaining it's historical charm. The gardens were gorgeous and the location was ideal! Every morning we would take a short stroll to a wonderful bakery to pick up a scone or breakfast bap to bring back to the cottage before we started our day exploring the many villages close by. Bourton on the Water was by far the prettiest village of them all and we were so glad we chose Middle Gable allowing us to have this lovely place right at our doorstep! Don't hesitate to book this place.The owners Chris and Kate were helpful and responsive from beginning to the end.

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Liked best: The Location
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Other
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
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