The 26-year-old actress has played Katie Sugden, who recently found love with businessman Declan Macey (Jason Merrells), for 11 years.
"It's nice to be the lady of the manor. When I first started I was a schoolgirl, in detention and then living on the farm and now it's completely different - strutting round the manor house," Winward told PA.
Katie and Megan (Gaynor Faye) unite over a mistrust of Megan's long lost son Robbie (Jamie Shelton) next week, after Declan invites him to move into Home Farm.
"I hope Katie and Megan become closer. They're completely different but if they did actually have each other's backs and were friends they could do very well together and be happy in that house," she added.
"It has been difficult because they hated each other from day one. It's quite a weird relationship, literally from the off they were like 'I hate you!'. But I do hope they could get close and be two girls in Home Farm that actually get on.
"We all went out for a big Home Farm meal the other night. Me, Gaynor, Jason and Nicola (Wheeler) and Jamie. It was really lovely just to get to know each other a bit better." Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad