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Sudeley Guest Cottage


Sleeps 6
Family Friendly
No Pets
Local Pub
As the name suggests Sudeley Guest Cottage once played host to castle visitors, and the opportunity to stay on the Sudeley Estate means you can explore and discover a place entwined with royal history. Standing in a beautiful rambling garden, which in springtime is awash with bluebells, this charming house offers the most English of stays. The pleasing symmetrical lines of the elegant exterior hide a cosy, welcoming interior which can sleep six guests comfortably. Surrounded by trees including majestic yews and firs, this is a peaceful spot with the sound of birdsong everywhere, yet everything you need is also within easy reach. It’s the ideal escape for ramblers and lovers of history alike, with the entrance to Sudeley Castle, and wonderful walks, just steps from the front door.

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).
Full Description
Step inside and you’ll find an attractively furnished cottage filled with beautiful antiques, pieces of art and an impressive collection of books, chosen by Lady Ashcombe. The Guest Cottage sits within its own meandering garden, bordered by woodland and a small stream, and offers rural views and easy access to the entrance of Sudeley Castle.

The ground floor of the cottage includes a charming country-style living room with ample seating for all, antique treasures, plus a smart TV. Large windows give lovely views over the front garden and down to the tree-lined walls of the Sudeley Castle grounds. There’s also a well-equipped kitchen with everything needed for a self-catering stay. Upstairs are three spacious bedrooms and two bathrooms including one with a free-standing bathtub.

Outside the cottage is enveloped in a glorious garden, a lavender-lined path leads to the front door, dissecting two emerald, green lawns. To the rear is an expansive garden which leads to a deciduous woodland and a small stream, it’s a magical spot to explore. The ancient town of Winchcombe offers a wealth of places to eat and drink and is a 10-minute walk or a 2-minute drive down the road.

Ground Floor

Entrance Hall:
The front door leads through the rose-covered porch into the tiled hallway.

Living Room:
The living room overlooks the front garden and has a welcoming, English country house style. The polished wooden floor is topped with rugs, there is comfy seating, an antique card table and bookcases brimming with books of every kind. Artwork depicting rural scenes graces the walls. Entertainment comes in the form of a Smart TV.

Kitchen-Dining Area: The country-cottage, spacious kitchen, with its cream cabinets and wooden worksurfaces, is fully equipped for a self-catered stay. You’ll find everything you need including a five-ring hob and double oven, Nespresso coffee machine, fridge/freezer with chilled water dispenser, microwave, dishwasher, toaster, and a washer-dryer. At the centre of the kitchen is an oak dining table with seating for six guests and to the side is a useful desk area.

First Floor

Bedroom One:
The light and welcoming ensuite master bedroom looks out over the front and side garden. Furnished with a king-size bed, Art Deco-style bedside tables and reading lamps, an antique dressing table, a chest of drawers, a wardrobe and a delightful small armchair, this bedroom has everything you 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.

En-Suite Bathroom:
There are two steps down to the ensuite, which features a large shower (step-in) with a detachable, hand-held shower head, W.C., hand basin with a vanity unit, heated towel rail and a full-length mirror.

Bedroom Two:
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 complete the charming feel.

Family Bathroom:
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.

Bedroom Three: The smallest bedroom 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, and hooks for hanging clothes.


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 a barbecue. 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. There is ample parking for several cars.
Full List of Facilities


  • Bedroom One - King-size
  • Bedroom Two - Double
  • Bedroom Three - Twin
  • 2 Bathrooms - 1 en-suite with a walk-in shower and 1 family bathroom with a walk-in shower and bath
  • Hairdryer - 3
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Coffee machine - Nespresso
  • Dishwasher
  • Dining table - Seats 6
  • 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


  • Garden
  • Outdoor dining area
  • BBQ - Please provide your own charcoal
  • Parking - Off-road parking for 3 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 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.

Eating Out:
  • White Hart Inn (200 metres)
  • North Street (300 metres)
  • The Corner Cupboard (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.

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)
  • 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. 
  • 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.


Everything about the cottage was dreamy. I grew up in Winchcombe and my Mum still lives there but I needed a bigger place to house my friends for my birthday and we loved every minute of it. Stylish, cosy, clean and perfect for visiting the castle and going on walks.

| 05/04/2024

Great house as a base for The Cotswold experience. A quiet place, beautifully decorated where we felt safe. The kitchen was super cosy and the living room as well. The house is in walking distance to the Sudeley Castle and the quant town with lovely shops, bakery and pubs/restaurants. People are super friendly. We enjoyed our stay.

Svein Erik
| 24/03/2024

My family and I stayed in the cottage for a week and had a wonderful time. Winchcombe is a pretty place with all of the things you need for a self-catering holiday. We had Christmas lunch at The White Hart Inn and it was very good. All the pubs serve yummy food but The Corner Cupboard was our favourite, the staff there are so warm and welcoming. When we arrived at the cottage after a long day of travel it was lovely to be greeted with a welcome basket of tea, sweets, sparkling wine and fresh milk in the refrigerator! We would stay at Sudeley Castle Guest Cottage again.

| 23/12/2023

Great location near Sudeley Castle in Winchcombe and a very lovely guest house. In the morning we woke up to pheasants in the garden. The cottage has good appliances, and great coffee and board games were provided too. We would stay again, it's a great location and good value for money.

| 01/12/2023

A beautiful cottage in an idyllic location. The castle is definitely worth a visit, my kids loved the adventure playground. Winchcombe has great pubs and it’s very pretty. We also went to the Cheltenham races which are only a 15 minute drive away. Would also recommend Ninja Warrior in Gloucester and Far Peakes in Northleach for children’s activities.

| 25/10/2023


The town of Winchcombe is a wonderful base from which to explore. It’s also a Walker’s Welcome town, meaning it is a real haven for walkers. 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. There are plenty of cafes and pubs along with several excellent restaurants in the town and myriad attractions nearby.