Sudeley Castle Cottage is the private guest cottage of the owners of Sudeley Castle and is now available for rent. The Guest Cottage has been completely renovated to the highest standard and contains many items of furniture and pictures from the Castle’s private collection. Two King bedrooms and one twin bedroom. Free entry to Sudeley Castle & Gardens during the open season March to December excluding private events.
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Updated 1 Aug 2019
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Sudeley Castle Cottage is the private guest cottage of the owners of Sudeley Castle and is now available for rent. The Guest Cottage has been completely renovated to the highest standard and contains many items of furniture and pictures from the Castle’s private collection.
Upstairs, the accommodation comprises two double bedrooms, one twin bedroom and two bathrooms. Downstairs, there is a modern fully equipped kitchen / breakfast room and separate lounge. For your entertainment, there is a flat screen TV and a new WiFi system has also been installed, enabling guests to stream programmes onto their smartphone or tablet. There are also a selection of books available for your enjoyment. Fluffy towels and bedding are provided for all guests.
Sudeley Castle Guest Cottage is located immediately adjacent to the main Castle and guests enjoy complimentary entrance during the season. The Guest Cottage has a large private garden, with outstanding views down the Winchcombe Valley.
Lady Ashcombe’s office and studio are located at the rear of the cottage.
Regrettably, no pets are allowed.
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.
Local Pubs & Restaurants
Wesley House Restaurant & Wine Bar, High Street
01242 602 366
Number 5, North Street
01242 604 566
The Old Corner Cupboard, 83 Gloucester Street
01242 602 303
The Lion Inn, 37 North Street
01242 603 300
Plaisterers Arms, Abbey Terrace
01242 602 358
Jury’s Teashop, High Street
01242 602 469
The White Hart, High Street
01242 602 359
The Royal Oak, Working Lane, Gretton
01242 602 477
The Old Tea House, 6 Hailes Street
01242 604 363
Food Fanatics Deli and Coffee Shop, 12 North Street
01242 604 466
Winchcombe Fish Bar, North Street
01242 603 080
Winchcombe Chinese, 17 North Street
01242 602 116
The Midcounties Co-operative, 22-24 North Street Open 7am-10pm
Warner’s Budgens, Greet Rd Open 7am-9pm
This super figure of eight trail takes you on a tour of the stunning northern area of the Cotswolds.
The walk begins at the lovely town of Winchcombe and heads to Dumbleton via Gretton and Alderton. At Dumbleton you turn south over Dumbleton Hill and through Alstone toward Cleeve Hill and Common. Cleeve Hill is the highest point both of the Cotswolds hill range and in the county of Gloucestershire, at 1083 ft. Here you will also find Belas Knap neolithic chambered long barrow. A scheduled ancient monument in the care of English Heritage, it has been described as an ‘outstanding example representing a group of long barrows commonly referred to as the Cotswold-Severn group’.
Shortly after Belas Knap you return to Winchcombe where the next section of the walk takes to Temple Guiting, passing through Guiting Wood on the way. The path continues to Snowshill where you can explore the delightful Snowshill Manor. Here you can view Charles Wade’s collection of ‘colour, craftsmanship and design’ and enjoy the beautiful hillside gardens.
From Stanshill you continue through Buckland and Stanton before coming to another major route highlight at Stanway House. This splendid Jacobean manor house is right on the trail and open to the public. There are also beautiful gardens and a 300ft high fountain which is the tallest gravity fountain in the world.
The final section of the walk takes you back to Winchcombe, passing Didbrook and the National Trust owned Hailes Abbey with its 13th century ruins and excellent museum.
The eastern loop climbs out of Winchcombe and follows the Farmcote valley before entering Guiting Wood. From here it passes through quiet valleys and the tranquil villages of Cutsdean, Taddington and Snowshill. The route turns and follows the Cotswold escarpment through the villages of Buckland, Laverton and Stanton nestling at the bottom of the hill. The trail passes Stanway House and the recently restored watermill before passing Hailes Abbey on the return to Winchcombe.
The western loop ascends Langley Hill with splendid views before dropping down into Gretton and across to Alderton. From here the trail skirts around Dumbleton Hill with ever changing views before heading to Alstone. From Alstone the views ahead of wooded hills inspires one to climb Nottingham Hill and onto Cleeve Common. The vast common has rare plants and spectacular views before you head to Belas Knap long barrow and descend towards Winchcombe with fine views of Sudeley Castle and the surrounding countryside.
Obtain copies of a more detailed route map from Winchcombe Tourist Information.
The Isbourne Way
This waymarked trail, launched at Winchcombe’s walking festival in 2014, follows the River Isbourne from its source on Cleeve Hill to its confluence with the Warwickshire Avon at Evesham, a distance of some 14 miles.
The Isbourne Way weaves existing footpaths into a route starting at the Washpool on Cleeve Hill, it passes through Winchcombe, Toddington, Wormington and Sedgeberrow, and ends at Evesham. The
trail features woods, open countryside, villages and towns with pubs and shops, and sites of interest such as mills and churches.
The Isbourne Way itself is waymarked throughout using the mill wheel motif shown. The prologue, the epilogue and the ‘return’ routes are not identified on the ground, but are signed with the standard arrows – yellow for footpaths, blue for bridleways.
Please visit the Winchcombe Tourist Information Centre for a guide.
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.
You can find routes to download at the following here, alternatively, enquire at any Cotswold Tourist Information Centre.
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)
Coaches/Large Vehicles please note: Due to a height and weight restricted main entrance, we ask that all coaches and large vehicles enter through our ‘Exit’ gate. From Winchcombe’s High Street, turn into Rushley Lane and at the end of the road you’ll find our gate is opposite you to the right of the lodge.
For Winchcombe Tourist Information click here
Travelling by air
71km from Birmingham Airport
74km from Coventry Airport
98km from Bristol Airport