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Blind Man's Gate

Gorsley near Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire (Ref. 915486)

  • Rating 

  • Sleeps 9

  • Bedrooms 5

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Rating 

  • Sleeps 9

  • Bedrooms 5

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

  • View on map

Features

  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Smoke-free Smoke-free
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/Games room Games Room
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi
  • Mrs Dickinson

    “The cottage has character charm and is roomy.”

    Problem with light out in shower room fixed immediately when reported. Kitchen well equipped. The cleanliness of the property was poor. The sofas had an inordinate amount of dirt and debris in between the cushions. I pulled out an empty bottle, a dirty pint glass, empty sweet bag and several action figures from beneath the corner sofa in the snug. The crockery was dirty and required washing prior to use and the kitchen sink and bowl were dirty. The games room was inaccessible to small children ...

    Problem with light out in shower room fixed immediately when reported. Kitchen well equipped. The cleanliness of the property was poor. The sofas had an inordinate amount of dirt and debris in between the cushions. I pulled out an empty bottle, a dirty pint glass, empty sweet bag and several action figures from beneath the corner sofa in the snug. The crockery was dirty and required washing prior to use and the kitchen sink and bowl were dirty. The games room was inaccessible to small children as mould was growing on the stone work. No evidence of an exercise bike. There was an overkill on notes regarding dog fouling. We did a sweep of the garden daily to ensure it was clean especially at night and low and behold every morning there was a pile of black fouling. Investigative mode instigated.... fox creeps through broken fence nightly. The owners need to address this rather than pointing the finger at responsible dog owners. Finally, a housing development and a busy, fast main road do not encourage time spent in and around the cottage. Feel as if this cottage is grossly overpriced compared to all other Sykes cottages we have stayed in.

    I am the owner and I stayed in the property the week before you so can personally verify cleanliness. The property was deep cleaned that week which included all carpets, new rugs were put down and we had two new coffee tables and there was a major restocking of kitchen items.We also bought a new BBQ.Curtains were refreshed and skirting boards behind toilets and sinks were cleaned. Kitchen cupboards were emptied and cleaned. Furniture was pulled out but if we failed to notice the objects you found I can only apologise and ask our cleaners to look more carefully. I personally washed all cushion covers, furniture throws, dog throws and dog towels.That week our painter and decorator was in refreshing the walls and ceiling.He will be back end of August to finish the house. This year we have mostly had 100 per cent feedback which includes cleanliness and comfort .I will speak to our cleaners and ask them to check what they take out of the dishwasher before putting them away but I really feel they would do this automatically and if things were not cleaned properly, they would wash them again. The house is nearly 300 years old and there are no foundations in the cellar.We had a flood earlier this year so salt was coming through the stairs to the cellar.This is being addressed. I will change the games room picture. Notes have become an evil necessary unfortunately because we have had complaints about dog foul left in the garden which is very unfair to other guests and our cleaners. The housing development of 14 executive homes has not impacted on noise to date.This development is further along the lane and will be finished in October this year.The house is on a lane and most motorist are aware there are no footpaths so drive responsibly. I am sorry you found the house unsatisfactory but if you contacted us with your concerns, we would have come to meet you and resolve your issues at the time of your stay. We have an unwritten policy of honest openness between myself, cleaners, outside contractors and gardener which has always worked perfectly. - Sykes owner relations

The property

This delightful and spacious 18th century semi-detached, stone-built cottage is ideally located in the village of Gorsley, on the edge of the Royal Forest of Dean.

This historic cottage has the interesting name of Blind Man’s Gate and was the first house to be built in the village, where in the past it was used as a church in the 18th century and later a public house.

Offering very comfortable accommodation, this charming cottage has five lovely bedrooms, including one on the ground floor, along with a first floor shower room and a ground floor bathroom.

The living space in this welcoming holiday home consists of a large, well-equipped kitchen with dining area, which is a great place to sit and linger over Sunday lunch or an early evening drink.

From the kitchen are patio doors leading out to the rear garden, whilst also in this room are steps down to a games area, where you will find table football and dart board.

Next to the kitchen is a sitting room with low ceiling beams, where you can enjoy playing family board games or simply put your feet up and relax.

The other homely sitting room boasts an exposed stone wall, ceiling beams and a warming woodburning stove, ideal for those chilly evenings.

The rear enclosed lawned garden is large enough to play ball games, and you may wish to enjoy a spot of alfresco dining on a summer's evening.

The area has many walks and cycle trails with the Three Choirs Way and Herefordshire Trail passing close by, whilst numerous outdoor activities, including horseback riding, kayaking, high wire rope course and golf, to name just a few, can be found in the area.

With the riverside towns of Monmouth and Ross-on-Wye close by, this is a great holiday destination to be enjoyed at any time of year.

Summary

  • Five bedrooms: 3 x double, 1 x ground floor double, 1 x single with additional pull-out bed
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area (seats 9)
  • Sitting room (seats 8) with dining area (seats 4)
  • Second sitting room (seats 6) with woodburning stove
  • Games room with table football, darts and exercise bike
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent, wood from stove available in garage
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Enclosed front gravelled garden, plus enclosed rear lawned garden with patio, furniture and BBQ
  • Three well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 8 mins walk, pub with restaurant 3 mins walk
  • Supermarket 2.8 miles
  • Note: Although there are six seats within the dining area of the kitchen, four more can be bought in from the sitting room so that the table can seat ten
  • Note: Steps from the kitchen to the games room are steep and a little uneven, care to be taken
  • Note: Check-in time 4pm
  • No bookings for work purposes; holiday makers only
  • Please be mindful to respect the owners property by cleaning up after your dog - We kindly ask that you do not let your dog sleep on the bed

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About the location

GORSLEY

Newent 2.8 miles; Ross-on-Wye 6.4 miles; Gloucester 12.4 miles; Hereford 16.5 miles.

The village of Gorsley lies on the northern edge of the Royal Forest of Dean, on the Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire borders and is overlooked by May Hill and Malvern Hills with a good landscape view of the Brecon Beacons mountains. Gorsley offers a well-stocked village shop with Post Office and off licence, along with a popular free house pub with restaurant that's renowned for its Nepalese cuisine both in the county and beyond. The Three Choirs Way and Herefordshire Trail pass close to the village, whilst the village itself is set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is surrounded by established woodlands which boast many popular walks. This stunning part of the country offers many activities and attractions, including numerous trails that can be enjoyed on foot, horseback or bicycle, as well as a high wire rope course, abseiling, caving and kayaking. Those looking for more relaxing activities can enjoy a day’s fishing on the River Wye or golf at one of the nearby courses. The historic market towns of Ross-on-Wye and Newent offer many amenities, whilst the city of Gloucester built on Roman foundations boasts renovated Victorian docklands and a stunning Norman cathedral whose cloisters were used in the Harry Potter films. The city of Hereford with its ancient and traditional buildings is only 16 miles away, and Goodrich is within driving distance where you will find a perfect example of a 12th century Marcher castle. Guests can enjoy a day trips to the Black Mountains, Hay-on-Wye, the magnificent Brecon Beacons National Park and the Malvern Hills, plus regency Cheltenham is just beyond Gloucester and is known as the 'Western Gateway to the Cotswolds'.

Region Information

Note: No bookings for work purposes; holiday makers only.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
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