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Gostelow House, a grade II listed, 16th century half-timbered house

Bedrooms 5
Separate WCs1
Space 2,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

5 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1 cloakroom, sleeps up to 14

Gostelow House, circa 1540, is a Grade II listed building surrounded by ¾ acre of secure gardens. There is an outdoor pool, bar, patio area and barbecues for your use. This family house is of half timbered Tudor design, and whilst it retains its character with inglenook fireplaces and low ceilings and beams it has all the modern touches you would expect.

The house is situated in the small village of Chalton which has a farm selling fresh free range eggs. There is a good dining pub a few steps from the house. The larger village of Toddington is 2 miles away and has a historic church, a library, a number of village shops, various takeaways and four pubs. Leagrave, a suburb of Luton is 3 miles away with fast access to London (45 min) and Bedford (20 min). Milton Keynes 15 miles to the north, offers a wealth of shopping and entertainment. Oxford and Cambridge are an hour's drive away.

Carole Smart
Member since: 2004
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 July, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Chalton in Chalton

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • not suitable for children ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Alarm Clock
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom - Toilet
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Main - 1 Large Double Bed , Dual aspect, 5' bed
    Lilac - 1 Double Bed , Overlooks back garden, 4'6
    Green - 1 Double Bed , An Eaves room overlooking the back garden, 4'6
    Chinese - 1 Double Bed , Overlooks the front garden, 4' bed
    Attic - 1 Double Bed , 4'6 bed
    Study - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Leads from the spiral staircase to the Attic Room
    Lounge - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Sofabed
  • 5 doubles, 1 futon, 1 sofa bed.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Terrace
  • 14 garden chairs
  • 2 deck chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Children over 12 welcome (unless peviously agreed). Culture: Woburn Abbey the home of the Duke of Bedfordshire (15 min), Ascott House the Rothschilds hunting lodge (20 min), St Alban's Cathedral and Roman Verulaneum (30 min), London (45 min by train), Oxford (1 hour), Cambridge (1hour). Sporting: Skiing at Xscape (20 min), the largest real snow slope in Europe, Watersports (20 min), Gliding (15 min), the London Gliding Club,Golf (5 min), Walking (5 min), Clay Pigeon Shooting (5 min), Archery (15 min). Leisure: Knebworth House and Wrest Park (20 min), for various styles of concert, The Stables (20 min), the Laine Dankworth Centre, Bedforshire's only vineyard (20 min), Old Warden. Gardens: Toddington Manor (5 min), Swiss Gardens (20 min). Animal life: Woburn Safari Park (15 min), Whipsnade Zoo (15 min), Woodside Animal Farm (15 min). Shopping: Milton Keynes (20 min), London (45 min), Bicester (60 min) A discount shopping village.


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Gostelow House, a grade II listed, 16th century half-timbered house
average rating of 5.0 based on 26 reviews

Great weekend get together, less than an hours drive from London

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of eight looking to have a weekend reunion, somewhere away from the hustle and bustle of London but not too far so that we avoided losing most of our weekend in transit - Gostelow House, located a short distance from Luton was the ideal location. Set within its own secluded garden which comes with bbq options and a swimming pool to cool off in after a long walk in the surrounding countryside, Gostelow was perfect for a group of friends to get together, share a drink or two, cook some great food and unwind within the House's rustic charms. Carole, the property owner is super helpful and will tell you all you need to know about the local area and what it has to offer. Transport links are easy with the local train station only a few minutes taxi/Uber ride away and plenty of parking space if driving. Ocado also deliver to the house which is very convenient and means you can save on overloading your car or worrying about keeping food fresh on your travels, just book a delivery to coincide with when you arrive, sorted! All in all, we had a great weekend!

  • Review Submitted: 15-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
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Excellent place for a gataway with a group of friends!

  • 5 of 5

We rented the house for a weekend long celebration of my partner's birthday. It's perfectly located: not only easy to reach from London but also amazingly close to Luton airport, which was key for us (as a few of us came from abroad). And, importantly, we heard zero airplanes! Carole is a great host, always very quick to respond and very, very friendly. The house itself is charming, very rustic but trully well kept and furnished (though mind the low ceilings if you're over 1.70m tall!), equipped with all one might need, and the garden is simply perfect. I highly recommend it!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
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Unique house perfect for a group

  • 5 of 5

We spent last weekend at Gostelow House (Aug 17) and had an amazing time. We travelled as a group of 14 for a very relaxed hen weekend and our party included 3 small babies. The house is definitely unique and the garden is beautiful. It is a home rather than a holiday rental and this is worth noting as there are personal belongings in everywhere in the house. Carole, the owner, is very helpful and friendly. She provided us with lots of information beforehand and answered all the questions I had. She very generously provided us with champagne and allowed us to use her extensive kitchenware during our visit. We unfortunately had an accident whilst there involving one of her lovely plate decorations and she was very understanding about it. She was also kind enough to organise meeting in London to return some items that had been left behind. During our stay, we had a BBQ, made a 3 course homecooked meal and played games. We ventured out to Bedford one afternoon for tea (about half an hour away). I'd recommend this property to anyone hoping to a have a getaway somewhere a little bit different.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
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Fabulous weekend away

  • 5 of 5

Spent the weekend here with a group of friends to celebrate a thirty-somethingth birthday.

The house is really charming, the garden is beautiful. Plenty of room for 12 people. We made great use of the barbecue, swimming pool and croquet set.

Carole was really helpful throughout. Clear communication, accomodated all our whims, returned the deposit in full and left us a couple of champagne as a welcome gift. Much appreciated!

Would definitely recommend staying here. We're looking for an excuse to come visit again!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
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Beautiful setting for a relaxed hen party

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of 14 who came to enjoy a relaxed hen party last weekend! Gostelow house is absolutely beautiful - we were fortunate enough to enjoy excellent weather so were able to make use of the stunning gardens, pool and outdoor bar. I would come back for the garden alone (if only Carole could guarantee the weather!) as it was perfect for our 'mini festival' in the back garden.

The house itself was lovely - its definitely important to bear in mind that this is actually someones home - so it's slightly different to renting a holiday home/apartment - however this doesn't affect the enjoyment, if anything it makes you feel even more at home.

Carole was fantastic throughout the booking and organising process - she couldn't have been more helpful and efficient with returning deposits etc. And the two bottles of champagne left in the fridge for us were gratefully received!

All in all a wonderful time was had by all - we are planning an excuse (any excuse will do) to come back again!

  • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
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Absolutely Fabulous Stay

  • 5 of 5

I have recently come back from organising a hen do here and we had a great stay. The house is very old and charming and the grounds are beautiful and there's a pool!!! The weekend we stayed the weather was roasting so the pool was great to have. There were 13 of us and there was plenty of space and the weekend was really comfortable. Carole was great and answered all my questions and provided lots of useful information. Carole even left 2 bottles of champagne for us which was very generous. I would definitely recommend this house for anyone wanting a break in the country or for hen party's.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
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Nearest Airport
15 Kilometres
Luton Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Kilometres
The Star
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
M1 junction 12
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Kilometres
The Star
Nearest Ski
27 Kilometres
Milton Keynes
Car: recommended

Other Activities: clay pigeon shooting


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Chalton, Bedfordshire

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
29 May 2018 - 23 Aug 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
August Bank Holiday
24 Aug 2018 - 27 Aug 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Late Summer
28 Aug 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
1 Nov 2018 - 30 Nov 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Early Winter
1 Dec 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
21 Dec 2018 - 27 Dec 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
New Year
28 Dec 2018 - 2 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £1,000

Bank Holiday weekends minimum 3 night stay.

Airport transfers can be arranged.

Catering options can be arranged.

Any associated fees i.e. online payment/credit card fees/currency fees to be borne by the renter.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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