This delightful, three-bedroom, two-bathroom, self-contained, two-storey country cottage on the Sudeley Castle Estate is surrounded by a large, rambling garden, with outstanding views down the Winchcombe Valley. Sleeping six across one ensuite king-size room, one double bedroom and one twin, the Guest Cottage is ideal for a family or a group of three couples.
During your stay you are entitled to free admission to Sudeley Castle and Gardens during the Castle’s open season (except for separately ticketed events).
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- Pub within 1 mile
- Shop within 1 mile
- Parking - x3
- Travel Cot - x1
- High Chair - x1
- Bedding & towels
- Free Entry to Sudeley Castle (Feb - Dec)
Updated 30 Oct 2020
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Te Sudeley Castle Guest Cottage is furnished throughout with beautiful antiques, paintings, ornaments and an impressive collection of books chosen by Lady Ashcombe (whose office and studio are located at the rear of the cottage). The Guest Cottage is five minutes’ walk to the entrance to Sudeley Castle and Gardens and just ten minutes’ walk to the heart of historic Winchcombe.
Downstairs, the accommodation includes a welcoming hallway, a fully equipped country kitchen with dining table and an elegant, yet cosy, living room with a flat screen TV and DVD player, plus a wide selection of books to curl up with in a comfy armchair or window seat. Upstairs, the accommodation comprises two double bedrooms and one twin bedroom, with two bathrooms, one ensuite (with a walk-in shower) and the other a family bathroom (with walk-in shower and bathtub).
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 here. See ‘Local Amenities’ or the ‘Winchcombe’ guidebook tabs above for more information.
- Sleeps 6 in 3 double bedrooms: 1 king-size, 1 double and 1 twin.
- 2 bathrooms: one ensuite with a walk-in shower; one family bathroom with walk-in shower and bathtub.
- All bed linen, bath towels (hand, bath and face cloth) and tea towels provided
- Hairdryer x3
- Kitchen Starter Pack (for first night/day): teabags, Nespresso coffee pods, hot chocolate, milk, salt & pepper, biscuits, jam/honey mini pots, boiled sweets.
- Cleaning Starter Pack (for 2 nights): dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags, tin foil, cling film.
- 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 beside the cottage
- Heating gas/electric (with independent thermostat control in kitchen)
- 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
- 5-ring hob and double oven
- Ironing board, iron + clothes airer
- Vacuum cleaner
- Baby/Child Equipment: highchair x1, travel cot (cot linen not supplied) x1, stairgate x1
- Outdoor patio/seating area
- Garden furniture – seats 6+
- Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, First Aid kit.
The historic market town of Winchcombe is quite literally on your doorstep here, providing a host of amenities, must-sees and activities to suit guests of all ages, shapes and sizes:
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 head to feed your appetite. 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.
Sudeley Castle, historic home and resting place of Henry VIII’s last wife Katherine Parr, is situated just a short stroll from the cottage and is an absolute must-visit for guests. Offering plenty to keep all ages entertained, the beautiful grounds will satisfy garden-lovers and history buffs alike, whilst the adventure playground and acres of manicured lawns offer the perfect place for younger guests to stretch their legs. Cheltenham Racecourse, home of the world-famous Cheltenham Festival, is just a 15-minute drive and the perfect day out destination for racing fans, whilst Toddington’s GWSR Steam Railway (7-minute drive) offers a fantastic day on the rails for vintage locomotive enthusiasts. Further afield, history buffs have Blenheim Palace (1-hour drive) and Warwick Castle (1-hour drive) to explore, whilst Shakespeare’s birthplace, the medieval market town of Stratford-upon-Avon, is just 40 minutes by car. Families will love Cotswold Farm Park (15-minute drive) and the pretty Cotswold village of Broadway, just 7 miles away, with its independent boutiques, art galleries, cafés and fantastic adventure park.
The Cotswolds is perfect for cyclists, there are bridleways and quiet country lanes galore and while you’ll struggle to avoid a few uphill stretches at least most are relatively short and gentle and, as well as the freewheel downhill afterwards, your efforts will have earnt you a guilt free drink and meal in one of the hostelries so thoughtfully scattered along your route!
There are a number of companies offering guided or self-guided cycling tours and holidays – there’s even one with electric bikes! If you prefer to do your own thing there are a number of downloadable cycle rides or just buy a map and plan your own route.
Walking & Cycling Guides
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Travelling by car
16km (10 miles) from junction 9 of the M5
69km (43 miles) from the M4
98km (61 miles) from the M40 (Oxford)
From the centre of Winchcombe, take Castle Street (just beside The White Hart Inn) and follow it for approximately 0.5 mile. Turn first left on to Rushley Lane (opposite the private entrance to Sudeley Castle) and then immediately right into the Guest Cottage’s driveway. Continue up the driveway and park close to the house.
For Winchcombe Tourist Information click here
Travelling by train
The closest train station to Sudeley Castle & Gardens is Cheltenham Spa.
The W bus service, operated by Stagecoach Buses, runs between Cheltenham Winchcombe.
Travelling by air
71km from Birmingham Airport
74km from Coventry Airport
98km from Bristol Airport