Darsey Lodge

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Sleeps: 14 Bedrooms: 7 Bathrooms: 4
Oliver Approved

Overview

Pool Pets Welcome Walk to Village Stag/Hen Allowed

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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!

Oliver Approved

What you should know…

  • This is a property designed with adults in mind.
  • The pool is only available in the summer (April to September), and the pool heating will only be turned on when the temperature is forecast to be over 20 degrees Celsius. 

Property Features

Heritage Collection Private Pool Heated Pool Internet BBQ Bicycles Provided Gym/Fitness Room Games Room Indoor Games Outdoor Games Home Cinema DVD Working Fireplace Heating

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.

Ground Floor

- Dining room: Although the property sleeps 14, the dining table will accommodate 12 at the most (it easily accommodates 10).
- Kitchen/Breakfast room: Fully equiped kitchen with a small informal dining table in the kitchen which accommodates a further 4 people.
- Utility room
- Cloakroom
- Snug
- TV room
- Library with sofa bed: 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.

First Floor

- Master bedroom: Super King size bed (180 x 200cm), ensuite bathroom containing bath with shower over bath
- 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
- Rear bedroom (behind Main) : King size bed (180 x 190cm) This bedroom shares the use of the main bathroom
- 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.

Second Floor

- 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).

Outside Grounds
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.

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.

Location

About the surrounding area of Darsey Lodge
Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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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.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Bristol

(61-70 km)

Nearest Ferry port Swansea

(Over 100 km)

Nearest Train Station Lydney

(10 km)

Nearest Village Yorkley

(Under 1 km)

Nearest Piste Gloucester (Dry slope)

(15 km)

Region

The Costwolds isn’t just one of the most beautiful regions in England – it’s one that’s beautifully representative of the best of the English countryside. Straddling several counties, the Cotswolds boasts undulating hills and farmland, striking architecture and monuments as well as some particularly charming villages that make for relaxing and delightful day trips for both families and groups. Our holiday homes and large cottages in the Cotswolds provide the perfect place to stay, but if you’re looking for the best things to do and places to eat then our travel guide is a great place to start! Read on and get inspired for your luxury Cotswolds break.

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Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages

Darsey Lodge is a fabulous property to enjoy with the whole family, enjoy a dip in the guitar shaped swimming pool, explore the surrounding forest or simply marvel and the outstanding views!

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Walk to Village
  • Walk to Restaurant
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages

Onsite Facilities

  • Heated Pool
  • Bicycles Provided
  • Games Room
  • Indoor Games
  • Outdoor Games
  • Home Cinema
  • DVD
  • Fenced Grounds

Extras

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting/childcare services

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit £350.00 paid via bank transfer directly to the owner. It is refunded 2 weeks after check out.
Arrival time After 4 PM
Departure time Before 11 AM
Energy costs included? Yes
Heating costs included? Yes
End of stay cleaning included? Yes
Linen & towels included? Yes
Pets welcome? Yes
Smoking Allowed? No
Changeover day Any day of the week

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 15th 2019 - Feb 19th 2019 £1,871 £2,441 £3,010 £3,075
Feb 19th 2019 - Mar 17th 2019 £1,645 £2,140 £2,634 £2,677
Mar 17th 2019 - Apr 18th 2019 - - £3,365 £3,430
Apr 18th 2019 - May 28th 2019 £2,355 £3,064 £3,774 £3,838
May 28th 2019 - Sep 3rd 2019 £3,064 £3,989 £4,913 £4,999
Sep 3rd 2019 - Oct 19th 2019 £2,097 £2,731 £3,365 £3,430
Oct 19th 2019 - Oct 28th 2019 - - £3,774 £3,838
Oct 28th 2019 - Dec 18th 2019 £1,645 £2,140 £2,634 £2,677
Dec 18th 2019 - Dec 26th 2019 - - £7,138 £7,267
Dec 26th 2019 - Jan 2nd 2020 - - £7,138 £7,267
Jan 2nd 2020 - Feb 11th 2020 £1,645 £2,140 £2,634 £2,677
Feb 11th 2020 - Feb 18th 2020 £1,871 £2,441 £3,010 £3,075
Feb 18th 2020 - Mar 15th 2020 £1,645 £2,140 £2,634 £2,677
Mar 15th 2020 - Apr 16th 2020 - - £3,365 £3,430
Apr 16th 2020 - May 26th 2020 £2,355 £3,064 £3,774 £3,838
May 26th 2020 - Aug 18th 2020 £3,064 £3,989 £4,913 £4,999

Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 15th 2019 - Feb 19th 2019 €2,029 €2,598 €3,168 €3,334
Feb 19th 2019 - Mar 17th 2019 €1,784 €2,278 €2,773 €2,903
Mar 17th 2019 - Apr 18th 2019 - - €3,649 €3,719
Apr 18th 2019 - May 28th 2019 €2,553 €3,263 €3,972 €4,162
May 28th 2019 - Sep 3rd 2019 €3,323 €4,247 €5,172 €5,421
Sep 3rd 2019 - Oct 19th 2019 €2,273 €2,908 €3,542 €3,719
Oct 19th 2019 - Oct 28th 2019 - - €4,092 €4,162
Oct 28th 2019 - Dec 18th 2019 €1,784 €2,278 €2,773 €2,903
Dec 18th 2019 - Dec 26th 2019 - - €7,740 €7,880
Dec 26th 2019 - Jan 2nd 2020 - - €7,740 €7,880
Jan 2nd 2020 - Feb 11th 2020 €1,784 €2,278 €2,773 €2,903
Feb 11th 2020 - Feb 18th 2020 €2,029 €2,598 €3,168 €3,334
Feb 18th 2020 - Mar 15th 2020 €1,784 €2,278 €2,773 €2,903
Mar 15th 2020 - Apr 16th 2020 - - €3,649 €3,719
Apr 16th 2020 - May 26th 2020 €2,553 €3,263 €3,972 €4,162
May 26th 2020 - Aug 18th 2020 €3,323 €4,247 €5,172 €5,421

Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 15th 2019 - Feb 19th 2019 $2,291 $2,861 $3,430 $3,765
Feb 19th 2019 - Mar 17th 2019 $2,014 $2,509 $3,003 $3,278
Mar 17th 2019 - Apr 18th 2019 - - $4,121 $4,200
Apr 18th 2019 - May 28th 2019 $2,883 $3,593 $4,302 $4,700
May 28th 2019 - Sep 3rd 2019 $3,752 $4,676 $5,601 $6,121
Sep 3rd 2019 - Oct 19th 2019 $2,567 $3,202 $3,836 $4,200
Oct 19th 2019 - Oct 28th 2019 - - $4,621 $4,700
Oct 28th 2019 - Dec 18th 2019 $2,014 $2,509 $3,003 $3,278
Dec 18th 2019 - Dec 26th 2019 - - $8,741 $8,899
Dec 26th 2019 - Jan 2nd 2020 - - $8,741 $8,899
Jan 2nd 2020 - Feb 11th 2020 $2,014 $2,509 $3,003 $3,278
Feb 11th 2020 - Feb 18th 2020 $2,291 $2,861 $3,430 $3,765
Feb 18th 2020 - Mar 15th 2020 $2,014 $2,509 $3,003 $3,278
Mar 15th 2020 - Apr 16th 2020 - - $4,121 $4,200
Apr 16th 2020 - May 26th 2020 $2,883 $3,593 $4,302 $4,700
May 26th 2020 - Aug 18th 2020 $3,752 $4,676 $5,601 $6,121

Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Owner Profile

How long have you owned the property?
20 Years

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
The secluded location.

Are there any interesting stories in its history?
Darsey Lodge was originally built by Charles II, on the recommendation of Samuel Pepys.

For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...
Really do? Kayaking on River Wye
Really eat? The Butcher's Arms at Eldersfield is a Michelin Starred restaurant
Really see? Gloucester Cathedral

Lastly, what insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
Ideal location for the Cheltenham festival in March.

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Reviews

  • Would love to return.

    Posted by Kevin on 19/05/2018

    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!

  • Perfect weekend away!

    Posted by Lauren on 27/10/2017

    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!

  • Wow!

    Posted by Sean on 22/06/2017

    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!

  • Quiet, secluded, cosy - fantastic house

    Posted by John on 21/01/2017

    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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