House | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 13
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 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. 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 ensuite 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 tapware. 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 50 inch flat screen TV with Satellite TV 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 Refractory table and a large stone fireplace, a reading room (Snug room) and and a further small library room, adjacent to one of the ensuite 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 Cross Trainer, 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 worksurfaces 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 can accomodate a maximum of 10. There is a small informal dining table in the kitchen which accomodates a further 4 people. The seating around the fire also accomodates approximately 10 people, as does the seating in the TV Room. So, if more than 10 people are staying, it will not be possible to all eat or sit in the same room together. Please also note that the pool is only open during the Spring/Summer months (April to September).
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).
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) - 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.
A returnable deposit of £250 is required which will be returned after the holiday assuming everything is left in order. Please note that the property contains antique furniture and other high quality fittings and furnishings which which guests are asked to treat with respect. Guests are expected to take responsibility for the actions of any children or animals in their party. Please note that animals are not permitted upstairs in the property or in carpeted areas. Any damage will be deducted from the deposit or will need to be paid for prior to leaving the property.
|Size||Sleeps up to 13, 6 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bristol or Birmingham, Nearest railway: Lydney|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Table tennis, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 3 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (1), Double beds (5), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 14|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
The Central England/Cotswolds region
Situated between the rivers Wye and Severn, in the western part of Gloucestershire, on the borders of Wales and Herefordshire, the Royal Forest of Dean is within easy reach of the Cotswolds, Gloucester and Cheltenham, Bristol, Bath, Cardiff, Monmouth and the Wye Valley.
Within 30 minutes drive is the historic town of Gloucester, capital of the Shire. Gloucester's Docks contains an Antiques Centre, fantastic historic waterside architecture, restaurants and bars, as well as a designer outlet centre and a new cinema. There is also an impressive and ancient cathedral which was used in the Harry Potter films. The restaurants and shops of Cheltenham (with it's Gold Cup Festival in March) and Bristol are within only a further 15 minutes drive (total circa 45 minutes from the house).
The fantastic scenery of the Wye Valley is also within easy reach, containing the attractive riverside settlements of Symonds Yat, Redbrook, Brockweir, Llandogo and Tintern with its wonderful Abbey. Also within easy driving distance are Bath, Somerset, the Cotswolds and Stratford upon Avon.
There are museums at Chepstow and the Nelson Museum in Monmouth and All Saints Church in Newland known as 'The Cathedral of The Forest ' is worth a visit with it historical goodies. Lots of the nearby villages have local festivals throughout the summer and there are Christmas markets too.
Forest of Dean
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 Paintballing, 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.