About Mallard Cottage

Mallard Cottage is a Grade II Listed Georgian Building, parts of which are reputed to date back to 1719. The cottage accommodation is situated on Chesil Street, an area of Winchester formerly known as Cheese Hill, just outside the city walls. From the cottage, you can see the Wolvesey Palace and Wolvesey Castle, the present and former residences of the Bishop of Winchester.

As you wander through the garden, which leads down to the River Itchen, you can relax in our summerhouse, or enjoy the views of England’s first Capital City, nestling in the valley. From the garden, you can look out at Winchester Cathedral and Winchester College, and across the city beyond.

At the bottom of the garden, flows the River Itchen. The river, to quote from Barry Shurlock’s ‘The Winchester Story’, “served Winchester’s many mills, most of which were owned by the Bishop”, and, indeed, runs between two of them as it passes around the Wolvesey Castle walls.

Our guests can expect to find a warm welcome and comfortable self-catering accommodation as part of our family home.