The House

The House

Set deep within the Royal Forest of Dean in a secluded, commanding position overlooking thousands of acres of forest, Danby Lodge is a Grade II listed, seven-bedroom lodge originally built by order of Charles II, on the recommendation of Samuel Pepys. 

With 2 acres of its own grounds, Danby Lodge enjoys stunning scenery and views in a tranquil, and private setting, away from roads and surrounded by wildlife and forest walks. Danby Lodge is surrounded by dry stone walls and fences with electric gates at the entrance for privacy and security. The grounds contain a heated outdoor swimming pool, mature gardens, wild areas, private woodland and carp pond. Danby Lodge is the perfect luxury holiday rental in the Royal Forest of Dean.

7 bedroom House in the Forest of Dean

from £400 / night






nearby activities



#1 Master Bedroom

1X Super king Size

#2 Front Bedroom

1X Super king Size or Twin Beds

#3 Rear Bedroom

1X king Size

#4 Small Attic

1X Super king Size or Twin Beds

#5 Attic Bedroom

1X Super king Size

#6 Priest Hole Bedroom

1X Super King Size

#7 Library

1X Double sofa bed

The Rooms

Booking Info

Our full detailed booking terms can be found here, A short summary of key points is shown below.


A 40% non-refundable deposit is due on booking. The balance payment is then due four weeks before your stay begins. A refundable security/damage deposit of £350 is also required and paid with the balance payment. This will be returned up to 30 days after the holiday assuming everything is left in order. If you cancel your booking or the balance is not paid on time, the booking deposit is not refundable. If the balance payment is not received at least two weeks before your stay, your booking will be automatically cancelled.


Please note that Danby Lodge contains antique/designer furniture and other high-quality fittings and furnishings which guests are asked to treat with respect. Guests are asked not to move any furniture inside the property as you may damage it. If you move outside furniture such as seats, tables or Sun Loungers, we ask that you return it to where it was when you arrived at the property. We reserve the right to charge guests if items are not returned back to where they were when you arrived.

Guests are expected to take responsibility for the actions of any children or animals in their party. Animals are permitted at Danby Lodge, but not upstairs or in carpeted areas. Any damage caused will be deducted from the deposit or will need to be paid for prior to leaving the property.


Check-in is from 4 pm on the day of arrival and check-out is by 11 am on the day of departure. Earlier check-in and/or later check-out can sometimes be accommodated by arrangement, but this must be agreed upon in advance. Our ability to agree on this will depend on whether it can be worked around cleaning arrangements and arrival/departure requirements of other guests. If guests arrive early or do not leave on time, except by prior arrangement, we reserve the right to charge early arrival and/or late departure fees.


You may meet Norman or Richard during your stay at Danby Lodge. Norman is the groundskeeper and he often visits in the mornings to water the greenhouse and generally check that all is well with the gardens. Richard maintains the pool and the Koi pond. He will visit to feed the fish and maintain the quality of the water in the ponds and the pool. They are very friendly and will do their best not to disturb you. They will be happy to help you if you require any assistance and can answer any questions about the house and things to do in the area.

The owner keeps a private self contained flat in the coach house. This is separate from the main house and does not overlook the pool or main garden areas. He sometimes stays there when guests are in residence. If he is there during your stay, you may occasionally see him coming or going via the grounds of the house.