We loved Sudeley Castle Cottages! The reviews below really sum it up. Clean, well-equipped, charming, comfortable. Very spacious with a nice size living room with doors into the garden and a dining room table more than large enough for four people. The bathroom had a good shower and heated towel rack as long as the heat is running in the house. Be sure to check the manual for directions on how to set the heat or else it only runs a couple hours a day.
The living room doors lead into the back yard and the river flowing by. Plenty of parking. There is a red phone box with a modern phone that uses credit cards conveniently located in the close.
The castle is a short walk from the cottages through a sheep pasture. You can get free admission to the castle, gardens, chapel and pheasantry by showing your cottage key. The gardens are beautiful and relaxing. If you are on Facebook, check out the Sudeley Castle Gardeners FB page for beautiful photos and a humorous look at working on the castle grounds.
The cottage is only a few minutes' walk from the high street where we enjoyed the shops and restaurants. My companion had recently had a knee replacement but still found the walk from the cottage around the village to shop, eat and sightsee quite manageable. Parking in the village, as in most English villages, is challenging.
We had an excellent meal beautifully served at the Wesley House. The White Hart Inn is right on the corner and we got a full English breakfast there (so-so but adequate) and had a great evening there of music and chatting with the locals. Plaisterer's Arms was quaint and had excellent food. All highly recommended. There is excellent food shopping on North Street. Also, try the excellent butcher shop at the corner of the high street and Castle.
The cottages are perfectly located to explore the Cotswolds, Bath, Gloucester, Avebury and Bath. Winchcombe itself is charming and has lovely shops, gallery, and a church with amazing gargoyles. Everyone we talked to in the village was delightful and helpful directing us to the chemist, bank and places to eat.
We never were able to access wi-fi there and the on-site management was not really helpful for a few needs we had but we managed. The only other mild bother we had was the family upstairs had children and the whole family paced and ran around the apartment overhead late into the night. If you think people overhead will bother you, Lady Jane Grey is not the cottage for you. Or make sure no one is staying there when you are.
We can't wait to go back.
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