Almsbury Farmhouse is beautifully restored, rambling property that sleeps 14 guests across 3 double bedrooms, 3 twin bedrooms and a separate self-contained annexe with a double bed. The main farmhouse is arranged over 3 floors, with a large dining room and table to seat 14, well-equipped kitchen, cosy sitting room, snug/breakfast room, playroom, and five bathrooms (including annexe en-suite) with additional downstairs WC. Stylish, cosy and historical, this charming 18th Century farmhouse also benefits from an expansive garden, with a lovely outdoor dining suite on raised decking. Almsbury Farmhouse is a dog friendly property, and perfect for larger groups or families looking to relax in the Cotswold countryside.
Guests staying at Almsbury Farmhouse enjoy complimentary (other than separately ticketed events) day-time entrance to Sudeley Castle & Gardens during the open season.
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- Open Fire / Wood Burner
- Pub within 1 mile
- Shop within 1 mile
- Parking - Parking for 6-7 cars
- Travel Cot - x2
- High Chair - x2
- Bedding & towels
- Free Entry to Sudeley Castle (Feb - Dec)
Updated 6 Feb 2020
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Almsbury Farmhouse is one of the largest properties on the Sudeley Estate, accommodating 14 guests comfortably across the main farmhouse and the separate self-contained annexe, which is complete with its own kitchen and living area. Surrounded by open, expansive garden and within just a short walk of both Sudeley Castle and the town of Winchcombe, Almsbury’s location is idyllic. Bursting with unique period features, hidden staircases, surprise rooms and all the utilities and equipment you will need – Almsbury is the ideal property for larger groups and families looking for a little more space.
Spread over three floors, on the ground floor guests have use of a cosy sitting room, impressively large dining room, kitchen, utility room, children’s playroom, downstairs WC and snug/breakfast room. There is access to the first floor via two separate staircases, where three sumptuous king size double bedrooms can be found, two with en-suite bathrooms as well as one family bathroom. Go up a smaller staircase to the second floor, and you will find three twin bedrooms, one is very large with plenty of beanbags – making for a great alternative playroom! There is also another family bathroom on the second floor. The annexe is self-contained, featuring a downstairs kitchen/living area and upstairs double bedroom and en-suite bathroom. Outside, guests have access to a large garden, as well as a raised decking area with outdoor dining furniture.
Lady Ashcombe has taken a special interest in the design and furnishing of the farmhouse and has personally selected works of art, objects and furniture that reflect the history and unique character of the building. Some of the contents come directly from the Castle’s collection, others from local antique shops and auction rooms.
Situated just a short walk from the beautiful 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 at one of Sudeley’s cottages! See ‘Local Amenities’ or the Winchcombe guidebook for more information.
- Sleeps 14 in 7 bedrooms 3 king size doubles and 3 twin rooms in the main house, and a double bed in the annexe.
- 5 bathrooms; 3 en-suite, 2 family and 1 separate downstairs WC.
- All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
- 3 x wood burners
- Kitchen Starter Pack (for first night/day): teabags, Nespresso coffee pods, hot chocolate, milk, biscuits, jam/honey mini pots, boiled sweets.
- Cleaning Starter Pack (for 2 nights): dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags, kitchen paper
- Bathroom starter packs (for 2 nights): hand soap, shower gel, handwash, vanity kit, shower cap and toilet paper (minimum 2 rolls)
- Easily accessible, free car parking behind the cottage
- Heating gas/electric (with independent thermostat control)
- Free Wi-Fi
- 3 TVs, including 65” TV in sitting room
- Blu-Ray player
- Child / dog friendly (dog blanket and stainless-steel dog bowl provided)
- Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, Nespresso coffee machine, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses) cafetière, bakeware, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve, saucepans, bread bin, kitchen foil, cling film
- 5 gas hob Range cooker
- Russell Hobbs microwave
- AEG dishwasher
- Large fridge-freezer
- AEG Washer-dryer
- Ironing board, iron + clothes airer
- Vacuum cleaner
- Baby/Child Equipment: highchair x2, travel cot (cot linen not supplied) x2, stairgate x1, safety socket covers
- Outdoor patio/seating area
- Garden furniture – seats 14
- Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, First Aid kit.
Enter Almsbury Farmhouse through the front garden, lined with apple trees and lavender.
The Entrance Hall is stone-floored with a dresser; turn left into the Sitting Room; turn right into Dining Room. Straight on upstairs with a banister is a landing, airing cupboard, bookshelves and seating for reading with views of the courtyard.
A cosy and welcoming room, complete with two large sofas to seat eight people, two chairs, a decorative fireplace, 65” TV and Blu-ray player, bountiful bookshelves, large stool and a cushioned window for reading with views of the front lawn.
A real talking point of the house, the dining room seats 14 guests comfortably around a large dining table, as well as two highchairs. Stone-floored, wood burner, novelty ice buckets, duel aspect windows – one bay window looking onto the courtyard and another two looking towards the back lawn.
A cosy room for if you’re looking to dine in a slightly more informal environment than the dining room, complete with wood burner, dining table for 6, sofa and chairs for 4, 40” TV, wooden beams and a well-stocked bookshelf.
Large, extendable island in the centre, Leisure Range Oven, LG free standing fridge and separate built-in fridge, DeLonghi 4-slice toaster, Russell Hobbs microwave, BOSCH dishwasher, Nespresso coffee maker and DeLonghi kettle, Hanson scales, fully equipped with full sets of utensils, crockery and glasses.
A useful space for drying and muddy boots! With BOSCH washing/dryer machine, BOSCH dishwasher, deep ceramic sink, ironing board and clothes airer. You will also find outside glasses and plates kept in the cupboards above the sink.
A downstairs WC with washbasin and heated towel rail.
A perfect little room for children, the playroom has plenty of children’s toys, a TV and a sofa.
Head upstairs and then turn right into…
A charming king-size bedroom with a decorative fireplace, two large built-in wardrobes, dressing table and beautiful views out towards the garden.
A spacious king-size bedroom with two large built-in wardrobes, safe, chest of drawers and a rocking-chair. Steps lead up to the…
En-suite bathroom with a bath with overhead shower, twin washbasins, WC and decorative fireplace.
Go up the steps and along the corridor, on your right you will find the…
Large walk-in power shower, free standing roll-top bath, heated towel rail, WC and washbasin.
A lovely king-size bedroom with decorative fireplace, large built-in wardrobe, chest of drawers and views out to the front garden. This bedroom can also be accessed by the sperate staircase from the entrance hall.
En-suite bathroom with walk-in power shower, WC and washbasin.
Head up the small narrow staircase next to the family bathroom…
A spacious landing area, to be used as a dressing room or an ideal space for a cot.
Turn left into…
A comfortable family bathroom with built-in bath and overhead shower, WC and washbasin.
Up the steps to the left into…
A bright and spacious twin bedroom with bedside tables and reading lamps.
Across the landing into…
A comfortable twin bedroom with reading lamps and a sweet writing desk for those looking to work away from the hustle and bustle.
Head through the secret hidden corner door into…
A very large twin bedroom set in the eaves of the house, with twin beds, a sofa, free-standing clothes hanger and plenty of beanbags. A perfect set up for children and doubles as an excellent second playroom. Please note, this bedroom can only be accessed by walking through Bedroom 2.
Garden table for 14 people on raised decking, retractable parasol, BBQ (charcoal – please bring your own fuel) suitable for 14 guests. The picturesque Winchcombe Church is in the background. Tiered garden lawn framed by Cotswold Stone outbuildings and wooden fences.
Sloping lawn with the Isbourne River gently running along at the bottom. The Church and Winchcombe village are in the distance and Vineyard Street is to the left.
Across the gravelled courtyard from the main house is the Annexe. This self-contained, two-story, one-bedroom, one-bathroom additional accommodation is ideal for large family groups who have one or two guests who prefer extra privacy or quiet.
Enter the Annexe via a key located in the key box beside the Annexe’s front door (using the same keycode as the main house). Step through the front door into the hallway, where there’s plenty of room to leave boots, shoes and coats. To the left is the staircase to the bedroom and bathroom. Continue right through to an open-plan kitchen-living-dining area, with original arched doors opening onto the courtyard and a window in the kitchen area overlooking the Farmhouse’s fabulous garden and outdoor seating area.
The Living-Dining Area has a two-seater sofa, coffee table, dining table and two seats. The Kitchen is equipped with a hob/oven, toaster, kettle, plus basic utensils for preparing a simple meal/snack. (Guests staying in The Annexe typically eat in the Farmhouse.) The boiler, controlling the hot water and heating, is in the Kitchen. The heating is set according to the season and should be on ready for your visit.
From the living area turn left up the wide and carpeted stairs to a spacious, ensuite bedroom with a vaulted and beamed ceiling. The bedroom is furnished with a king-size double bed, bedside drawers with reading lamps, a chest of drawers (with hairdryer), a desk/dressing table, a hanging rail, chair and a full-length mirror.
The en-suite bathroom has a walk-in power shower, washbasin and mirror, toilet and heated towel rail.
Please note: The Annexe does not have a TV, fridge, dishwasher or WiFi reception. It is fully equipped with safety features including smoke alarm, fire extinguisher and carbon monoxide detector.
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.
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.
Walking & Cycling Guides
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The postcode for the farmhouse is GL54 5LP.
On entering Winchcombe turn into Vineyard Street. Proceed down Vineyard Street, crossing the river over a small bridge. The entrance to Almsbury Farmhouse is the next turning on the left-hand side. The village of Winchcombe 8 miles north east of Cheltenham on the B4632 (A46) or just 10 miles from junction 9 of the M5. From London, the East and Oxford, follow the A40 towards Gloucestershire.
The closest train station to Sudeley Castle & Gardens is Cheltenham Spa.
The W bus service, operated by Stagecoach Buses, runs between Cheltenham Winchcombe.
There is ample parking for up to 8-10 vehicles in the yard area.