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Charles I at Sudeley Castle


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Charles I is a dog-friendly apartment cottage, which sleeps 3 guests across one double and one single bedroom. The accommodation is arranged over two floors, with a living area, dining area and fully equipped kitchen downstairs and the two bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs. Charles I is in the converted Old Forge and is the central apartment of three sharing a decking area with Prince Rupert and George III, with each apartment having its own seating area with views across a lawn to a footpath and woodland.

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

Full Description

This apartment cottage is named after King Charles I, who took refuge at Sudeley Castle after his failed siege of Gloucester during the English Civil War.

Entrance to the apartment is via one of two outdoor staircases (at each end of the Old Forge) and the shared decking area, which faces a pretty lawn and the footpath to Sudeley Castle.

The first floor has a bright and light open plan living area, dining area and fully equipped kitchen, with a stunning central window overlooking the main courtyard. A pretty, divided staircase leads up to the double bedroom to the right and the single bedroom and bathroom to the left.

Note: the three Old Forge apartment cottages have restricted headroom in parts of the bedrooms and landing areas due to the original oak beams and A-frame structure.

Ground Floor

Living/Dining/Kitchen Area:
Stepping into the living room from the decking area, you’ll immediately be struck by the original and huge Old Forge window that is the centrepiece of the downstairs floor in Charles I, making this a very bright and welcoming apartment furnished with country cottage fabrics.

At the entrance, you will find an understair cupboard housing a travel cot, stair gate, highchair, iron, ironing board, airer, as well as the Welcome Dog Basket (with stainless steel bowl and blanket).

A comfortable sofa, sink-in armchair with a footstool and wooden antique chair provide plenty of seating for 4 in the living area. In addition, the living area is furnished with an oak coffee table, occasional tables, a Freeview TV and DVD player.

The fully equipped kitchen, overlooking the decking and garden, has a country-cottage feel, with fresh off-white coloured and wooden work surfaces. The kitchen has all the appliances, cookware, crockery and glassware you need for a self-catering holiday, including an oven/hob, fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher, toaster, kettle and Nespresso coffee machine and washer/dryer. (See ‘Facilities’ above for further details.) A welcome pack of teabags, Nespresso coffee pods, hot chocolate, milk, biscuits, jam/honey mini pots, boiled sweets are provided for your first day at the Cottage.

Extending from the kitchen is a spacious dining area with a round, oak dining table and chairs for 4 that overlooks the main Sudeley Cottages courtyard.

First Floor

Bedroom 1:
The master bedroom is furnished with an oak frame standard double bed, bedside tables and individual overbed lights with reading and room lighting. This dual aspect bedroom, with windows to the front and back, has a handy dressing area with hanging cupboard - also the perfect place to set up a little one’s travel cot.

Bedroom 2:
Furnished with an oak frame single bed, bedside table and individual overbed light with reading and room lighting, this is a cosy bedroom with views to the rear over the garden and decking area. A small hanging cupboard (for shirts and jackets), chair and vanity shelf with mirror provide lots of space for guests’ clothes and personal items.

Family Bathroom:
Adjacent to Bedroom 2 is the family bathroom, with a large walk-in shower (with a fixed over-head rain shower and detachable handheld shower head) toilet, sink with shaver unit and heated towel rail.


Guests of Charles I share a lovely wooden decking area (with the George III and Prince Rupert apartments) that looks out over a communal garden lawn and a footpath that leads to Sudeley Castle. Each apartment has its own private seating area with table and chairs for 4 guests.

Full List of Facilities

  • Sleeps 3 in 1 double bedroom and 1 single bedroom
  • 1 family bathroom (walk-in shower)
  • All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
  • Hairdryer x1
  • Kitchen Starter Pack (for first night/day): teabags, Nespresso coffee pods, hot chocolate, milk, biscuits, jam/honey mini pots, boiled sweets.
  • Cleaning Starter Pack (for 2 nights): dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags, kitchen paper
  • 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 opposite the cottage
  • Heating gas/electric (with independent thermostat control)
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Flat screen TV (Freeview)
  • DVD player
  • Child / dog friendly (dog blanket and stainless-steel dog bowl provided)
  • 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
  • Oven/Hob
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge-freezer
  • AEG washer-dryer
  • Ironing board, iron and clothes airer
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Baby/Child Equipment: high chair x1, travel cot (cot linen not supplied) x1, stairgate x1, safety socket covers
  • Outdoor patio/seating area
  • Garden furniture – seats 4
  • Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, First Aid kit.
Points of Note
  • Parking: There is a large car park for the use of all guests staying in the cottages and is clearly signposted to the right-hand side as you enter the cottage complex
  • Charles I is a dog friendly cottage that allows a maximum of 2 dogs (with a charge of £25 per pet)
  • Parents of young children should note that a river runs behind the Cottage car park


Lovely quiet location with an abundance of walks on your doorstep. Cute cottage, which felt very clean, which is so important in the current times.
Lovely cottage, really well equipped, comfortable and in beautiful surroundings. It couldn’t have been nicer. Thank you Bolthole for a lovely weekend!
Excellent accommodation in a perfect location to explore the Cotswolds! Communication was quick and really helpful before and during our stay.
Lovely little cottage in a good location. We enjoyed our stay.
Covid safe and soooo comfortable. Managed to catch up with elderly relatives and friends in Wiltshire/Gloucestershire safe in the knowledge that were staying in a really clean and isolated spot. Kitchen was well equipped, so we did not need to eat out in restaurants. We really appreciated being able to walk out straight into the countryside early in the morning.


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 one of Sudeley’s cottages! See Local Amenities or the Winchcombe guidebook for more information.

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