Emma Dent is a spacious, detached, rambling rose-covered cottage set over two floors, which sleeps 4 guests across 1 king-size ensuite and 1 twin ensuite, plus a further two guests on a comfortable living room sofa bed. In addition to the two ensuite shower rooms there is a downstairs W.C. A travel cot and high chair are also provided. The cottage has a fully-equipped, modern kitchen and a spacious living and dining area that leads out to a private courtyard with seating.
Guests staying at Emma Dent Cottage 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 25 Aug 2020
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Named after Emma Dent (née Brocklehurst), who started the restoration of Sudeley Castle in the 19th Century, there is a real sense of history about this pretty, light and airy cottage. It is to Emma Dent that we owe the splendour of Sudeley Castle as it stands today. For almost half a century she dedicated her life to the Castle, building the Jubilee Buildings of the West Wing, the North Tower, the two gate lodges and the present entrance to the Estate, as well as laying out the gardens, including planting the magnificent yew hedges.
The accommodation is arranged over two floors. Guests enter from a covered porch into a hallway area, with handy coat hooks, then pass through to the open-plan dining-kitchen area, with a large window in the kitchen overlooking the woods. To the left of the dining area is understair storage (baby and cleaning equipment) and a spacious W.C.
Off the kitchen, and down two stairs, is the bright and airy, triple-aspect living area, with seating for six (one sofa bed), which leads out through French doors to a courtyard with a table and seating.
Upstairs (via a carpeted staircase with handrail) there is an ensuite double bedroom with king-size bed and an ensuite twin bedroom.
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 4 (+2) in 2 bedrooms across 1 king size bedroom, 1 twin; (+1 double sofa bed)
- 2 ensuite shower rooms; 1 downstairs W.C.
- 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
- 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
- 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 4/6
- Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, First Aid kit.
The ground floor of Emma Dent Cottage features a bright and light open plan area, furnished with English country cottage fabrics and light oak furniture.
The centrepiece of the dining area is an oak dining table and chairs to comfortably seat 6.
To the left of the dining area is a handy understair cupboard housing a travel cot, stair gate, highchair, iron, ironing board, airer, and bedding for the sofa bed. A spacious W.C. with sink featuring sage-grey Shaker-style panelling is next to the understair cupboard – a handy facility for guests using the sofa bed.
The fully equipped kitchen, overlooking the woods leading up to the Castle, has a country-cottage feel, with fresh off-white coloured cabinets and wooden worksurfaces. The kitchen has all the appliances, cookware, crockery and glassware you need for a self-catering holiday, including a Neff cooker, fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher, toaster, kettle and Nespresso coffee machine. (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.
The triple aspect Living Area is wonderfully light yet cosy and features two large, sink-in sofas (one is a sofa bed) and a comfy armchair, plus an oak coffee table, large Samsung Smart TV and DVD player. French doors lead from the Living Area to a patio with seating and chairs – the perfect spot for an evening drink after a day exploring the Estate or wider Cotswolds.
Carpeted stairs with a handrail lead upstairs to the two ensuite bedrooms:
Along the landing and down a step you’ll find the king-size double bedroom with a very spacious ensuite. The bedroom windows look out down the length of the main Sudeley courtyard, providing a great view of all the cottages. The bedroom is furnished with a small built-in hanging cupboard, a full-length mirror, bedside tables and handy over-bed lights with reading and room lighting.
A single step leads up into the spacious ensuite, featuring a walk-in shower, heated towel rail, a large sink with a mirror, shaver power point, a storage cupboard (ideal for luggage) and a vanity storage unit for bathroom accessories.
Cross the landing to the pretty ensuite twin bedroom, featuring two oak frame beds and a lovely view out over woodland. The bedroom is furnished with a large built-in hanging cupboard, a central bedside table and individual over-bed lights with reading and room lighting.
This ensuite bathroom features a large, walk-in shower (with overhead and hand-held shower), dual flush W.C., a large sink and a heated towel rail.
Guests have access to a wrap around courtyard with seating to the rear and side of the Cottage.
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.
Thanks to your proximity to Winchcombe town centre you have a host of amenities to enjoy within a 5-minute walk of the cottage. 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 food 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.
More details of walks and maps are provided at the property.
Walking & Cycling Guides
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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 postcode for the cottage is GL54 5JA.
Parking: There is a large car park for the use of all guests staying in the cottages. The car park is clearly signposted and on the right-hand side as you enter the cottage complex.
The closest train station to Sudeley Castle & Gardens is Cheltenham Spa, 20 minutes’ drive away.
The W bus service, operated by Stagecoach Buses, runs between Cheltenham Winchcombe.