Winchcombe is the epitome of ‘Cotswold Quaint’, a small town of some 4,500 souls accessed by B roads, sitting on a hill overlooking the cosmopolitan regency spa town of Cheltenham. The centuries old architecture includes timbered inns, but the history of the surrounding area goes back to Neolithic times and the Belas Knap long barrow.
Fast forward a couple of thousand years and the town was favoured by Saxon Kings. Offa of Mercia, who was the son of the Thringfrith of House Iclingas, and who built a dyke to protect his kingdom from the Welsh in the 8th century, is said to have founded a nunnery here. Later this became a Benedictine Monastery dedicated to St. Kenelm. In the middle ages it grew as the wool trade thrived. Nearby Sudeley Castle was home to Henry VIII’s widow Catherine Parr and Princess Elizabeth – soon to become the Virgin Queen. It’s all really rather wonderful.
FOR UP TO 18 GUESTS
Kenelm House is equally wonderful with a range of ‘suite style’ highly appointed bedrooms furnished to a superior standard. You’ll have a superb private dining room, reception rooms with bars and a stunning courtyard and gardens. It’s perfect for a larger family party or even a more extensive corporate away-day or entertaining if you need to do business whilst you’re here.
All creature comforts
great and small
If we had to sum up an escape here in one word we would have to go for ‘sumptuous’. Every comfort has been considered and catered for, on top of which you’ll find a discreet layer of modern technology with remote-controlled king-size beds, remote controlled blinds, high speed wi-fi and all the expected modern-day entertainment amenities. The ‘public’ areas are plush but comfy.
Hot tub aside the house has extensive gardens and lawns to the rear. To the front there is ample parking for those who drive, and a seating area for sundowners with a fire pit for cooler evenings.
Around and about
The Cotswolds is the biggest area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) in England or Wales, a 25 mile by 90 mile stretch of rolling hills that takes in six different English counties. It’s a bit like spending a few days as an extra in the cast of Larkrise to Candleford meets Downton Abbey.
You won’t want to miss Sudeley Castle and Gardens – a splendid monument dating back over 1,000 years. The present structure was built in the 15th Century and is redolent with historical associations dating back to Tudor times. The building itself is stunning but the 9 individual gardens are perhaps the major feature. In the Queens Garden you can walk in the footsteps of Anne Boleyn, Lady Jane Grey, Katherine Parr and Elizabeth I and admire the roses as did they.
Depending how long you will be staying with us we will be delighted to drive you around the area (super-helpful for the brewery tasting!) and provide a guide to help you make the most of your time. When you book we’ll give you a list of what you can choose to do on the specific days you stay. Alternatively, just stay put at home and we’ll look after you.
8 – 16 guests
$5,500 per person
All prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement charges apply.
How to Book
Your custom is important to us and we run a personal service, so we don’t book online – we want you to talk to us. Our clients like it better this way – most have some bespoke element to their booking and we really want to tailor your elite gourmet escape to you.
That could involve people arriving in different places at different times, different dietary requirements or allergies, sleeping arrangements or the wish to see something specific in the local area – this is your private escape and we’re here for you.