About the area

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Beyond the fact that we just can't help ourselves when it comes to historical fun facts (we as in Jenna), this information will help give guests an idea of what to expect from main Cotswolds villages (Winchcombe and Cheltenham), and hopefully lend the Americans a hand with their "proper" English pronunciations ;)


Sudeley (Sew-de-lee) Castle is situated on the edge of a small, medieval village called Winchcombe (Winch-cumb).

Beyond its quintissential Cotswolds charm,
Winchcombe is a foodie destination (dining options ranging from traditional pubs to Michelin-starred dining) and a walker's haven (one of only 100 towns in the UK to hold the Walkers are Welcome status).

It's also steeped in history:
(1) The town dates back to Neolithic times, with evidence (pottery fragments) of people settling there dating back to 3000 BC (!)
(2) It was the birthplace of Christopher Merret who discovered how to add fizz to wine - something we're extremely grateful for (!!)
(3) Winchcombe made recent history with the arrival of the Winchcombe Meteorite, one of the oldest meteorites to land on Earth and thought to date to the formation of our Solar System 4.6 billion years ago (!!!)



The nearest city (~8 miles) to Winchcombe is Cheltenham (Chelt-Num) which is a large and lively spa town. It's perfect for those travelers looking for an all-around destination (shopping, food, drink, arts, culture, nightlife) and is world famous for its horse racing course at Prestbury Park. Cheltenham is in a handy location to get the most out of the Cotswolds and lies just west of the first hills of this much-loved range.

More on Cheltenham here.


Gloucestershire, Cotswolds

Winchcomb and Cheltanham are both situated in Gloucestershire (Gloster-shir) county, Cotswolds.

The Cotswolds are a unique 800 mile region in SE England that represents the country's largest designated "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty". Popular with both the Brits and international visitors, the area is well known for gentle hillsides (‘wolds’), beautiful gardens, historic castles, sleepy ancient limestone villages, and historic market towns where time has stood still for over 300 years.

They are about equidistant from Cardiff and London