Grotto Lodge

Designed by Thomas Allom and built around 175 years ago, Grotto Lodge is a unique and stylish circular cottage within the grounds of Highclere Castle.

Set on the Wayfarers Way, Grotto Lodge sits in one of the best locations for country walks. The main part of the house is circular and affords the most outstanding views across North Hampshire and West Berkshire. 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 each of 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. There will be a welcome pack of food with a few essential items in the fridge and cupboards to help you with your catering. 

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. 

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.

We are able to create bespoke weeks away here as it is ideal to use as a base for touring Stonehenge, Bath, Oxford or Winchester.

We are taking bookings for Grotto Lodge in 2020 from a 4 day stay (£2,000). Please email [email protected] for more information. The shorter stays (minimum of 2 nights £1200) will be available closer to the time.  (Please note that May and July are fully booked August weeks are available) 

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