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Wesley House
Ranked #2 of 13 Winchcombe B&B and Inns
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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“Excellent celebration lunch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2012 via mobile

I didn't stay at Wesley House as my daughter lives just round the corner, but her husband took the family there for a lunch to celebrate her 50th birthday. The ambience is very good, the menu small ( which I prefer )' and the choice and presentation excellent. We found the service to be just as we like, prompt but not hurried ,and the food well prepared - all plates were finished ! All in all, a good choice by my son-in-law.

Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2012

Eight of us stayed here for my brother's 60th birthday last weekend, he'd done some research into places to stay which could accomodate us all and had a quality dinner menu.
We all arrived at different times and all received a warm welcome. We loved our room; I think if you want a large soulless room stay in a large soulless place!
Wesley House has personality, the food is excelllent, staff friendly, and rooms beautiful. Oh, almost forgot...breakfast was 5*.
I recommend it.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Darwin, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2012

We stayed for one night in the Garden Room at the back of this historic property. The room was perfect, quiet with great views of the hills, and breakfast was elegant and delicious.

Room Tip: Ask for one at the back to avoid traffic noise.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2012

This small hotel is in the centre of Winchcombe, so excellent for restaurants etc including the hotel's own of course, and only a short walk from Sudeley Castle. I wish we'd opted for a room not facing the road (we stayed in Mumble Meadow) as the traffic starts early and the secondary glazing tries but fails to keep out the road noise. Not much they can do about this given the age of the building and the nature of its windows. Given its age they've done well to incorporate a tiny shower room (effective electric shower) which also has a wardrobe in it. You WILL bang your head at least once getting into the shower room! Some nice touches were their providing bottled water, some biscuits and v nice Gilchrist and Soames shampoo/conditioner, showergel and soap and a fruit bowl on the landing for all guests. Breakfast was served in a very light and attractive mainly glass room at the rear of the property with great views of the surrounding countryside. The napery was crisp and white and the breakfast both huge and well cooked and presented. And what's more the oj was freshly squeezed. Welcome indeed after what often passes for orange juice in hotels. A very pleasant place to stay but don't choose a room at the front unless you're a heavy sleeper or drunk (lots of good places to drink nearby!)

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2012

Wesley House at Winchcombe is an unusual find. Not only bec it has historic significance (Rev John Wesley stayed in it), it is so old and yet still standing (16th century 2 storey house). The 3 bedrooms we stayed in were a good size n in good condition and were well heated. Mumbly Meadows and the Preacher's Room faced the main road and had attached bathrooms. My children stayed in M.M. which has a beam running so low between the bedroom and bathroom, that it gave the impression that really short people must have lived in it. We nicknamed it the Hobbits' Room (although the ceiling was decently high). The Preacher's Room has a sloping floor which gave the impression tt one was on the deck of a ship. The Almsbury at the other end of the house, has a terrace/balcony; french windows opened to face the meadows in the distance. All 3 rooms had a wall mounted TV. Walls between rooms were rather thin, but the guests were all considerate keeping the room-noises low. We didn't mind the self-adjusting water heaters - glad that we even had hot water bec it was cold and rainy the 2 days we were there. But we did miss the convenience of a wider ledge to put our toiletry bags. Each bedroom was equipped with a small kettle, cups n saucers, drinking glasses, tea n strainers, coffee n cocoa powder, and milk in a vacumn flask (wow! which I didn't discover till the last night bec it is not standard fare at BnBs, is it?). Almsbury had a lovely specially published ring-bound brochure (for its room residents to peruse), on sites to visit, things to do in Winchcombe and the Cotswolds. Free Wi-Fi in the Almsbury.

Mind the stairs to the rooms, as they are narrow and small. Coming down can be a challenge for those with weak knees and those with big luggage bags. Having said that, this is a quaint old house with lots of charisma. Noise and smells from the dining and waiting area didn't carry up bec of the fire door at the bottom of the stairs.

Dinner was hearty and of restaurant-quality. There was lots of warm bread and we were blessed with complimentary appetisers (tiny delicous meatballs on skewers, and blue cheese and figs on crackers). Gonzalos our waiter for that night was attentive and chatty. Very flexible with children's meal recommendations and portions. Connected well with us and was our 'warm reception' since Winchcombe was quiet at 5pm. It was cold and wet and we were tired from a very long drive from York. Breakfast was English fare with watermelon and yoghurt as a starter, grapefruit, orange, pineapple and pear juices, lovely croissants and ample toast with delicious berry and orange jams. Sausages were especially tasty n not gamey at all. There were some in my group who preferred the halibut over the kippers.

Wesley House is very near Sudeley Castle where Katherine Parr (Henry 8th's last wife) was interred. Two roads lead up to it. Don't go by Castle St which will lead you to the exit (fr Sudeley Castle), but follow the brown signs posted on the main streets, to its entrance. It's about 12 min away by car from Wesley House. Grounds are laid out in an intimate manner with mature lawns and sculptured yew topiaries, scented and herb gardens, a chapel and pheasantry plus a big stream somewhere in there. As we came out of the Chapel, we chanced upon a flock of about 100 sheep grazing and bleating just across the fence. (Not part of the ticket price.) All the visitors were delighted at their appearance n started snapping away. Great view of the rolling hills fr this point There is no shelter between the entrance and the chapel and one cannot take refuge in the castle (unless you have paid to view it) bec it is occupied by private residents. Do take a raincoat n brolly along. No steep slopes or many steps to overcome but the walkway is gravel, so those with walking difficulties, do take note. The eatery in the Castle are staffed by Wesley House (which could explain why the paninis and other hot foods served were very tasty and good value for the portions served). They don't give doggy bags for leftovers.

If you want to just walk around the area near Wesley House, walk down Castle St, past several houses with lovely gardens to a little part named "windrush". Go up the path and stand amongst the trees here and you can really hear the wind rushing thru the trees. Lots of public footpaths in this area which connects wide open fields to narrow paths behind peoples' homes which lead out to paved streets. Great for those out on a short jaunt or for serious trekkers. Winchcombe may seem to be just a two street town (mainly) with a small suburb of residences, with not much going on, but it has a real intimacy about it that does take ones attention.

Besides the Cooperative in the adjacent street, where you can get snacks, milk etc and the other pubs where you can have a sit-down meal, there is a Chinese takeaway which opens till 11 pm, and is run by a young Chinese couple who have a lovely 2-year old. They do a very nice stir-fried beef with lots of veggies thrown in. Fresh boiled rice at 2 pounds per serving goes well with it, and is a separate charge. Wesley House also runs its own wine bar that has an trendy up-market feel to it, and is just next door to its restaurant.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2012

Me and my wife stayed here in 'the room with a view'. We arrived and were told they had to check the room as the new girl had just cleaned it and they had to check after her, which they needn't have bothered doing as it was perfect and very clean.
The breakfast was lovely and locally sourced, so the waiter said, which was nice to hear that local businesses were being used. The service was great too and nothing was to much trouble for anyone including the new girl! Would definitely recommend and we will be back again.

  • Stayed May 2012
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London, UK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2012

Others here have compained that doorways were short, bathrooms small, no power-showers, etc. Now that I've stayed there, I understand those comments. But if you want all mod cons, go and stay in a Marriott in a big city somewhere! One has to understand that this property was built 600 years ago, so yes, some doorways you have to duck under, and they have only been able to install electric instant-on showers (which by the way are fine once you understand that the temperature control is exquisitely sensitive and needs adjustment in millimetres), but you know you have to accept that as part of the charm of staying in such an ancient abode. Our room "Mumble Meadow" was at the front of the building, in the oldest part, and was small, yes, but had so much character. Everything was well-presented from fresh-ground coffee & cafetiere in your room to the cute mini kettle & mini hairdryer! There was a bit of road noise which is probably more of a problem if you're trying to lie in during the week - for the long weekend we didn't get much disturbance.

The restaurant downstairs is very good but we felt slightly overpriced (I've paid similar amounts before for more accomplished food) but it's so convenient we didn't mind, and there are actually plenty of other eating options within a 5 minute walk. Breakfasts were very good too and although the 9am - 10am time seems a little limiting, the owners are so friendly that I'm sure if you asked them they would have an early breakfast out for you if you had to set out early.

For the owners - 2 tips - (i) a small shelf for cosmetics and toiletries above the sink would be really helpful; (ii) a 4-way adaptor for behind the TV would help - modern tourists arrive with phone chargers, camera chargers and the like, so we were constantly reaching behind the TV to change plugs!

This place IS Cotswolds through and through (like Winchcome, actually) and I think other than a desire to explore other areas and towns on future vists, we'd definitely stay again.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Wesley House
Address: High Street, Winchcombe GL54 5LJ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cotswolds > Winchcombe
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Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant
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Ranked #2 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Winchcombe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Wesley House 4*
Number of rooms: 5
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