Grotto Lodge

Designed by Thomas Allom and built around 175 years ago, Grotto Lodge is a unique and stylish residence designed with a nod to an original Grotto within the grounds of Highclere Castle. The main part of the house is circular and affords the most outstanding views across North Hampshire and West Berkshire.

Set on the Wayfarers Way, Grotto Lodge sits in one of the best locations for country walks. Nearby is the lovely town of Hungerford, famed for its antiques market and the handsome cities of Oxford and Winchester are a mere 30 minutes’ drive away. There are a number of delightful local pubs which offer a range of delicious home-grown specialities and craft ales.

Grotto Lodge has a double bedroom and a bathroom on the first and second floors. It has been beautifully restored by Lady Carnarvon maintaining many of the original features and allowing the circular walls to lead the eye.

The rooms are thoughtfully decorated with traditional wallpapers and fabrics from Colefax & Fowler and Robert Kime as well as carefully selected paint hues to create a peaceful escape from the pressures of modern life.

The kitchen is fully fitted with a dishwasher and includes a bespoke dining table and bench, designed and hand crafted by Highclere’s very own carpenter. There is also a utility room with a washing machine.

With central heating throughout, the log burner in the drawing room provides a delightful cosy warmth on those longer, dark evenings. 

A private garden with a table and chairs is an idyllic spot for alfresco eating with other-worldly, totally unforgettable views. 

Grotto Lodge is available to rent as follows:

Friday October 12th & Saturday October 13th two people inc two tickets for a special guided tour of the Castle (as per website £120 pp)  £1,500. (inc Vat) For more information please email [email protected].

We regret that Grotto Lodge is not suitable for children under the age of 16. Please note that the Grotto has a steep, narrow, spiral staircase and may be challenging for those with restricted mobility.

For more information please email [email protected].

With huge thanks to Sarah Morris at McWhirter Morris Interior Decoration and all the Highclere Castle decorating, maintenance and landscaping teams.