A delightful riverside retreat in the heart of historic Winchcombe, perfect for groups who can’t get enough of the great outdoors. Families and groups in search of a true home away from home need look no further than Kingfisher Cottage; a modern, spacious cottage jam-packed with all of the mod-cons you could ever need, without losing its traditional cottage charm.
Arriving to the soothing chorus of the gentle, babbling River Isbourne that frames the cottage’s rear garden, you’ll be greeted by pretty, chocolate box exteriors that scream of a quintessential Cotswolds escape. Inside, clean, contemporary interiors offer a fuss-free retreat with plenty of room to unwind, brought to life by eye-catching pops of colour, original artwork, and thoughtful touches from the owner, Di. Outside, a vibrant rear garden complete with patio, lawned area, and plenty of seating offers the ideal space to unwind after a day exploring the Cotswolds, plus a cosy chimenea and charcoal BBQ for suppers al fresco.
With 5 bedrooms sleeping up to 10 guests comfortably, this two-story cottage is ideal for family gatherings or groups looking for a countryside escape with amenities on the doorstep. What’s more, the cottage’s ground floor is completely accessible for wheelchair users thanks to a spacious ground-level bedroom, wide hallways, and dedicated wet room downstairs, making it a great choice for those with additional mobility needs. A Craftmatic rise and fall single bed with electric controls and a basic push wheelchair are available. (Please request in advance).
Adjacent to the owner’s home, the property is only 250 yards from the town’s shops, restaurants, and ancient inns, whilst a footpath leads across fields to the romantic Sudeley Castle.
Greeted by a beautiful mosaic Kingfisher on the doorway handmade by owner Di, a warm, welcoming tone is set from the moment you enter the front door. Opening up into a light, bright hallway,
The cottage’s main living areas can be found at the cottage’s rear, offering plenty of space for groups of all ages to unwind in. The heart of the home is the cosy living room, decorated in an attractive palette of country-cream plus pops of purple, boasting sink-in sofas, a statement stone fireplace, and wall-mounted TV, plus sleek stone flooring complete with underfloor heating. Leading through the living room is a large conservatory with fantastic countryside views, well-equipped for entertaining evenings thanks to its 10-seater dining table, additional sofa, and pool table. Pretty French doors lead directly from the conservatory into the garden, blending indoor/outdoor living perfectly when the weather calls for it.
Sitting at the rear of the cottage is the country-style kitchen, well kitted-out for group catering. In addition to the conservatory’s 10-seater dining table, the kitchen homes a smaller 4-seater diner and breakfast bar for 3; great for casual breakfasts, quick snacks, or for groups who like their own space at mealtimes. A large range cooker rounds off the stylish country feel to the kitchen, plus there’s a large integrated fridge, dishwasher, and microwave at your disposal. A larger freezer can be found in the cottage’s separate utility room, accessed through the kitchen, where you’ll also find a handy washing machine, tumble dryer, and ironing board.
5 well-equipped bedrooms are found throughout the property, sleeping up to 10 adults with ease (please bring your own linen if you are using a cot):
Found just off the entrance hall on the cottage’s ground floor, Bedroom 1 homes twin single beds making it a great choice for kids or adults who don’t mind sharing. Unique patchwork headboards and pretty floral prints bring the room to life and, thanks to its wide doorway and accessible wet room and lavatory just down the hall, it’s perfect for wheelchair users, older guests, or those with mobility issues. This bedroom has a Craftmatic rise and fall single bed with electric controls. (Please request controls in advance.)
Upstairs, alongside three further bedrooms, is the master of the house: a spacious double room with bright skylight windows, attractive oak flooring, and bright pops of purple. There’s a handy en-suite complete with bath and full-height shower, plus your own TV, wardrobe, and chest of drawers. Young families can also make use of the two travel cots available to them here, with plenty of space for both.
Just shy of a double, Bedroom 3 homes a comfortable 4ft bed, making it ideal for couples who don’t mind getting a little cosy. Boasting the same attractive wooden flooring and calm, neutral colour palette as the rest of the house, the bedroom feels spacious thanks to a light, bright dual aspect windows and even benefits from its own en-suite shower room and wall-mounted TV.
With views to the rear of the property, Bedroom 4 offers a sink-in double bed, chic wooden dressing table and en-suite shower room, emitting the same ‘home away from home’ feel that’s evident throughout the property. Attractive wooden floors and soft, white bed linen give the room a modern yet cosy vibe, brought to life with clever hints
of colour in the unique artwork and patchwork blanket box found at the bottom of the bed.
With twin single beds and beautiful countryside views to the rear of the property, Bedroom 5 offers a restful space for friends or couples who like their own bed-space. Interiors are bright and calming thanks to the powder blue hues of the furnishings and artwork, and, like the other bedrooms, it benefits from its own en-suite shower room, complete with panoramic views of the fields that frame the cottage’s rear.
Somewhat of a green-fingered paradise, Kingfisher Cottage’s private, enclosed garden is a dream for lovers of the great outdoors; a verdant, hedge-framed oasis filled with vibrant country flowers, lovingly nurtured by owners Dave and Di. A large patio area, accessible via the cottage’s conservatory and kitchen, offers a great spot for al fresco dining thanks to its outdoor dining set and charcoal BBQ, whilst the well-sized lawn area is great for kids wanting some space to run around in. Running alongside the garden is Winchcombe’s River Isbourne, a gentle stream perfect for paddlers accessible via a public footpath to the rear, providing a soothing soundtrack of running water to al fresco summer dinners. What’s more, rolling fields as far as the eye can see offer a beautiful backdrop to the garden, making you feel well and truly in the heart of the country wherever you turn.
Full List of Facilities
5 ensuite bedrooms
Parking on Premises (for up to 4 cars)
Sky TV including Sky Sports
Utility Room with Washer/Dryer/Airer
Outdoor Dining Area
On-site Fishing Available (Rods not Provided)
Craftmatic electric bed + push wheelchair – request in advance #
Travel Cot x2 (please bring your own linen)
Parking on Premises (for up to 4 cars)
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
The town has several food shops, including a Co-Operative Food store and a Warner’s Budgens, both well-stocked with fresh produce and store cupboard essentials. Vale & Hills Family Butchers sells local meat; North’s Bakery sells a great selection of bread, pastries and baked goodies; and Food Fanatics Deli, Wholefood Store and Café, sells a wide range of speciality foods to eat in or take away.
Number 5 North Street (100 metres)
Wesley House Restaurant & Wine Bar (200 metres)
The Old Corner Cupboard (0.5 miles)
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. We recommend the Sudeley Castle Circular walk for a relaxing stroll, otherwise the Winchcombe Way is 42-miles, taking you on a stunning tour of the northern area of the Cotswolds.
Places to Visit:
Sudeley Castle & Gardens (1 mile)
Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway (1 mile)
Broadway Tower (12 miles)
Train - Cheltenham Spa Station (9 miles)
Taxis - A Private Hire, Taylor Private Hire, Abbey Private Hire
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Points of Note
Parking on premises (for up to 4 cars)
Family events are welcome at the property, but it is our policy not to take bookings for single sex group celebrations, which includes Stag and Hen nights, or groups where the majority are under 25 years
Kingfisher Cottage is situated in the middle of a residential area, in consideration of our neighbours we respectfully request that noise levels are kept to a minimum after 10 pm, especially outside on warmer evenings
Suitable for disabled guests
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
Following 18 months since the start of the COVID pandemic our group of 9 decided that a week away together in a self catering cottage in the Cotswolds would be great. Kingfisher Cottage in Winchcombe did not disappoint. We spent the last week of September there and it proved to be an excellent choice being conveniently close to the town centre which had plenty of places to eat, drink and to see. The cottage was well maintained and provided three good size plus two smaller double rooms, all en-suite. There are also plenty of things to see and do in the area including Sudeley Castle and a vintage steam Railway.
Geoffrey - September 2021
We are five friends who live far & wide across the country who came together after two long years at Kingfisher Cottage. The property is ideally set within walking distance of all amenities with plenty of places to eat of an evening along as you prebook. The owners have provided a wonderful “Bolthole” for a relaxing and comfortable stay whether it be for adults only or families of mixed ages. There is a lovely walk behind the cottage walking the footpath across the fields to Sudeley Castle where we spent a wonderful day with the sun shining. Winchcombe is ideally set for walks or short drives to places such as the beautiful Broadway and Bourton-on-the-Water.
Sharon - September 2021
Had a super stay, lovely surroundings and super place to stay
Jane - Sept 2021
We had a lovely family stay, the house we perfect for the 10 adults and 2 toddlers. Great location easy to walk into Winchcombe with plenty of pubs. Owner on hand when we couldn’t work the Sky box out, so all in all highly recommended
Louise - August 2021
We has such a lovely week at Kingfisher Cottage! The property is well cared for and perfectly laid out to suit families on holiday. The kitchen is so well equipped with everything you could want and the large conservatory area was perfect for our evening meals - the pool table is a great bonus! The garden is just gorgeous. Such a lovely view over the fields and it is very safe for children. We had 2 very young children with us and it was a big bonus to have a stair gate already fitted at the bottom of the stairs. The location of the property is ideal for exploring the lovely town and also the Cotswolds in general. We had an amazing meal at 5 North Street - well worth splashing out on if you want to spoil yourself. We would also highly recommend the Cotswolds Farm Park - one of the best family days out we have had. The owners of the oroperty were so friendly and helpful - thank you for a great stay!
Rachel - August 2021
With the market town of Winchcombe just 250 yards from the front door, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to boutiques, bakeries, pubs, and restaurants within walking distance, plus a handful of beautiful walks from the doorstep.
Driving is the best way to explore Winchcombe’s surrounding towns and villages, but the central location of Kingfisher Cottage means it’s by no means an absolute necessity, with a host of amenities within easy walking distance. For those arriving by train, Cheltenham Spa is your closest major station and is well-served with direct routes to London, Birmingham and Bristol, situated 25 minutes from the cottage. Cheltenham’s Royal Well bus station is also a terminus for multiple National Express routes, should you prefer to travel by coach.
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