Mercia House is a stunning, 4-bedroom (sleeps 8), 5-bathroom holiday home that cleverly combines its original, mid-16th century character (as seen from the roadside) with a contemporary light and bright entertaining space, luxury bathrooms and a fantastic garden, terrace and patio to the rear, plus private parking for 2/3 vehicles. Right in the heart of Winchcombe, Mercia House is a few minutes’ walk from award-winning pubs and restaurants, boutiques and food shops and just 15 minutes’ walk to the fabulous Sudeley Castle, making it the ideal location for a friends’ reunion, a family gathering or a wedding party visiting Sudeley Castle.
Mercia House will strike you as an interesting medieval property, with exposed timbers and the classic overhang, or jettying, of homes of the mid-16th century. You could be forgiven, however, for thinking it might not be big enough or luxurious enough to sleep eight guests comfortably. But, as the saying goes, never judge a book by its cover… Mercia House is much, much more than it looks from the roadside.
The original part of Mercia House (which includes today’s Sitting Room, Snug, Bedrooms 3 and 4 and the side that you see from Hailes Road), dates back to the mid-16th century, while the rear of the house, including the open-plan kitchen-living-dining area, study/playroom, family shower room, Bedrooms 1 and 2 and terrace/patio, are an uber-stylish, contemporary addition made by the current owners in 2018.
At the back of the house is a delightful outdoor space, including an elevated terrace directly outside the open-plan dining-living area, with fabulous views to the Isbourne Valley and Sudeley Hill, a large patio with outdoor furniture and a charcoal BBQ for al fresco dining, and a long sloping lawn with mature trees and planted borders that leads down to a garden gate and the steps to the private parking area.
This historic room features an inglenook fireplace, with a woodburner, beautiful parquet flooring, and exposed original oak beams. It is furnished with a two-seater sofa and two beautiful leather “bucket” chairs, while a resplendent chess table is laid up ready for a game and a long case clock watches silently over the scene. This room was originally the servants’ quarters, where they would have cooked food and roasted food in the large fireplace, which would have also heated their masters in the master bedroom above.
Across the hallway from the Sitting Room is the Snug, which again features a stone hearth and woodburner, beautiful parquet flooring, and exposed original beams. With its large antique desk, seating, and bookcases full of a wide choice of reading matter, this is a great room to hide away to read, relax or work.
Down three steps and into the magnificent and contemporary ground floor extension.
The handy Utility Room is where the washer and dryer are located, as well as a sink and cupboards housing an iron and all the various appliances’ operating and maintenance manuals. (A locked door leads to the basement; this is for housekeeper/owner access only.)
Continue through to the rear of the house, along the spectacular hallway with its vaulted ceiling and bridge.
Kitchen-Dining Area-Living Area:
This open plan, contemporary centerpiece of the house has fantastic views of the garden and uninterrupted countryside, sweeping up the Isbourne valley towards woodland and Sudeley Hill. Three sets of double doors open out to the terrace, which leads to the patio and garden.
At the centre of the spacious and very well-equipped kitchen is a large island with a breakfast bar with three seats and a 5-ring gas bob. Chefs will enjoy the fabulous view out to the terrace and beyond while they cook. The back half of the kitchen is fully equipped with immaculate white units, a large wooden preparation surface, dishwasher, double ceramic sink, and double AEG fan oven.
In front of the kitchen and beside the French doors to the terrace is a long, rectangular wooden table comfortably seating eight guests. Diners can enjoy the fabulous view or chat to the chefs in the kitchen!
Set to one side of the open plan area, the living area has two inviting sink-in, three-seater sofas, a statement glass coffee table, a large Samsung smart TV, and a fabulous view, So, guests can chose to relax, watch TV, read, play a game or simply unwind.
Head back along the hallway and up three oak steps.
Family Shower Room:
The ground floor shower room features a walk-in shower, with overhead and hand-held shower heads, a washbasin, and a WC.
The windows of this bright and light room overlook the Kitchen to one side and the Living Area to the other. (Note: a double cupboard houses the property’s heating controls.)
Head up the beautiful oak staircase to the first floor where you will find access to two new bedrooms (1 and 2) and the original ‘Master’s Room’, now Bedroom 3 (above the Sitting Room). The three rooms are connected via a bridge that was built by the current owners to allow access to the back bedrooms and attic bedroom without the need to go through the master bedroom, as would have been the case in olden times.
This bright and light modern bedroom features a standard double bed with bedside tables and reading lights and a hanging rail for clothes. A rear window provides a lovely view over the garden and out to the surrounding Cotswold countryside, while an internal window allows guest to look down to the open-plan kitchen and dining area below.
Family Shower Room:
Original oak floorboards have been used to create the shower room floor, giving it a nod to the medieval past, alongside a sleek contemporary walk-in shower (with overhead and hand-held showerheads), a washbasin, with mirror and shaver point, a heated towel rail, and WC.
The entrance to this beautiful, contemporary bedroom has a long double wardrobe to one side and a fabulous en-suite shower room to the other.
Contemporary Bedroom 2 features a king-size double bed, with bedside tables and reading lamps and another fabulous view to the garden and the Isbourne Valley beyond.
En-suite Bedroom Two:
The en-suite is a real show-stopper shower room – just look up to see why! The high ceiling showcases a mass of original beams, onto which the sunlight shines through a Velux window. The shower room has a large walk-in shower (with overhead and hand-held shower heads), a wash basin in a bespoke wooden vanity unit, with mirror and shaver point, a heated towel rail and WC.
Originally, the master room was not only a bedroom but also a living room and place where the master of the house would have received guests. Today, this spacious en-suite room is a stunning medieval masterpiece, with exposed original oak beams and plenty of 16th century character, including a small sample of some original wattle and daub that the owners have left exposed next to the door to the en-suite bathroom. Furnished with a super king-size bed on an antique sleigh-style frame, bedside tables and reading lamps, an antique chest of drawers with a solid marble top and a hanging rail. This bedroom has plenty of space for a travel cot - or to simply hide away and relax for a while. Windows to the front look out over Hailes Street, while an internal window, which originally would have looked out to the garden or sheep pasture, now has a view down through the glass and oak staircase to the hallway and Bedroom 1.
Latched door to en-suite.
En-suite To Bedroom Three: this is the kind of bathroom most people dream of relaxing in, with its freestanding roll-top bath with central taps, placed just so you can lie in the tub while looking out at the stars! Or if you prefer, there’s a super spacious, walk-in shower (with overhead and hand-held showerheads), plus a full-length mirror, washbasin, with mirror and shaver point, and a heated towel rail.
The stairs leading up to Bedroom 4 open to a dressing area with a bath, with hand-held over-bath shower and central taps, set into the eaves under the original timbers – a truly unique bathing experience! Beside the bath, through a door, is a WC and washbasin. It’s not just the bathing that’s unique up here in the eaves, the bedroom is too: head up one step and duck down under a low beam into this twin bedroom. The bedroom is furnished with two single beds on Victorian-style metal bed frames, a central bedside table with a reading lamp, two storage chests, a luggage rack, and an adjustable hanging rail. The view from the top floor windows out across the rooftop and valley and countryside beyond are inspiring to say the least!
Mercia House has a fabulous outside space, particularly considering it is in the centre of Winchcombe. Step out of the open-plan dining-living area, through one of three double French windows, onto the elevated terrace running the width of the house. From the terrace enjoy the great view across the Isbourne Valley and up Sudeley Hill, then head down the steps to the patio where there is a dining table and seating for all eight guests, a parasol for sunny days, and a Weber charcoal BBQ. A further set of wooden steps take you down to the attractive, sloping garden with a pretty lawn, tall, mature trees, and beds full of shrubs and flowers. A path along the side of the garden leads to the back gate and steps down to the parking area where there is room for 2-3 cars to park.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 8 in 4 double bedrooms (1 super king-size, 1 king-size, 1 standard double, 1 twin)
5 bathrooms: 2 family shower rooms; 1 ensuite shower room; 1 ensuite bath/shower room; 1 ensuite bathroom
Parking for 2-3 cars
Private enclosed garden, patio and terrace – safe for children.
2 fireplaces with wood burners – logs and kindling supplied for first fire.
All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, First Aid kit.
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
The town has several food shops near Mercia House, including a Co-Operative Food store and a Warner’s Budgens, both well-stocked with fresh produce and store cupboard essentials. Vale & Hills Family Butchers sells local meat; North’s Bakery sells a great selection of bread, pastries and baked goodies; and Food Fanatics Deli, Wholefood Store and Café, sells a wide range of speciality foods to eat in or take away.
Number 5 North Street (80 metres)
Wesley House Restaurant & Wine Bar (100 metres)
The Old Corner Cupboard (0.5 miles)
Winchcombe’s rolling countryside is a true walkers’ paradise, with options for casual, seasoned and hardy walkers running right from the cottage’s front door. Winchcombe itself is a “Walkers are Welcome” town, a special status awarded to towns and villages which go above and beyond with their walking amenities, making it a fantastic destination for groups in search of a walking break. We recommend the Sudeley Castle Circular walk for a relaxing stroll, otherwise the Winchcombe Way is 42-miles, taking you on a stunning tour of the northern area of the Cotswolds.
Places to Visit:
Sudeley Castle & Gardens (0.8 miles)
Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway (1 mile)
Broadway Tower (12.3 miles)
Train - Cheltenham Spa Station (9 miles)
Taxis - A Private Hire, Taylor Private Hire, Abbey Private Hire
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 is on the gravel driveway with space for 2-3 cars
Low beams and steps to be aware of
The parking area is at the bottom of the garden and requires an ascent of three flights of steps
Family events are welcome at the property, but it is our policy not to take bookings for single sex group celebrations, which includes Stag and Hen nights, or groups where the majority are under 25 years
Please be aware that under no circumstances are additional guests above the maximum capacity allowed at the property, for day visits or overnight stays.
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
Great location. Great Property. Very helpful communication beforehand and with the owner on the day. They really tried to make things the best as possible, and we had a brilliant trip. Thank you.
Absolutely beautiful property in an ideal location on the main street, close to shops, restaurants and pubs. Fitted out to a very high standard. Would recommend for large groups of friends or families.
This is an amazing property fantastically located in the centre of delightful Winchcombe. The front door opens out onto the Main Street whilst the back where the main living area is looks out over beautiful rural scenery & is so quiet. Well equipped & beautifully designed. The front rooms were a bit empty & looked slightly unfinished as a result. However we didn’t need to use them at all as the large kitchen diner lounge area was perfect.Bedrooms & bathrooms were clean, comfortable & really stylish. The welcome pack with a bottle of wine & a cake was a lovely touch too. All the booking went very smoothly. Information in the welcome guide was thorough too. Nearby Sudeley Castle is well worth a visit. Great visit & highly recommend this property & the rental company Bolthole.
Beautiful house, fantastic location, wonderful views across the Cotswolds countryside well equipped Luxurious bathrooms with powerful showers. We had superb weather so could have done with some sun loungers and outside lighting.
Would highly recommend Mercier House and the Bolthole Retreats team.
We stayed at Mercia House for a week with a group of friends and our various children and it was perfect. From the front, it looks like a tiny Elizabethan cottage, but open the front door and you'll see an expansive space with a great mix of old and new. The facilities were excellent, the master bedroom has a bath so deep you could get lost in it and the kitchen was very well equipped. The garden was great and the view from the back door was beautiful. The village was had everything we needed - good pubs, butcher, deli, bakery and an excellent restaurant, all within a two minute walk. We didn't want to go home!
Winchcombe is an elegant and timeless Cotswold town with a host of amenities, including award-winning pubs, restaurants, art galleries, independent boutiques, and interior design and antique shops – all a stone’s throw from Mercia House, making it perfectly possible to stay here without the need to use a car. Mercia House is also a short stroll to the Cotswold Way, River Isbourne and Sudeley Castle and Gardens.
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