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The Forge

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Heytesbury, near Warminster, Wiltshire
Grade 4 Star rating
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Sleeps5
Bedrooms3
Bathrooms1
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

  • 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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