This delightful, spacious and light, Grade II-listed cottage dates back to 1820, and still retains the character of that era with its exposed beams and stone walls. The two-hundred-year-old features are perfectly complemented by a contemporary kitchen, dining room and stylish ensuite bathrooms. The cottage, which sleeps five, is in the heart of Winchcombe, the home of Sudeley Castle and Gardens, with fabulous walking on the doorstep, including the Cotswold Way and Winchcombe Way. After a long day exploring the area, relax in the cottage’s secluded, English country garden or nip next door to the 16th century Corner Cupboard inn for a drink and meal. The cottage accepts two dogs.
Teasel Cottage sits at the heart of historic Winchcombe, a few minutes’ walk away from the gentle hubbub of the town. The cottage sits tucked between the 16th century Corner Cupboard inn and a mid-18th century residence. Three stone steps lead to the front door, which opens into the beautiful, colourful and welcoming living room. The outside view tells little of the comfort, space and garden that guests will enjoy once inside.
The ground floor of the cottage has a wonderfully spacious yet cosy feel. The delightful living room exudes the age of the property, with wooden flooring and window seats, yet feels modern and light with a clever blend of antique furniture and the use of vibrant fabrics. To the rear there is a contemporary kitchen and dining area that provides a fabulous entertaining space, which guests can easily spill out of to the charming garden. Upstairs are three super-comfortable bedrooms – one king, one super-king/twin and one single - and a contemporary family bathroom and ensuite shower room.
The three-level garden is an unexpected and hidden gem. Step out of the rear hallway and up three steps to the first lawn, with a flowering border, followed by the patio with a large dining table and six chairs and gas barbecue, flanked by a richly planted colourful border. Continue past the patio to a second lawn, hidden behind fruit trees where guests can sit and enjoy the bird song or perhaps read a book while lying on the grass. A path runs the length of the garden from the back gate, alongside the wall shared with the adjacent Corner Cupboard inn, to the first lawn. Sensor lighting comes on as the light fades to guide guests along the path from the back gate and parking to the back door, plus there is a floodlight for when sitting outside in the evening or having a barbecue. The cottage has one dedicated parking place.
The light, spacious and colourful living room features a beautiful oak floor and wood burning stove, providing a cosy and welcoming entrance to the cottage. The room is furnished with two sofas, an armchair, an antique dresser, chest of drawers and a coffee table. To one side is a Smart TV, while to the front are two window seats with comfy cushions, making them an ideal spot to watch the world go by.
Head up three wooden stairs towards the back of the cottage into the delightful kitchen/dining room with its beautiful, polished stone floor. The dining area has a rectangular, wooden table to comfortably seat five guests, with an electric wood burner-effect fireplace for those chilly winter evenings. The fully equipped contemporary kitchen has everything needed for a self-catering holiday, including a double oven, hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge and freezer. There’s plenty of space to prepare food on the sparkling white worktops and room to move around while chatting to the rest of the group sat at the dining table. Three Velux skylights make this a beautifully light and bright room, while your eyes are drawn to the view out to the pretty cottage garden.
A handy antique coat, hat and umbrella stand sits to one side of the room in front of a feature Cotswold stone wall, the perfect spot to place your outdoor clothes.
Utility Area/Back Hall:
Just off the kitchen is the back hall and handy utility area, with a washer-dryer, ironing facilities, storage for the highchair and room for coats and outdoor footwear. The back door leads out to the garden, patio and rear access to the parking.
Carpeted stairs with a banister lead up from the kitchen/dining room to the landing, off which are the bedrooms and bathrooms.
This pretty double bedroom, with its original exposed timbers, is furnished with a king-size bed, with bedside tables and reading lamps, a double wardrobe and full-length mirror. Perch on the wide windowsill and watch the world of Winchcombe go by.
Head along a little landing and down one step to the second double bedroom, which is furnished with a super-king size bed (can be twin on request), with bedside tables and reading lamps, a chest of drawers, wall hooks for hanging clothes, a wooden chair and a large mirror.
Family Shower Room:
The stylish and contemporary shower room features a walk-in corner shower with a detachable shower head, a toilet and a hand basin with a vanity unit, mirror with sensor lights and a shaver point, and a heated towel rail.
The cottage’s single bedroom is at the top of the staircase, and up two additional carpeted steps. It is furnished with a single bed, a bedside chest of drawers and a reading lamp, with hooks on the back of the door for hanging clothes. (This room can be used as a bedroom or a dressing room and ensuite for guests in Bedroom One.)
Ensuite Shower Room:
The contemporary ensuite shower room has a walk-in shower, with a detachable shower head, a toilet, a wash basin with shaver/make up mirror and a heated towel rail.
The cottage has a beautiful, country-cottage garden that’s accessed from the back hall or the cottage’s parking area on Back Lane. The garden is divided into three parts: a lawn, with mature bedding plants to the side, a raised patio area with a barbecue, dining table and seating for six next to a beautiful flowering border, and a second lawn behind fruit trees where you’ll find space to hang washing or enjoy some quiet time sitting on the grass reading a book.
The cottage has allocated off-street parking for one car to the rear of the garden. Free, on-street parking is available close by, and there is a public car park (with a low daily charge) on Back Lane within easy walking distance.
Full List of Facilities
Sleeps 5 in 3 bedrooms across one king-size bed, one super-king/twin, one single
Bathrooms: 1 family shower room with WC, 1 ensuite shower room with WC
Parking for 1 car (off-street, allocated space)
Dog friendly – maximum 2 dogs (additional fee applies)
Private enclosed garden – safe for dogs and children
Fireplace with wood burning stove – logs and kindling supplied for first fire
Cleaning starter pack: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags, washing machine detergent (x1)
Bathroom essentials: hand soap, toilet paper, shampoo, shower gel
Heating and hot water via central heating with Nest control
Free Wi-Fi (high speed fibre 35-40Mbps*)
Smart TV (42”)
Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, cafetiere (x2), utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses), bakeware, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve), saucepans, kitchen paper
Oven/hob - electric
Ironing board, iron, clothes airer, clothes pegs, outdoor washing line
Baby/Child Equipment: highchair, travel cot (cot linen not supplied), stairgate
Outdoor patio/seating area
Garden furniture: table and six chairs
BBQ (gas – provided)
* WiFi: Please note that Wi-Fi speeds are for guidance only and are not guaranteed.
On your Doorstep
Supermarkets and Shopping:
The nearest food shop is a very well-stocked Mid-Counties Co-op in the centre of Winchcombe (0.5 miles). For a larger shop head to Bishop’s Cleeve (4.5 miles) where there is a Tesco and Aldi, or Prestbury (5 miles) where there is a Sainsburys, or Cheltenham (7.5 miles) where there is a large Waitrose.
Winchcombe also has a few independent food stores, including Vale & Hills Family Butchers, selling local meats, North’s Bakery, selling a great selection of bread, pastries and baked goodies, and Food Fanatics deli, wholefood store and café, which sells a wide range of specialty foods.
The Corner Cupboard, Winchcombe (next door)
The White Hart Inn, Winchcombe (0.3 miles)
No. 5 North Street, Winchcombe (0.4 miles)
The area around Winchcombe, with its rolling Cotswold countryside, is a true walkers’ paradise, with plenty of options for casual, seasoned, and hardy walkers. 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.
Places to Visit:
Sudeley Castle & Gardens (1 mile)
Cheltenham Spa Town (7.5 miles) & Racecourse (6 miles)
Taxis - Cleeveline Taxis; 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
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 note that additional guests above the maximum capacity are not permitted.
Two well-behaved dogs are permitted at the cottage for an additional fee.
The property is situated in a residential area; therefore, in consideration of the neighbours, we respectfully request that noise levels are kept to a minimum after 10pm, especially outside on warmer evenings.
Walking & Cycling Guides
Walking & Cycling Guides
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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 Teasel Cottage, making it perfectly possible to stay here without the need to use a car. This is also one of the best walking areas in the Cotswolds, with the Cotswold Way, the Winchcombe Way and the Isbourne Way all on the doorstep. Teasel Cottage is also perfectly located to explore popular towns and places of interest further afield, including Cheltenham Spa and the Racecourse, Broadway, Cotswold Farm Park, Bourton-on-the-Water, The Slaughters and Stow-on-the-Wold.
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