Darsey Lodge

Cotswolds, Gloucestershire



7 night price

Property Description

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 grandeur 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 summer’s 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!

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 equipped 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 its 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 bookcase 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.

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)


The Cotswolds 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.

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!


  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)


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


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

At Sun Villa Escapes 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.

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!

Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 11th 2021 – Feb 12th 2021 £1,481 £1,974 £2,468 £2,763
Feb 12th 2021 – Feb 22nd 2021 £1,681 £2,241 £2,801 £3,136
Feb 22nd 2021 – Apr 1st 2021 £1,480 £1,973 £2,467 £2,763
Apr 1st 2021 – Apr 18th 2021 £4,199 £4,704
Apr 18th 2021 – Apr 30th 2021 £2,100 £2,800 £3,500 £3,919
Apr 30th 2021 – May 3rd 2021 £2,400 £3,200 £4,000 £4,479
May 3rd 2021 – May 28th 2021 £2,100 £2,800 £3,499 £3,919
May 28th 2021 – Jun 6th 2021 £3,000 £4,000 £5,000 £5,599
Jun 6th 2021 – Jul 1st 2021 £2,800 £3,733 £4,666 £5,225
Jul 1st 2021 – Sep 1st 2021 £3,600 £4,800 £6,000 £6,719
Sep 1st 2021 – Oct 1st 2021 £2,800 £3,733 £4,666 £5,225
Oct 1st 2021 – Oct 22nd 2021 £2,100 £2,800 £3,499 £3,919
Oct 22nd 2021 – Nov 1st 2021 £2,519 £3,359 £4,199 £4,704
Nov 1st 2021 – Dec 3rd 2021 £1,480 £1,973 £2,467 £2,763
Dec 3rd 2021 – Dec 23rd 2021 £1,480 £1,973 £2,467 £2,763
Dec 23rd 2021 – Dec 30th 2021 £6,332 £7,092
Dec 30th 2021 – Jan 3rd 2022 £6,332 £7,092
Jan 3rd 2022 – Feb 11th 2022 £1,481 £1,974 £2,468 £2,763
Feb 11th 2022 – Feb 21st 2022 £1,681 £2,241 £2,801 £3,136
Feb 21st 2022 – Mar 31st 2022 £1,480 £1,973 £2,467 £2,763
Mar 31st 2022 – Apr 17th 2022 £4,199 £4,704
Apr 17th 2022 – Apr 29th 2022 £2,100 £2,800 £3,500 £3,919
Apr 29th 2022 – May 2nd 2022 £2,400 £3,200 £4,000 £4,479
May 2nd 2022 – May 27th 2022 £2,100 £2,800 £3,499 £3,919
May 27th 2022 – Jun 5th 2022 £3,000 £4,000 £5,000 £5,599
Jun 5th 2022 – Jun 30th 2022 £2,800 £3,733 £4,666 £5,225
Jun 30th 2022 – Aug 15th 2022 £3,600 £4,800 £6,000 £6,719

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


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
  • Features
    Private Pool – Wifi – Games Room – BBQ – Heating – Home Cinema – Gym/Fitness Room – Outdoor Games – Pets Welcome