Built in 1892, on the site of an ancient public house ‘The Grapevine’, 27 North Street was home to Winchcombe’s Post Office for over 120 years.
When the Post Office closed in 2016, it was purchased by the current owner who has totally renovated the property over two years.
Postmaster’s Lodging is a three storey maisonette, situated behind and above the former Post Office retail premises, which now accommodates a gemstone and jewellery design studio.
For as long as anyone in Winchcombe can remember, the Postmaster and his family made their home above the shop.
The front door of Postmaster’s Lodging opens onto a landscaped courtyard garden, shared with a small cottage which has been converted from what was the Post Office Sorting Office.
The courtyard and both properties are accessed along an undercroft from a door on North Street.
Walk off the main street through the private alley into a courtyard, where you will discover a lobby with coat and shoe racks.
The interior boasts a first floor open-plan living area, where you will be welcomed by a lounge with cream sofas, a beautiful kitchen/diner with sage coloured units, a charming dining table, and wood effect flooring.
Original documents and photographs discovered during the renovation of the property are interspersed, throughout Postmaster’s Lodging, with watercolours by local artist Sue Birtwhistle and contribute to an appreciation of the history of this imposing building in the beautiful Cotswold town of Winchcombe.
From morning through to evening, this is a lovely place to unwind, with an outlook over the village to represent the characterful location.
A collection of bedrooms have been lovingly decorated with stylish bedding, fashionable carpets, bedside tables, and a quirky ceiling which rests above.
One bedroom features its own fabulous en-suite, and all boast zip/link options for flexibility, should you wish to alter the set-up.
Bedroom three has a lovely view of the town and the Cotswold hills beyond.
Lastly, a family bathroom completes the cottage, a fresh white suite with a shower above the bath.
Winchcombe has ‘Walkers are Welcome’ status and many lovely footpaths with interesting things to see en-route.
You can visit a remote Roman villa, Belas Knap Long Barrow, a Neolithic burial site, as well as climb to the top of the Cotswold scarp and see fantastic views.
Winchcombe hosts an annual walking festival in May which offers a variety of walks with local guides, orienteering and evening events.
Cotswold stone cottages enhanced by black and white half-timbered buildings, narrow side streets and charming houses make up the centre of this town.
A unique retreat to bring you a memorable stay.
About the location
Cheltenham 8 miles; Broadway 9 miles; Gloucester 17 miles.
The bustling Fairtrade town of Winchcombe, a conservation site, lies above the River Isbourne, midway between Cheltenham and Broadway. Visitors can sample a mouthwatering array of local produce in the town's restaurants, wine bars, tea shops and deli's, or stroll around the eclectic range of local shops, all located along the three main streets, which remain full of character with their honey coloured stone and timbered exterior. The town also plays host to music and arts festivals, country shows and farmers’ markets. Guided walks around the town are on offer throughout the summer months, while Winchcombe lies on the intersection of the Cotswold Way, Gloucestershire Way, Warden's Way and Windrush Way, providing ample walking to suit all abilities. The quintessential English village of Broadway is just a short drive away and offers individual shops and boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and hotels, including the world-renowned Lygon Arms, popular for centuries and now offering spa facilities. The regency spa town of Cheltenham boasts beautiful Georgian architecture and a delightful range of shops, cinemas, theatres, restaurants, pubs and visitor attractions, including the famous racecourse. Many unspoilt Cotswold towns and villages lie to the east, whilst to the west is the waterfront city of Gloucester and the magnificent Royal Forest of Dean. The beautiful World Heritage city of Bath, Shakespeare's birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon, and Warwick, with its magnificent castle, are all within an hour’s drive.