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Charles I at Sudeley Castle

Winchcombe

Sleeps 3
Bedrooms
2
Bathrooms
1
Dog Friendly
2
Local Pub

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 understairs 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 a 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.

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 a 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 overhead rain shower and detachable handheld shower head) toilet, sink with shaver unit and heated towel rail.

Outside

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

Indoor

  • Bedroom One - Double
  • Bedroom Two - Single
  • 1 Bathroom - Family bathroom with a shower
  • Hairdryer - 1
  • 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 - Smart
  • Travel cot (cot linen not provided)
  • Highchair
  • Stair gates

Outdoor

  • Dog friendly - 2 well-behaved dogs welcome for an additional fee
  • Garden - Terrace and shared lawn
  • Outdoor dining area
  • No BBQ available
  • 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: 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
  • Parents of young children should note that a river runs behind the Cottage car park
  • 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.
Neighbouring Properties
Charles I can be booked with George III and Prince Rupert for families or friends wanting to travel together but have their own space. You can share the properties between your group, but please bear in mind you would not have enough seating to sit/eat together.

Reviews

This property was in the perfect location for walking, an added bonus was visiting Sudeley Castle and taking the steam train.The property was very comfortable, quiet and warm.Compared to other properties we have stayed in very well equipped with lovely items left in the welcome pack.

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Lesley
| 23/04/2024

We really enjoyed our stay in Charles 1 cottage in the Sudeley Castle estate. The cottage was immaculate with everything one could need for a comfortable stay. The cottage is very conveniently situated within a quick walk to Winchcombe high street and also walkable to Sudeley Castle.

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Penelope
| 17/04/2024

A beautiful cottage, very clean and comfortable and had good free parking.

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Emma
| 09/12/2023

This was our 2nd stay at the cottages and it did not disappoint.The cottage was clean and very well appointed and very near the shops and pubs.

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Kathryn
| 01/12/2023

Everything was great! An excellent location and the cottage was modern yet traditional too. The place was very clean and well-maintained.

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Bradley
| 29/08/2023

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