Princess Elizabeth Cottage is a charming and carefully restored, 2-bedroom cottage that sleeps 4 guests in 1 king size double room and 1 twin room, with 1 family bathroom. The cottage is a semi-detached (alongside Lady Jane Grey), two storey property with a fully-equipped modern kitchen and a spacious living and dining area that leads out to a private courtyard with seating. Upstairs are two comfortable and well-appointed bedrooms and a modern bathroom with a fixed shower over a bathtub.
Guests staying at Princes Elizabeth enjoy complimentary (other than separately ticketed events) day-time entrance to Sudeley Castle & Gardens during the open season.
Named after Princess Elizabeth, who visited the castle on several occasions and who would later in her life become the infamous Queen Elizabeth I of England, this lovely cottage was originally part of a paper mill, which was restored to make two cottages (Lady Jane Grey and Princess Elizabeth) and two apartments (St Kenelm and Oliver Cromwell), preserving the original exposed walls and beams throughout. (St Kenelm sits directly above Princess Elizabeth and Oliver Cromwell sits directly above Lady Jane Grey.)
The accommodation is arranged over two floors. Guests enter from a covered porch into a small hallway, with handy coat hooks, and pass-through to an open-plan and very well-equipped kitchen with under stairs storage (baby and cleaning equipment). The kitchen windows look out onto the private courtyard.
Off the kitchen, and down three stairs, is the dining area with a large oak table, comfortably seating 4 guests. At the end of this large open-plan space is the living area, which leads out to the private courtyard.
Upstairs there is one double bedroom a king-size bed and one spacious twin bedroom, as well as a family bathroom with a full-size bath and over-bath shower.
The kitchen at Princess Elizabeth is very well equipped, with plenty of storage space in the distinctive, off-white cabinets with wooden work surfaces. The kitchen has all the appliances, cookware, crockery, and glassware you need for a self-catering holiday, including a Neff cooker, fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher, toaster, kettle, washing machine/dryer, and Nespresso coffee machine. 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. (See ‘Facilities’ above for further details.)
Step down from the kitchen area to the dining/living area which is dominated by the paper mill’s original stone wall. The dining area has a large circular oak table, seating 4, while the other end features a large, sink-in sofa + 2 armchairs, a flat-screen TV and DVD player, and oak coffee table. Double doors lead out to the courtyard with a table and seating, the perfect place to relax in the evening sun after a day exploring the Cotswolds.
This pretty bedroom features a king-size double bed with an oak bedstead and headboard. Facing the river at the rear of the property, with a large sash window, this bedroom is light and bright with plenty of storage space in an ornately carved hanging cupboard and bedside cabinets with reading lamps, and a lovely dressing table with a large fixed mirror.
A spacious twin room, with the beds arranged to provide some privacy between guests. This front-facing bedroom features original oak beams, a decorative original fireplace, and the mill’s exposed stone walls. Guests share a dressing table with a fixed mirror, while each bed has its own bedside table and dimmable reading lamp.
The pretty bathroom with Shaker-style panelling and the exposed stone wall has a full-size bath with an over-bath shower, a large sink with a mirror and shaver point, a dual flush toilet, and a heated towel rail. Handy hooks on the door are provided for your clothes or robe. Complimentary toiletries are provided including hand soap, shower gel, handwash, vanity kit, shower cap, and toilet paper.
Guests have access to Princes Elizabeth’s private, gravelled courtyard with a table and seating for four.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms across a king size double and 2 singles
1 x family bathroom
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 (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 behind the cottage
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
Russell Hobbs microwave
Ironing board, iron + clothes airer
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
Parents of young children should note that a river runs behind the Cottage car park
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
Lovely cottage close to the centre of Winchcombe - a short walk from pubs, shops, cafes & restaurants - with parking behind the cottages. The free access to Sudeley Castle was a bonus - 2 mins from the cottage and you’re in the grounds which are huge & also gives you access to local walking trails. Sound proofing from the apartment above is not great but didn’t affect us too much. Overall would recommend.
One of my concerns about going away during the pandemic was the cleanliness of the accommodation. Princess Elizabeth cottage was immaculate. It had everything we needed in the kitchen and all the equipment and appliances are top notch. The beds are comfy and there’s plenty of storage space. We were very comfortable here and enjoyed it so much that we stayed an extra night. The cottage is on a small complex with plenty of parking. It’s a few minutes stroll into Winchcombe which has plenty of food shops, cafes , restaurants and pubs. It’s also a short walk from Sudeley Castle and there are some beautiful walks from the doorstep. Winchcombe is also well placed for visiting other areas in the Cotswolds. The only downside for me is that there are two apartments above this and the adjoining cottage. Entry is via stairs which are at the side of Princess Elizabeth. I found it to be noisier than I expected because of the apartment ie hearing people moving about a lot even from the lounge and particularly from the bedroom. This didn’t bother my husband and probably wouldn’t bother a lot of people.
Amazing place ! One of a kind ! Definitely recommend! Its a shame if you miss this adventure.
Very clean, stylish and homely!
This was our second visit to Sudeley Castle holiday cottages in 6 months. On both occasions the accommodation was maintained to a very high standard. The location is excellent with Winchcombe town centre just a few hundred yards away.
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 the Winchcombe guidebook for more information.
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