Archers is a sumptuously decorated, 4-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom, luxury holiday cottage, built between the 18th and 19th Century, and just a few minutes walk from Sudeley Castle and the gorgeous Cotswold town of Winchcombe. The cottage has an elegant and cosy living room, with a woodburner, a dining room, comfortably seating 8, a fully equipped kitchen with breakfast table and a delightful garden with views to Winchcombe. The cottage sleeps 8 across 1 ensuite king-size bedroom; 1 ensuite super-king; and 1 super-king and 1 twin, sharing a bathroom, with a further downstairs cloakroom. There is free, easily accessible parking for up to 4 cars.
During your stay at Archers 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
- Shop within 1 mile
- Parking - x4
- Travel Cot - x1
- High Chair - x1
- Bedding & towels
- Free Entry to Sudeley Castle (Feb - Dec)
Updated 6 Feb 2020
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Archers is a beautifully decorated and furnished historic, Cotswold-stone country cottage, formed from the renovation and joining of two cottages, one built in the 18th Century and the other built in the 19th Century. From the luxury wallpaper to the gorgeous objet d’art and artwork, all carefully chosen by Elizabeth, Lady Ashcombe (who oversaw the renaissance of Sudeley Castle in the 20th Century), Archers will perfectly suit a group of friends or an extended family.
The cottage has a wrap-around gravel border, which opens out at the rear into a pretty garden, with mature trees and a patio with outside seating. The garden runs down to Beesmoor Brook, which feeds into the River Isbourne running through Winchcombe.
Situated just a short walk from the centre of 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 Archers. See ‘Local Amenities’ or the Winchcombe guidebook below for more information.
- Sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms across 1 king, 2 super kings (can be set up as twins), and 1 twin.
- 5 bathrooms: 2 ensuite shower rooms (with walk-in shower, basin and WC); 1 family bathroom (with walk-in shower, corner bath, basin and WC – shared between bedroom 3 and 4); 1 downstairs W.C and hand basin.
- Woodburner – starter logs and kindling for first fire provided.
- All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
- Hairdryer x2
- Kitchen Starter Pack (for first night/day): 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, kitchen paper
- Bathroom starter pack: hand soap, shower gel, handwash, vanity kit, shower cap and toilet paper (minimum 2 rolls)
- Easily accessible, free car parking opposite cottage (1 car) and in main cottage complex parking (3 cars)
- Heating with independent thermostat control
- Free Wi-Fi
- Flat screen TV (Freeview)
- 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
- Ironing board, iron, clothes airer
- Vacuum cleaner, mop and brush
- Baby/Child Equipment: highchair x1, travel cot (cot linen not supplied) x1, stairgate x1, fireguard x1
- Outdoor patio/seating area
- Garden furniture – seats 8
- BBQ – charcoal (please provide your own charcoal)
- Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, First Aid kit.
- Archers is dog friendly and allows a maximum of 2 dogs (with a charge of £25 per pet on booking).
Enter Archers through the front door, protected from the elements by a pretty wooden porch, and head into the hallway with its original stone flooring. Guests will find this is a handy place to remove outdoor footwear and hang coats.
Continue through to the Kitchen on the left and the Dining Room on the right, with a door straight ahead, which leads to the cottage’s garden and stairs off the Dining Room to the bedrooms.
Up to steps from the Hallway to:
The dual aspect, fully equipped kitchen looks out over the front of the property and to the rear garden, with its view to Beesmoor Brook. The kitchen features a range-style Cuisinemaster oven with three ovens and a five-ring hob. A refectory-style table comfortably seats four for breakfast or serves as an additional preparation space. A dishwasher, microwave, washer/dryer is provided along with all the utensils, food preparation equipment, crockery and glassware needed for a luxury, self-catered stay.
The cottage’s original flagstone floor, sturdy wooden beams and inglenook fireplace lend great character to the Dining Room, which comfortably seats eight around a long wooden table. The wood burner-effect fireplace provides a subtle background heat and gentle glow – without overheating diners!
Under the stairs, off the Dining Room, is a handy downstairs toilet and wash basin.
The centrepiece of Archers is the beautifully bright yet cosy and stylish Living Room, with its wood burner fireplace, soft primrose coloured walls and delightful objets d’art and books chosen by Elizabeth, Lady Ashcombe. The Living Room is furnished with two sink-in sofas, two armchairs, footstools and a coffee table with a wide-ranging collection of colourful reference books. To one side is a desk with a chair and table lamp, making it an ideal place to make notes, do some research or write a postcard. A card table is located under the window overlooking the garden, and large, flat screen TV is positioned above the fireplace. Starter logs and kindling are provided for guests’ first fire. (Additional logs may be purchased from general stores and supermarkets in Winchcombe.)
Head up the carpeted stairs to the landing and four bedrooms:
The fully carpeted landing is decorated with a rich blue, ornate, William Morris-style wallpaper, and features contemporary and antique paintings on its walls. There is a full-length mirror and large storage cupboard – ideal for placing luggage and where guests will find the travel cot, stairgate and highchair. At one end of the landing there is a one step up to Bedrooms 1 and 2, and, at the other end, one step up to Bedroom 3.
At the far end of the Landing, straight ahead from the top of the stairs, is the ensuite master bedroom with king-size bed. The bedroom, with its restful duck-egg blue walls and accents of taupe, overlooks Castle Street from the bedroom and the cottage courtyard entrance from the ensuite shower room. The room is furnished with a king-size double bed, bedside tables, with touch-sensitive reading lamps, a double wardrobe, a luggage rack, antique armchair and a chest of drawers with a large mirror above. The ensuite has a large walk-in shower, with central and hand-held shower heads, a toilet, wash basin with mirror (and shaver point) and a heated towel rail. (Note: there is one very small step down into Bedroom 1 from the Landing.)
The soft-yellow walls and contrasting exposed beams make this bedroom a delightfully calm and inviting room, featuring a super king-size bed, bedside tables and touch-sensitive reading lamps, a double wardrobe, luggage rack and antique chair. The ensuite has a large walk-in shower, with central and hand-held shower heads, a toilet, wash basin with mirror (and shaver point) and a heated towel rail. Bedroom 2 can be set up as a twin on request.
The creamy ochre walls of Bedroom 3 create a warm and inviting ambience. This bedroom has views out over the garden towards Winchcombe through the Velux window, set in the sloping ceiling with its original oak beam. Bedroom 3 features a super king-size bed, hand painted, antique bedside tables and touch-sensitive reading lamps, luggage rack and an antique armchair. Bedroom 3 can be set up as a twin on request.
A second door leads through to a dressing area, with double wardrobe, to another door that leads into the bathroom shared with Bedroom 4.
Archers’ twin bedroom features twin beds on original Victorian metal bed frames with a shared bedside chest of drawers and ornate reading lamp. A striking block print wallpaper with hares and thrushes creates a feature behind the beds while a rocking chair beckons you in to sit and rest. (Note the beds are slightly higher than beds on standard frames.)
A second door leads through to a dressing area, with double wardrobe, to another door that leads into the bathroom shared with Bedroom 3.
Sitting conveniently between Bedroom 3 and 4, the private, Shared Bathroom features a large walk-in shower, with central and hand-held shower heads, a corner bath with hand-held shower for hair washing, a toilet, wash basin with vanity unit and extendable mirror and a heated towel rail.
From the front of the cottage, a gravelled border wraps around the side of the cottage (overlooking Castle Street) to the rear where guests have access to a large garden laid to lawn, with mature trees and a patio and BBQ with outdoor seating for eight. A path leads down to a wooden picket fence, which borders Beesmoor Brook that feeds the River Isbourne as it runs through Winchcombe.
Note: fencing provides a secure barrier to prevent children from accessing the brook. However, the side garden is raised and open, which is a potential fall hazard for young children. Therefore, please ensure children are not left unattended in the garden.
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 (see ‘Winchcombe Welcomes Walkers’), and also boasts a number of traditional pubs and great cafes, galleries, boutique clothing, interior design and antique shops.
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 Castle’s 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 drive away, you’re 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 main thoroughfare offers tasty gastropub food in relaxed, rustic-chic surroundings. Or head to 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 cottage is GL54 5JA.
The Sudeley Castle Country Cottage Complex is located just off Castle Street in 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. Once in Winchcombe, turn down Castle Street (do not follow the signs to Sudeley Castle), which is next to The White Hart Inn. Follow Castle Street, crossing a small bridge and turn first right in to the ‘Sudeley Castle Country Cottage’ complex. Archers is the first property on the right-hand side.
There is parking for one car directly opposite Archers front door (next to Chandos Hall). For further parking, continue into the main cottage complex (ignoring the ‘Private’ sign). Turn right following the car park signs and park wherever is convenient.
The closest train station to Sudeley Castle & Gardens is Cheltenham Spa.
Starline Taxis of Cheltenham: 01242 250250 / AndyCars: 01242 262611
The W bus service, operated by Stagecoach Buses, runs between Cheltenham Winchcombe.