Princess Elizabeth Cottage is a charming and carefully restored, 2-bedroom cottage that sleeps 4 guests in 1 king size double room and 1 twin room, with 1 family bathroom. The cottage is a semi-detached (alongside Lady Jane Grey), two storey property with a fully-equipped modern kitchen and a spacious living and dining area that leads out to a private courtyard with seating. Upstairs are two comfortable and well-appointed bedrooms and a modern bathroom with a fixed shower over a bathtub.
Guests staying at Princes Elizabeth 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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Named after Princess Elizabeth, who visited the castle on several occasions and who would later in her life become the infamous Queen Elizabeth I of England, this lovely cottage was originally part of a paper mill, which was restored to make two cottages (Lady Jane Grey and Princess Elizabeth) and two apartments (St Kenelm and Oliver Cromwell), preserving the original exposed walls and beams throughout. (St Kenelm sits directly above Princess Elizabeth and Oliver Cromwell sits directly above Lady Jane Grey.)
The accommodation is arranged over two floors. Guests enter from a covered porch into a small hallway, with handy coat hooks, and pass through to an open-plan and very well-equipped kitchen area with under stairs storage (baby and cleaning equipment). The kitchen windows look out on to the private courtyard.
Off the kitchen, and down three stairs, is the dining area with a large oak table, comfortably seating 4 guests. At the end of this large open plan space is the living area, which leads out to the private courtyard.
Upstairs (via a carpeted staircase with handrail) there is one double bedroom a king size bed and one spacious twin bedroom, as well as a family bathroom with full-size bath and over-bath shower.
Situated jut 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 in 2 bedrooms across a king size double and 2 singles
- 1 x family bathroom
- 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 friendly
- 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 + 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.
The kitchen at Princess Elizabeth is very well equipped, with plenty of storage space in the distinctive, off-white cabinets with wooden work surfaces. 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, washing machine/dryer and Nespresso coffee machine. 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. (See ‘Facilities’ above for further details.)
Step down from the kitchen area to the dining/living area which is dominated by the paper mill’s original stone wall. The dining area has a large circular oak table, seating 4, while the other end features a large, sink-in sofa + 2 armchairs, a flat-screen TV and DVD player and oak coffee table. Double doors lead out to the courtyard with a table and seating, the perfect place to relax in the evening sun after a day exploring the Cotswolds.
This pretty bedroom features a king size double bed with oak bedstead and headboard. Facing the river at the rear of the property, with a large sash window, this bedroom is light and bright with plenty of storage space in an ornate carved hanging cupboard and bedside cabinets with reading lamps, and a lovely dressing table with large fixed mirror.
A spacious twin room, with the beds arranged to provide some privacy between guests. This front-facing bedroom features original oak beams, a decorative original fireplace and the mill’s exposed stone walls. Guests share a dressing table with fixed mirror, while each bed has its own bedside table and dimmable reading lamp.
The pretty bathroom with Shaker-style panelling and exposed stone wall has a full-size bath with over-bath shower, a large sink with a mirror and shaver point, a dual flush toilet and heated towel rail. Handy hooks on the door are provided for your clothes or robe. Complimentary toiletries are provided including hand soap, shower gel, handwash, vanity kit, shower cap and toilet paper.
Guests have access to Princes Elizabeth’s private, gravelled courtyard with a table and seating for four.
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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The postcode for the cottage is 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.
By Train and Bus
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 carpark for the use of all guests staying in the cottages. The carpark is clearly signposted and on the right-hand side as you enter the cottage complex.