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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:
November 15, 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 Harborough

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.


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


Harborough House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
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
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
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


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Spacious Country Home in an Unspoilt Village Surrounded by Countryside & Canals
average rating of 4.7272725 based on 11 reviews
Gloucestershire, England

Comfortable,spacious and homely

  • 5 of 5

We rented this wonderful homely house as a base for our family as our son married locally and it couldn't have suited us better! Very clean and comfortable-great beds/linens all fresh and welcoming! LOTS of space/bathrooms and very well equipped kitchen! Local pub- the Bell- was super- vey welcoming staff-GREAT food and wine!

Host Madeleine- lovely, very helpful and prompt communication.Really hope to return!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very clean. Easy to work with owner. Nice location. Beautiful village

  • 5 of 5


  • Submitted: May 25, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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girls catch up

  • 5 of 5

When arriving, the cottage was sparkling clean, tidy and spacious. The Gables is a fab retreat with spacious rooms and a great place to entertain, fab setting and close to a great pub with homemade food. We are looking to come back later in the year. Would highly recommend this cottage.

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic place to stay with friends

  • 5 of 5

There were 7 of us coming together for the weekend to celebrate a wedding, and we were so glad we used The Gables as our base. One of our party came from Canada so it was lovely to show her a traditional English village!

There's loads of room for everyone in the house - the dining room, sitting room and main bathroom were all highlights!

The photos don't do it justice, it was fab and better than I thought it would be.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A place to come home to.

  • 5 of 5

We used this wonderful place as our base to visit our new twin grandchildren in Leicester. It became much more than a base, it was home. The rest of the family came to stay, the dogs too, and we all had such truly comfortable fun that we found it hard to leave. A quote from our grandson'What a superb place to play hide and seek.' Gumley is now on our list of favourite places, beware,we'll be back!

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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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: December 2016
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

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