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The Old Forge

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Stocksfield, near Corbridge, Northumberland
Grade 3 Star rating
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Sleeps6
Bedrooms3
Bathrooms2
Pets 2
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Description

This former forge has been renovated to combine original features with modern comforts, a perfect base from which to explore beautiful Northumberland.


Steeped in history and dating back to the mid 1800’s, The Old Forge is full of character, charm and original features. This Grade II listed cottage, attached to the main forge house, has been loving renovated and offers traditional elements combined with modern and practical living. Deceptively spacious, there is ample room for families of all ages, friends who like to holiday together and couples wanting to enjoy a peaceful romantic break. On the ground floor, guests will find open plan living, dining and kitchen areas with wooden floors throughout, exposed beams, original stone walls and French doors that open out into the rear garden. The substantial multi-fuel burner heats the whole house and is quite a feature for a house that was once an ancient forge. Quirky and characterful, The Old Forge is situated along the main road as it would have needed to be accessible for carriages and horses in years gone by. There is even a feature of an old wagon that stands proudly in the garden and is a nod to the working history of the cottage as well as the original wheelwright that would have been used all those years ago.
In the heart of the village of Stocksfield, guests will be able to find a small shop just across the road and a local pub just ½ mile away, as well as brilliant transport links including the local railway station just a few hundred yards away. Perfect for exploring the local area, the pretty village of Corbridge is only 5 miles west of the cottage and offers quaint tea rooms, boutique shops, riverside walks or a top quality meal in one of the many pubs and restaurants. The historic market town of Hexham lies just 10 miles away and offers a theatre, swimming pool, leisure centre, race course and golf course, as well as many historic attractions including Hexham Old Gaol and Hexham Abbey, making this the perfect destination for guests of all ages.
Also perfect for walkers and cyclists, there are many established public footpaths and well known walks, including Heddon on the Wall, Newburn Walk, Ovingham Walk, Prudhoe Walk and Riding Mills. Explore the historic routes of Hadrian’s Wall, with many Roman settlements and remains to discover, including the world famous sight of Vindolanda. Perfect for golfers, the popular Slaley Hall Golf Club is only 10 miles away, as well as numerous smaller courses including Stocksfield, Corbridge and Hexham golf clubs. The Old Forge is near to the national cycle route, no. 72, which runs coast to coast. A little further afield, but still only 16 miles away, guests will be able to visit Newcastle-upon-Tyne, which offers The Sage, The Centre for Life and the Millennium Bridge, as well as an abundance of high street shops and designer boutiques. The cathedral city of Durham is just a 35-minute drive away, and is perfect for a day trip. Shop 100 yards, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

Ground Floor:
Open plan living space: With beams and wooden floor.
Living area: With multi-fuel burner, 32" Sky TV, DVD player, CD player and French doors leading to garden.
Dining area.
Kitchen area: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet.
Bedroom 2: With double bed.
Separate toilet.
First Floor:
Bedroom 3: With twin beds, beams, sloping ceiling and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.

Solid fuel central heating, convector heaters, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial fuel for multi-fuel burner included. Welcome pack. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, garden furniture, summerhouse and barbecue. Bike store. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is an unfenced pond in the garden, 50 yards.

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Features

  • Barbecue
    Barbecue
  • Bike Store
    Bike Store
  • Dishwasher
    Dishwasher
  • Enclosed Garden / Patio
    Enclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Golf nearby
    Golf nearby
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • WiFi
    WiFi
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site


Customer Comments

  • 8

    15/08/2018
    Confirmed guest, 10/08/2018
    A wonderful cottage full of character and close to the stunning attractions in the area. Would highly recommend this cottage for a magical Northumberland break.


  • 9

    05/08/2018
    Confirmed guest, 04/08/2018
    This holiday cottage exceeded my expectation as the pictures don’t do it justice. It has enough parking for 2 cars, has a decent sized garden front and back and inside is very quaint with lovely wooden beams. It is really close to Wheelbirks ice cream place.


  • 7

    23/11/2017
    Confirmed guest, 01/11/2017
    Booked here to stay for a cycling event being held locally which my husband was racing in. We were booked for 4 nights and at the time we booked there were no reviews or at least none we could find. A little closer to our stay I checked again and there were some further reviews which were quite poor. These are, in my view, a little unfair but there is some truth into the reports. Starting with the negatives... It has to be said, the kitchen is not to the standard of a holiday let. There are a lot of food items in the kitchen, many of which were out of date but some were quite helpful like oil and tin foil. The kitchen was, however, quite dirty. I am admittedly quite picky but I am also very well travelled and I accept that things are not always to my standard at home. However, the kitchen was not as it should have been. On the surface it looked ok but after a few minutes checking we were quite disappointed. The baking trays for example were so badly affected by burnt on oil and food that we went straight out to the local town to buy our own to cook from. There are also a lot of the owner's personal posessions around the house and in cupboards as others have said but this didn't bother us too much although it does not give a good impression. The welcome pack consisted of some fruit (which was great) and some milk which had been opened already (presumably left by the previous guests) which we didn't really appreciate as we had no idea how long it had been open for. The garden fence and gate could do with some repair works - this was something we noticed quite a lot as we had a dog and were worried about her getting out of the garden as the gate didn't shut. The house is heated using the stove. When we arrived the owner advised us that the electric heaters were better at heating the house but we'd brought some logs with us and so we did use the stove. However, we could not get any of the radiators to work at all. We suspected that the heating may be on the blink and this was why we were told to rely on the electric heaters. We still enjoyed the fire and we were warm enough with the heaters but it was not a cold week and in the depths of winter I would imagine it being quite unpleasant. On to the good points. The location is great. The house is massive and the bedrooms, living room and bathrooms were clean. The garden was lovely and we could imagine it being very nice in the summer months (we visited in October) There's some peacocks in an aviary in the garden but I really cannot understand why someone would complain about that. Our dog went out and had a little sing song with them and spent 4 days facinated by them. We were only sad that we didn't get to see the male with his tail on display! The owner was very nice. He let us arrive earlier and was very welcoming. When I texted to ask where we could buy more logs from (we did love the massive fire!) he replied pretty much straight away. He forgot to tell us what to do when we left and we forgot to ask but again when I texted on the morning of our departure he replied promptly. I have no doubt that if we had a problem he would have helped immediately. The house is in a very peaceful location and we slept like babies the whole time we were there. The house is very well furnished with nice bedding and towels. We had a good stay but we were a bit puzzled with all the kitchen food and the owners belongings. When we googled the property we saw it was for sale. We assume that potentially the owner has not fully moved out yet and that's why there's so much stuff. Our recommendation would be that a little bit of time is taken to clear away some of the clutter and then no one would have anything to say negatively about it. But keep the oil and tin foil in the kitchen! All in all I'd come again and if it was available in the summer I can imagine it being a brilliant stay.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Earlier in 2018, we employed a local interior designer to give The Old Forge a facelift and that’s exactly what it’s had. In keeping with the original period features, the property has been styled with new furniture in all of the rooms. It has been painted top to bottom, giving it a fresh new feel, and has been finished off with a deep clean. The garden also boasts a new addition - a large table and chairs for six people which is great for lounging outdoors on the summer nights. A lot of thought and care has went into achieving the property’s full potential. The Old Forge is a fascinating property and we want to make sure our guests arriving at the property appreciate it as much as we do

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