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The Malins

(Ref. 1050599)

Blockley, Gloucestershire Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 4 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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46 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a wonderful time at The Malins; smashing quirky property and very clean and well presented."

    Very comfortable beds. Lots of games to play, some of which we had not encountered before. We loved eating in the grand dining room and playing games in the little snug. Having cat treats left out for Wilbur our cat on arrival was a sweet touch.

    Reviewed by Alison4.7Feb 2024

  • "How nice to stay somewhere which only has positives!"

    Clean, bright, well equipped and spacious. We were 3 friends travelling together so it was a real treat to have 3 ensuite bedrooms. The host was friendly and helpful which we appreciated too. The Malins is a great base to explore the Cotswolds with loads of great places to visit nearby including Broadway Tower & Batsford Arboretum . We enjoyed a 1.5 hour easy circular walk from the village & ended up at The Great Western Arms for a tasty Sunday lunch!

    Reviewed by Adele5.0Jan 2024

  • "Our 3rd annual trip to the malins and as ever, we had a great stay."

    There is everything and more that you need here and the cleanliness is second to none. Also, the owner is super friendly and on hand if you need her. Happy to say we've already booked for next November!

    Reviewed by Kerrie5.0Nov 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our stay."

    Thank you.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Oct 2023

  • "Thoroughly enjoyable holiday."

    4 adults and 5 toilets! Well stocked kitchen we could have cooked a Sunday Roast. Had to contact Jane, but she got back to us so promptly and even came round as we were being a bit thick about the child lock on the hob. Everything was perfect.

    Reviewed by Annette5.0Oct 2023

  • "It's a good base for visiting the area, the accommodation was clean and tidy and in a peaceful area."

    I did have difficulty finding the way in when first arriving so perhaps more detailed instructions on how to get to the parking area.

    Reviewed by Lesley3.8Sep 2023

  • "Good cottage."

    Many thanks

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Sep 2023

  • "Had a great stay."

    The house was very clean, extremely comfortable and in a great location to visit beautiful areas of the Cotswolds. Three double en-suite bedrooms were ideal for three friends. Very pleased!

    Reviewed by Isabelle5.0Sep 2023

  • "This is a very spacious well equipped property."

    It was clean and comfortable. There is an issue with the lock on the front door which was very difficult to lock/unlock so that needs fixing.

    Reviewed by Robin5.0Aug 2023

  • "It is a large house with all the facilities needed."

    Ideal for a family. Well located with lots of good walks from and around the village of Blockley

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Aug 2023

  • "We were very pleased with the Malins, property was lovely in a lovely location."

    The owner was so very helpful and had several suggestions for us about the village and walks near the Malins. She was a very nice and friendly person that made us feel very welcome to the property. We throughly enjoyed our stay at the property and would recommend this property highly. Thank you for everything to the owner.

    Reviewed by Minaxi5.0Aug 2023

  • "A relaxing stay, with the Cotswolds on your doorstep!"

    The Malins was a pleasant stay, very clean, comfy beds and well equipped - although a little dated (tiny poorly positioned tvs in bedrooms) and internal doors needing attention. The garden areas could have been freshened/tidied up too.. overall a lovely stay. Thank you! :-)

    Reviewed by Ann4.1Jul 2023

  • "What an excellent place to stay to tour the Cotswold."

    The house was very clean and comfortable, with two sitting rooms, large dining room with a lovely large dining table, nice size kitchen, utility room and three ensuite bathrooms. The beds were very comfortable and the bedrooms a good size. This property was the best equipped holiday place we had ever stayed in. I even had a little torch in my bedside table. It has a lovely garden at the front where we sat and drank the 4pm wine. It was a lovely place to stay and we felt very relaxed staying there. Added to all this, Blockley was an ideal central place to tour the Cotswold, with all the main attractions and places within easy reach. We had a great holiday.

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Jun 2023

  • "A lovely property with all the amenities you would want!"

    Very clean - and all as described on the website! Would definitely recommend to anyone

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jun 2023

  • "Very comfortable and well furnished property."

    Well equiped kitchen and utilities.A most accommodating property.

    Reviewed by Frank4.7Jun 2023

  • "The Malins is a well equipped and very comfortable cottage in an excellent location for exploring the Cotswolds."

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0May 2023

  • "A lovely large house on the edge of town, with easy access to surrounding areas."

    House perfectly large enough for 6 x guests. Fully equipped kitchen and well appointed rooms. The beds were lovely and comfortable !! Recommended and great value for money!! Thank you for a great stay.

    Reviewed by Steve4.7Apr 2023

  • "This was our 3rd visit to the Malins and it's definitely not going to be our last!"

    This is such a comfortable place to make a base for your time away, with lots of fun things to do nearby. The house itself is lovely and roomy and has everything you'd need and we sleep so well whenever we come here. The lovely owner Jane is always on hand should you need her and nothing is too much trouble. All in all, you won't be disappointed!!!!

    Reviewed by Kerrie5.0Mar 2023

  • "Warm(it was a very cold spell) and very comfortable house the only issue we had was with the dishwasher but in fairness we did not report this till we left."

    The kitchen was well equipped and the whole house was spotlessly clean. The house is not as rurally positioned as the photos suggested but it is a quiet location and the village is delightful.

    Reviewed by Valerie4.7Jan 2023

  • "The inside of property was very clean and the kitchen was well equipped."

    Blockley is a beautiful village. However, there were a few issues with the cottage. On arrival the front garden had not been cleared of dog poo, but the owner was quick to sort this out when we raised it - but this should be checked before guests arrive. The dishwasher was broken for half of our stay, which was a shame (as we specifically choose places with dishwashers). There are some maintenance issues at the property and it generally needed a bit of TLC: e.g. loose sockets in the king bedroom, the shower in double room had poor power, very poor drainage and temperature control - the shower tray overtopped with water on one occasion. The toilet seat in the utility room needs fixing back on as it has come loose. Curtains don't shut in some of the rooms - and given how cold it was during our stay it would have been good to be able to close them to keep in more warmth. The gutters near the patio need cleaning out - water gushes over the top when it's raining. No comments on the twin bedroom as we didn't use it. Other things for guests to be aware of: the twin and double bathrooms have macerators which can be noisy. When you turn on the bathroom light (in the double room) it also turns on a main light in the bedroom. The property is located on a housing estate away from the older part of the village.

    Reviewed by Kate3.4Jan 2023

  • "Great location very comfortable and clean although their were neighbours it ..."

    great location very comfortable and clean although their were neighbours it was as quiet as being in the countryside every one we met were very friendly and helpful would definitely stay again if staying in the Cotswolds full compliments to the lady owner thank you

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Nov 2022

  • "This was our second time visiting the Malins and once again it didn't disappoint."

    We wanted for nothing and Jane was on hand to assist should we have. The house is perfect for our needs and we love it so much we've already booked for next year! We came home relaxed and happy, what more could you ask for?!

    Reviewed by Kerrie5.0Nov 2022

  • "Fabulous stay!"

    Plenty of room and very comfortable. We would thoroughly recommend.

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Oct 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at The Malins."

    This is a lovely big property, with good parking space and an enclosed backyard (ideal for our dogs). Cleanliness: 10+!!! The kitchen is well accessorized, perfect if you want to cook at home. There is a family bathroom with a bath (we used it for our toddler). The Malins is in a strategic location, very easy to reach the nearby villages (including Bourton-on-the-water). Also there is a lovely cafe in walking distance. The owner lives nearby and was very lovely and helpful.

    Reviewed by Jessica5.0Jun 2022

  • "It was wonderful I would go back tomorrow ."

    Was made so welcome.Thankyou hope to see you again .Val x

    Reviewed by Valerie5.0Jun 2022

  • "We had a wonderful week of holiday fun at The Malins."

    It was clean and tidy and all 3 bedrooms were appreciated with comfortable beds and en-suite shower rooms. The location, although on a housing estate, was quiet and safe with easy access to walks from the door and short drives to many picturesque Cotswolds villages. There are minor improvements that could be completed to make this a wonderful holiday accommodation as the property is beginning to look a little dated but this did not spoil our enjoyment of staying at The Malins.

    Reviewed by Julie Dawn4.7Mar 2022

  • "Had a great holiday owner very help ful when we needed her also gave great advice on places to visit thanks a lot ."

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Mar 2022

  • "This is a lovely cottage - in a lovely village we came for a writing retreat and got a lot done and would come again."

    Beds and sofas were comfy however the plumbing was old and noisy and most of showers upstairs were very iffy and it got cold in th middle of the day and afternoon

    Reviewed by Margaret3.4Mar 2022

  • "A holiday with our two friends and our dog."

    There was nothing more that we needed it was a real home from home holiday with a friendly non intrusive owner nearby. A good position to visit other areas, with Moreton on the Marsh ten minutes away. We stayed for a week and definitely recommend The Malins.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Feb 2022

  • "Very nice accommodation."

    Well equipped. Great having a bathroom in each room. Nicely located to explore the lovely villages in the Cotswolds.

    Reviewed by Andrea5.0Feb 2022

  • "Owner very attentive but property is becoming worn and needs work."

    Decoration needs attention, as does some sockets which as hard to turn on/off. Old sockets have faceplates missing or hanging. Working clock Inna living room would have been useful and mirror in main bathroom. Heating and hot water noisy especially in biggest bedroom where tank is located. Had to turn off overnight. Also does not get very warm. Plenty of rads but they don't get hot. This is a semi detached, and neighbours were noisy when we stayed. Rear entrance had unfinished plaster work where access made to owners connected residence.

    Reviewed by Chris3.4Dec 2021

  • "The Malins had everything and more than we could have wanted or needed for our stay, we felt at home straight away and communication with the owner was second to none!"

    Would definately stay here again and we are already planning to do so!

    Reviewed by Kerrie5.0Nov 2021

  • "We have just returned from the Malins and had a really good experience."

    Everyone enjoyed their holiday. A very spacious holiday home, we enjoyed having a space for quiet activities such as making jigsaw puzzles and the separate TV lounge. The dining room was a fantastic size, big enough for our home cooked meals. The toilets in two rooms are noisy, but we didn't flush these at night, there was no smell, although I did bring toilet cleaner just incase. The comments in previous reviews are off putting and unfair. The property was clean and perfect if you want a centrally located and a spacious holiday home. Having en-suite facilities for an entirely adult party is a real bonus. I would request the following items are added to the kitchen a whisk, a sieve, scales and beer or squash glasses. Thank you to the owners who communicated with us but we never met.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Oct 2021

  • "Really comfortable, good to have en-suite bedrooms."

    Good room decorations, thoroughly enjoyed the stay.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Oct 2021

  • "The cottage was very clean and comfortable."

    Plenty of space and had everything we wanted. A great base for a visit to the Cotswolds.

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Oct 2021

  • "The property is large and comfortable and immaculately clean which is really important during these times."

    Bedding and towels fresh and clean too. Yes the plumbing especially two of the toilets were very noisy and some of the furnishings are old and dated so you wouldn’t choose here if you wanted modern and contemporary but it is a pleasant space to relax and It is spacious with everything you need, from good WiFi to all the little extras in the kitchen so you don’t need to bring them from home. Jane is nearby if needed but she doesn’t impose on your stay. The position of the property is fantastic. There is a very good cafe in the village and a pub that serves very good food, all within walking distance. Also The Malins is very central to explore all that the beautiful Cotswolds villages have to offer.

    Reviewed by Karen4.4Sep 2021

  • "Yes we would recommend friends to this property, had all we needed to enjoy our stay & is very central to take in many delights that the Cotswolds has to offer, Jane the owner was very helpful throughout our stay."

    Reviewed by Robert4.7Sep 2021

  • "The cottage was in need of a proper deep clean and refurbishment."

    Lights not working. Dust in corners. Broken tiles. Door handles falling off. Bedroom doors need replacing. Kitchen cupboards in a muddle and no space for food storage. Carpet old and faded. Too many cheap knicknacks etc. Outside furniture broken and space neglected However in terms of space it is good Overall not worth the money paid and not up to Sykes usual standard

    Reviewed by Stuart2.2Aug 2021

  • "Was really surprised about where it was located."

    The picture did not show it adjoining an estate. The toilets were very noisy to the point they rumbled for a while after flushing and coukd be heard all over the house . Darent flush them on a night as you didn't want to wake people...Spiders and cobwebs in the corners of most rooms. Doors were vicious when closing.. slammed because fire doors I'm assuming. Place was tired.. carpets worn on stairs shower cubicles tired... needs some TLC . I paid too much for my stay here. The write up needs to include details of the location and details stating two of the toilets were macerators. Location for the cotswolds was good and beds clean however I felt I was overcharged for my holiday in this accommodation......

    Reviewed by Michelle2.8Aug 2021

  • "Good location with lots to see and do in the area."

    The clever external marketing photos gave the expectation of a much older and more characterful property. However, the whole property was quite sad and tired and in desperate need of a good clean - this was very worrying given the current issues with Covid and the need for good hygiene/infection control measures. The property would definitely benefit from a full top to bottom refurb - the plumbing in particular was prone to being very noisy and required the macerating toilets to be turned off at night. It is what used to be called "cheap and cheerful" however sadly it was neither of these things and certainly, in my opinion, not worth the weekly rate we were charged.

    Reviewed by John2.5Aug 2021

  • "House was perfect for us , and so nice that we could take our pet."

    Roxie with us . Considering other doggies had stayed there there was no smell Of other pets . The house was spacious and comfortable . Having two living rooms meant that if you wanted a quiet read or space you could sit in a comfortable lounge . We recommend the Malins highly . And like Arnold says " we will be back .

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Jun 2021

  • "The house is lovely and has great potential its clean we loved the house but sadly upstairs bedroom doors are very heavy so be careful with pets and small children because they could possibly cause damage."

    (must be the old fire doors when it was used as a B&B) i suggest whilst its being used as a whole house rental that something be done with those heavy doors. Horrible Intermittent poo smell even when loo had not been used upstairs and downstairs. Very damp smell in laundry room too. If those issues are addressed then its a great house. We do feel we should be compensated because of the doors and horrible smells. Hopefully we will hear off the owner regarding this soon, when cottages.co.uk has contacted the owner.

    Reviewed by N4.1Apr 2021

  • "Fantastic property in a good location beautiful part of the world."

    Well equipped and met with all our expectations.

    Reviewed by Philippa3.8Apr 2021

  • "This is a lovely property, in a lovely location."

    Communications from the owner were also excellent when any issues did arise. I would point out that it is still essentially set up as a B&B, so be aware that bedroom doors have stiff self closures, but that is a small negative against the fact that the bedroom and general facilities were plentiful. The only other negatives were poor mobile reception and some slight damp smells from a couple of the bedroom en suites. Everything else required for a great family break was on hand, for example, the washer dryer helped to ensure that walking clothes could be refreshed, regardless of the weather. The locality was very pleasant, and walks from the property were numerous and well detailed within the information pack. We all enjoyed the Heart of England trail, from the property, and walks a short drive away at Dovers Hill and Broadway tower. Moreton in the marsh provided shops and pubs (would recommend the Sunday kunch at the Redesdale arms), and the Blockley pub was also good, and only a short walk up the hill.

    Reviewed by Chris4.7Oct 2020

  • "A beautiful comfortable property that felt like home as soon as we walked in."

    The property had all that we could want for and more. Bedrooms were all clean and well presented and the study was a cosy retreat. The village itself was unbelievably beautiful with an excellent village shop and fantastic village cafe / restaurant. Playpark and local woods proved very popular with the children, and the local walks and scenery provided for a perfect break. The house is well situated for touring The Cotswolds and we were able to visit Blenheim, Bladen, Bourton on the water, Broadway and much more. A fantastic holiday, we hope to return to The Malins soon.

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Oct 2020

  • "Bedspreads missing from bedrooms, dirt and dust underneath sofas in TV lounge, dishwasher not clean glasses properly even with additional rinse aid, the general status of the property did not match the pictures on the website."

    cleanliness was a concern especially given the current covid situation. The information booklet was not available on arrival.

    Thank you for your feedback. We have passed your comments onto our housekeeping team to ensure that your comments are addressed and that the property is kept to our usual high standards. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karen3.1Oct 2020

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size with TV with Freeview and en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x double with TV with Freeview and en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin with TV with Freeview and en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom/utility with basin and WC
  • Bathroom with bath, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining seating
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with electric fire
  • Snug
  • Gas central heating and electric fire
  • Electric double oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, TV with Freeview, DVD and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair available
  • Off-road parking for two cars
  • Front lawn and rear patio with furniture
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.6 miles, pub 0.4 miles
  • Note: More pets may be accepted with prior arrangement with the owner
  • Note: The owner lives on-site

The property

Once a beautiful Bed & Breakfast settled at the heart of the village of Blockley, The Malins now offers a group of six a fantastic holiday home from which to explore this scenic area of Gloucestershire, sitting within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Walk down the lavender-lined pathway of the front lawned garden and step inside the hallway, kicking off your boots before discovering the comfort of the warming electric fire in the sitting room, offering a quirky array of furniture and equally as impressive decor on the walls, it makes a wonderful spot to spend your evenings.

Enjoy a quiet moment to yourself within the snug, overlooking the beauty of the front lawn, here you can delve into a good book or enjoy quality time with a loved one.

The dining room makes the perfect place for the whole group to gather, with ample seating for all, serve up your delicious homemade meals here when you're not out sampling the delicious eateries of the local area.

The kitchen provides a good range of utensil and appliances to make your culinary needs a breeze, as well as being equipped with a modest breakfast table for more casual dining moments in the morning.

Also resting on the ground floor is a convenient cloakroom with utility functions, housing both a washing machine and tumble dryer, this cottage has everything you could need for a self-catered stay.

Up on the first floor you will find the three well-presented bedrooms, made up of a twin, a double and a king-size, offering a flexible sleeping arrangement for a variety of group needs, as well as each room benefiting from its own television with Freeview and an en-suite shower room!

The property also offers a family bathroom, so you can enjoy a relaxing soak in the tub after a day of adventure before snuggling beneath the crisp white linens of the bed.

Spend your mornings relaxing on the private patio at the rear of the property, a lovely spot for alfresco dining in the summer months, before heading out on your fun-filled day.

There are plenty of wonders within the local area to discover, with Blockley once being famous for its silk and corn mills, there's plenty of rich history to uncover too, as well as the village offering two pubs, a café and a village shop, perfect for a self-catered stay at any time of the year.

Sitting within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you can expect to find a plethora of walking and cycling routes all around you, with Macmillan Way, Heart of England Way and the Gloucestershire and Monarch's Way all being situated within close reach, each boasting its own unique landscapes and beautiful nature along the way.

The National Trust wonder of Snowshill Manor and Garden is just a short drive away, with its gardens boasting both the Wolf’s Cove model village and the Priest’s House while internally you'll find Charles Wade’s eclectic collections of items he enjoyed, while the National Trust of Hidcote is worth visiting for its unusual Arts and Crafts garden, as well as its close proximity to the medieval market town of Stratford-upon-Avon, the 16th-century birthplace of William Shakespeare, you can expect to find plenty of activities and attractions surrounding his lifetime, as well as much more history awaiting to be discovered.

Other attractions in the area include Broadway Tower, Batsford Arboretum and Garden Centre, and the 102-mile long-distance footpath of the Cotswolds Way, while all of Banury, Cheltenham and Gloucester lie within easy reach too.

Choose The Malins for a memorable stay in the Cotswolds with your loved ones.

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About the location


Moreton-in-Marsh 3 miles; Bourton-on-the-Water 11 miles; Cheltenham 22 miles.

An ancient village once famous for its silk and corn mills, Blockley lies just 3 miles from Moreton-in-Marsh and features a unique collection of honey-coloured buildings with a pretty village green, two excellent pubs, serving hearty food and real ale, as well as a village store and café, serving dinner on a Friday night. Many walks and cycle rides through the beautiful rolling countryside of the Cotswolds can be enjoyed from the centre of the village, with the Macmillan Way, Heart of England Way and the Gloucestershire and Monarch's Way all running close by. Very close by, Moreton-in-Marsh boasts many elegant 18th century buildings and is home to traditional inns, tea rooms, restaurants and individual shops to suit all tastes. It also offers its own train station and lies on the intersection of the Paddington rail line from London. The town hosts the Moreton-In-Marsh Show, one of the UK's largest one-day agricultural shows, as well as the Moreton Beer Festival, an annual French Market, and a large outdoor market every Tuesday. The highest town in the Cotswolds, this ancient market town has played host to many fairs since the 12th century and today holds a biannual Gypsy Horse Fair, craft fairs and monthly farmers' market. Close by is Bourton-on-the-Water, which lies in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is known as the Venice of the Cotswolds as the River Windrush runs through the centre. Also within reach is the spa town of Cheltenham, boasting an incredible range of shops, cinemas, theatres, restaurants and pubs, as well as being famous for its horseracing festival in March, culminating in the Gold Cup steeplechase. Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, Bath, Worcester and the waterfront city of Gloucester are also within driving distance, making Blockley a great base for a Cotswolds holiday.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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