A delightful riverside retreat in the heart of historic Winchcombe, perfect for groups who can’t get enough of the great outdoors.A delightful riverside retreat in the heart of historic Winchcombe, perfect for groups who can’t get enough of the great outdoors.
Families and groups in search of a true home away from home need look no further than Kingfisher Cottage; a modern, spacious cottage jam-packed with all of the mod-cons you could ever need, without losing its traditional cottage charm.
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- Sky TV
- Pub within 1 mile
- Shop within 1 mile
- Parking - x3
- Travel Cot - x1
- High Chair - x1
- Bedding & towels
- Disabled Friendly
Gallery and Floor Plan
Adjacent to the owner’s home, the property is only 250 yards from the town’s shops, restaurants and ancient inns, whilst a footpath leads across fields to the romantic Sudeley CastlThe Living Space
Greeted by a beautiful mosaic Kingfisher on the doorway handmade by owner Di, a warm, welcoming tone is set from the moment you enter the front door. Opening up into a light, bright hallway, the cottage’s main living areas can be found at the cottage’s rear, offering plenty of space for groups of all ages to unwind in. The heart of the home is the cosy living room, decorated in an attractive palette of country-cream plus pops of purple, boasting sink-in sofas, a statement stone fireplace and wall-mounted TV, plus sleek stone flooring complete with underfloor heating. Leading through the living room is a large conservatory with fantastic countryside views, well-equipped for entertaining evenings in thanks to its 10-seater dining table, additional sofa and pool table. Pretty French doors lead directly from the conservatory into the garden, blending indoor/outdoor living perfectly when the weather calls for it.
Also sitting at the rear of the cottage is the country-style kitchen, well kitted-out for group catering. In addition to the conservatory’s 10-seater dining table, the kitchen homes a smaller 4-seater diner and breakfast bar for 3; great for casual breakfasts, quick snacks or for groups who like their own space at meal times. A large range cooker rounds off the stylish country feel to the kitchen, plus there’s a large integrated fridge, dishwasher and microwave at your disposal. A larger freezer can be found in the cottage’s separate utility room, accessed through the kitchen, where you’ll also find a handy washing machine, tumble dryer and ironing board.
5 well-equipped bedrooms are found throughout the property, sleeping up to 10 adults with ease:
Found just off the entrance hall on the cottage’s ground floor, Bedroom 1 homes twin single beds making it a great for choice for kids or adults who don’t mind sharing. Unique patchwork headboards and pretty floral prints bring the room to life and, thanks to its wide doorway and accessible wet room and lavatory just down the hall, it’s perfect for wheelchair users, older guests or those with mobility issues.
Upstairs, alongside three further bedrooms, is the master of the house: a spacious double room with bright skylight windows, attractive oak flooring and bright pops of purple. There’s a handy en-suite complete with bath and full-height shower, plus your own TV, wardrobe and chest of drawers. Young families can also make use of the two travel cots available to them here, with plenty of space for both.
Just shy of a double, Bedroom 3 homes a comfortable 4ft bed, making it ideal for couples who don’t mind getting a little cosy. Boasting the same attractive wooden flooring and calm, neutral colour palette as the rest of the house, the bedroom feels spacious thanks to light, bright dual aspect windows and even benefits from its own en-suite shower room and wall-mounted TV.
With views to the rear of the property, Bedroom 4 offers a sink-in double bed, chic wooden dressing table and en-suite shower room, emitting the same ‘home away from home’ feel that’s evident throughout the property. Attractive wooden floors and soft, white bed linen give the room a modern yet cosy vibe, brought to life with clever hints of colour in the unique artwork and patchwork blanket box found at the bottom of the bed.
With twin single beds and beautiful countryside views to the rear of the property, Bedroom 5 offers a restful space for friends or couples who like their own bed-space. Interiors are bright and calming thanks to the powder blue hues of the furnishings and artwork, and, like the other bedrooms, it benefits from its own en-suite shower room, complete with panoramic views of the fields that frame the cottage’s rear.
Somewhat of a green-fingered paradise, Kingfisher Cottage’s private, enclosed garden is a dream for lovers of the great outdoors; a verdant, hedge-framed oasis filled with vibrant country flowers, lovingly nurtured by owners Dave and Di. A large patio area, accessible via the cottage’s conservatory and kitchen, offers a great spot for al fresco dining thanks to its outdoor dining set and charcoal BBQ, whilst the well-sized lawn area is great for kids wanting some space to run around in. Running alongside the garden is Winchcombe’s River Isbourne, a gentle stream perfect for paddlers accessible via a public footpath to the rear, providing a soothing soundtrack of running water to al fresco summer dinners. What’s more, rolling fields as far as the eye can see offer a beautiful backdrop to the garden, making you feel well and truly in the heart of the country wherever you turn.e, home of Henry VIII’s last wife, Katherine Parr, who is buried in the castle’s chapel. Today the castle and its gardens can be enjoyed, with a series of exhibitions including items from Elizabethan and Victorian times, and it hosts special events such as the Summer Magic Proms and Air Display.
This is an ideal base for walkers, being at the intersection of many well known walks including the Cotswold Way, the Gloucestershire Way and the Wardens Way.
Cheltenham, with its racecourse and award winning parks and gardens, is 7 miles away. Each year it has literature, science and jazz festivals – something to appeal to all family members.
The beautiful village of Broadway, referred to as the ‘show piece of the Cotswolds’, is also just 7 miles distant. Broadway Tower, with its colourful history, is well worth a visit as are the shops, art galleries and fine restaurants.
Medieval Tewkesbury, the vibrant and busy market town of Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick and Oxford are all easily accessible.
Spacious living room with gas woodburner, stone floor and French doors. Large well-equipped kitchen/dining room with stone floor, gas/electric Belling range (for cooking) and French doors. Conservatory. Utility. Twin bedroom. Wet room and toilet.
Double bedroom (4ft bed, for 1+1) with en-suite shower room and toilet. Two further double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and toilet and one with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Twin bedroom with wooden floor and en-suite shower room and toilet. All bedrooms with TV.
Arriving to the soothing chorus of the gentle, babbling River Isbourne that frames the cottage’s rear garden, you’ll be greeted by pretty, chocolate box exteriors that scream of a quintessential Cotswolds escape. Inside, clean, contemporary interiors offer a fuss-free retreat with plenty of room to unwind, brought to life by eye-catching pops of colour, original artwork and thoughtful touches from the owner, Di. Outside, a vibrant rear garden complete with patio, lawned area and plenty of seating offers the ideal space to unwind after a day exploring the Cotswolds, plus a cosy chimenea and charcoal BBQ for suppers al fresco.
With 5 bedrooms sleeping up to 10 guests comfortably, this two-story cottage is ideal for family gathering or groups looking for a countryside escape with amenities on the doorstep. With the market town of Winchcombe just 250 yards from the front door, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to boutiques, bakeries, pubs and restaurants within walking distance, plus a handful of beautiful walks from the doorstep. What’s more, the cottage’s ground floor is completely accessible for wheelchair users thanks to a spacious ground-level bedroom, wide hallways and dedicated wet room downstairs, making it a great choice for those with additional mobility needs.
Parking on Premises (for up to 4 cars)
Utility Room (Washer/Dryer/Airer)
Outdoor Dining Area
On-site Fishing Available (Rods not Provided)
Things to Do
The historic market town of Winchcombe is quite literally on your doorstep here, providing a host of amenities, must-sees and activities to suit guests of all ages, shapes and sizes:
With Winchcombe on your doorstep and the Cotswolds’ many market towns and villages just a short car ride away, you’re somewhat spoiled for choice when it comes to places to head to feed your appetite. For gourmet-hunters, Winchcombe’s 5 North Street is just a 5-minute stroll from the cottage, offering Michelin-starred seasonal dishes created by expert husband and wife team Gus and Kate. Michelin-recommended Wesley House is also just a 5-minute walk in Winchcombe’s town centre, offering exceptional cooking in the confines of a characterful 15th century house. For fans of more relaxed cuisine, The White Hart Inn on Winchcombe’s High Street offers tasty gastropub grub in relaxed, rustic-chic surroundings, as well as The Corner Cupboard Inn; a historic 15th Century Inn serving traditional fare, supposedly haunted by a 12-year-old girl! Just 10 minutes’ down the road by car, The Pheasant Inn at Toddington is a great choice for families or groups visiting the GWSR Steam Railway station next door, whilst The Royal Oak at Gretton offers an unbeatable pub garden; perfect for sunny afternoons when only a pub pint will do.
Winchcombe’s rolling countryside is a true walkers’ paradise, with options for casual, seasoned and hardy walkers running right from the cottage’s front door. Winchcombe itself is a “walkers are welcome” town, a special status awarded to towns and villages which go above and beyond with their walking amenities, making it a fantastic destination for groups in search of a walking break. The Winchcombe Way, a 42-mile figure-of-eight trail centred around the town, offers walkers a great way of discovering the surrounding Cotswold towns and villages section-by-section over the course of a stay, whilst there are plenty of options for those looking for a more casual, leisurely pace within a close radius of the cottage. We recommend the Sudeley Castle Circular walk for a relaxing stroll; a 2-mile loop setting off straight from Kingfisher Cottage’s front door, taking you along the river, straight through the heart of the town and into the grounds of historic Sudeley Castle – a must-visit for any guest. The 2 ½ mile walk to Belas Knap, a Neolithic chambered long barrow sat atop Cleeve Hill, is also a great walk to try from the doorstep, providing you don’t mind the incline.
Sudeley Castle, historic home and resting place of Henry VIII’s last wife Katherine Parr, is situated just a short mile-long stroll through fields from Kingfisher Cottage and is an absolute must-visit for guests. Offering plenty to keep all ages entertained, the beautiful grounds will satisfy garden-lovers and history buffs alike, whilst the adventure playground and acres of manicured lawns offer the perfect place for younger guests to stretch their legs. Cheltenham Racecourse, home of the world-famous Cheltenham Festival, is just a 15-minute drive and the perfect day out destination for racing fans, whilst Toddington’s GWSR Steam Railway (7-minute drive) offers a fantastic day on the rails for vintage locomotive enthusiasts. Further afield, history buffs have Blenheim Palace (1-hour drive) and Warwick Castle (1-hour drive) to explore, whilst Shakespeare’s birthplace, the medieval market town of Stratford-upon-Avon, is just 40 minutes by car. Families will love Cotswold Farm Park (15-minute drive) and the pretty Cotswold village of Broadway, just 7 miles away, with its independent boutiques, art galleries, cafés and fantastic adventure park.
Driving is the best way to explore Winchcombe’s surrounding towns and villages, but the central location of Kingfisher Cottage means it’s by no means an absolute necessity, with a host of amenities within easy walking distance. For those arriving by train, Cheltenham Spa is your closest major station and is well-served with direct routes to London, Birmingham and Bristol, situated 25 minutes from the cottage. Cheltenham’s Royal Well bus station is also a terminus for multiple National Express routes, should you prefer to travel by coach.