Located in the popular Cotswold town of Winchcombe, this beautifully renovated, 18th century, three-storey terrace cottage, sleeps up to seven guests in four bedrooms, including one king-size, two twins (one in a garden annex) and one single, with three bathrooms (one ensuite (in Annex), one family bathroom, one family shower room, plus a downstairs W.C.). Outside are two patio areas and a Mediterranean-style garden, with table, chairs and a BBQ, which leads to the ensuite annex. Two well-behaved dogs are welcome at 14 Vineyard Street.
During your stay you are entitled to free admission to Sudeley Castle and Gardens during the Castle’s open season (except for separately ticketed events).
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- Open Fire / Wood Burner
- Pub within 1 mile
- Parking - On street
- Travel Cot - x1
- High Chair - x1
- Bedding & towels
- Free Entry to Sudeley Castle (Feb - Dec)
Updated 30 Oct 2020
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This traditional Cotswold home has been carefully refurbished to create the perfect mix of old and new. The Victorian inglenook fireplace, original beams (low in places, so mind your head!), wooden floors and terracotta red William Morris-style wallpaper are perfectly complemented with a modern, well equipped kitchen, three delightful bedrooms (two on the first floor and one on the top floor), three bathrooms and a downstairs cloakroom, plus a modern garden annex with twin beds. Lady Ashcombe has personally selected works of art and furniture to bring the history and character of the cottage to life. Some of the furnishings come directly from the Castles’ collection, others from local antique shops and auction rooms.
Thanks to its “lantern” ceiling in the Kitchen and Living Room and French doors out to the garden, light sweeps through the rear of the cottage, creating a bright and inspiring entertaining space. The downstairs living space runs from the cosy Dining Room at the front of the house, overlooking Vineyard Street, with its inglenook fireplace, wood burner, and beamed ceiling, through to the modern, well-equipped kitchen and the stunning Living Room. Here guests will find two spaces, where they can relax, play games, watch TV, and enjoy the unusual flame-effect fireplace.
The whole downstairs flows through to the suntrap courtyard garden, perfect for a BBQ after walking the Cotswolds Way!
Situated just a short walk from the centre of the charming and historic Cotswold town of Winchcombe, guests will be spoiled for choice when it comes to things to do and see and places to eat while staying here, including, of course, Sudeley Castle & Gardens, just 10 minutes’ walk along Vineyard Street. See ‘Local Amenities’ or the Winchcombe Guidebook tabs above for more information.
On entering the cottage, there is a small entrance area decorated with a floral terracotta red, William Morris-style wallpaper. To the left are the stairs to the first and second floor, and to the right the dining room, which leads through to the living room, courtyard garden and annex.
A charming entertaining space with a rectangular, wooden dining table and seating for eight guests. An inglenook fireplace and wood burner complete this characterful room, along with original beams and a large dresser displaying vintage plates. The dining room looks out onto the sunken footpath running along the front of the terrace of properties on Vineyard Street. (Starter logs are provided for the wood burner. However, please note, there is very little space between the log burner and dining table. For that reason, many guests do not use the fireplace.)
Off the Dining Room are two storage areas, one under the stairs (housing the ironing board, clothes airer and safety gate) and the second that leads to a cloakroom (W.C. and washbasin) with space to hang coats and keep walking boots (and store the highchair).
One step up to:
The modern kitchen is fitted with oak worktops and plenty of shaker-style cream coloured cupboards. It is fully equipped, with dishwasher, range-style oven/hob (6-rings/3 ovens), microwave, Nespresso machine, washer/dryer and lovely washing up area under a “lantern” ceiling, which throws plenty of natural light into the room. The kitchen is fully kitted out with crockery, glassware, utensils and cutlery for a self-catering stay.
The Living Room
The Living Room is the star of the property, with its French windows to the courtyard garden and “lantern” ceiling making this a light and bright socialising space. Cleverly divided into two parts, with a large L-shaped sofa, two antique armchairs, 50” Smart TV, Gazco electric flame-effect fire and coffee table (ingeniously made from an antique trunk) at one end, and a beautiful card table, desk and bookcases at the other end. Books of all genres and some family games and cards are provided for guests to browse and enjoy.
Annex – Bedroom 4
Up a small flight of steps, at the end of the garden, is the Annex with its en-suite twin bedroom. This generously sized room is furnished with two single beds complimented by two bedside chests and reading lamps, a handy chair, a nest of tables and a wardrobe. (Note: WiFi cover is not strong in the Annex.)
The en-suite has a power shower unit, washbasin with mirrored vanity unit, heated towel rail and W.C.
The private garden at the rear of the house has two landscaped levels, with the first a patio immediately outside the Living Room – with a bistro table and two chairs – and the second a patio area immediately outside the Annex – with a charcoal BBQ, outdoor dining table, six chairs and a parasol. A gravelled area and path connect the two patios which are enhanced with flowerbeds and overhanging mature trees. (Cushions for the outdoor seats are stored in the under-stairs cupboard.)
From the Entrance Hallway, carpeted stairs lead up to:
This single bedroom overlooks Vineyard Street. It is furnished with a single bed, built-in wardrobe and window seat with a cushion and many items of vintage furniture, including a wooden bench, dressing table with stool and lamp.
Follow the carpeted landing up a small step and then down a step into the:
This bright and modern bathroom has a full-size bath, with over-bath shower, washbasin and vanity unit, illuminated mirror, heated towel rail and W.C.
A delightful bedroom with an inviting king-size double bed and a pretty view over the garden and Annex, Dent’s Almshouses and towards the Cotswold countryside. Complete with bedside cabinets and lamps, a chest of drawers, two chairs, built in wardrobe and storage ottoman. (A travel cot is stored in the wardrobe.)
Return to the landing and the steep staircase to the top floor – mind your head on the low beam!
This spacious and bright twin bedroom has a fantastic view over the garden and Annex, and out to Sudeley Hill and the surrounding Cotswold countryside. There are two bedside tables and lamps, two storage ottomans, two chairs, a chest of drawers and built in wardrobe.
The top floor bathroom has a walk-in shower, washbasin and vanity unit, illuminated mirror, heated towel rail and W.C.
- Sleeps 7 in 4 bedrooms across: 3 bedrooms in the main house: 1 king double room, 1 twin room, 1 single room; 1 twin bedroom in Annex
- 3 bathrooms: 1 family bathroom, 1 family shower room, 1 ensuite shower room (annex), plus a downstairs W.C.
- Parking – limited free parking is available on Vineyard Street or on nearby lanes and roads. Other parking is available in public car parks in Winchcombe.
- Private enclosed courtyard garden – safe for dogs and children
- Fireplace with wood burner – starter logs and kindling supplied
- Gazco electric flame-effect fire
- All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
- Kitchen starter consumables: teabags, Nespresso coffee pods, hot chocolate, milk, biscuits, jam/honey mini pots, boiled sweets.
- Cleaning starter pack: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags, baking foil, cling film.
- Bathroom essentials: hand soap, shower gel, handwash, vanity kit, shower cap and toilet paper (minimum 2 rolls).
- Heating and hot water via gas/oil central heating with individual thermostat controls.
- Free Wi-Fi
- TV – 50” Smart flat screen TV
- DVD player
- Child / dog friendly (A maximum of 2 well-behaved dogs is permitted)
- Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, Nespresso coffee machine, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses) cafetiere, bakeware, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve, saucepans), bread bin.
- Oven/hob: Cuisine Master 6-ring/griddle; 3 ovens
- Washer/Dryer machine
- Ironing board, iron, clothes airer
- Vacuum cleaner
- Baby/Child Equipment: highchair, travel cot (cot linen not supplied), stairgate
- Outdoor patio/seating area
- Garden furniture – seats 6
- BBQ (charcoal/gas) – please provide your own charcoal
- Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, First Aid kit.
Winchcombe is an elegant and timeless Cotswold town. Venture down the narrow side streets to find a mix of Cotswold stone cottages and black and white half-timbered buildings. The town is a famous centre for walkers, yet also boasts a number of traditional pubs and delicious cafes, galleries, boutique clothing, interior design and antique shops to browse.
During your stay at Sudeley Castle Country Cottages you are entitled to free admission to Sudeley Castle and Gardens during the Castle’s open season (except for separately ticketed events). If you wish to visit the Castle and gardens during your stay, please take your room key or booking receipt with you to the admissions desk.
Steeped in a thousand years of history, Sudeley Castle makes for a fascinating day out, not to mention the vast number of events also taking place throughout the year. For a full history of this glorious building, see ‘History of Sudeley Castle’ in this guide.
Thanks to your proximity to Winchcombe town centre, you have a host of amenities within walking distance of the cottage to enjoy. The town itself benefits from several small supermarkets, including The Co-Operative Food and Warner’s Budgens, both well-stocked with fresh produce and store cupboard essentials. Vale & Hills Family Butchers offers fantastic, local meat on the town’s high street, with a host of delicious goodies available at North’s Bakery for those in search of a fresh morning loaf. For larger shops, Tesco Superstore in Bishop’s Cleeve is just a 15-minute drive away, whilst Cheltenham’s impressive selection of stores, eateries and amenities are just a 20-minute journey. Most major supermarkets also offer home delivery to the cottages, including Ocado, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Morrison’s and ASDA.
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 eat!
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.
Walking & Cycling Guides
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From the centre of Winchcombe turn into Vineyard Street – look out for the brown ‘To Sudeley Castle’ sign above the Vineyard Street road sign. Number 14 is on the left side of the street and is the second to last house in the row.
Parking: You may park in any available space immediately in front of the property. Or further down Vineyard Street. (Public parking: You can park all day for just £1 in Winchcombe’s Back Lane car park, next to The Library, GL54 5PZ, which is just a few minutes’ walk along Cowl Lane to the High Street and Vineyard Street.)
The closest train station to Sudeley Castle & Gardens is Cheltenham Spa.
Taxis: Starline Taxis of Cheltenham: 01242 250250; AndyCars: 01242 262611
The W bus service, operated by Stagecoach Buses, runs between Cheltenham Winchcombe.