|Minimum Stay||3 - 5 nights|
Set in a secluded, commanding position within thousands of acres of forest, with 2 acres of it's own grounds, Danby Lodge is a Grade II listed, six bedroom Lodge, originally built by order of Charles II, on the recommendation of Samuel Pepys.
The lodge enjoys stunning scenery and views in a tranquil, and private setting, away from roads and surrounded by wildlife and forest walks. The property is surrounded by dry stone walls and fences with electric gates at the entrance for privacy and security. Facilities include a heated outdoor swimming pool, a games room, a log fire situated within a huge stone fireplace, as well as patio areas for al-fresco dining. A gas barbeque is available for use by guests and the house has ample parking facilities.
The grounds contain a mix of mature gardens, wild areas and private woodland, including a pond, a walled garden containing a carp pond, a greenhouse containing various herbs and vegetables, which visitors can enjoy in summer and a kitchen garden containing raised herb beds. The nearest neighbouring house is around a mile distant through the forest, so guests can be assured of complete privacy and quietness during their stay at the house.
The house contains a total of six bedrooms, four of which contain Super King size beds, one contains a King size, and one a double (in a smaller attic room with low eaves). One of the double bedrooms has a "Zip and Link" bed which can be split into two singles if this is preferable. There is also a (double sized) sofa bed in the library. Three bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms which are furnished in a modern style. The main bathroom enjoys a large bath and a walk in marble tiled shower with a Phillipe Starck designer shower and tap ware. Most of the beds in the house are Super King size (for more details see below) and are made up with Egyptian cotton linen, duck feather duvets, toppers and pillows. We provide hand and bath towels for guests, as well as Bulgari Shampoo and Shower Gel.
The house also has a TV Room containing a 60 inch Ultra High Definition Smart TV with Satellite Channels and a high quality sound system with ample DVD's and CD's for use by guests. Downstairs, there is also a dining Hall containing a Refectory table and a large stone fireplace, a reading room (Snug room) and and a further small library room, adjacent to one of the en-suite bedrooms, which can be used as a child's bedroom if required. Please note that the bed in this room is a (double) sofa bed.
Danby Lodge is full of character and historical features, including a huge stone inglenook fireplace, wooden panelling and thick stone walls. The house is furnished with a mix of modern and antique furniture to match the immense character of this magnificent house. One of the bedrooms is accessed via a hidden "priest hole" - a door masquerading as a bookcase. It is a fantastic place for a family holiday or a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life.
The coach house contains a games room with a running machine, a table tennis table, a punch bag and a 42 inch flat screen TV with Satellite TV. There is also a table and a couple of chairs in the games room. A couple of mountain bikes are available for use by guests and Croquet and Boules sets, plus badminton nets and racquets available. In the house, there are various games, including 3D Hangman, Risk, Cluedo, Roadblock, Trivial Pursuits and Outburst. There is also a good selection of books to read.
The kitchen and utility feature granite work-surfaces with Philippe Starck designer taps. The kitchen also contains an American Style Stainless steel fridge freezer, a small informal dining table and chairs, a stainless steel range with six burner gas hob and a Fisher and Paykel dual drawer dishwasher.
It is common to see wildlife in and around the house. There are owls living in a tree within the grounds, and deer and wild boar can often be seen in the forest nearby. Kestrels often visit and perch in trees near to the house and there is a multitude of other birdlife in and near the house. Foxes sometimes visit and can be heard calling at night and the pond contains newts, frogs, tadpoles (at the right time of year) and a few goldfish. Ducks (and sometimes a large Heron) visit the pond at various times of the year.
As the house is situated in the middle of the forest, there are fantastic walks and mountain biking trails which can be accessed directly from the gates in the perimeter of the house's grounds. From April to June, the bluebells are out in the woods surrounding the house, as well as within the grounds. The bluebell woods at Soudley are a short 5 minute walk down the hill from the House.
A number of pubs are situated within around 10 minutes walking distance from the house and a number of further pubs and restaurants can be recommended within easy driving distance. Go Ape, the outdoor tree top adventure park at Mallard's pike, is around 10 minutes walk from the house through the woods.
Although the property sleeps 13, the dining table will accommodate 12 at the most (it easily accommodates 10). There is a small informal dining table in the kitchen which accommodates a further 4 people. The seating around the fire also accommodates approximately 10 people, as does the seating in the TV Room. Please also note that the pool is only open during the Spring/Summer months (May to September). The pool heating will only be turned on if the temperature is forecast to be higher than 20 degrees and relatively good during your stay.
The bed sizes and bathroom arrangements are as follows :
Main bedroom : Super King size bed (180 x 200cm), en-suite bathroom containing bath with shower over bath
Rear bedroom (behind Main) : King size bed (180 x 190cm) - This bedroom shares the use of the main bathroom
Front Bedroom (beside Main) : Super King size Zip and Link Bed (180 x 200cm) or 2 x 90cm x 200cm single beds. This bedroom shares the use of main bathroom
Main Attic bedroom (2nd floor) : Super King size bed (180 x 200cm) - en-suite bathroom containing roll top bath. Hand-held shower spray attachment on bath (not able to stand up and shower).
Small Attic bedroom (2nd floor) : Double bed (120 x 190cm) - shares use of main bathroom, or could use en-suite to Main Attic bedroom (both bedrooms can be shut off via door at the bottom of the second flight of stairs).
Main bathroom : Large (2000 x 800) bath and walk in shower. Phillippe Starck taps and Porcelanosa glass sink.
Priest Hole bedroom (behind false book case off library) : Super King size bed (180 x 200cm) - en-suite bathroom with large walk in shower. No bath.
Sofa Bed (in Library) : Double bed (133 x 180) - shares use of main bathroom or could use en-suite to Priest Hole bedroom.
The Priest Hole bedroom and Library are at the other end of the house to the main stairway and the Priest Hole bedroom has it's own set of stairs leading to it.
We were a party of 12 the youngest was 12 weeks. The Lodge was as advertised and we had plenty of space, the main living area and then the TV lounge. All but one of the bedrooms was large and the beds very comfortable. The priest hole bedroom with bathroom was great for the baby and his Mum and Dad as they were away from the main group at night.A reasonably well equipped kitchen but luckily we took our own serving dishes as there weren't any. There were enough oven trays but they could do with a clean, glad we had foil. There were kitchen knives but again they could do with a sharpen. There were sufficient plates and cultlery. They could do with a new set of place mats for the table too.We enjoyed the log fire and there were both logs and coal .
Our main issue was the complete lack of hot water during the day. After 11 people have had showers that was it!The instructions mentioned a switch in the kitchen but a phone call on Christmas Day to the manager and we found the switch in an upstairs bathroom...but it takes hours to heat more water. We were aware the heating is on a timer but we didn't know what the times were. It seems odd that the heating was full on all night but off in the day. Internet is not great but that didn't bother us ( well the older ones of the group that is!)but the manager was unable to change the thermostat remotely ( the only way to do it as the thermostat has a lock on it)as the Internet was too poor.
Lots of lovely walks and we did have a lovely Christmas. It was an expensive rent as you would expect over a Christmas period and whilst in the main it worked for us the lack of hot water and heating in the day were an unexpected irritation and disappointment.
Amazing characterful house out in the forest, the games room and bikes to borrow were very welcome. Really well equipped throughout with a lovely kitchen and cosy lounge with open fire, and a great cinema room. House is ideally located to visit local attractions such as Clearwell caves and Chepstow castle. Would love to return in the summer months and enjoy the beautiful grounds and swimming pool. Highly recommended!
We were a group of 13 adults and a baby, the bedrooms are really well presents and spacious. The kitchen is well stocked with all the pots & pans you could need for cooking for a large group and it was a lovely extra that the hosts provided us with a welcome pack with bread, cereals, grapes, wine and more! (Also Tesco can delivery here with no problems!)
The TV room fit us all in easily though it was a squeeze to get us all around the dinning table, having to use chairs from other rooms but we managed!
The fire place was amazing and there was plenty of wood and coal for us to use onsite for all 3 days we used it.
We did a couple of walks straight from the house into the Forest of Dean which was lovely and there's plenty to see and do within a short drive.
We didn't use the pool as it was November so would definitely come back again to make the most of the outside facilities!
The view from the front door is amazing and we really did feel like we were the only ones around for miles.
This place oozes character and charm, hidden away in the forest it is the perfect getaway and only 2 hours drive from London. Must visit!
We recently stayed for 3 nights at this wonderful find. Was promised key code to be texted to me on the morning of arrival and they were spot on. The house was more than we expected, so spacious and beautifully furnished. A wonderful welcome pack greeted us which was more than we ever expected. The bedrooms were lovely with really comfortable large beds. The pool was advertised as heated - and when we went for a dip in between rain showers it was absolutely wonderful.
The walk through the forest to the pub was amazing. We really felt like we were in the middle of nowhere!! The TV room was so comfortable and made the watching of the Euros and Ascot so much nicer. The dining table was plently big enough for us all (9 adults).
I really have no complaints about this wonderful property, but if I was asked if any improvements could be made I would say to change the cooker, we just couldn't get the large oven to work, but made do with the smaller one - if however a large family were staying and cooking a sunday lunch I think they would find it hard. Also, it would be nice to have a few more mirrors - that's it everything else was just perfect.
The grounds were amazing.
We went for a meal at the Cock Inn and were warmly welcomed, went to see the pet pigs and had a lovely meal - this was recommended and didn't disappoint. The pub we walked to through the forest was lovely too with lovely staff and plenty of seating outside which was really pretty.
Would definitely recommend this wonderful find.
we had a fantastic weekend here - it helped that the weather was nice, but the facilities were excellent, we had everything we could need either on property or nearby and we were a large group so lots of differing needs going on.
the owners were very accommodating and helpful with information etc - we'd stay here again for sure!
The Royal Forest of Dean is a nature lover's paradise. It covers over 110 square kilometres of woodland and is popular with both the English and with visitors from all over the world. The area is known for it's ancient forests (an inspiration for JRR Tolkien's literature in the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings as well as for William Wordsworth, Dennis Potter and JK Rowling), it's wildlife, beautiful scenery and range of outdoor activities. Whether you want to enjoy the wildlife and outdoors, the historical architecture, take part in some extreme mountain biking or trek through the forest with Llama's, you will be right at home.
Keeping the family entertained is easy with many things to see and do. There are a multitude of activities to enjoy in the area, including :
Caving at Clearwell Caves, Mountain Biking, Diving at the National Diving and Activity Centre, Swinging through the trees at Go Ape, Fishing, Forest Combat Paint balling, Golf (Three golf courses within 15 minutes drive), Horse Riding, Canoeing on the River Wye, Forest Walks, Mountain Biking at Pedalbikeaway, Llama & Camel Trekking, Falconry at The National Birds of Prey Centre, Outdoor activities at The Forest Adventure Activity Centre, Shopping at Taurus Crafts and much more.
If you wish to take a course in painting, drawing, sculpture writing or photography there is the Wye Valley Arts Centre at Llandogo which offers 2 and 4 day courses. For horse lovers and racegoers there are Racecourses at Chepstow, Hereford and Cheltenham. Other attractions include Castles at Chepstow, Raglan, Goodrich and Caldicot, the Slimbridge Wildfowl Trust, the Dean Heritage Centre and the Norchard Steam Centre.
Other outdoor pursuits include Symonds Yat Canoe hire, Go Ape High Ropes Action, Clay shooting, Archery, Whitcliff Off Road Driving Experience near Coleford, The Beechenhurst Sculpture Trail, Puzzlewood with its pre Roman opencast iron ore mine and unusual maze, Angling Tuition, Family Cycle Trail, Llama and Camel Trekking, Kingfisher Cruise and Dean Forest Railway. The footpaths nearby include The Wye Valley Walk, Poets Path Walk, Wysis Way and Offa's Dyke Path which runs the whole length of the Welsh Border and passes close by Fly Fishing at Big Well.