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Castle Gatehouse

Winchcombe

Sleeps 4
Bedrooms
2
Bathrooms
2
Family Friendly
Dog Friendly
2
Local Pub
Heralding the entrance to Sudeley Castle and its magnificent gardens, Castle Gatehouse is a truly unique place to stay. This once-former gatekeeper's house offers an impressive welcome to the Sudeley Estate and affords four guests the opportunity to spend time somewhere rather special. Divided over two wings, Castle Gatehouse has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and two gated gardens, connected by a terrace. With the main entrance to Sudeley and the medieval town of Winchcombe both just a short stroll away, this is the perfect location for a relaxing break in the Cotswolds.


Guests staying at the Castle Gatehouse enjoy complimentary (other than separately ticketed events) day-time entrance to Sudeley Castle & Gardens during the open season.
Full Description

Staying at the Castle Gatehouse is akin to booking your very own miniature castle at Sudeley. The house marks the entrance to the castle grounds and has been converted and restored and offers comfortable accommodation for up to four guests. The ancient and impressive structure is complemented by symmetrical gardens lined with iron railings and a stone courtyard in the centre.

The accommodation is arranged with bedroom one and its two-poster bed and en-suite shower room, occupying one wing of the Gatehouse. Across the courtyard, another door leads into a well-equipped kitchen and stairs leading up to a beautifully furnished, cosy living area. The second bedroom is on the first floor of this wing along with an ensuite shower room.

Outside, guests can admire the pastoral views that line the driveway to the castle from two individually gated gardens– a mirror image of each other – neatly connected by a shared terrace in the middle with an outdoor dining table and chairs. There is private driveway parking for two cars and two dogs are welcome.

Ground Floor

Please note, as per the floor plan, the bedrooms have separate entrances across a courtyard and are not joined.

Bedroom One & En-Suite Shower Room:
The left wing of Castle Gatehouse is home to bedroom one, a delightful two-poster bedroom with a decorative fireplace, wardrobe and shelves, bedside tables and its own private en-suite shower room with a walk-in shower, WC and washbasin.

Through the opposite door lies the second wing of the gatehouse.

Kitchen:
A thoughtfully laid-out and well-equipped kitchen, featuring a dining table and chairs for 4 people, a toaster, kettle, Nespresso coffee machine, oven and 4 ring electric hobs, microwave and dishwasher.

Utility:
The practical utility area off the kitchen under the stairs is where you’ll find a large free-standing fridge/freezer, high chair and stairgate, a floor mop, cushions for the outdoor chairs and even a spare dog bowl and blanket should you need it. Note: the washing machine and tumble dryer are upstairs in the en-suite bathroom.

First Floor

W.C:
Separate WC and washbasin.

Living Room:
A beautifully furnished, cosy living room, decorated in rich tones of red, navy blue, black and gold. Relax in front of the Smart TV, surrounded by interesting antique features, such as the beautiful feature tapestry that adorns the wall.

Bedroom Two:
A bright room in the arch of the gatehouse, featuring painted beams, a comfortable king-size bed, a full-length mirror, storage ottomans and bedside tables.

En-Suite Shower Room:
En-suite with wooden floors, large walk-in power shower WC, washbasin, heated towel rail, wardrobe with storage cupboard above. There is also a washing machine and tumble dryer in a concealed cupboard.

Outside

The gatehouse benefits from two small, symmetrical, gardens with a wooden table and chairs for four guests, with retractable parasol, in the courtyard patio area that separates the gardens. An outdoor tap is handy for rinsing off muddy dogs and boots after a long country walk. There is parking for two cars on the private driveway.

Full List of Facilities

Indoor

  • Bedroom One - Two-poster double
  • Bedroom Two - King-size
  • 2 Bathrooms - 2 en-suite shower rooms and an additional W.C
  • Hairdryer
  • Oven
  • Hob
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Coffee machine - Nespresso
  • Dishwasher
  • Dining table - Seats 4
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Iron
  • WiFi *Please note that speeds are for guidance only and are not guaranteed
  • TV
  • Travel cot (cot linen not provided)
  • Highchair
  • Stair gates

Outdoor

  • Dog friendly - 2 well-behaved dogs welcome for an additional fee
  • Garden
  • Outdoor dining area
  • BBQ - Charcoal - please supply your own charcoal
  • Parking - Off-road parking for 2 cars
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:

The town itself benefits from several small supermarkets, including The Co-Operative Food which is well-stocked with fresh produce and store cupboard essentials. Vale & Hills Family Butchers offer 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.

Eating Out:
  • White Hart Inn (200 metres)
  • North Street (300 metres)
  • The Corner Cupboard (300 metres)
Walks:

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.

Sudeley Castle:

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)
Travel:
  • 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
  • Book with us to get exclusive discounts to top attractions and experiences.
  • Parking: Private parking for two cars on the gravel area outside the gatehouse 
  • People with reduced mobility should note that there are many steps in this property to access the different rooms. Please also note that Bedroom One is accessed separately and is not connected internally to the rest of the house.
  • Between the 20th November and the 30th December the Spectacle of Lights event is held at Sudeley Castle. As part of this event Castle Gatehouse is brightly lit. The lights will be switched off at 10pm each night.
  • 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.

Reviews

If you have the opportunity to book a stay in this historic castle gatehouse, do not hesitate. The property has all the modern comforts including two spacious bathrooms and a full-sized clothes washer and dryer. Perfect for two couples or a family with older children (since the two bedrooms are in separate parts of the gatehouse). It’s a 5-minute walk into the charming town with several good pubs and restaurants. Make sure to save a day to explore Sudeley Castle and its gardens. It is spectacular and packed with history. Admission is free with your stay, but we recommend the inexpensive 30-minute tour provided by one of their excellent guides. Don’t miss a chance to stay in this extraordinary property!

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Regina
| 04/04/2024

Fantastic place to stay for family. Really great set up and wonderful that both our son and us could have separate spaces whilst still being a very family centric set up. So cool to stay in a mini castle. With so many great things to do in the Cotswolds, we will definitely be going back! So pleased to have found this!

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Will
| 14/02/2024

Brilliant location and a beautiful village. We had everything we needed.

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Ken
| 18/09/2023

A great place to stay,experience something different and in touch with the area. Well equipped, comfortable, quiet and in a great and convenient location. The free admission to the castle was a bonus.

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Marg
| 30/07/2023

Very enjoyable stay,great location,excellent building,would highly recommend for a special occasion birthday or anniversary

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Darren
| 11/07/2023

Location

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 at the Gatehouse. See ‘Local Amenities’ or the Winchcombe guidebook for more information.