When we go away, we love to book somewhere which has a bit of charm & character. If it’s got wooden beams & a fire then i’m telling you now, that will be right up our street!
So when i stumbled upon Oddas Lodge at the Stables in Deerhurst, i booked it right away to surprise James for his birthday weekend.
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I booked our stay through Airbnb, and let the host, Sue, know when we were due to arrive.
Due to traffic we arrived a little later than planned, but Sue was very accommodating and took us straight to the lodge to show us how everything worked. After a quick little demo, and some recommendations on where to go and places to eat. We were left the keys, and settled in for the weekend.
Sue had provided us with so many lovely things, all labeled with ‘Odda’s Lodge’ stickers – a really cute touch! I love it when Airbnb hosts go the extra mile to make you feel so welcome.
She provided us with a fresh sourdough loaf, which we made a delicious breakfast of poached eggs on toast with. We also had four adorable mini pots of jam, cakes, a variety of Dorset cereals, coffee pods and a selection of tea’s. Along with the staples like milk, oil, salt & pepper.
We love to make use of the kitchen when we stay away, and although this one is pretty small. It was more than capable to prep and cook a meal for two. Plus it was kitted out with a fantastic selection of utensils, pots & pans and pretty much any contraption you might need to rustle up something tasty.
The kitchen it fitted with an oven, induction hob (which convinced us to get one in our new house) microwave, fridge, kettle and a Nespresso coffee machine which James was very happy about.
There is also a little dining table along with two chairs.
Call us crazy, as we stayed on a hot summers weekend. But, that log burner was just way too tempting in the evening! So we did actually light it up for a little bit. The host must have thought we were completely bonkers! If we stayed here in the winter, we would have 100% had this beauty going every night.
We were provided with logs under the fire. If you used them all, you were allowed to help yourself to more outside which were all stacked down the side of the lodge.
The scandi style living room has a small yellow sofa , not the sort you can really relax and lay out on, but pretty comfortable all the same. A separate matching arm chair sits beside the fire and impressive glass windows surround you, making a perfect little reading corner. There’s a TV on a wall mounted bracket, which you can pull out and angle depending on where you’re sat in the room.
At the back of the lodge you’ll find the bedroom with ensuite. The bedroom provides a rail to hang your clothes, a mirror, a little wooden dressing table to get ready at, and a big comfy king size bed. There is also a hairdryer, so no need to bring your own.
Odda’s Lodge has a cool ensuite with some really quirky tiles in the shower, theres another wooden beam too! The shower isn’t a rainfall shower, but it does have a nice large shower head and is pretty powerful. I also liked that the shower dials are at the opposite end to the shower. A design feature that just makes sense!
There is underfloor heating in here which was rather lovely, a very nice treat for your feet.
Outside you get your own private covered courtyard, there is a guest area in the orchard opposite which you can use too. We used the courtyard to enjoy a nice morning brew and a spiced rum on a hot summers evening.
There is also a parking space.
Location & things to do
Odda’s lodge is in a fantastic location. It’s nestled in a very pretty little village called Deerhurst in Gloucestershire. It’s surrounded by fields and within a few minutes walk from the lodge you will be next to the river Severn. We saw someone out having fun on their paddle board, and we really wish we took ours! Instead, we had a little evening picnic sat on the river bank. We also found a tree where you could climb inside the tree trunk. It definitely had Stranger Things portal vibes – just minus any demogorgons!
Deerhurst is 2 miles southwest of Tewkesbury. A lovely medieval town full of incredible looking buildings. We visited Twekesbury Abbey and it was breathtaking. Someone was playing the organ whilst we were inside which sounded so impressive.
The lodge is also under an hour away from the beautiful Cotswolds! We visited Bourton-on-the-Water (40 min drive) which is a picturesque village, full of traditional cotswold stone houses. It has a river running through it with lots of really low bridges crossing over it. A very unique little village and well worth a visit.
We both had a fantastic weekend here, and highly rate odda’s Lodge.
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