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    Darsey Lodge

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    Property ref: S59639

    • Bedrooms 7

    • Sleeps 14

    • Baths 4

    • Pets Yes

    • Wifi Yes

    • Reviews (4)

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    About this property

    A grade II listed manor with its own heated private pool, set within 2 acres of gardens amid the forests of Gloucestershire, this 17th century country home offers grandure and historic intrigue in equal amounts.

    Originally built by order of Charles II, today Darsey Lodge enjoys the same seclusion with nature, offering stunning landscapes and private gardens that include woodland, herb and vegetable greenhouses, and a magical walled garden with carp pond.

    Six double bedrooms offer the finest in stylish comfort, each made up with Egyptian cotton sheets, and duck feather duvets, toppers and pillows. The main bathroom boasts a walk in in marble shower and Phillipe Starck designer tapware, and Bulgari shampoo and shower gel are provided as standard.

    There’s also more than enough space to entertain or chill out with friends and family, whether round the pool on a warm summers day, or on the cosy sofas snuggled in front of the wood burner. There’s also a Dining hall and even a library where one can enjoy quiet moments of solace away from the rest of the group, and of course there’s always the thousands of acres of woodland immediately surrounding the property for romantic walks or exploring!

    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.

    Accommodation

    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 gym, a log fire situated within a huge stone fireplace, as well as patio areas for al-fresco eating. 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.

    Although the property sleeps 14, 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 (April 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), ensuite 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) - ensuite bathroom containing roll top bath. Handheld 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 ensuite to Main Attic bedroom (both bedrooms can be shut off via door at the bottom of the second flight of stairs).
    - Priest Hole bedroom (behind false book case off library) : Super King size bed (180 x 200cm) - ensuite 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 ensuite 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.
    - Main bathroom : Large (2000 x 800) bath and walk in shower. Phillippe Starck taps and Porcelanosa glass sink. 

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    Local amenities

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    • Whitemead Forest Park
      2 miles
    • PedalaBikeAway Cycle Centre
      3.5 miles
    • Slimbridge Wetland Centre
      5 miles
    • Forest Retreat @ Forest Holidays
      5.5 miles
    • Berkeley Castle
      6 miles
    • Symonds Yat Rock
      7 miles
    • The Saracen's Head Inn
      7 miles
    • The Mill Race
      8 miles
    • The Old Badger
      8.5 miles
    • Goodrich Castle
      8.5 miles

    Reviews (4)

    Kevin ‐ 19 May 2018
    "What a fantastic time we had here. The house and grounds were amazing. Ample room for a large family of 17 including teenagers and toddlers. Scenery was breathtaking with amazing views from the front door and pool area. Far enough out to feel like we were completely isolated from daily life. Facilities were exceptional including a top of the range BBQ and games room including exercise equipment and table tennis table. House was clean and very well kept. Clear instructions for how to operate kitchen equipment, heating etc. Would love to return and wouldn’t change a thing! Thank you Darsey Lodge, a weekend full of memories!"
    Lauren
    "This is the place for a weekend away with friends and family! Set in the middle of the woods, the grounds are extensive and private. The rooms are beautifully designed and so very comfortable. The kids loved the pool and playing in the garden!"
    Sean
    "What an amazing place - website does not do it justice which is pretty impressive given the quality of the website. Stunning location with only the sound of wildlife to disturb you. A perfect getaway full of rich character and peace and quiet. If you are looking for a relaxing or romantic break, this is the place!"
    John
    "We rented Darsey Lodge for a family getaway in December. Wow, what an amazing place. The location of the house is unique. It's at the end of a forest track which is about a mile long and is set by itself in it's own grounds. It's completely secluded and quiet. The house itself is an imposing historic property which has been restored and furnished in a modern, but sensitive style. This house is ideal for a family or group who want to get away together. It's very quiet at night, so you can sleep at night with the windows open. The only thing you might hear is the occasional hooting of owls or foxes calling. Highly recommended – a unique house in a beautiful location."

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