Archers is a sumptuously decorated, 4-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom, luxury holiday cottage, built between the 18th and 19th Century, just minutes from Sudeley Castle and the gorgeous Cotswold town of Winchcombe. The cottage has an elegant and cosy living room, with a woodburner, a dining room, comfortably seating 8, a fully equipped kitchen with breakfast table and a delightful garden with views to Winchcombe. The cottage sleeps 8 across 1 en-suite king-size bedroom; 1 en-suite super-king; and 1 super-king and 1 twin, sharing a bathroom, with a further downstairs cloakroom. There is free, easily accessible parking for up to 4 cars. Archers Cottage is dog friendly and allows a maximum of 2 dogs (with a charge of £25 per pet on booking).
During your stay at Archers you are entitled to free admission to Sudeley Castle and Gardens during the Castle’s open season (except for separately ticketed events).
Please be aware that under no circumstances are additional guests above the maximum capacity allowed at the property, for day visits or overnight stays. If you are found to be in breach of this, you will be asked to leave the property.
Archers is a beautifully decorated and furnished historic, Cotswold-stone country cottage, formed from the renovation and joining of two cottages, one built in the 18th Century and the other built in the 19th Century. From the luxury wallpaper to the gorgeous objet d’art and artwork, all carefully chosen by Elizabeth, Lady Ashcombe (who oversaw the renaissance of Sudeley Castle in the 20th Century), Archers will perfectly suit a group of friends or an extended family.
The cottage has a wrap-around gravel border, which opens out at the rear into a pretty garden, with mature trees and a patio with BBQ and outside seating. The garden runs down to Beesmoor Brook, which feeds into the River Isbourne running through Winchcombe.
Enter Archers through the front door, protected from the elements by a pretty wooden porch, and head into the hallway with its original stone flooring. Guests will find this is a handy place to remove outdoor footwear and hang coats.
The dual aspect, fully equipped kitchen looks out over the front of the property and to the rear garden, with its view to Beesmoor Brook. The kitchen features a range-style Cuisinemaster oven with three ovens and a five-ring hob. A refectory-style table comfortably seats four for breakfast or serves as an additional preparation space. A dishwasher, microwave, washer/dryer is provided along with all the utensils, food preparation equipment, crockery and glassware needed for a luxury, self-catered stay.
The cottage’s original flagstone floor, sturdy wooden beams and inglenook fireplace lend great character to the Dining Room, which comfortably seats eight around a long wooden table. The wood burner-effect fireplace provides a subtle background heat and gentle glow - without overheating diners!
Under the stairs, off the Dining Room, is a handy downstairs toilet and wash basin.
The centrepiece of Archers is the beautifully bright yet cosy and stylish Living Room, with its wood burner fireplace, soft primrose coloured walls and delightful objets d’art and books chosen by Elizabeth, Lady Ashcombe. The Living Room is furnished with two sink-in sofas, two armchairs, footstools and a coffee table with a wide-ranging collection of colourful reference books. To one side is a desk with a chair and table lamp, making it an ideal place to make notes, do some research or write a postcard. A card table is located under the window overlooking the garden, and large, flat screen TV is positioned above the fireplace. Starter logs and kindling are provided for guests’ first fire. (Additional logs may be purchased from general stores and supermarkets in Winchcombe).
The fully carpeted landing is decorated with a rich blue, ornate, William Morris-style wallpaper, and features contemporary and antique paintings on its walls. There is a full-length mirror and large storage cupboard - ideal for placing luggage and where guests will find the travel cot, stairgate and highchair. At one end of the landing there is a one step up to Bedrooms 1 and 2, and, at the other end, one step up to Bedroom 3.
At the far end of the Landing, straight ahead from the top of the stairs, is the ensuite master bedroom with king-size bed. The bedroom, with its restful duck-egg blue walls and accents of taupe, overlooks Castle Street from the bedroom and the cottage courtyard entrance from the ensuite shower room. The room is furnished with a king-size double bed, bedside tables, with touch-sensitive reading lamps, a double wardrobe, a luggage rack, antique armchair and a chest of drawers with a large mirror above. The ensuite has a large walk-in shower, with central and hand-held shower heads, a toilet, wash basin with mirror (and shaver point) and a heated towel rail. (Note: there is one very small step down into Bedroom 1 from the Landing).
The soft-yellow walls and contrasting exposed beams make this bedroom a delightfully calm and inviting room, featuring a super king-size bed, bedside tables and touch-sensitive reading lamps, a double wardrobe, luggage rack and antique chair. The ensuite has a large walk-in shower, with central and hand-held shower heads, a toilet, wash basin with mirror (and shaver point) and a heated towel rail. Bedroom 2 can be set up as a twin on request.
The creamy ochre walls of Bedroom 3 create a warm and inviting ambience. This bedroom has views out over the garden towards Winchcombe through the Velux window, set in the sloping celling with its original oak beam. Bedroom 3 features a super king-size bed, hand painted, antique bedside tables and touch-sensitive reading lamps, luggage rack and an antique armchair. Bedroom 3 can be set up as a twin on request.
A second door leads through to a dressing area, with double wardrobe, to another door that leads into the bathroom shared with Bedroom 4.
Archers’ twin bedroom features twin beds on original Victorian metal bed frames with a shared bedside chest of drawers and ornate reading lamp. A striking block print wallpaper with hares and thrushes creates a feature behind the beds while a rocking chair beckons you in to sit and rest. (Note the beds are slightly higher than beds on standard frames.)
A second door leads through to a dressing area, with double wardrobe, to another door that leads into the bathroom shared with Bedroom 3.
Sitting conveniently between Bedroom 3 and 4, the private, Shared Bathroom features a large walk-in shower, with central and hand-held shower heads, a corner bath with hand-held shower for hair washing, a toilet, wash basin with vanity unit and extendable mirror and a heated towel rail.
From the front of the cottage, a gravelled border wraps around the side of the cottage (overlooking Castle Street) to the rear where guests have access to a large garden laid to lawn, with mature trees and a patio with outdoor seating for eight. A path leads down to a wooden picket fence, which borders Beesmoor Brook that feeds the River Isbourne as it runs through Winchcombe. Please note that the fencing provides a secure barrier to prevent children from accessing the brook. However, the side garden is raised and open, which is a potential fall hazard for young children. Therefore, please ensure children are not left unattended in the garden.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms across 1 king, 2 super kings (can be set up as twins), and 1 twin.
3.5 bathrooms: 2 ensuite shower rooms (with walk-in shower, basin and WC); 1 family bathroom (with walk-in shower, corner bath, basin and WC – shared between bedroom 3 and 4); 1 downstairs W.C and hand basin.
Woodburner – starter logs and kindling for first fire provided.
All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
Kitchen Starter Pack (for first night/day): teabags, Nespresso coffee pods, hot chocolate, milk, biscuits, jam/honey mini pots, boiled sweets.
Cleaning Starter Pack: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags, kitchen paper
Bathroom starter pack: hand soap, shower gel, handwash, vanity kit, shower cap and toilet paper (minimum 2 rolls)
Easily accessible, free car parking opposite cottage (1 car) and in main cottage complex parking (3 cars)
Heating with independent thermostat control
Flat screen TV (Freeview)
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
Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, First Aid kit.
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
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.
Wesley House (200 metres)
White Hart Inn (200 metres)
North Street (300 metres)
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 2.5 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.
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.
Places to Visit:
Sudeley Castle & Gardens (0.5 miles)
Everyman Theatre (8 miles)
Broadway Tower (9 miles)
Train - Cheltenham Spa Station (9 miles)
Taxis - Starline Taxis, AndyCars
There is so much to discover in the Cotswolds, why not have a look at some of our favourite Bolthole Retreats Experiences
Points of Note
Parking: There is free, easily accessible parking for up to 4 cars
Dog friendly: a maximum of 2 dogs (with a charge of £25 per pet on booking)
Fencing provides a secure barrier to prevent children from accessing the brook. However, the side garden is raised and open, which is a potential fall hazard for young children. Therefore, please ensure children are not left unattended in the garden.
Sudeley Castle and Gardens: A booking made for this property entitles you to free admission to Sudeley Castle and Gardens, as many times as you wish during your stay. This includes general admission, during the open season, but does not include entry to special events. You do not need to book admission ahead of your arrival. To obtain your entry ticket, please take your booking confirmation or property door key to the Castle Admissions Centre where the staff there will provide you with your ticket. To check if the Castle and Gardens are open for your dates, or to book a ticket for a special event, please refer to the Sudeley Castle website.
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
Four days spent in the beautiful property, Archers in Winchcombe. The property was spotlessly clean, with lovely soft sheets and towels in spacious bedrooms. The kitchen was well equipped. Parking for a large group was very generous and a free visit to Sudeley Castle included in the cost of rental made it extremely good value. Would highly recommend a visit to this lovely old house.
Sarah - August 2021
We have had a wonderful stay at Archers Cottage. The cottage is very clean and tidy with newly updated bathrooms and lovely powerful showers. Good size bedrooms, very useful to have our own showers and toilets too. The garden is a good size with a huge bbq which we put to good use on a sunny evening! The only area for improvement would be that the garden is not fully secure to the side so we had to keep an eye on our dogs/put them on a lead whilst they were outside. Fantastic location, a short walk into the village town centre with a tasty bakery, pub, fish and chip shop and quaint shops for souvenirs etc. Fantastic that you can get free access to Sudeley castle and gardens included in the stay, which is a lovely touch. Thoroughly enjoyed our visit and would certainly recommend it to others. Thank you!
Laura - July 2021
Archers cottage was just perfect. The furnishings and amenities are of a very high standard. Winchcombe is a lovely working town. The local butchers is great as was the No5 restauran5; f you fancy a treat. The cottage is very convenient to pubs and restaurants and we hardly used our car. Sudeley castle and the gardens are well worth a visit, such a lovely place to see. We all had a fab time.
The cottage is beautiful, comfortable and well equipped.
Situated just a short walk from the centre of 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 Archers. See the Winchcombe guidebook for more information.
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