£350

Per Night

14 Guests

7 Beds

4.5 Baths

Visit England 4* Gold
Unpretentious and very welcoming, there is a great sense of style about this recently refurbished 18th century farmhouse. Situated on the edge of the Sudeley Estate, the farmhouse is within walking distance of the village known as the "The Jewel of the Cotswolds", Winchcombe. There are walks and cycle routes on your doorstep and eateries from Michelin standard to local pubs and cafes. Free entry to Sudeley Castle & Gardens during the open season March to December excluding private events.
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Reviews

What a lovely house! It provided everything we needed for our family Christmas get together, even a Christmas tree. Small touches like having a pint of milk with tea, coffee and biscuits already there made Read more
Sue December 10, 2018
Stayed here for our daughter’s wedding at Sudeley Castle. Would be a great stay for Christmas, wonderful atmosphere only a short walk to local pubs and countryside.
Carol December 2, 2018
Fabulous farmhouse in a great location. Spacious, well equipped property perfect for large groups. Walking distance to all local amenities in the lovely town of Winchcombe. Free entry to Sudeley Castle is a bonus and Read more
Julie November 19, 2018
Good location within easy walking distance of town, with loads of bedrooms making it ideal for large groups.
Colin November 15, 2018
Wonderful comfortable house, perfect for a big group in a lovely village with several fab English country pubs. Our group had such a good stay we are going to book again for next year! Many Read more
Clare November 14, 2018

Facilities

  • WiFi
  • Dogs
  • 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 (Mar - Oct)
  • BBQ
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Full Description & House Rules

Unpretentious and very welcoming, there is a great sense of style about this recently refurbished 18th century farmhouse. Situated on the edge of the Sudeley Estate, the farmhouse is within walking distance of the village known as the “The Jewel of the Cotswolds”, Winchcombe. There are walks and cycle routes on your doorstep and eateries from Michelin standard to local pubs and cafes.

Lady Ashcombe has taken a special interest in the design and furnishing of the farmhouse. She recognises that our guests require the most up to date facilities, equipment and comfort, but has also 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. Lady Ashcombe loves scouring the country for castle style antiques and objects and she is delighted to share these pieces with guests.

Amenities Summary

1 Superking; 2 Kings with ensuite; 2 twins; 1 twin (accessed through another bedroom); 1 King double in annex with own bathroom, lots of walk-in power-showers!
2 high chairs and 2 travel cots. 2 dishwashers, washer/dryer machine. 3 TVs, 3 wood burners and central heating.

Parking

From Winchcombe, turn onto Vineyard Street, go over bridge and the farmhouse is the first turning on your left. There is parking for approximately 8 cars. The wood store is located in the car park to the right of the annex. The Annex is to the left of the wood store.

Annex

Living room for two, bean bag, kitchen, toaster, gas oven, clothes airer, wooden beams, arched doors opening onto the courtyard.
From the living room turn left up the winding stairs that lead to a bright twin room with bean bag, dressing table, en-suite bathroom with walk in power shower heated towel rail and storage.

Main House

Ground Floor

Entrance to the Cotswold Stone farmhouse; front garden to the left with apple trees and lavender.
The Entrance Hall is stone-floored with a dresser; turn left into the Adult Sitting Room; turn right into Dining Room. Straight on upstairs with a banister is a landing, airing cupboard, book shelves and seating for reading looking with views of the courtyard.

Adult Sitting Room

2 large sofas to seat 8 people, 2 chairs, decorative fireplace, 65” TV and DVD player, bookshelves with informative and fictional reading, large stool and a cushioned window for reading with views of the front lawn.

Dining Room

Seating for 12 and 2 extra chairs. Stone-floored, wood burner, novelty ice buckets, bay window looking onto the courtyard, the other windows look to the back garden.

Breakfast Room

Cosy room with wood burner, dining table for 6, sofa and chairs for 4, 40” TV, wooden beams, book shelf.

Kitchen

Large, extendable island in the centre, Leisure Oven, LG free standing fridge and separate built-in fridge, DeLonghi 4-slice toaster, Russell Hobbs microwave, BOSCH dishwasher, DeLonghi filter coffee maker and DeLonghi kettle, Hanson scales, M&S crockery.

Boot/Utility Room

BOSCH washing/dryer machine, BOSCH dishwasher, deep ceramic sink, ironing board, lavatory with heated towel rail. Outside glasses and plates in the cupboards above the sink.

Snug

Wood burner, sofa, two bean bags, 40” TV and children’s table.

Out Building

Boiler cupboard, fuse box, two high chairs. Leads into back garden.

Back Garden

Garden table for 12 people on raised decking, retractable parasol, BBQ suitable for 12 guests. The picturesque Winchcombe Church is in the background. Tiered garden lawn, framed by Cotswold Stone outbuildings and wooden fences. There are Alpacas in a separate field to the rear – they are wild; don’t mistake them for horses and we do not recommend approaching them!

Front Garden

Sloping lawn with the Isbourne River at the bottom and the gentle sound of running water. The Church and Winchcombe village are in the distance and Vineyard Street is to the left.

First Floor

Bedroom 6 (en-suite)

King-size bedroom with en-suite bathroom and with walk-in large power shower and heated towel rail. Decorative fireplace, large built-in wardrobe, chest of drawers and looks out onto front garden.

Family Bathroom

Large walk-in power shower, free standing roll-top bath and heated towel rail.

Bedroom 4

Super King-size bedroom, decorative fireplace, two large built-in wardrobes, dressing table and looks out onto the front garden.

Bedroom 5 (en-suite)

Super King-size bedroom, two large built-in wardrobes, safe, chest of drawers and a rocking-chair. En-suite has a bath and shower over bath, double sinks and decorative fireplace.

Second Floor

Bedroom 1 (en-suite)

Annex twin bedroom with en-suite bedroom and a dressing room. The en-suite has a bath, hand-held shower and heated towel rail.

Bedroom 2

Twin Bedroom (right of stairs): Twin beds and desk with entrance to Bedroom 3.

Bedroom 3

Another twin bedroom and games room accessed via Bedroom 2; perfect set up for children or people that know each other well. Two beanbags, table and shelves.

 

BRINGING YOUR DOG TO OUR COTTAGES

At Bolthole Retreats we are proud to provide quality, luxury accommodation in our beautiful holiday cottages. We enjoy meeting the different needs of all our guests by offering a selection of both dog-free and dog-friendly holiday cottages. For this to work for everyone, we have a Dog Code of Conduct, which can be found below.

Our dog friendly cottages can be found on our Dog Friendly Cottages page. We are able to accommodate a maximum of two well-behaved dogs in each of our dog-friendly properties. Guests must let us know they are bringing their dog at the time of booking. We take a small charge of £25 per pet.

When booking, guests are required to accept our Terms & Conditions, including the Dogs Code of Conduct. This enables us to ensure we keep our cottages in excellent condition for all guests.

Dogs Code of Conduct:

  • We ask that your dog be kept on the lead in the courtyard.
  • The surrounding fields are often used for grazing sheep and lambs. Dogs must be kept on a lead when walking through the fields if they are occupied by livestock.
  • We ask that you do not allow your dog on furniture or in bedrooms. An additional cleaning fee will be incurred should there be evidence of dogs having been on beds or furniture.
  • If you are part of a group booking, your dog must be kept to the dog-friendly cottage it was booked into. If you wish your dog to go in and out of other cottages included in your booking, the £25 pet fee must be paid for those cottages too. This of course will mean ensuring the other cottages in your booking are also dog-friendly.
  • Dogs must be booked and paid for in advance. Any dogs arriving without prior arrangement will need to be accommodated elsewhere at your own cost.
  • Dogs are not allowed to be left unattended in any cottage unless they are happy to rest in their own cage brought from home and are unlikely to bark and disturb other guests. A list of walks, as well as dog-friendly pubs, is provided to help you plan a dog-friendly day out.
  • We regret that dogs known to bark excessively are not permitted.
  • Please wash off muddy dogs before entering the cottage; guest towels must not be used on dogs.
  • Please clean up after your dog, including whilst in the cottage gardens, courtyards and the surrounding fields. Dog waste must be binned using appropriate bags.
  • Any damage caused by dogs to furniture, carpets, bed linen etc. will incur a commensurate replacement or cleaning fee.
  • Please obey the Countryside Code whilst enjoying the area with your dog. Keep your dog under close control at all times for their own safety as well as the comfort of others.
  • Upon departure, please leave the cottage as you would wish to find it. An additional cleaning fee will be incurred should excessive cleaning be required following your departure.

Local Amenities

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:

Eating

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.

Walking

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 the cottage’s front door, taking you 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.

Local Pubs & Restaurants

Wesley House Restaurant & Wine Bar, High Street
01242 602 366
Number 5, North Street
01242 604 566
The Old Corner Cupboard, 83 Gloucester Street
01242 602 303
The Lion Inn, 37 North Street
01242 603 300
Plaisterers Arms, Abbey Terrace
01242 602 358
Jury’s Teashop, High Street
01242 602 469
The White Hart, High Street
01242 602 359
The Royal Oak, Working Lane, Gretton
01242 602 477
The Old Tea House, 6 Hailes Street
01242 604 363
Food Fanatics Deli and Coffee Shop, 12 North Street
01242 604 466

Takeaways

Winchcombe Fish Bar, North Street
01242 603 080
Winchcombe Chinese, 17 North Street
01242 602 116

Convenience Stores

The Midcounties Co-operative, 22-24 North Street Open 7am-10pm
Warner’s Budgens, Greet Rd Open 7am-9pm

 

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