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The Forge

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Heytesbury, near Warminster, Wiltshire
Grade 4 Star rating
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.

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.

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.

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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

  • 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

    09/06/2018
    Confirmed guest, 08/06/2018
    Sadly very disappointed, we have stayed here before with no complaints. This time however the property was sadly in need of a lot of TLC. The garden was scruffy the grass had not been cut and the patio full of weeds. The dog escaped through inadequate fencing. All the tea cups in the kitchen were either chipped, cracked, dirty or all of these. The oven was disgustingly dirty. The sink had not been cleaned properly, neither had the dishwasher, we had to buy rinse aid in order for the crockery and cutlery to regain their sparkle. There was a bowl of mouldy food left on the window sill. The grate had not been cleaned and was full of ash. The bathroom was not very clean and when the toilet was flushed water bubbled up through the shower plug. Shabby chic is fine but inadequate cleaning in the kitchen and bathroom is unacceptable for the price that we paid,l We do feel that a part refund would be in order.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; I'm so sorry you found The Forge levels of cleanliness and garden totally substandard. I've spoken to both the cleaner and the person who does the garden. The guy who does the garden apologised but told me there had been a succession of wet Fridays, which is the day he comes when he was unable to mow the lawn. Unfortunately he therefore didn't come at all hence the weeds on the patio this is now rectified. Regarding the chipped cups, I was unaware and have asked the cleaner to replace them. As far as the standard of cleanliness goes I can only apologise and let you know that I have relayed your comments to the cleaner who I hired from a local cleaning agency. She has promised to do her best to get the property up to standard and I am employing her for extra hours each month to see to the oven. Regarding the mouldy food there is an explanation albeit an odd one, but we often have guinea pigs at the property if the guests are happy to look after them, and the food was intended for them. However the gardener has rehoused them for the moment but didn't tell the cleaner hence the vegetables were left out on a plate but went mouldy as they weren't used. I'm so sorry that was cause for alarm. Regarding the plumbing problem, I can only apologise there was a blockage I was unaware of but that is now resolved. The wall is a concern and I did tell you about it before you arrived and said there was temporary fencing in place which you were happy to accept. The part that came down in a storm is happily out of sight of the house and backs onto another walled garden so it shouldn't hopefully spoil most guests enjoyment of their stay. The repairs are estimated at 14k and I haven't yet been able to raise the money for this massive job on the Grade 2 listed wall. I'm sorry your dog got out but I can't guarantee a 100 percent dog escape proof garden even with the wall intact but I am doing my best. Actually I spoke with Cottages.com who informed me that under their rules, dog owners should not run their dogs unaccompanied in any rental garden - there's obvious risks here including that dog fouling might go unnoticed which would not be nice if the next visitors found it though happily most of our guests have been very careful in that regard. However I will ask the gardener to see of there is more that could be done to make the temporary fence more dog proof. I'm sorry that it took me more than 24 hours to call you back I know that did me no favours in the very low rating you have awarded the Forge. I can only apologise again - as you had already left I assumed it wasn't urgent and I was at my nieces wedding and enjoying the day with my family. However I am glad that you nevertheless enjoyed your week at the Forge despite the problems this time. As you rightly pointed out there is currently no more availability as I am considering the property's future for holiday lettings and it is not being advertised after October again at present. If I do decide to rent it out for holidays again in future I would hope that I will have secured the finance to mend the wall by then. Thank you for taking the time to explain the problems you found at the Forge and I am doing my best to rectify all of them.

  • 8

    18/03/2018
    Confirmed guest, 13/03/2018
    For context, we're a couple with a dog. We usually prefer secluded cottages, but as it was a last minute booking we didn't have many options so went with a village location. The main reason for picking The Forge was the large private enclosed garden. It was very dog secure with large walls around more of the perimeter and some large fence panels. This allowed for our dog to be off lead and we could all relax. There are surrounding properties, but the high walls of the garden and the setup of the property made it feel private. To update on comments from previous visitors. The drive is looked over by the front of a neighbouring property - a recent dividing fence has been installed that helps. The property has been setup around the garden at the back so it's not too much of a problem once you're inside - although the front of the neighbouring property can see right into one of the bedrooms (easily fixed by closing the blind). As others have said, the layout means one of the bedrooms is accessed via the only bathroom. This wasn't a problem for us, but I can see why it could be awkward for friends and families with older children. That aside, the rest of the cottage is nicely setup - the living space is homely, and the upstairs space would be great for kids. All of the downstairs rooms can be opened out onto the large garden, which would be great on a warm day. Pros - Large dog secure garden - 3 pubs in walking distance, and a shop - Good location for tourist sites - Homely live space with several rooms opening out to garden - Upstairs bedroom space is great for kids Cons - The front facing neighbouring property - The property is generally clean and well equipped, but some of the crockery needs a deep clean - The towels provided were old and crunchy, suggest taking your own - One of the bedrooms being accessed through the only bathroom


  • 7

    07/03/2018
    Confirmed guest, 26/02/2018
    The forge is lovely and well equipped, although there was leftovers from other visitors in the fridge and freezer. The bathroom situation is a little odd. Having to go through the only bathroom in the property to one of the bedrooms and likewise in the morning when you want to get up, having to wait until the bathroom/shower is free is a little strange.


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