I can't give enough praise for this wonderful house and it's history. The house and grounds are beautiful. Yes, the decor is dated but it adds to the experience. We got an Ocado delivery on the first night and ate in both nights. There is a fire, which we sat in front of playing Articulate. The house is spacious so we didn't get under each other's feet! There's lots of room for parking (we had 4 cards). There's a book detailing the history of the house, which is really interesting.
There was 9 of us (all very different personalities) and everyone loved the house and stay so thank you!
Communication before and after the stay is good and friendly.
We used the garden for an Easter egg hunt so if you're lucky, there may still be one or two around... ;)
It was a pleasure staying at Horsepools. The owner, Paul, was very kind and obliging when we asked if we could rent the house at the last minute and bring our cat with us. The house is very big with a spacious open garden. There's plenty of bedrooms and two of them are ensuite, the shared 'family bathroom' though, is small and the shower is not very powerful. The house is next to a busy main road, however it's somehow peaceful and quiet. We all slept very well. We stayed at Horsepools right before the biggest snowfall in years and it was bitterly cold outside, but not in the house. The heating works well and it was nice and warm. Our daughters were delighted to take over the study in order to revise for their exams, the table was big enough for both of them and had everything they needed, glue sticks, scissors, pens and more! Unfortunately Gabor couldn't make the printer work, but that would be splitting hairs! All in all we had a wonderful time, it would've been perfect though, if Gabor had left perhaps a pint of milk and some biscuits in the kitchen before our arrival. There were tea bags in the cupboard but that was it. We've booked over a dozen houses with trip advisor/ holiday lettings over the years, in Britain and abroad and we've always been welcomed with the essentials like milk, tea, biscuits, etc. We were very tired when we arrived after a long drive and a cup of tea was badly needed, perhaps next time? Thank you Paul for a great stay.
This going to be a hard act to follow. A family group of eight stayed over the new year. Amazing and well equipped Grand old house. Very warm and welcoming. Even though it is a grand house it is a real home from home. We spent a very relaxing few days here to celebrate the new year. The house needs some tlc but this adds to the charm as it feels like a well loved family home. I was convinced it would be a draughty old house and took lots of warm clothes, this is not the case the heating system is as good as any modern house.Gabor is a real asset to have on hand and didn't mind any requests for help. He even found us a film on you tube. Good location for walkers from a nice stroll to a long walk. Fantastic views from the cottage. The owner even left us a bottle of champagne to celebrate the new year.
Well placed not far from M5. Close to Slimbridge wildlife and wetlands centre which we visited. A spacious and charming family home with an extensive garden for children. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would happily book again.
We were slightly dubious about staying in a 'lived in' house like this but we had a great stay and loved the character of the house. Used to staying in modern, characterless places but this was far more fun and you very quickly overlook the quirks and creeks. Made you feel like you were in an episode of Downton Abbey. Highly recommend but go with an open mind - don't expect perfection.
This is a large house, even larger than appears from the pictures. Downstairs you'll find a nice sit-in kitchen with Aga and a utility room and large pantry off it. There is a very big dining room, a large sitting room, a library and an office as well as a cloakroom. Upstairs are 5 bedrooms - four are double/king size and one has twin beds. The grounds are extensive and there is more than enough room for the ten people the house sleeps. It is warm (we went in November), the caretaker lives on site and is responsive if there are any issues. It is well stocked with pretty much everything you could want.
On the downside there are only two showers in the house and both are extremely old - one has almost no water pressure at all and is above a bath. A number of the beds are quite uncomfortable, particularly the twin room. The house itself has an odd feeling - it is as if the owners left five minutes before you arrived and there are still far too many personal belongings left behind - not just nice things like books and pictures and ornaments, but half used condiments, a cupboard full of coats and so on. The library is decidedly musty and probably damp.
On balance we had a nice time here, were relatively comfortable, but would probably not return.