This delightful, three-bedroom, two-bathroom, self-contained, two-storey country cottage on the Sudeley Castle Estate is surrounded by a large, rambling garden, with outstanding views down the Winchcombe Valley. Sleeping six across one ensuite king-size room, one double bedroom and one twin, the Guest Cottage is ideal for a family or a group of three couples.
During your stay you are entitled to free admission to Sudeley Castle and Gardens during the Castle’s open season (except for separately ticketed events).
The Guest Cottage is furnished throughout with beautiful antiques, paintings, ornaments and an impressive collection of books chosen by Lady Ashcombe (whose office and studio are located at the rear of the cottage). The Guest Cottage is five minutes’ walk to the entrance to Sudeley Castle and Gardens and just ten minutes’ walk to the heart of historic Winchcombe.
Downstairs, the accommodation includes a welcoming hallway, a fully equipped country kitchen with dining table and an elegant, yet cosy, living room with a flat-screen TV and DVD player, plus a wide selection of books to curl up within a comfy armchair or window seat. Upstairs, the accommodation comprises two double bedrooms, one twin bedroom and two bathrooms, one en-suite with a walk-in shower and the other a family bathroom with walk-in shower and bathtub.
Step through the rose-covered porch into the tiled hallway. Straight ahead are the stairs to the bedrooms and bathrooms; to the left the Living Room; and straight ahead there’s a handy under-stair cupboard housing cleaning items, ironing board and a highchair. (A locked door leads off the hallway to Lady Ashcombe’s private office.)
The stylish Living Room overlooking the front garden has an air of 1930’s glamour, with its original fireplace surround and tiles, wooden floor and rugs, sink-in sofa seating, comfy armchairs, antique card table and bookcases brimming with books of every kind, including Burke’s Peerage. Complementing the antique feel is an up-to-date, large Freeview TV and DVD player.
The country-cottage, dual aspect Kitchen, with its cream coloured cabinets and wooden work surfaces, is fully equipped for a self-catered stay. Up-to-date equipment includes a five-ring hob and double oven, Nespresso coffee machine, fridge/freezer with chilled water dispenser, microwave, utensils, dishwasher, toaster, kettle, washer-dryer and all the glassware, crockery and cutlery needed by six guests. At the centre of the kitchen is an oak dining table with seating for six guests on comfy dining chairs, and to the side is a handy desk with a lamp.
The light and welcoming en-suite master bedroom looks out over the front and side garden. Furnished with a king-size double bed, Art Deco-style bedside tables and reading lamps, an antique dressing table, chest of drawers (with hairdryer and mirror above), wardrobe (housing luggage rack, travel cot and heater) and a delightful small armchair, this bedroom has everything you would need for a restful stay. Beautiful, thick floral curtains, the original, but ornamental, fireplace and antique paintings and prints bring character and charm to the bedroom. Two steps down into the:
The en-suite bathroom has a large shower (one step up) with detachable hand-held shower head, W.C., washbasin with vanity unit, heated towel rail and a full-length mirror, which can be viewed from the bedroom.
Decorated in pale grey with accents of green, this pretty, double bedroom overlooks the front garden. It is furnished with a standard double bed, bedside tables with reading lamps, an antique, freestanding wardrobe and two dressing tables, one with a large mirror and hairdryer. Beautiful, thick floral curtains, the original, but ornamental, fireplace and antique paintings and prints add character and charm to the bedroom.
Landing leading to:
At the back of the house, overlooking the rear garden, is the Family Bathroom featuring a roll top bath, walk-in shower, washbasin with vanity unit and mirror, and heated towel rail.
The smallest and quietest bedroom, this room overlooks the side garden and features two single beds with a shared bedside table and reading light. The room is furnished with a chest of drawers with a large mirror above it, a luggage rack, spare heater and hooks for hanging clothes. (Note: this room does not have a wardrobe.)
The Guest Cottage has a large garden to the front, with a lawn divided by a lavender-lined pathway leading down to Castle Road – the main road from Winchcombe across the Cotswolds to Stow-on-the-Wold. The garden has a table with seating for six, a parasol and barbecue (please provide your own charcoal). To the rear is a huge garden laid to lawn with a towering yew tree, herbaceous borders and deciduous woodland leading down to a small stream. To the side are outhouses, one private and one open for guests’ use. At certain times of the year, neighbouring horses graze in the adjoining fields.
Parents of young children: please note that because the garden is big and rambling and has a small stream running along the border of the rear garden, young children should always be accompanied by an adult while in the garden.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms across 1 king-size, 1 double and 1 twin bedroom.
2 bathrooms: one ensuite with a walk-in shower; one family bathroom with walk-in shower and bathtub.
All bed linen, bath towels (hand, bath and face cloth) and tea towels provided
Kitchen Starter Pack (for first night/day): teabags, Nespresso coffee pods, hot chocolate, milk, salt & pepper, biscuits, jam/honey mini pots, boiled sweets.
Cleaning Starter Pack (for 2 nights): dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags, tin foil, cling film.
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 beside the cottage
Heating gas/electric (with independent thermostat control in kitchen)
Flat screen TV (Freeview)
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
Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, First Aid kit.
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
The town itself benefits from several small supermarkets, including The Co-Operative Food and Warner’s Budgens, both well-stocked with fresh produce and store cupboard essentials. Vale & Hills Family Butchers offers 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.
Wesley House (200 metres)
White Hart Inn (200 metres)
North Street (300 metres)
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.
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)
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
Please note that additional guests above the maximum capacity are not permitted.
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.
Parking: There is a large, private parking area beside the cottage, with space for up to three cars
Parents of young children should note that the garden is big and rambling and has a small stream running along the border of the cottage’s rear garden. Please always accompany young children in the garden
Lady Ashcombe’s private office and studio adjoins the rear of the Guest Cottage and has its own private entrance to the side. On occasion Estate staff may discreetly enter the office/stay in the studio but will at no time enter the Guest Cottage or use the gardens
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.
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
We all enjoyed our stay in Sudeley Guest Cottage and wished we had booked for longer. The cottage was delightful and was exactly the traditional country cottage we were hoping for. It couldn’t have been better located for visiting the castle and there were lovely walks we took right from our doorstep.
Had an enjoyable long weekend with friends. A lovely homely and spacious cottage in a superb location. Fully equipped, with all you need for a great relaxed stay. All rooms decorated to a high standard. A stones throw from the castle and a great starting point for walks around the Cotswold. With both toilets being upstairs, this could be a slight disadvantage for a young family but not a real problem. Would definately come back and explore the area again.
Generous welcome pack, extremely well equipped kitchen and very comfortable accommodation - all contributed to a perfect stay, which included unlimited access to Sudeley Castle and grounds.
We had a lovely, quiet and private stay. Everything we needed was provided. We had a beautiful walk through the Castle grounds into Winchcombe. Our favourite pub was The Lion Inn. You need to book, but if you get a table, the food is great. Lots of stunning villages to visit nearby too.
Sophie - August 2021
The guest house is semi isolated but so close to the entrance to Sudeley Castle where we took daily walks in the gardens and toured the castle. A perk of the stay was free entry to Sudeley at any time. Historic Winchcombe town was a gentle ten minute walk down the lane or a stroll through the grounds of the castle.
The cottage was one of the best equipped establishments we have stayed at, and the welcome pack was much appreciated on our arrival.
If you are looking for an old property with furnishings to match yet cater for modern needs giving you a cosy old world charm , then you will not be disappointed.
We have returned twice and look forward to returning next year.
Sheila July 2021
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 here. See the Winchcombe guidebook for more information.
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