The Old Lodge is Matthew Clairmont's house in Oxfordshire, located near the village of Woodstock. It is a two story Tudor manor arranged around a central courtyard. It has two gates, with an outer gate of wrought iron and a brick gatehouse at the inner gate. The gatehouse has more embellishment than the main house, with twisted chimneys and elaborate patterns in the brick.
Built in 1536, the manor is in an excellent state of preservation, without alterations in later architectural styles. Although the house has been modernized to add electricity and plumbing, the interior features linenfold paneling and retains much of its original furniture and decoration.
Matthew calls the house the "spoils of the Reformation", saying Henry gave him the land on the condition he tear down the abbey on it. He describes the Tudor rose motif as "obligatory at the time".
Discovery of WitchesEdit
When Diana Bishop first visits, Amira Chavan is the only full-time resident of the house. She occupies several rooms, and opens the house for yoga classes a few times a week. Matthew uses the gatehouse at weekends, saying the main house is too big and too fragile to live in.
Shadow of NightEdit
In Elizabethan times, the house is a gathering place for Matthew and his friends. Matthew, as both a member of the Congregation and a spy for the Queen, commands the respect of the neighborhood.
The Book of LifeEdit
Amira continues to live in the house, and despite the danger posed by Benjamin she continues to hold her yoga classes. Diana briefly stops at the house, accompanied by several other members of the de Clermont family, on her way to retrieve the third missing page from Ashmole 782. During their time there, Phoebe Taylor is upset by the casual treatment of the house's antiques and art, particularly a Holbein portrait of Margaret More in the lavatory. Ysabeau de Clermont tells her the entire family is in one of the attics.