Charles I is a dog-friendly apartment cottage, which sleeps 3 guests across one double and one single bedroom. The accommodation is arranged over two floors, with a living area, dining area and fully equipped kitchen downstairs and the two bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs. Charles I is in the converted Old Forge and is the central apartment of three sharing a decking area with Prince Rupert and George III, with each apartment having its own seating area with views across a lawn to a footpath and woodland.
Guests staying at Charles I 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 14 Feb 2020
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This apartment cottage is named after King Charles I, who took refuge at Sudeley Castle after his failed siege of Gloucester during the English Civil War.
Entrance to the apartment is via one of two outdoor staircases (at each end of the Old Forge) and the shared decking area, which faces a pretty lawn and the footpath to Sudeley Castle.
The first floor has a bright and light open plan living area, dining area and fully equipped kitchen, with a stunning central window overlooking the main courtyard. A pretty, divided staircase leads up to the double bedroom to the right and the single bedroom and bathroom to the left.
Note: the three Old Forge apartment cottages have restricted headroom in parts of the bedrooms and landing areas due to the original oak beams and A-frame structure.
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 3 in 1 double bedroom and 1 single bedroom
- 1 family bathroom (walk-in shower)
- 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)
- Easily accessible, free car parking behind the cottage
- Heating gas/electric (with independent thermostat control)
- Free Wi-Fi
- 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
- AEG washer-dryer
- Ironing board, iron and clothes airer
- Vacuum cleaner
- Baby/Child Equipment: high chair x1, travel cot (cot linen not supplied) x1, stairgate x1, safety socket covers
- Outdoor patio/seating area
- Garden furniture – seats 4
- Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, First Aid kit.
Stepping in to the living room from the decking area, you’ll immediately be struck by the original and huge Old Forge window that is the centrepiece of the downstairs floor in Charles I, making this a very bright and welcoming apartment furnished with country cottage fabrics.
At the entrance you will find an understair cupboard housing a travel cot, stair gate, highchair, iron, ironing board, airer, as well as the Welcome Dog Basket (with stainless steel bowl and blanket).
A comfortable sofa, sink-in armchair with a footstool and wooden antique chair provide plenty of seating for 4 in the living area. In addition, the living area is furnished with an oak coffee table, occasional tables, a Freeview TV and DVD player.
The fully equipped kitchen, overlooking the decking and garden, has a country-cottage feel, with fresh off-white coloured and wooden worksurfaces. The kitchen has all the appliances, cookware, crockery and glassware you need for a self-catering holiday, including a, oven/hob, fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher, toaster, kettle and Nespresso coffee machine and washer/dryer. (See ‘Facilities’ above for further details.) A welcome pack of teabags, Nespresso coffee pods, hot chocolate, milk, biscuits, jam/honey mini pots, boiled sweets is provided for your first day at the Cottage.
Extending from the kitchen is a spacious dining area with a round, oak dining table and chairs for 4 that overlooks the main Sudeley Cottages courtyard.
Up the divided staircase, and turn to the right to…
The master bedroom is furnished with an oak frame standard double bed, bedside tables and individual overbed lights with reading and room lighting. This dual aspect bedroom, with windows to the front and back, has a handy dressing area with hanging cupboard – also the perfect place to set up a little one’s travel cot.
Up the divided staircase, and turn to the left to…
Furnished with an oak frame single bed, bedside table and individual overbed light with reading and room lighting, this is a cosy bedroom with views to the rear over the garden and decking area. A small hanging cupboard (for shirts and jackets), chair and vanity shelf with mirror provide lots of space for guests’ clothes and personal items.
Adjacent to Bedroom 2 is the family bathroom, with a large walk-in shower (with a fixed over-head rain shower and detachable handheld shower head) toilet, sink with shaver unit and heated towel rail.
Guests of Charles I share a lovely wooden decking area (with the George III and Prince Rupert apartments) that looks out over a communal garden lawn and a footpath that leads to Sudeley Castle. Each apartment has its own private seating area with table and chairs for 4 guests.
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.
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.
Detailed information about local walks is provided at the property.
Walking & Cycling Guides
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Sudeley Castle’s Country Cottages, Castle Street, Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, GL54 5JA
The Sudeley Castle Country Cottage Complex is located on 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.
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 a large car park for the use of all guests staying in the cottages. The car park is clearly signposted and is on the right-hand side as you enter the cottage complex off Castle Street.