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Blair House
Ranked #10 of 12 Winchcombe B&B and Inns
Reviewed October 4, 2012

My mother and I stayed here for two nights before my start of term at Oxford and had a lovely time! The room was very tidy and the house quite well kept. The hosts, Ian and Sarah, were very friendly and accommodating (even when we spilled coffee twice)! The breakfast was delicious and the wi-fi worked well. Price-wise it was of great value. We hope to return soon!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

Found this B&B on the internet and as it was one of three I had asked to give me room rates they were very fast to respond. We stayed here from 01.10.12 to 03.10.12 in the en suite double located on the ground floor. Our hosts Ian and Sandra were very welcoming and the breakfasts were brilliant. Room very nice and super comfy double bed. Nice lounge to watch the box if you wanted. All in all a very acceptable B&B. Room rate was competative for the area. No complaints, would be happy to stay here again.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

I stayed here as part of the Cotswold Round walk.

It had the latest check in time of all the B&Bs booked for the tour - which was unfortunate as I managed to get quite muddy that day! Also, given the late check in time - I should think the requirement to call 24 hours in advance to provide an arrival time was a bit redundant.

My initial impressions on arrival were not good - no-one answered the door and I had to phone to get someone to let me in. The guest rooms are dotted around the house - not in anyway separated from the family areas so you run into each other a bit on the landngs - it can be a bit awkward. There is only one guest bathroom for at least 3 rooms (up to 6 people?)

The next morning however was a different story. I met the lady of the house who is very chatty and sociable, couldn't do enough to help, wanted to know everything about you. They had grandkids visiting from France who were very entertaining (performing various skits & songs at breakfast). The kids kept letting the dogs in as well, which caused some chaos.

I can see why this B&B is not to a lot of people's taste - there is no wifi, no wash stand in the room, the bathroom situation is a bit awkward, the communal breakfast set up can be quite full on, there are cats & dogs (and kids when I was there) everywhere. But in the end I left with a light step and a smile on my face, feeling like I'd spent a morning with friends.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled solo
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Ian C, Manager at Blair House, responded to this reviewResponded September 23, 2012

Dear Kate

Many thanks for taking the time to provide feedback – it is important to us so we can improve and ensure our guests have a pleasurable experience – which many do as our visitors book affirms.

On your specific points:

“Check in 5pm – too late”. We state an after 5pm check in time which we feel is not late as this is what other B&B’s do. We do however confirm at point of booking if you would like to arrive earlier then to call or email us to arrange. We are more than happy to oblige especially to welcome wearsome walkers !

“No one answered the door”. We do our very best to be in the house after 5pm but there are occasions we may have been in the garden or putting a car up the driveway and may have just missed the ring on the doorbell. We apologise for this.

“One bathroom for 6” This is not strictly true. In fact we make clear on our website that the large Twin and Single do share a bathroom but we have since clarified to all visitors on arrival that an additional bathroom can be used if vacant.

WIFI – we do have wifi and we have included the wifi log on details in each room so there is no need for guests to ask for it (as you have to do in hotels often at an additional cost!)

“Communal breakfast”. As you know we have a large dining room table where guests from all walks of life enjoy breakfast. We acknowledge this may not be to everyone’s liking and will ensure our website informs people in advance.

“Our grandchildren letting the dogs in” This was a simple innocent slip by our 4 year old grand daughter .

We are glad you enjoyed our hospitality and our grand-sons rendition of Justin Bieber songs and hope you had a good rest of stay in the Cotswolds.

We do apologise for any inconvenience caused

Kind regards

Blair House B&B

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Reviewed September 11, 2012

Our initial welcome was cool at best. As I now read in other reviews, we also felt like we were imposing on the hostess rather than being welcomed as a guest. I should have been forewarned as this was the only B&B that we stayed at in the Cotswolds that insisted on a cash deposit (check) to hold the room which we did send which is difficult to do from another continent. The room while nicely furnished was very small with minimal room to even put a suitcase let alone unpack. Overall an odd and unpleasant experience. I would recommend one seek alternative lodging if possible.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Ian C, Manager at Blair House, responded to this reviewResponded September 23, 2012

Many thanks for taking the time to provide feedback – it is important to us so we can improve and ensure our guests have a pleasurable experience – which many do as our visitors book affirms.

On your specific points:

“Cheque deposit from America”. It is customary however that some guests offer to send us a foreign cheque especially if they do not have online banking facilities. We have since reviewed our deposit process from guests abroad and will be reverting to an online BACS solution instead of requesting foreign cheques.

“Small bedroom & minimal space”. We have reviewed our accommodation and will be offering the room you stayed in for Single occupancy. We feel that there is enough space for one person.

We do apologise that your stay with us was not satisfactory but please rest assured we have taken action in response to your feedback. We hope you had an enjoyable stay in the Cotswolds !

Kind regards

Blair House B&B

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Reviewed July 27, 2012

We loved Winchcombe but were overall disappointed with the B&B. Our room was comfortable enough but the communal breakfast arrangement was a bit full on for early morning. If you enjoy socializing at that time of day this place is for you! Also the breakfast itself was average. Having said that Blair House is in a great convenient position in the town.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Ian C, Manager at Blair House, responded to this reviewResponded September 23, 2012

Many thanks for taking the time to provide feedback – it is important to us so we can improve and ensure our guests have a pleasurable experience – which many do as our visitors book affirms.

On your specific points:

“Communal breakfast”. As you know we have a large dining room table where guests from all walks of life enjoy breakfast. We acknowledge this may not be to everyone’s liking and will ensure our website informs people in advance.

“Average breakfast” As you will recall we offer Tea/coffee/juice, cereal, fruit and the choice of either a Full English (sausage, egg, fried bread, bacon, tomatoes, mushrooms) or a scrambled egg with bacon, cherry tomatoes and mushrooms . We also cater for any alternative a guest would like (eg boiled egg, poached egg) . We apologise if breakfast was not to you liking. We will be updating our website to inform all guests that this is what we offer – so we manage expectations.

We hope you had an enjoyable stay in the Cotswolds.

Kind regards

Blair House B&B

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Reviewed July 10, 2012

The smell of animals hit me as soon as I entered the house. Three cats and two dogs to be precise. Our tiny guest lounge was not clean - the settees were covered in cat hair and when we came back in at 10 pm, a large cat litter tray had been put in there with a dish of cat food and water, so the room clearly doubled up as the cats' room. I couldn't bear to go in there again, so we had to either stay in our small room or else go out in the rain. In fact the cats had the full run of the house, coming into our bedroom, sitting on the dining chairs at the table that we were to be served breakfast on, and two large dogs lived in the kitchen where food was prepared.

The view from the bathroom window was of a pretty back garden that was ruined by the unmistakable sight of several large piles of dog mess that hadn't even been cleared up. We had to sleep with our windows wide open because of the animal smells, and on our second night we were moved to a larger room which was much nicer and had a sink, but unfortunately smelled of sour milk or mould... again we had both windows wide open throughout the night.

Using the shared bathroom was not easy - after two or three attempts I succeeded in finding it vacant, but then I couldn't relax at all because I was aware that others might be waiting to come in. And having to navigate the stairs and corridor in the middle of the night whenever I needed the loo was not a joke! Breakfast was nice, as long as I didn't think about all the animals in the kitchen, and the land lady was chatty and friendly.

This experience unfortunately spoilt for me what was meant to have been a special weekend with my brother who had come all the way from the States on a visit. My advice - don't go here unless you're okay with all the pets.

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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Ian C, Manager at Blair House, responded to this reviewResponded September 23, 2012

Dear Ruhi

Many thanks for taking the time to provide feedback – it is important to us so we can improve and ensure our guests have a pleasurable experience – which many do as our visitors book affirms.

On your specific points:

“Animals” As you correctly point out we do have some domestic animals. While the majority of our guests enjoy seeing them we acknowledge this is not to everyone’s liking and we have updated our website to advise accordingly before guests book. The weekend you stayed with us unfortunately we were nursing an unexpectedly ill cat which is why we used the room you mention as a one off occurrence. We should have advised the room in question was out of action and offered you an alternative sitting room – we apologise for this.
In terms of “animal smells” we make every effort to ensure our B&B is clean and free from “animal smells”. We haven’t received any comments like this before but we welcome your feedback and will ensure we focus on this.

“sour milk and mould” This was due to a guest inadvertently leaving a tap on in your room the day before which overflowed on to the carpet and on to the floorboards. We did our best to remedy the situation by applying cleaning materials and even hairdrying the carpet ! Unfortunately we did not have any other rooms to offer you instead. We apologise for any inconvenience caused relating to this one off occurrence.

“Bathrooms” We have made provision to offer another bathroom if vacant. With respect to the 3 stairs to get to the bathrooms there is little we can do about this as this is how Georgina homes were designed. We will however take your feedback and ensure the website informs visitors that the bathroom is located 3 steps along the corridor.

I hope you enjoyed your weekend in the Cotswolds in spite of this. We recall we had goods chats at the breakfast table and your brother enjoyed being interviewed at our local radio station !

Kind regards

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Reviewed June 5, 2012

This was day 3 of our walk and Blair house was below the standard of our other stays as we had to share a bathroom with goodness knows how many other people. Breakfast was the same as everywhere else. We couldn't use the guest lounge as the house was full of family members. All in all a very strange experience as we felt we were imposing!!!!

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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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Ian C, Manager at Blair House, responded to this reviewResponded September 23, 2012

Many thanks for taking the time to provide feedback – it is important to us so we can improve and ensure our guests have a pleasurable experience – which many do as our visitors book affirms.

On your specific points:

“Breakfast same as everywhere else” As you will recall we offer Tea/coffee/juice, cereal, fruit and the choice of either a Full English (sausage, egg, fried bread, bacon, tomatoes, mushrooms) or a scrambled egg with bacon, cherry tomatoes and mushrooms . We also cater for any alternative a guest would like (eg boiled egg, poached egg) . We will be updating our website to inform all guests that this is what we offer – so we manage expectations.
We apologise if your breakfast was in any way “average”.

“Bathrooms” We have acted on feedback and made provision to offer another bathroom if vacant

We hope you had an enjoyable stay in the Cotswolds.

Kind regards

Blair House B&B

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Address: Gretton Road, Winchcombe GL54 5EG, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cotswolds > Winchcombe
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Ranked #10 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Winchcombe
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