Built in 1793 by the first Earl of Carnarvon, London Lodge formalised the entry to Highclere Park and was constructed to celebrate the Earl’s entry to the peerage.
The imposing stone archway, dressed with Coade stone and filled by the heavy iron gates, framed a grand entrance for family and visitors alike. The individual lodges, to either side were added later, most probably around 1840. Over the past two years they have been painstakingly restored by the current Earl and his wife to provide unique and luxurious accommodation for two. (It has one double bedroom)
The interior has been sympathetically restored using traditional lime plaster to the curved internal walls of the lodges and the principal rooms have large windows with bespoke oak wooden shutters, copies of the originals. The layout for both lodges has been kept simple; to the north west, a charming sitting room arranged around a Chesneys wood burner, and fully equipped kitchen behind. Then a separate building across the paved walkway houses the bedroom lodge with a comfortable double bed, bathroom (with bath and shower over bath) and dressing area. Due to its design, London Lodge is not suitable for those with mobility issues.
London Lodge is available for a two night stay for two people at £900
In conjunction with Interior Decorator Sarah Morris, Lady Carnarvon has created elegant and inviting spaces, using softly subtle Little Green and Farrow and Ball wall colours, beautifully complimented by curtains and blinds in Nicholas Herbert and Robert Kime fabrics.
- Architect: Peter Brownhill of Brownhill Hayward Brown
- Contractors: Fairhurst Ward Abbott Interior
- Decoration: Sarah Morris, McWhirter Morris
- Soft Furnishings: Lucinda Aitken Soft Furnishings
With huge thanks to all Highclere Castle decorating, maintenance and landscaping teams.