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


Lickfold, Petworth, West Sussex, UK

Oh, if walls could talk! Built in the 1300s with traditional wattle and daub and later finished by adding a facade using the ruins of nearby Verdley Castle, this luxury self-catering home near Petworth was once the grandeur hunting lodge for Oliver Cromwell and his senior army generals. A piece of British history nestled into the West Sussex landscape, spend days rambling the hills before returning for nights sunk into the heated swimming pool and hot tub.


Settled in the leafy hamlet of Lickfold, just a short jaunt from popular Petworth, lies a large 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 new in perfect matrimony.


Traditional timber beams, giant stone fireplaces and ancient original features mix with modern accents and vivid colours at Labyrinth, where guests can slip into luxury with a splash of history added in for good measure. Downstairs, grand reception rooms and cosy nooks ensure time together is well spent, while upstairs four characterful bedrooms, each with deep hues and soft throws, are perfect for long, lazy lie-ins over buckets of tea and crumpets. For lovebirds or a family unit, the adjacent annex houses a twin and super king-size bedroom.


A huge lawn to spread out on in the summer sun, an outdoor living room for sweet sundowners and a Mediterranean-inspired pool area with ancient fig trees lining the borders; the grounds of this ancient hunting lodge are simply dreamy. Wind through the mown paths of Labyrinth’s wildflower meadow before wandering back to the house to take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool. On brisk winter days, return from long country walks to warm in the sauna before soaking in the hot tub, chilled fizz gently bubbling just within reach.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 12 (10 adults and 2 children)
    From £5,250 per week, £3,495 per short break
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsAll of the bedrooms are found on the first floor; two doubles with super king-size beds and two twin bedrooms in the main house, plus one double with super king-size bed and one twin (with low ceilings) in the annex. There is a WC on the ground floor, and each bedroom has its own en suite. Three of the en suites have baths and separate showers, with the remaining three having baths and handheld shower attachments.
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  • 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
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10amTimes may vary due to Covid-19 requirements, please refer to your booking.
  • FamilyBabes-in-arms and children are welcome. One travel cot and one highchair are available. Children are to be supervised at all times.
  • PracticalitiesThere is parking for six cars behind the gated entrance to Labyrinth. The large kitchen includes two fridge-freezers, an electric Aga (available September to April unless on prior request), hob, electric oven, two dishwashers, Nespresso coffee machine and more. 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. 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.
  • Homestay includesLuxury welcome hamper, pool and beach towels, 42" TVs in every bedroom, Sky, Netflix, PlayStation 4 and games, Sky Sports and Sky Movies, Alexa, BT Sport, iPad, super-fast WiFi broadband, charcoal barbecue, linen, towels, logs and kindling for the fire.House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • RestrictionsParties considered on prior permission from the owner
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Think quirky antique shops, cobbled streets, and the sweeping South Downs right on your doorstep: posh Petworth is the perfect West Sussex for anyone needing a luxe country house break close to London.

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Getting there

  • On the Map The house is located near Midhurst, Petworth, Haslemere and the rolling South Downs in West Sussex.
  • By Car One and a half hours from London by car.
  • By Train Haslemere, Petersfield or Chichester train stations are the closest, with trains regular trains to London.
  • By Air London airports are one and a half hours drive away, whilst Southampton airport is just under an hour away.

From the owner

“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.”

From the owner

The original cottage was built in the early 1300s and academic historians have all but proved it was later used by Oliver Cromwell and his senior generals as a hunting lodge, some three miles from his permanent base at Blackdown.

The facade was constructed from the ruins of Verdley Castle (which was burnt down by Cromwell's army) as it was not quite considered grand enough for such senior military personnel. 

We purchased the house in 2005, and added the kitchen and master bedroom, along with the pool and pool house in 2010. These additions doubled the size of the property and became one of the most contentious planning permissions ever handled in Sussex.

However, just before the case was put before The European Courts, the council agreed that we were not only extending the house, but restoring the property to its former glory by only using the finest materials available and reflecting the unique history of the house.

The Bodmer Family

Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Petworth with an insider’s perspective.

Cowdray Park Polo Club
To Do

Cowdray Park Polo Club

With a long and illustrious history, Cowdray Park, set in the heart of 16,500 acres of gorgeous grounds, is recognised worldwide as the Home of British Polo - one of the busiest clubs in the world hosting a variety of events.

Arundel Castle
To See

Arundel Castle

Set high on a hill in West Sussex, the medieval Arundel Castle commands magnificent views of the South Downs and the River Arun. Restored and remodelled, it was established by Roger de Montgomery on Christmas Day in 1067.

The Duke Of Cumberland Arms, Henly
To Eat

The Duke Of Cumberland Arms, Henly

A stunning 16th century pub with an outdoor fire where the great and the good gather, and excellent food is served in a charming and original setting. Booking is essential as there is usually a two-month waiting list for Sunday lunch!

West Wittering Beach
To Do

West Wittering Beach

West Wittering is a large and unspoilt sandy beach with excellent views of Chichester Harbour and the South Downs. Good facilities, extensive grasslands and tidal pools make this a popular choice for families and sporty types.

Guest Testimonials

We found Labyrinth to be way beyond what we expected - from the moment we arrived and were guided around the property by our fantastic host, to the day we checked out, it was just perfect. The pool is, without doubt, the jewel in the crown, with hours spent swimming, diving and just relaxing in the outdoor living area that was alongside. I could not recommend this house any higher and have already told several friends about Labyrinth.

Labyrinth really is spectacular and has an excellent set up for a multi-generational family stay. The standards of the property, facilities and location exceeded our expectations, and the service we received was excellent. Thank you!

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