The Potting Shed

Winchester, Hampshire
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A very elegant and unique home from home in a wonderfully quiet part of the historic city of Winchester.

  • A short stroll to Winchester cathedral and grounds
  • Perfect for couples or business travellers
  • Walks to water meadows

About The Potting Shed

"Explore romantic Winchester with its Cathedral and water meadows before heading back to The Potting Shed...a cottage a short walk away." - Yahoo! Style (February, 2018)

The Potting Shed is your elegant base from which to meander into the centre of the cultural City of Winchester or simply stroll down the road to the famous Wykeham Arms "Town Pub of The Year" in the 2018 Good Pub Guide! Located in a wonderfully quiet part of the old city. The accommodation has been designed as a unique home away from home within the compact setting of an oak framed barn, which is peacefully set back from the road in the lovely courtyard garden of the owners adjacent house. The ground level fully equipped modern kitchen offers you flexibility for a relaxing stay. Climb the stairs to reach the bright bedroom and living space which radiates calm and gives you a comfortable retreat after you have made the most of this vibrant city's attractions.

Wander the historic back streets of Winchester with numerous cafes, restaurants and shops to explore. A 5 minute walk to the high street takes you through the heart of the Medieval City and the grounds of Winchester Cathedral. Mentioned in literature as early as the 7th Century, it is a wonderful place to visit at any time of the year, with its Summer Hat Fair and Christmas Market with a festive ice rink.

If you want other friends and family to stay why not book Pemberly as only 20 yards away.

Read about the renovation and design of The Potting Shed


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"Huge thank you to Mary and Andrew for such a wonderful break - you have something very special here! A cosy, modern space to unwind and relax. I will most definitely be back - if you can get me to leave first!"

Sarah - April 2019

"Our first visit to this beautiful city and what a beautiful place to stay. Thank you for your hospitality and your beautiful Potting Shed. We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay here."

Ian & Julie - April 2019

"Have been reading through all the wonderful comments in this book and couldn't agree more - this has been such a treat and a perfect base for our first trip to Winchester. Thank you so much for everything."

Chari & David - March 2019

"We have very much enjoyed staying at The Potting Shed. It is a very comfortable and characterful space from which to visit Winchester. We were given a very warm welcome and much appreciated that!"

Gary & Saki - February 2019

"We've had such a lovely stay here. It was a pleasure staying in such a beautiful cosy space! We would love to spend longer here if time allowed. Thank you for your hospitality."

Warren, Florence & Constance - December 2018

"Thank you very much for a wonderful place to stay. The cottage was very comfortable, pleasant and quiet. I am grateful for the opportunity to stay here and appreciate the warm and friendly atmosphere. Mary and Andrew thought of everything to make it a memorable experience. Than you!"

October 2018 - Barbara Wheeling, Greenwood, SC, USA

"What is beautiful to see is that you have taken so much time and energy in creating such a beautiful space. Thank you."

October 2018 - Cheryl & Roy, Christchurch, Dorset

"Enjoyed our third stay at your comfortable cottage. Hopefully see you again next year. Thank you."

October 2018 - Chris & Linda, Southend on Sea, Essex

"A wonderful stay! We have spent 10 days revisiting old haunts and spending time with wonderful friends from 'way back' Mary and Andrew included. The Potting Shed has been created with wonderful taste. We love it!"

September 2018 - John & Jenny Leeder, Algarve, Portugal

"Mary and Andrews, many thanks for our lovely stay and our beautiful wedding here in Winchester. You have made us feel very welcome. We will be back next Xmas 2019 to celebrate again.l Luv and Best wishes, Deborah and Peter xoxo"

Aug 2018 - Deborah and Peter, Melbourne, Australia

"Mary and Andrew, thank you so much for yet another perfect stay."

Aug 2018 - Rae, Perth, WA

"Dear Mary and Andrew, thank you! We have had a marvellous days exploring Winchester and surrounding villages. Topped off by staying at The Potting Shed; a peaceful haven of luxury in the perfect spot. Thank you also for making us feel so welcome and all the advice we will be back!"

Aug 2018- Ari and Mark, The Netherlands

"We have had a fantastic stay at 'The Potting Shed'. The shed isn't really a shed but a beautiful decorated holiday home! Thank you for your warm welcome and hospitality."

Paul and Margaret (The Netherlands) - July 2018

"If you want to make a tour of tiny houses, The Potting Shed will be top of the league. Above and beyond standards as accommodation with a lot of attention to stylish and warm details. Thank you for having us!"

Paul and Marcia (Belgium) - May 2018

"A little treasure trove that was absolutely lovely so clean and so tastefully done, a real credit to the owners who were also such lovely people people to meet. In a perfect location to explore beautiful Winchester. Had a lovely time and was an absolute pleasure to spend our weekend at The Potting Shed."

Michele & Ian - April 2018

"Thank you for such a wonderful stay, we have had a lovely time. We hope to be back in the future."

Nicola and Matt - February 2018

"Dear Mary and Andrew, The Potting Shed is a charming and comfortable retreat right in the heart of old Winchester - everything is spotlessly clean and beautifully furnished - a delight. Hope to come back many more times to enjoy your warm hospitality! Happy New Year."

Fiona, Christchurch - Jan 2018

"This is our second stay here at The Potting Shed. We had another wonderful welcome from Mary and Andrew to begin our stay, which is the perfect start to our Winter getaway. The Christmas Market is a lovely place to visit while here. So wonderful we will be back again. Thank you."

Joe and Katie - December 2017

"Love The Potting Shed, had a fantastic time here. Thank you so much for being so hospitable. A beautiful place to stay, loved the way you've decorated the Potting Shed. Mary and Andrew thank you for making me feel so welcome. Will be back soon. Perfect just perfect."

Wendy from Spain November 2017

"Thank you so much for a wonderful stay in the beautiful Potting Shed. My daughter and I have had the loveliest stay, catching up and looking around Winchester together. The Potting Shed has been a real treat to stay in, so beautifully decorated- a haven to escape to!"

Jeanie and Teresa- November 2017

"After having such a bad start to our holiday with the car breaking down, Mary and Andrew let us park our car on the drive after arriving at 4.30 am. It is such a lovely place to stop. The breakfast basket was such a nice touch. One of the best cottages we have booked, we will definitely rebook."

June 2017 - Emma and Alex

"Thank you Andrew and Mary for a lovely break in the Potting Shed. Every aspect of it was absolutely perfect in every way and we hope to return."

June 2017 - John and Mary

"Such a charming and perfect cottage. Everything was superb from the 'Welcome ' items through to the location we will definitely recommend it! Thank you Mary!"

Shae and James April 2017

"We do not live far from Winchester but wanted to visit and the Potting Shed was ideally located in the city a short walk from so much. The Potting shed was just perfect. Thank you"

Jane and Gary IOW February 2017

"This has been a great birthday week, so pleased to have chosen to stay in this beautifully fitted 'Potting Shed'. Enjoyed the lovely bottle of wine left by Mary and Andrew and had the best weather for this time of year. The surrounding country side and the city have been greatly enjoyed. Thank you so much for the best of birthday weeks."

Kath and Pete From Cheshire November 2016

"We are so Predictable! Back again for a third year. Thank you for the mini birthday cake, so thoughtful of you and as ever we had a great time here and exploring Winchester. Loved waking up to the Cathedral Bells! Thank you"

Dan and Emily, November 2016

"Winchester has always been one of my favourite places to visit for my art. This year I found the wonderful little fairy house called 'The Potting Shed'. The place is immaculately decorated with loving care and it is so well equipped and cosy. The Owners are such wonderful people and made me feel very special. I will be back, thank you so much Best wishes Dori."

Dori, September 2016

"Peter and I would just like to thank you both for putting us up at short notice . We really enjoyed our stay The Potting Shed is such a lovely place to stay ."

Mr & Mrs P Crowdey

"Thank you both for your warm welcome, we have stayed in many places and The Potting Shed is one of the best. Loved your garden too. Thanks."

Melanie and Ian

"A hidden gem tucked away in old Winchester, everything you could want from a short stay away from home. We will happily recommend it. Thank you both."

Steve ans Chris

"We have enjoyed our stay, the welcome basket was lush. Thank you for a warm welcome and we will definitely be coming back"

Sarah and Paul

"We enjoyed our stay in this beautiful bolt-hole. Great to be so close to the city and the quality of the Potting Shed made it so special."

Peter and Debra

"Thank you for a beautiful stay and the opportunity to experience your beautiful home. You couldn't have been more welcoming and The Potting Shed catered for all our needs. You've thought of everything and some lovely additional touches too. Amazing location and we will definitely be back."

Maureen & Kirsten

"This has been the most perfect weekend break. A wonderful welcome from both of the owners, this beautiful house and fabulous welcome basket has made our break unforgettable. The Christmas Market was an added bonus to our stay. Thank you both so much for your beautiful house ad kindness it has been the perfect two days away. Would definitely recommend this place and would love to return."

Katie & Joe

"I couldn't imagine a more wonderful place to spend my first few days back in England! The Potting Shed is beautiful a magical spot from which it is so easy to walk and explore the countless historic places Winchester has to offer. Thank you so much Mary and Andrew for sharing this beautiful place with us."


"The Potting Shed has everything you could want (and more!) for exploring Winchester. It surpassed our expectations and we would definitely recommend it. Mary and Andrew were so welcoming and made us feel comfortable from the moment we arrived - the welcome basket was a lovely surprise. Thank you so much."

Fionnuala & Adam

"Not only were we bowled over by the beauty and historic feel of Winchester, but we had this wonderful place to come back to we particularly enjoyed our little patio, in the midst of a charming garden. The Potting Shed was comfy, looked spotless and we very much appreciated the Welcome Hamper. Thank you Mary & Andrew"

Donnie & Colin

"Had a wonderful stay. Mary and Andrew were friendly and helpful and at the same time allowed us to enjoy our own space. The Potting Shed was peaceful and beautifully fitted out and the wonderful baskets were a very thoughtful touch. We would definitely recommend the Potting Shed as a delightful place to stay in Winchester."

The Ryan's

"The Potting Shed has been the perfect retreat. I loved everything about the accommodation. So stylish and well thought out. It was more than expected as it was calming to look out at the elegant garden, Cathedral Bells and the village feel of the area. Thank you Mary and Andrew. I loved it. P.S many thanks for the breakfast goodies too!"

July 2015

"Thank you for a lovely stay. We really enjoyed spending our honeymoon here. The special touches like breakfast and the card were lovely. The location was great and we felt really at home here."

Jonathan & Clare

"The property is lovely – beautifully designed and furnished, clean and fun. Owners are lovely!"

June 2015

"Had a fantastic weekend away in Winchester. Lots of time spent mooching around the market, shops, craft fair and finding little places for coffee and food. The black boy pub was a great find - so many random things hidden all over the place. The Potting Shed is a fabulous bolt hole, with everything kitted out to a really high standard and everything you could need at hand . Mary & Andrew have been excellent hosts, and the welcome basket of goodies and personal note were unexpected but a very appreciated surprise. Will be telling our friends about this perfect place to stay!"

Janette & Vals

"I've thoroughly enjoyed my 31/2 week stay at The Potting Shed. I'm so glad to have chosen here which is perfectly located right at the doorstep of Winchester College which is so useful to visit my son! So easy to get around and the walk to town is so easy, I loved being able to walk everywhere. Beautifully furnished, kitchen top cooker is the best and most efficient. I loved everything and such nice owners, who looked after me very well. I'll be back for my next visit here very soon!"


"We had a fantastic time at the Potting Shed. Everything was perfect! Super clean and cosy place to stay and a very welcoming owners. Beautiful location and everything at the cottage we could possibly need."

March 2015 - S. Riches

"Absolutely loved our stay at The Potting Shed. The owner couldn't have been more welcoming. We could tell a lot of effort and personal touch were put into the cottage. Highly recommended to our friends and family"

March 2015 - J. Van Niekerk

"A gorgeous bolthole and perfect in every way for a friendship retreat. Enjoyed exploring Winchester and relaxing in The Potting Shed where we had everything we needed & the extras (breakfast + bubbly) Thank You!"

Kay & Monica

"From the warm welcome on arrival we were made to feel at home immediately. The Potting Shed has everything you might need and reflects the charm and warmth of the surrounding city. We managed a sun-kissed walk along the river, the theater and the city centre. Wykeham Arms is a gem and we would recommend to all."

Paul & Deborah

"We are having such a lovely time staying at The Potting Shed - it has really surpassed our expectations. From the website it looked like a lovely place to stay, but in reality it is much more than that it is exquisitely cosy, stylish, immaculate and idyllic, made even more enjoyable by the warm, friendly welcome we received. We felt totally at home here. The little details are so important - a breakfast hamper, cava and a personalized note! The owners have though of absolutely everything to make our stay as comfortable as possible - Thank you!"

Sheba & Johnny

"Thank you very much for our wonderful stay at The Potting Shed! The location is perfect for a weekend in beautiful Winchester. We will be back!"

Tina & Gary

"We have really enjoyed our stay at The Potting Shed. It's an ideal pint-sized based for a weekend in Winchester - beautifully decorated, very close to the centre of town, and extremely peaceful and quiet. Great to be woken by the cathedral bells. And thanks for the lovely welcome basket - mmmmm, tasty croissants!"

Dan & Emily

"Thank you for such a great time and for supporting us during our stay. We hope to see you both again soon."

Ms Tran

"I was lucky enough to be the first guest to stay at The Potting Shed. It was really comfortable, stylishly furnished , the location is perfect and permit parking in the heart of the city centre made it really convenient. The owners made me feel very welcome and I loved the breakfast hamper!"

September 2014 - Sarah

What makes this area
So special...

Around the corner from The Potting Shed you will find the Wykeham Arms pub, famed for its food & hospitality. Winchester College with its beautiful architecture is a stones throw away. The countryside expanses of the South Downs and the New Forest are a short drive away, or walk or cycle onto the South Downs from the city.

Property details

The Potting Shed: sleeps 2 in 1 bedroom, with en suite, WiFi, 1 parking space

Ground Floor

Entrance into a compact yet exquisite kitchen diner with bistro table and chairs. Electric oven and hob, dishwasher, microwave, fridge with an ice box and Ipod connection.

A minutes walk away is a shop which charges a nominal amount for a bag of personal laundry. Clean sheets and towels are provided weekly.

First Floor

Bedroom/Sitting Room

Bedroom (sleeps 2) zip-linked King Size bed (Twin beds  available on request). Smart TV. Stylish oak furniture and two comfortable leather directors chairs.

En suite shower room - beautifully spacious shower with WC and basin.


South facing patio with table and chairs for two surrounded by cottage garden planting, perfect for an alfresco meal or glass of wine.



What you need to know

Unfortunately the property is not suitable for children under the age of 10.

Twin beds are available on request.

Parking permit for one car available on request, please arrange with the owner.

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