3 (all year)
Windsor Cottage is welcoming and cosy and built from warm, honey-coloured Cotswold Stone. Sleeping up to four guests in two bedrooms, the cottage is the perfect place for couples or friends who want to stay somewhere just a short walk to the shops, pubs, restaurants and cafes on Winchcombe High Street. Windsor Cottage offers all the right ingredients for a holiday in the Cotswolds.
Winchcombe is a charming village with streets lined with pretty cottages, and higgledy-piggledy shop fronts with bay windows and black and white half-timbered facades. It has a good variety of amenities, and there are some visible links to nearby Sudeley Castle, such as the beautiful early-Victorian row of almshouse cottages in Dent’s Terrace built by the castle chatelaine in the 1850s.
One of the biggest pleasures of a holiday in the Cotswolds is walking its many excellent footpaths and there are seven that go through the village including the Cotswold Way, St Kenelm's Trail, and the Gloucestershire Way. A lovely circular walk goes from Winchcombe to Belas Knap, a Neolithic long barrow built in around 3,000 BCE and excavated in the 1860s. If your legs are tired, you can always enjoy the surrounding countryside via the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway that runs between Laverton and Cheltenham Racecourse on most weekends.
If you want to visit the regency town of Cheltenham, it only seven miles away and Gloucester with its magnificent cathedral is nine miles. Further afield is Stratford on Avon and Oxford, both about an hours drive.
Winchcombe is in the Cotswolds AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), which also includes beautiful towns and villages like Moreton-in-Marsh, Chipping Campden, Broadway, Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water and Upper Slaughter, all within easy reach of Windsor Cottage.
Ian & Celia Abbott joined Independent Cottages in October 2017
Windsor Cottage is a period property that has been updated to include modern comforts like WiFi and central heating.
Outside: The long back garden is laid to lawn with a paved patio area at the end furthest from the house. This space has garden furniture and is a nice spot for a peaceful morning pot of tea or a pre-dinner glass of wine. There is a stream at the bottom of the garden. The front of the house is set back slightly from the main road and bordered by flowering plants that add to the cottage's appeal and also provide privacy.
Additional Information: All utilities, linen and towels are included in the cost. The owners provide a large basket of logs for the log burning stove, with more being available to buy in the village if necessary. The cottage has central heating and WiFi. One well-behaved dog is welcome through prior agreement with the owner. Short breaks are possible, and changeover days are Monday and Friday. No smoking.
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