The Woodchester Valley Vineyard was not a part of the original Cotswold itinerary that I created. In fact, I didn’t even know it existed until I saw a photo of it on instagram as I was scrolling through #cotswold looking for places to visit in the area. It took me only one photo of it to see to make me decide that we’re going to stay there by hook or by crook.
As it was only a few weeks away, there were only a few dates available at the Woodchester Valley Vineyard when I checked it. I found a date within our traveling days and immediately booked it and reorganized our itinerary accordingly. I had to remove some places, add new ones and rerouted our entire trip. Thankfully, I did this for a living for more than a decade (planning and changing holidays lol) so it was an easy task.
Suffice to say, it was my most awaited night during our holiday – I can’t hardly wait to stay in an actual vineyard. Having recently been to Denbies Wine Estate a couple of weeks ago, I realized that I have an affinity to vineyards even though I’m not such a heavy wine drinker. There’s something about being surrounded by such outstanding scenery that makes me go “this is life!” and I do want to experience it for at least a whole day.
Woodchester Valley Vineyard is not a hotel therefore, there’s no reception area so you will be left to your own devices during your stay and if you’re anything like us, I think it’s how every single accommodation should be. Lol. The online booking process was easy and confirmation was sent to us immediately. All of the communications I’ve had with them was through their app which proved to be extremely helpful to us.
The app includes all of the information you’ll need before, during and after your stay such as the directions on how to reach your cabin, the door code, the wifi code, how to operate the TV/fireplace/blinds and other electronics in the property as well as some tips and guidance about the local area.
We arrived at exactly 3pm, not a minute later and I couldn’t contain my excitement as we were driving through the vineyard towards our cabin. We were booked at Amberley which is a two-story, one-bedroom accommodation. It was majestic! The bed was huge and proved to be comfortable through the night. The upstairs bathroom was of good size too and there’s an additional downstairs toilet. The lounge area was massive and our favourite part was the patio where we spent a good few hours of our night drinking.
Toiletries were provided as well as coffee, tea, milk and orange juice. There is a small kitchen but no oven nor hob so you can’t really cook anything inside the cabin. They do have a microwave though if you want to heat up anything.
Unfortunately, the vineyard tour operates everyday except Mondays which was the day that we checked in. So I explored the vineyard by myself and basically, took photos of it from all angles. I may or may not have set a timer as well on my mobile camera so I could take photos of myself doing stupid poses.
We were supposed to have dinner at 7:30pm at the nearby Black Horse Inn but we both decided to have an early dinner instead so that we could maximize our stay at the Woodchester Valley Vineyard. After our dinner, we went to a supermarket to buy something for our charcuterie board just in case we got hungry.
The next day, I briefly opened my eyes at 5:45am with the full intention of going back to sleep. However, I saw the most magnificent sunrise from our room window and hurriedly got out of the cabin to take a photo. I swear, it was the fastest I’ve ever gotten up from a bed. Lol. Unfortunately, my mobile camera couldn’t capture the beauty of the sunrise so I just settled on watching it from our balcony.
Leaving Woodchester Valley Vineyard was heartbreaking, it was the best accommodation we’ve ever stayed in during this holiday and I’ll make sure that we’ll be back. I absolutely and highly recommend a stay here if you’re visiting the Cotswold! I had no regrets when I had to reroute our entire itinerary just to be able to stay here – it was worth it. 🙂