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“Wonderful hosts, amazing breakfast!”
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Blair House
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Blair House
Ranked #10 of 12 Winchcombe B&B and Inns
Woburn Sands, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Wonderful hosts, amazing breakfast!”
Reviewed 6 May 2014

My husband and I had the absolute pleasure of staying at Blair House over the May bank holiday as part of our hiking trip - Sarah and Ian were just fabulous. The perfect hosts. They made us feel welcome and comfortable from the minute they opened the door! It was like staying with long-lost friends. That, coupled with the excellent breakfasts, just made it for us. Location is great - a short walk in to town, and easy to get to the many trail heads for gorgeous walks. We will definitely be going back. If you want a traditional English welcome surrounded by the most exquisite countryside, then stay with Sarah and Ian!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Grimsby
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

We arrived and twice had to find the host to give us towels and soap. etc. Multi-leveled layout, half doors marked private. Our room was just jammed with useless furniture, i.e. a wardrobe that was too small for the hangers, blocked anyway by the tea tray, small worn out couch beside a wicker chair, kidney shaped dressing table beside a chest of drawers, etc. One communal bathroom for all. I also had the impression that the hostess was trying to rush us out in the morning. Would not recommend, especially in this day and age. However, they did have a lovely backyard to sit in.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Ian C, Manager at Blair House, responded to this review, 3 November 2013
Dear Cathy

Many thanks for your feedback.

Please find below our responses to your comments.

Blair House is a Georgian house (built around 1850) with plenty of English character and charm. We aim to provide a quality experience for our guests and furnish accordingly. The cupboard and chest of drawers in your bedroom are antique pine, for example. We pride ourselves on not being an IKEA style residence. Every year we re-decorate and review the quality of our furnishings.

The towels are placed on a towel rail but we will ensure in future they are clearly identified on arrival - perhaps we will lay them on the beds to avoid any confusion.

We have reviewed the hanger space in the cupboard and have updated accordingly. We have also removed the small Tea/coffee table to create more space for our visitors.

The bathroom is shared with one Single but on the night you stayed the single room was not occupied. We make it clear, when booking, that there is a possibility that the bathroom is shared so this does not come as a surprise.

We note your comments in our Visitors book at the time of your stay:

"Beautiful town in a great setting. Delicious breakfast"

Again, many thanks for your comments which we have taken on board. I hope you had an enjoyable rest of your vacation.

kind regards

Sarah Chisholm
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Level 6 Contributor
109 reviews
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

Contrary to other ecstatic reviews of Blair House, I found it one of the least special of the 10 B and B's or hotels I stayed in during my hike of the Cotswold Way. My room on the ground floor was small with a comfortable queen-sized bed; the ensuite bathroom was also small with a toilet, sink and shower. The in-room refreshments were Spartan, nothing more than the standard tea bags, instant coffee, pkts of sugar and milk; most of the other B & B's I stayed in provided much more. The breakfast was good.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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Ian C, Manager at Blair House, responded to this review, 3 November 2013
Many thanks for your feedback.

Please find below our comments in response:

We aim to provide our guests with a quality home form home experience. I am sorry if it did not feel "special" enough for you.

The room size comment is surprising as we have not heard this feedback before. We will remedy by offering the adjacent sitting room for guests to use to relax.

We have also improved our range of in room refreshments and soaps/shower gels.

We note your comments in our visitors book at the time of your stay:

"A welcome atmosphere and comfortable accommodation. Thank you"

Again, thank you for your feedback - it is important to us. We hope you had an enjoyable rest of your vacation.

Sarah Chisholm
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Castro Valley, California
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Reviewed 27 September 2013

A wonderful stay. Ian and Sarah make you feel at home the moment you walk in the door. Delicious breakfasts with many choices. Ian showed us his beautiful garden and Sarah chatted with us about the area and their home. One of the most comfortable beds we had during our 3 weeks in the UK. Blair House is within 5 minutes walking into Winchcombe where everything you need is right there. Would definitely recommend and would stay there again.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bellingham, Washington
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Reviewed 21 September 2013

I was hiking the Cothswold Way hike (102 mile walk from Chipping Campden to Bath) with 4 friends and we were lucky enought to spend a night at the Blair House along our journey. I found the host was xcellent, we had a very quiet sleep and the breakfast choices were fantastic. I loved the warm family atmosphere.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Marie3152
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Arizona
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 25 June 2013

Blair House was our resting spot for three perfect nights in Winchcombe. Sarah and Ian make you feel so welcomed when they greet you, chat a bit, let you meet the animals, make breakfast, etc. I even needed to see a doctor while there and Sarah immediately made phone calls to make it happen... very helpful to an international visitor who doesn't know the system. You'll be most comfortable and well taken care of here.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Itala, Italy
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 June 2013

Blair House is a 5 min walk into Winchombe. The house is a beautifully decorated old house that has style and grace. The room I stayed in overlooked the garden and was light and had period features throughout. The paintings on the wall were stunning and really gave a sense of lightness to the room. Although it was a shared bathroom this wasn't a problem. There was no noise as the house was obviously well built. I slept well in a very comfortable bed and there were extras throws as it was cold. Breakfast was yummy and so well presented, the hosts were a delight and very hospitable. Having wifi was great and it worked well in the bedroom. There was a sitting room at the front of the house which was communal and this was beautifully decorated with local original paintings of the area. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay and would definitely stay again.

Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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Property: Blair House
Address: Gretton Road, Winchcombe GL54 5EG, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cotswolds > Winchcombe
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Ranked #10 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Winchcombe
Number of rooms: 3

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