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  Jack at the gate

Gate

"All those Christmas cards, all those promises".


Deane Lodge enjoys the benefits of both rural and urban life; The Water Meadows, St Catherine’s Hill, the Hospital of St Cross, the great English outdoors on the doorstep. The city is an easy walk through Winchester College, playing fields and meadows, where good pubs, restaurants, The Hambledon, Cadogan & Co and vibrant shopping streets can while away the days.
 
Our website attempts to evoke the happy atmosphere of Deane Lodge, so where a glass of wine or a mug of coffee seem appropriate, they are there. Toys are left out on the floor, coats, bags, and hats are on the hooks. Although we really are ‘neat freaks’ we wanted to show you how comfortable and easy a house this is to inhabit by using pictures/images that suggest that someone has just ‘got up from the chair’ and moved to another room. Deane Lodge will be tidy and a bit frighteningly clean for your arrival, but we do want you to make yourselves comfortable and at home. With ample space for 10 people there are 3 double rooms and 2 twin rooms all equipped with real beds. 

  Deane Lodge

Most of us only experience big family house life through the pages of Enid Blyton or C.S. Lewis. Time poverty, children of various sizes and ages and the fine balancing of household budgets can make finding somewhere to stay (where you can really relax with your friends) difficult.

At Deane Lodge once we have welcomed you in (through your own front door) and handed over the keys, you’re on holiday with your friends, not us. This softly gothic house looks like the home of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five. The old wooden gate rattles, closing behind you and this handsome red-bricked house stretches up, like a well- built old gentleman, waiting to welcome you in.


  Up the stairs

Push hard on the old doorbell which rings deep in the heart of the house.

Once inside the warm red hall these handsome stairs draw you up into this inspiring home.

Sleeps ten in real beds (3 doubles and 2 twins)



Halfway down the stairs is a stair where I sit.
There isn't any other stair quite like it.
I'm not at the bottom; I'm not at the top.
So this is the stair where I always stop. 
                                                   A.A. Milne



  On the landing

This is the family home that you always wanted to visit; English, quirky and individual. 

The house is a riot of colour and texture; it is about enjoying being at home in a big English family house


Ode to Autumn 
SEASON of mists and mellow fruitfulness, 
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.

Written by John Keats, on the Water Meadows at Winchester



  At the desk

Sitting at the mahogany desk on the landing (it is hard to imagine that wireless broadband is available throughout) the happy atmosphere at Deane Lodge enfolds you like that of a well-loved book.

If you have to work, do it at a good desk. Broadband usage included. 

I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.

Jane Austen,
Pride and Prejudice, 1811




  In the jolly kitchen

On the first floor all the rooms are palatial, from the “what was she thinking of when she decorated this kitchen?...”

A great big table (seats all 10), funky chairs with fat feather cushions, a pew with a denim bolster - sit here and take a leisurely feast with friends.

  Admiring the 300 abs

… to the kick-your-shoes-off-and-relax lounge.

The house may have an evocative atmosphere of a bygone era but it accommodates the needs of the 21st century family.

An awe-inspiring 55 inch high definition TV screen with surround sound, plus a great selection of films and a Sony Playstation (PS3) for savvy online-gamers.

  Brushing your teeth with friends and family

... even the bathroom has two sinks!


Towels, fab soap and soft quality toilet rolls provided. 

Splish Splash, I was takin' a bath
Long about a Saturday night, yeah
Rub-a-dub, just relaxin' in the tub
Thinkin' everything was alright

Well, I stepped out the tub, put my feet on the floor,
I wrapped the towel around me
And I opened the door, and then
Splish, Splash! I jumped back in the bath
Well how was I to know there was a party going on

Bobby Darin



  Woody and his friends invite you to play cowboys (twin)

Home, home on the range,
Where the deer and the antelope play;
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word,
And the skies are not cloudy all day.

             Dr. Brewster Higley (1876).


A great Brio train set, a family heirloom castle with ogres, knights and damsels, the complete cast of Lord of the Rings and Horrid Henry - of course children are welcome at Deane Lodge.

  The "pink is the navy blue of India" Diana Vreeland room  (5' double bed)

Okay boys, this room is a bit girly with a dressing table in the window, but sometimes grown up girls need a holiday. Tea in bed should do the trick.

Please note that if your booking is between 1st December and  6th of January, you will be sharing your room with ‘The Snowman’, just ask for details.

  Come on in, you know it's home

Deane Lodge is the sort of house where you can either raid the library (great books) or begin writing yourself.

Toys, games, films, books, glossies… Bring your own wine and relax.

'Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam
Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home!
A charm from the skies seems to hallow us there
Which seek thro' the world, is ne'er met elsewhere.
Home! Home!
Sweet, sweet home!
There's no place like home
There's no place like home!



  The Mulberry flag room (double)


There is a real feeling of ‘Upstairs Downstairs’ about Deane Lodge. Up the steep (but good for you) stairs, are the servants quarters but don’t feel cheated if this is where your friends have put you.The attic has two doubles, one twin and a bathroom.

  The Other End Of The Flag Room

These utterly charming and relaxing rooms have a birds-eye view of St Cross (especially from the bathroom mirror)…

Great books...

  Conversational Twins

…and they are (or seem to be) both monastic and romantic at the same time.

There is one room that is all bed (mind your head) but in the morning you wake up overlooking St Catherine’s Hill, a delight. Just don’t forget the power of tea in bed.

 Floor & Garden Plans - move mouse over room to view photograph.

'Downstairs' 'Garden'
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  Deane Lodge Pricing

Nights

Detail

Winchester

Deane Lodge

Maximum occupancy

10

7 Nights

Friday-Friday

Additional Night

Price

£1985



£283

Weekend

 1 - 2 Nights

Additional Night

Price

£998



£335

The pricing of Fifield’s England probably looks quite strange; there really is only one rate all year round (yes even in the School Holidays).

Please note that if your booking is between 1st December and 6th  January, you will be sharing your room with ‘The Snowman’, just ask for details



  Deane Lodge Availability 2012
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