A truly unique cottage heralding the entrance to historic Sudeley Castle and its magnificent gardens, the Castle Gatehouse is a dog-friendly property that comfortably sleeps 4 guests in two en-suite bedrooms. The Gatehouse is split into two wings, accessed by separate doors. On one side you have a four-poster bed master bedroom with en-suite shower room. On the other side you enter the kitchen/diner, going upstairs to the living area and then up into the second king size bedroom with en-suite shower room. The unique layout of this property makes it ideal for two couples wanting the privacy of their own space whilst sharing kitchen/diner and living areas.
Guests staying at the Castle Gatehouse enjoy complimentary (other than separately ticketed events) day-time entrance to Sudeley Castle & Gardens during the open season.
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- Pub within 1 mile
- Shop within 1 mile
- Parking - x2
- Travel Cot - x1
- High Chair - x1
- Bedding & towels
- Free Entry to Sudeley Castle (Feb - Dec)
Updated 6 Feb 2020
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Booking the Castle Gatehouse is akin to booking your very own miniature castle for your stay at Sudeley! The former gatekeeper’s house marks the entrance to the castle grounds, and has been converted and restored to provide comfortable accommodation for up to four guests over its unique layout. Its ancient and impressive structure is complemented with symmetrical gardens lined with iron railings and a stone courtyard in the centre.
The accommodation is arranged such that Bedroom One, with its four-poster bed and en-suite shower room, is accessed via a separate door, in one wing of the Gatehouse. Across the courtyard is a another door, leading into a well-equipped kitchen with a dining table and chairs for four guests, a utility area with stairs leading up to a beautifully furnished, cosy living area and additional separate WC just off the landing. A further seven steps will take you to Bedroom Two, a spacious room with a king size double bed. A few steps down will lead you to the en-suite shower room, with a concealed washing machine and tumble dryer.
Outside, guests can admire the pastoral views that line the driveway to the castle from two individually gated gardens– a mirror image of each other – neatly connected by a shared patio in the middle with an outdoor dining table and chairs.
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 the Gatehouse! See ‘Local Amenities’ or the Winchcombe guidebook for more information.
- Sleeps 4 in two double bedrooms across a four-poster and king size bed
- 2 shower rooms, both ensuite as well as an additional WC
- All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
- Hairdryer x1
- 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 pack (for 2 nights): hand soap, shower gel, handwash, vanity kit, shower cap and toilet paper (minimum 2 rolls)
- Car parking space for 2 cars
- Heating gas/electric (with independent thermostat control)
- Free Wi-Fi
- 32” Flat screen TV (Freeview)
- DVD 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)
- Neff oven
- Russell Hobbs microwave
- AEG dishwasher
- Washing machine and tumble dryer
- Ironing board, iron + clothes airer
- Vacuum cleaner
- Baby/Child Equipment: high chair x1, travel cot (cot linen not supplied) x1, stairgate x1, safety socket covers
- Private enclosed walled garden – safe for dogs and children
- Outdoor patio/seating area
- Garden furniture – seats 4
- Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, First Aid kit.
Please note, as per the floor plan, the bedrooms have separate entrances across a courtyard and are not joined.
Bedroom One & En-Suite Shower Room
To your left when facing the Castle Gatehouse is a door into Bedroom One, a sumptuous four-poster bedroom with a decorative fireplace, wardrobe and shelves, bedside tables and its own private en-suite shower room with walk-in shower, WC and washbasin.
Head across the courtyard and enter through the opposite door into the…
A thoughtfully laid-out and well-equipped kitchen, featuring a dining table and chairs for 4 people, toaster, kettle, nespresso coffee machine, oven and 4 ring electric hobs, microwave and dishwasher.
The practical utility area off the kitchen under the stairs is where you’ll find a large free standing fridge/freezer, high chair and stairgate, a floor mop, cushions for the outdoor chairs and even a spare dog bowl and blanket should you need it. Note: the washing machine and tumble dryer are upstairs in the ensuite bathroom.
Immediately on your right at the top of the landing is a ….
Separate WC and washbasin.
A beautifully furnished, cosy living room, decorated in rich tones of red, navy blue, black and gold. Relax in front of the flatscreen television and and DVD player, surrounded by interesting antique features, such as the beautiful feature tapestry that adorns the wall.
Go up a further 7 steps to…
A bright room in the arch of the gatehouse, featuring painted beams, a comfortable king size bed, a full length mirror, storage ottomans and bedside tables.
Go down six steps into the…
En-Suite Shower Room
En-suite with wooden floors, large walk-in power shower WC, washbasin, heated towel rail, wardrobe with storage cupboard above. There is also a washing machine and tumble dryer in a concealed cupboard.
The gatehouse benefits from two symmetrical, fully-enclosed lawns as well as a wooden table and chairs for 4 people with retractable parasol in the courtyard patio area that separates the gardens.
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 post code for the property for sat nav purposes is GL54 5LP.
On entering Winchcombe, turn into Vineyard Street. There is a brown directional sign pointing to Sudeley Castle. Continue down Vineyard Street, crossing the river over a small bridge and up the other side towards Sudeley Castle. As you enter the estate, Castle Gatehouse is in front of you, slightly to the left, behind a five bar gate opening to a private gravelled drive and parking bay.
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 private parking for two cars on the hard-standing gravel area outside of the gatehouse.