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The Forge

Heytesbury, near Warminster, Wiltshire
Grade 4 Star rating

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14/05/2019
Sleeps 5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 1
Pets 3
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Description

This period holiday property is brimming with history and character, as it was once part of Heytesbury House.

Ground Floor:
Open plan living space: With slate floor and French doors leading to garden.
Living area: With open fire, Freeview TV and DVD player.
Dining area.
Kitchen area: With gas cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet, leading to...
Bedroom 1: With double bed.
First Floor:
Bedroom 2: With double bed, single bed (for flexible sleeping arrangements), sloping ceiling and beams, leading to...
Bedroom 3: With single bed.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial fuel for open fire included. Welcome pack. Large, enclosed, lawned garden with garden furniture. On road parking. No smoking. Please note: There is limited headroom on the stairway and access to single bedroom.

Hidden from view behind a high wall, this unique, detached, period holiday cottage was once part of Heytesbury House. The poet Siegfried Sassoon spent the latter part of his life at Heytesbury House, which he purchased in 1933, and his son George Sassoon grew up there and inherited the house. By 1939, there were sixteen new residents at Heytesbury, evacuees sent for safety at the beginning of the Second World War. In 1942, the evacuees left Heytesbury and were replaced by American troops in November. By the middle of 1944, there were twenty five American troops sleeping in the house and another thousand camped in the grounds. On the edge of the village, step through the gate and into the idyllic walled orchard garden in which the cottage is situated. The house is full of character and charm, with slate floors, beams, a fireplace with original lantern-style chimney, and the quirky criss-cross beams in the bedroom through which one accesses the second bedroom. The owners have renovated the property to add a third spacious double bedroom. The bathroom has a beautiful view of the garden. Heytesbury is a quiet village on the River Wylye and on the edge of Salisbury Plain. It is a beautiful walking area and within half an hour’s drive of Avebury, Bath, Salisbury, Stonehenge, Stourhead and Westbury White Horse, and only a 10-minute drive from Longleat. The Wylye Valley is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Shop 500 yards, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

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Features

  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
    Dishwasher
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio
    Enclosed Garden/Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Open Fire
    Open Fire
  • WiFi
    WiFi
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle


Customer Comments

  • 4

    22/05/2019
    Confirmed guest, 06/05/2019
    The Forge is a quirky cottage with an interesting layout. It has a large enclosed garden, which our dog enjoyed exploring and we could imagine relaxing in had the bank holiday weather been nicer. On first impressions the cottage was very good but during our stay a number of health and safety concerns surfaced. The kitchen is well equipped but lacks oven gloves (previously raised as a concern) and the grill pan doesn't fit the grill. The dining table chairs are very rickety and made us feel uneasy sitting on them as they are ready to fall apart. The lounge has a lovely fire place, a feature we were keen to use, however we were left disappointed as there appears to be a serious blockage in the chimney that even one of our party who is an experienced fire lighter couldn't get it clear and working. In the ground floor bedroom, the heavy wooden wardrobe door fell off on me as soon as I opened it and the bed frame is broken in the middle. In the little bedroom the light fixing is not working, we tried changing the bulb but to no avail so luckily one of our party had a touch for the person staying in the room to use. The owner had left a bottle of wine, milk and there were a few basics in the cupboards, which were very welcome but there was no information left about the cottage, such as the unusual electrics for turning on the lights in the kitchen and on the first floor or any local information about amenities. There was a pile of leaflets on the shelf but some were so old the places no longer exist! The information we were seriously lacking from both time of booking and once we were in the cottage were about the guinea pigs. The owner (when she called me back with key details) casually informed me that there were guinea pigs in the garden but that someone local looks after them. When we arrived they had water and some carrots and tomatoes were left on the microwave but no instructions and the guinea pigs seemed hungry. They also have a small run at the bottom of their hutch, which didn't seem adequate. We also didn't feel it was appropriate for these animals to be left at a cottage rental where there isn't someone around to care for them. Overall it was a nice cottage but needs some serious care and attention. There were a number of concerns raised by previous people in the cottage's visitor book but the impression we got was that the owner hadn't read them as they weren't actioned. We didn't feel it was somewhere we would hire again.


  • 10

    03/11/2018
    Confirmed guest, 02/11/2018
    We had a very pleasant few days based in Heytesbury, but ranging far and wide in days out. The Forge is a good base, being near to a good road network. There are beautiful walks, and for fishermen the Wylye chalk stream flows through the village. The accommodation was very comfortable and it was a pleasure to come back to the Forge after our days out.


  • 2

    02/09/2018
    Confirmed guest, 31/08/2018
    Disappointing. Garden very unloved and full of fruit trees which had dropped their fruit everywhere and no one had collected so was infested with wasps so unable to have doors open. Kitchen equipment and crockery tired and dirty. Outside bin not emptied so overflowing and nowhere for us to put our rubbish. Couldnt get hold of owner when trying to get key ended up using caretaker number who was very kind but said his number should no longer be listed! Welcome pack was some A4 sheets scribbled on and tied with string. Coat hangers in wardrobe too big so door wouldn't shut! Oven very old and dirty. Oven glove needs throwing out!! Layout very impractical but was aware of this quirk to an extent. Booked this place because of garden photos as took our dog too. But if yr hiring out a property you cannot have that amount of fruit trees and no maintenance of garden. If I had young children I would have been very worried about them being stung. Nice village but house and garden very unloved. Not worth the money.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for your comments. I am very disappointed you were as disappointed, especially as we wanted to stay that week ourselves but you just beat us to the booking and I didn't want to disappoint you by cancelling. What a shame. We camped nearby it was a very disappointing week for the weather as well which I am sure did not help your opinion of The Forge. The garden at The Forge is not a manicured garden, it has a patio and a lawn area and after that, contains part of the orchard that used to belong to Siegried Sassoon's Heytesbury House and fallen apples are part of the experience of staying at The Forge at this time of year. Other guests have enjoyed gathering and using the fruit and you were welcome to do so too. However, it has been a bumper and early harvest for everyone with the hot weather and rain earlier on so I'm sure there were more apples and plums than usual. It's such a shame you didn't try to get in touch with me while you were staying to say there was a problem with wasps - I could have arranged for a friend to go round and help pick up the fruit. I had a missed call from you before you arrived but then rang you back and spoke to you if you recall. I had no other calls or emails from you after that. I find your description of the welcome pack upsetting - the welcome pack is not just a piece of paper it includes things like a bottle of wine, flowers, chocolates next to all of the beds, a starter pack of wood, firelighters and kindling for the open fire, milk in the fridge and tea and coffee to get you started when you arrive. For a couple that spent their wedding week there I bought them a bottle of champagne but this I have to say was a rarity! Others have had to make do with Prosecco or red or white wine and, if there are children arriving, a bottle of some non-alcoholic fizz. You are correct that there only two pages of information and they are on A4 which is tied together rather than stapled - this is so it is easier to turn the page without tearing. I cannot see a problem with that honestly. I have given the basic information about the house, how the heating works and when the bin should be put out etc. have written about the local pubs and written little notes about ten places that we as a family have always enjoyed visiting when we are down including Longleat, Stonehenge, Stourhead, Bath, Salisbury, The Great Ridge and our own village mill pond for swimming. I am sorry if you expected more information perhaps presented in some other way such as a folder or book but personally, I do not see the need and no other visitors have ever complained about it. I am sorry you say you found some dirty crockery that is a serious issue - it all goes through the dishwasher but I will advise my cleaner to double check that everything has come out ok. Thank you for letting me know the oven gloves are in disrepair, presumably, a previous guest had some sort of accident with them - I will buy new ones. The state of the oven I apologise for will make sure it is attended to before the next visitors arrive. In defence of my cleaner, who tries her best, there is just a four-hour turnaround time between visitors, as we have been fully booked all summer achieving some very high scores including tens. However this means there is no break between bookings which can by a little tight for getting everything done sometimes particularly if the previous visitors have left the place less well than when they found it. However, I have asked another person to come round and check the oven is clean.

  • 8

    07/07/2018
    Confirmed guest, 06/07/2018
    Absolutely gorgeous garden. Perfect for dog walks and places of interest. Private and quiet, would certainly re-visit the location. Had a very enjoyable time x


  • 4

    22/05/2019
    Confirmed guest, 06/05/2019
    The Forge is a quirky cottage with an interesting layout. It has a large enclosed garden, which our dog enjoyed exploring and we could imagine relaxing in had the bank holiday weather been nicer. On first impressions the cottage was very good but during our stay a number of health and safety concerns surfaced. The kitchen is well equipped but lacks oven gloves (previously raised as a concern) and the grill pan doesn't fit the grill. The dining table chairs are very rickety and made us feel uneasy sitting on them as they are ready to fall apart. The lounge has a lovely fire place, a feature we were keen to use, however we were left disappointed as there appears to be a serious blockage in the chimney that even one of our party who is an experienced fire lighter couldn't get it clear and working. In the ground floor bedroom, the heavy wooden wardrobe door fell off on me as soon as I opened it and the bed frame is broken in the middle. In the little bedroom the light fixing is not working, we tried changing the bulb but to no avail so luckily one of our party had a touch for the person staying in the room to use. The owner had left a bottle of wine, milk and there were a few basics in the cupboards, which were very welcome but there was no information left about the cottage, such as the unusual electrics for turning on the lights in the kitchen and on the first floor or any local information about amenities. There was a pile of leaflets on the shelf but some were so old the places no longer exist! The information we were seriously lacking from both time of booking and once we were in the cottage were about the guinea pigs. The owner (when she called me back with key details) casually informed me that there were guinea pigs in the garden but that someone local looks after them. When we arrived they had water and some carrots and tomatoes were left on the microwave but no instructions and the guinea pigs seemed hungry. They also have a small run at the bottom of their hutch, which didn't seem adequate. We also didn't feel it was appropriate for these animals to be left at a cottage rental where there isn't someone around to care for them. Overall it was a nice cottage but needs some serious care and attention. There were a number of concerns raised by previous people in the cottage's visitor book but the impression we got was that the owner hadn't read them as they weren't actioned. We didn't feel it was somewhere we would hire again.


  • 10

    03/11/2018
    Confirmed guest, 02/11/2018
    We had a very pleasant few days based in Heytesbury, but ranging far and wide in days out. The Forge is a good base, being near to a good road network. There are beautiful walks, and for fishermen the Wylye chalk stream flows through the village. The accommodation was very comfortable and it was a pleasure to come back to the Forge after our days out.


  • 2

    02/09/2018
    Confirmed guest, 31/08/2018
    Disappointing. Garden very unloved and full of fruit trees which had dropped their fruit everywhere and no one had collected so was infested with wasps so unable to have doors open. Kitchen equipment and crockery tired and dirty. Outside bin not emptied so overflowing and nowhere for us to put our rubbish. Couldnt get hold of owner when trying to get key ended up using caretaker number who was very kind but said his number should no longer be listed! Welcome pack was some A4 sheets scribbled on and tied with string. Coat hangers in wardrobe too big so door wouldn't shut! Oven very old and dirty. Oven glove needs throwing out!! Layout very impractical but was aware of this quirk to an extent. Booked this place because of garden photos as took our dog too. But if yr hiring out a property you cannot have that amount of fruit trees and no maintenance of garden. If I had young children I would have been very worried about them being stung. Nice village but house and garden very unloved. Not worth the money.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for your comments. I am very disappointed you were as disappointed, especially as we wanted to stay that week ourselves but you just beat us to the booking and I didn't want to disappoint you by cancelling. What a shame. We camped nearby it was a very disappointing week for the weather as well which I am sure did not help your opinion of The Forge. The garden at The Forge is not a manicured garden, it has a patio and a lawn area and after that, contains part of the orchard that used to belong to Siegried Sassoon's Heytesbury House and fallen apples are part of the experience of staying at The Forge at this time of year. Other guests have enjoyed gathering and using the fruit and you were welcome to do so too. However, it has been a bumper and early harvest for everyone with the hot weather and rain earlier on so I'm sure there were more apples and plums than usual. It's such a shame you didn't try to get in touch with me while you were staying to say there was a problem with wasps - I could have arranged for a friend to go round and help pick up the fruit. I had a missed call from you before you arrived but then rang you back and spoke to you if you recall. I had no other calls or emails from you after that. I find your description of the welcome pack upsetting - the welcome pack is not just a piece of paper it includes things like a bottle of wine, flowers, chocolates next to all of the beds, a starter pack of wood, firelighters and kindling for the open fire, milk in the fridge and tea and coffee to get you started when you arrive. For a couple that spent their wedding week there I bought them a bottle of champagne but this I have to say was a rarity! Others have had to make do with Prosecco or red or white wine and, if there are children arriving, a bottle of some non-alcoholic fizz. You are correct that there only two pages of information and they are on A4 which is tied together rather than stapled - this is so it is easier to turn the page without tearing. I cannot see a problem with that honestly. I have given the basic information about the house, how the heating works and when the bin should be put out etc. have written about the local pubs and written little notes about ten places that we as a family have always enjoyed visiting when we are down including Longleat, Stonehenge, Stourhead, Bath, Salisbury, The Great Ridge and our own village mill pond for swimming. I am sorry if you expected more information perhaps presented in some other way such as a folder or book but personally, I do not see the need and no other visitors have ever complained about it. I am sorry you say you found some dirty crockery that is a serious issue - it all goes through the dishwasher but I will advise my cleaner to double check that everything has come out ok. Thank you for letting me know the oven gloves are in disrepair, presumably, a previous guest had some sort of accident with them - I will buy new ones. The state of the oven I apologise for will make sure it is attended to before the next visitors arrive. In defence of my cleaner, who tries her best, there is just a four-hour turnaround time between visitors, as we have been fully booked all summer achieving some very high scores including tens. However this means there is no break between bookings which can by a little tight for getting everything done sometimes particularly if the previous visitors have left the place less well than when they found it. However, I have asked another person to come round and check the oven is clean.

  • 8

    07/07/2018
    Confirmed guest, 06/07/2018
    Absolutely gorgeous garden. Perfect for dog walks and places of interest. Private and quiet, would certainly re-visit the location. Had a very enjoyable time x


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