Cottages near Winchcombe
Winchcombe is a hidden jewel in the Cotswolds’ crown
Winchcombe is an elegant and timeless Cotswold town with the magnificent centuries-old Sudeley Castle and Gardens drawing visitors from all over the world. As well as the fascinating castle and its beautiful gardens, the town itself has plenty to keep visitors busy and entertained with many tourists finding there’s no need to venture further afield over a long weekend.
Journey down the narrow side streets and you’ll find a fascinating mix of beautifully preserved Cotswold stone cottages and ancient black and white half-timbered buildings, many dating back to the mid-16th century. The architectural richness in the town is due to its thriving, historical sheep’s wool trade. When a local trader became wealthy, they would buy a longcase clock. The town became so prosperous that 13 clockmaker workshops appeared in the town at the peak of the wool trade.
Winchcombe is a well-known walker’s haven, with the figure-of-eight Winchcombe Way centred on the town and the Isbourne Way passing through it, as well as a network of public footpaths leading out to Belas Knap and the surrounding countryside – no wonder it holds the ‘Walkers are Welcome’ status, one of only 100 towns in the UK to do so.
The town is also a great destination for anyone who enjoys good food, with a tempting choice of eating out options that range from traditional pubs to gourmet dining, and superb delis to local cafes. In addition, there is an inviting range of independent interior and gift shops, galleries, boutiques, and antique shops.