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Danby Lodge - 6 bed luxury house in the Forest of Dean

Bedrooms 6
Space 3,767 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

Away From Roads And Noise, Overlooking Thousands Acres Of Ancient Woodland

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.

More Details

Property Manager
Margherita Crema
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 May, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Yorkley in West Dean

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 3767 sq. ft.
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 6 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot
  • There are 6 bedroom(s)!
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Golf
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking


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Danby Lodge - 6 bed luxury house in the Forest of Dean
average rating of 4.7272725 based on 11 reviews

Impressive home with fantastic faculties

  • 4 of 5

Three families thoroughly enjoyed the luxury break for 3 nights. The pool was fantastic, clean, and a reasonable temperature (our Australian friends might disagree). The location was secluded and peaceful with a pub about 30 mins walk through the forest, the food there was average. The rooms were all good sizes and clean. One criticism would be that the top floor bathroom did not have air circulation and with carpets has created a damp smell, may need to be looked into by the owners.

All in all we would recommend this place to friends.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi guys, Thanks for your kind comments which are greatly appreciated. I agree about the food at the pub being average. There are better options slightly further afield ! There is a fan in the top floor bathroom, but I wonder if it's working properly. We'll check that and also have a look at the carpets to ensure any damp issues are dealt with promptly. Thanks for letting us know.
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Amazing stay!

  • 5 of 5

Amazing house, beautiful grounds, our group of friends had a brilliant time here. Would absolutely stay again, many thanks for having us!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful house in a beautiful location. Perfect for a large family gathering.

  • 5 of 5

Driving down the forest track towards the house was magical and when we came through the gates and saw Danby Lodge we were so delighted. Only having an internet image to go on it was a relief to see it was more lovely than we had imagined.

14 of us happily shared the property and there was plenty of space for everyone. The TV room was fab for a chill out and lighting the fire in the evening to sit around and chat was great. The outdoor pool was big hit with the children. There was so much space to run around and play. The surrounding woodland was amazing and we took our dogs walking a few times. They all loved it too!

We are planning to come back next year to rekindle the love we had for this stunning home from home.

The Wi-Fi was a bit hit and miss, but if you don't want to be 'on' all the time, that's no bad thing. Our family were able to reconnect and enjoy lots of quality time together. Just perfect!

I would recommend a stay here if you really want to escape the rat race for a few days.

  • Review Submitted: 16-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Danby lodge at Christmas.

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Dec-2016
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review. Just to let you know that we've made some changes to the way the hot water system works which should hopefully avoid any future problems with Hot Water availability. We’ve also noted your comments regarding serving dishes, oven trays, place mats and kitchen knives and we’ll sort these out and/or raise them with the housekeeper. Thanks for bringing those to our attention. The heating certainly shouldn’t have been set so it’s full on all night but off in the day. I think there must have been some kind of glitch with the thermostat system we’re using. It’s certainly not set that way now and it can be manually adjusted on the Nest thermostat in the snug if guests need to do so. We did have some problems with internet reliability which seem to have settled down now. Because the house is miles away from anything else in the middle of the forest, there’s a limit to the speed we can get via ADSL. We have the highest speed we can possibly get, but it’s still only around 8 MB/S. Luckily you can get 4G signal on Vodafone at the house which is a lot faster than the ADSL/WiFi service. Hopefully we’ll see you at Danby Lodge again soon. Kind Regards The MeltRelax Team.
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Fantastic house!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Dec-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect for large groups

  • 5 of 5

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.


  • Review Submitted: 09-Dec-2016
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

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.


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  • Damage deposit: £350.00