The Gables is a spacious house. There are many original Georgian features including the internal doors, beautiful staircase bannisters and rail, and all the fireplaces still intact. There is original parquet flooring in the sitting room and dining room. The walls are very thick too, nearly 0.5 metre in some places. This makes the house cool in summer and toasty warm in winter. There is also a wood burning stove in the Dining Room.
The back hall has coat hooks and is a convenient place for dogs to sleep, with the ability to close them off from kitchen with our bespoke ‘dog and toddler door’, which can be slotted in place when needed. It’s stored in the under-stairs cupboard along with Hetty vacuum, dog basket, mops and brushes, sewing kit, bucket and spade, etc.
One of the great things for children is being able to run round downstairs inside the house without getting cornered – because there are lots of doors and lots of rooms – great for playing hide and seek!
Stairgates can be found stowed away in the understairs cupboard if needed to stop children climbing stairs, and to stop dogs going upstairs.
Most of the windows are original Victorian, these are sash windows, so care should be taken that children do not operate these or lean out of them.
Heating & Hot Water
We have installed Hive Heating Control which is supplied by British Gas. We have set a schedule for the heating and the hot water which should be suitable for your stay. You have complete control to override the schedule if you want more or less hot water or heating.
You can override the schedule for heating and hot water by accessing the controls on the control/thermostat panel which is mounted on the left-hand wall just before the door into ensuite/utility room downstairs. There is a help guide here which you can look at to help you understand how to adjust the controls.
How to Boost Hot Water for an hour
Simply press the Hot Water Mode button (bottom right, looks like this: until it says Boost .
This switches your hot water on for one hour, before returning to its previous mode.
You can download here the full leaflet on Hive heating Controls if you want to set up your own schedule for hot water and heating.