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Spacious Country Home in an Unspoilt Village Surrounded by Countryside & Canals

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House in Gumley, Nr. Market Harborough, Leicestershire, England - Peaceful Location Perfect for Families and Walkers Who Want to Enjoy the Fresh Air

The Gables is set in a dainty English village in the rolling hills of Leicestershire. The house was built in the 1800s and has retained it's character over the years. It is unusually spacious and decorated to tastefully suit its era. The village doesn't even have street lights, and is a wonderful antidote to busy city life. The house has recently had extensive work done to it to bring it up to high standard.

Madeleine Reeve
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2017

About Madeleine Reeve

Our family lived in The Gables for nearly 10 years before having to return to New Zealand. We adored living in this beautiful part of the country and have many treasured memories in Gumley. We want to share this gorgeous village with those travelling to England and people who just want a break from busy life.

Madeleine Reeve purchased this house in 2006

Why Madeleine Reeve chose Leicestershire

We bought this house after we fell in love with the village and it's surroundings. There are so many things to enjoy here. Our neighbours are very friendly and the village has a great community feel. To walk out the front door and begin your walk in the beautiful countryside is always amazing.

What makes this house unique

We are very close to the village church which dates back to the early 12th century. We have a local pub which you can walk to or you can walk to the Foxton Locks pub across the fields. You can also hire a canal boat at Foxton Locks to view some of the other villages close by.


Harborough House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Main bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , Large with free standing bath
    Toilet on the ground floor - toilet
    Ensuite to bedroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Ensuite to bedroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , with ensuite, sofa and walk in wardrobe
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , 1 double OR 2 singles. With ensuite and door onto balcony
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Bedrooms are all spacious.
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
Notes on accommodation: Pets can be considered Outside: Courtyard style garden split over four levels, including a balcony off bedroom 2. There are 2 tables outside with chairs, to enjoy the summer days, south facing garden, so very sunny. All completely fenced and private. Utility Room: Bosch Washing machine, dryer and ironing board and iron. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The property is cleaned after each stay, but it is appreciated if the guests can leave is as they found it Bed Linen all included, towels available on request for an extra charge


Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(6 traveler reviews)

Spacious Country Home in an Unspoilt Village Surrounded by Countryside & Canals
average rating of 4.5 based on 6 reviews

Very Spacious Property in Beautiful Countryside

  • 4 of 5

We have just returned from the Gables spending New Year with a group of friends. The icing on the cake was the giant Christmas Tree in the Lounge. This is an extremely spacious house with plenty of room for 4 couples. The surrounding country side is beautiful and a walk across the fields to Foxton Locks is well worth a visit with a beautiful pub at the bottom of the locks. The village has just one pub The Bell which I would highly recommend for Sunday Lunch.

Madeleine the owner of the property is extremely helpful.

This property is one of the most well equipped I have visited.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The Gables is a lovely house, in a superb location. We had a fantastic Christmas there this year, 4 generations under the one roof and the house was big enough for us all to have space when we needed it. It is very well appointed and equipped and nothing was too much trouble for Madeleine. We hope to come back in the future.

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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A Stunning House in a Gorgeous Location

  • 5 of 5

This house is amazing! The photo's do not do it justice, it is spacious, beautiful and has bags of character. The first floor bedrooms are very spacious and the en-suites are beautiful, as is the main bathroom. The second floor bedrooms are smaller but quirky with slanted ceilings and great views. The ground floor is brilliant, the lounge is like something out of a period drama and at the back of the house is a modern kitchen and dining room and a chill-out area which looks out of the patio doors. The outside area is excellent, it's large, full of character and is on 3 levels leading up to the balcony of one of the bedrooms on the first floor. Myself and 7 friends stayed here for a weekend and it is a very social house, we had a great time together in it. It was close enough to Leicester Racecourse to get a minibus there and back for just £8 each and when the racing was finished we were eager to get back to the Gables. The village is lovely and quiet, and the local pub is very nice with friendly staff and great beer garden. I would recommend this property to anyone.

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely location

  • 4 of 5

This home was just right for a family get together over a long weekend. Well equipped and lots of space. We enjoyed a lovely walk to Foxton Locks and the village was very pretty.

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great location!

  • 5 of 5

Thanks for a great wknd! Fabulous house in a great location. Accommodation was excellent, clean and comfortable. We'll definitely be back!

(PS Market Harborough shops are amazing)

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Country Holiday Home

  • 4 of 5

Excellent, loved the experience.

We are a family of 4 and recently had the pleasure to stay in this delightful, country house for 4 weeks. The house and surrounding areas are beautiful. The house is full of charm and character and the facilities are exactly as described. As well as the house, the garden is very tastefully set out, quirky and a real sun trap. Gumley is also a very friendly village with good food and reasonable prices at the pub. There are some beautiful views and walks from the house if you want to abandon your car and we would recommend you do. However, there are some other lovely experiences nearby if you want to go slightly further afield; just enjoy the countryside as you go. We truly had a lovely, relaxing time at the Gables. It is the kind of home that puts you in a relaxed holiday mood and would suit almost any situation. We loved it and would certainly go back again.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Nearest Restaurant
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Great for walks, cycling, horse-riding. Gumley is part of the Fernie Hunt area, with regular hunts every weekend in the winter.

Famous Foxton locks are within walking distance across the fields, enjoy the lovely pub there or hire a cancel boat for the day to enjoy the local canals.

Large selection of walking tracks right outside the front door. Enjoy walking to other villages and try out their local pubs. Saddington reservoir is a 10 minutes walk for those who like fishing or walk another 10 minutes to their local pub.

25 mins to Rutland Water for cycling or walking, with beautiful villages en-route, Uppingham and Oakham that have lovely antiques shops and beautiful old buildings.

Warwick Castle is 50 min drive away and Stratford-Upon Avon 55 min drive away.


Easy links via M1 motorway

1 hour train from London St Pancras International and Eurostar with trains leaving every 30 minutes.

10 minutes drive to the closest town of Market Harborough which has the train station.

Luton Airport is 40 minutes train journey from Market Harborough.

East Midlands Airport is 35 minutes train journey.

Airports use Ryanair and Easy Jet flights as well as others.

Car hire recommended


2 miles to Foxton Village or 15 minute walk over the fields

5 miles to Market Harborough a lovely market town

12 miles to Leicester which has a large shopping centre including John Lewis

Further Details:

Local pub in Gumley great home made cooked meals.

Market Harborough is the where the joules clothing company is based. It's is a very quaint market town.

Every weekend in the winter months (from November) the local hunt is on and the horses often come through the village right past our house.

Local festivals

Month of June

Month of July open gardens in Gumley,

Festivals at Kelmarsh house, or


Rates & Availability

Harborough House Rental Rates

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Jul 1 2017 - Sep 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
Christmas and New Year
Dec 20 2017 - Jan 3 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

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