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Labyrinth | Luxury Self-Catering Hunting Lodge | Lickfold, Petworth

Oh, if walls could talk! Built in the 1300s with traditional wattle and daub and embellished with the ruins of nearby Verdley Castle, Labyrinth was once the grandeur hunting lodge for Oliver Cromwell and his senior army generals. A little piece of British history nestled into the West Sussex landscape, spend days rambling across rolling hills before returning to spend nights sunk into the al fresco hot tub.


Settled in the leafy hamlet of Lickfold, just a short jaunt from popular Petworth, lies a crooked cottage with twisting timber beams and throngs of stories centuries old. Peer through layers of the past with carvings of cavaliers etched into the walls from Cromwell’s days of warming by the fire, exposed original foundations and glass-covered steps leading down to the long-lost basement. Along with a heated outdoor swimming pool and extensive landscaped gardens, this luxury self-catering home brings together the old and the new in perfect matrimony.

Bedrooms and Bathrooms

Four characterful bedrooms fill the first floor of Labyrinth, each with deep colours and soft throws strewn across the beds, perfect for wrapping up in after chilly winter rambles. The master suite, with super king-size bed, living area and en suite with bath and separate shower nestles in the eaves of the house, while two further super kings and one twin bedroom with en suite bath and handheld shower offer snug retreats overlooking the gardens. Along with the bedrooms, there is one family bathroom on the first floor, with bath and separate shower. There is also a twin room with en suite shower room and an en suite super king set within the adjacent annexe.  


A huge lawn to spread out on in the summer sun, a comfortable outdoor living room for sweet sundowners and a Mediterranean-inspired pool area with ancient olive and fig trees lining the borders; the grounds of this ancient hunting lodge are a dream come true. After breakfast, wind through the mown paths of Labyrinth’s wildflower meadow, taking a lazy rest from the heat beneath a fruit tree with a book, before wandering back to the house to take a refreshing dip in the outdoor swimming pool. On those brisk winter days, return from long country walks to warm through in the sauna before soaking in the hot tub, chilled fizz gently bubbling just within reach.

For Relaxation

Croquet on the lawn, an hour picking apples in the late autumn sun, late-night movie marathons in the depths of winter; Labyrinth has enough within its two acres to keep the whole family entertained throughout all of England’s four glorious seasons. Nearby, the South Downs National Park’s rolling hills offer shaded walks and long cycle routes, along with a sweeping coastline where soft-whip ice creams and fish and chips are best enjoyed with feet swinging over piers.


There is gated parking for six cars. The kitchen includes two fridge-freezers, an electric Aga (September – April unless on prior request), hob, electric oven and two dishwashers. Please note, there are a number of low door frames and beams throughout the property which may not be suitable for guests with limited mobility. Children are to be supervised at all times. There will be members of staff on-site daily tending to the house and grounds. Seven-night stays are inclusive of a mid-stay clean on the relevant Monday or Friday.


  • SleepsUp to 12 (10 adults and 2 children)
    From £5,250 per week, £3,495 per short break
  • Your Home Stay IncludesLinen, towels and logs for the fireDigital Property GuideDiscover what else you can look forward to...
  • BedroomsDoubles: Four super king en suite bedroomsTwins: One en suite twin bedroom and a twin room with family bathroom
  • BathroomsThere is one downstairs WC, three en suite bathrooms and one family bathroom with bath and separate shower
  • FamilyChildren: Yes, children are welcomeCots: One travel cot is availableHighchairs: One highchair is available
  • BBQA charcoal BBQ is provided
  • FeaturesOutdoor heated swimming pool (8am - 7pm) and tennis court (both May - September), Balboa hot tub, sauna, steam room, cinema room and CSS electric car port
  • PetsTwo well-behaved dogs are welcome
    Each pet is charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Mod Cons42" TV´s in every bedroom, Sky, Netflix, PlayStation 4 and games, Sky Sports and Sky Movies, cinema room, Alexa, BT Sport and Nespresso coffee machineInternet & Communications: Super-fast broadband is availableMobile Signal: Check reception maps
  • Arrivals & DeparturesArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • RestrictionsParties considered on prior permission from the owner
  • Other InformationProperty terms and conditionsFrequently asked questionsView floor planRecommend to a friend

Style: Once Oliver Cromwell’s 16th Century Hunting Lodge, this lovingly restored little piece of British history brings together old and new vibrant, chic interiors.


Our Take

Property Owner David says

We just love to spend mornings gathered in the kitchen, the log fire roaring and the scent of freshly brewed coffee drifting through the house, as people slowly stretch from slumber. This room is definitely the heart of the house, where we always congregate as a family, no matter the time of day.

Unique Extras

From professional in-house chefs to luxury at-home spa therapists and wine delivered to the door, see what’s on offer for your bespoke escape.

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Out & About

Discover places to see and things to do whilst in and around Lickfold, West Sussex to truly enhance your stay come rain or shine!

South Downs National Park An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and one of England's protected national parks, the South Downs is steeped in history and traditional English culture; from the ancient cathedral city of Winchester in the west to the bustling market town of Lewes in the east. Enjoy long walks or a horse ride along the South Downs Way, taste traditional ales in a country pub, visit arts festivals and watch spectacular performances at the world famous Glyndebourne.

Enjoy a Game of Polo Hosting up to 400 hundred matches each year, Cowdray Park Polo Club is just a short drive away from Labyrinth, set within a 16,500 acre estate. Recognised as the home of British polo, Cowdray has hosted polo matches for over 100 years, drawing in spectators looking for a thrilling sporting event. 

On the Water If the heated outdoor swimming pool isn't enough to satisfy the water babies amongst you, then day trip to West Wittering beach. With views of Chichester Harbour and the South Downs beyond, the unspoilt sandy beach has been a favourite destination of traditional days spent at the Great British seaside.

All that Glitters Antiques collectors, rejoice! Picturesque and not far from the cottage is charming Petworth, a village with an international reputation as a leading antiques centre with over 30 shops dotted around the town, perfect for antique hunters of all levels!



After a day at the well-reputed Applegarth Cookery School, arm yourself with locally made cheese, antipasti and a range of new skills and whip up a storm in Labyrinth's kitchen, equipped with enough gadgets to satisfy the most eager of chefs.

In-House Cuisine

If you'd rather spend your self-catering break indulging in the little luxuries, let an in-house chef prepare a mouth-watering meal for you and your loved ones (on prior request and subject to additional cost).  

Eating Out

The South Downs certainly have no lack in exceptional eateries and gastro pubs, and Lickfold and the surrounding area are no exceptions. Just a short stroll from the cottage one can find the Lickfold Inn, a Grade-II listed inn with character by the bucketload and an à la carte tasting menu which attracts the crowds from miles around. Outside of the village, The Noah's Ark is just one mile away and prides itself on an ever-changing and evolving seasonal menu, showcasing the very best of West Sussex produce.


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Disclaimer: These particulars, whilst believed to be accurate, are set as a guideline only. They are intended to give a fair description, but should not be relied upon as being a statement of fact. The photographs appearing on this website show only certain parts and aspects of the property at the time when the photographs were taken and it should not be assumed that the property remains precisely as displayed in the photographs. If there are any points of particular importance that need clarifying before you confirm your booking please do not hesitate to ask.

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