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The Old Forge

Stocksfield, near Corbridge, Northumberland
Grade 3 Star rating

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14/05/2019
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.

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.


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.

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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

  • 7

    11/06/2019
    Confirmed guest, 06/06/2019
    The positives: - lovely cottage, beautifully renovated with lots of lovely ornaments, pictures, mirrors and a well equipped kitchen. The log burner was a god-send because we didn't have great weather - once we had worked out how to light it. The bedding was gorgeous and there was lots of space for our clothes and luggage. There was plenty of crockery and cutlery and a nice big fridge. The negatives: - description on how to find it was incorrect. Described as a detached property - which threw us because that's what we were looking for. It is, in fact, attached to a house. - Overgrown hedge at the front make it very difficult to exit the drive on to a busy, busy road - although we got used to the noise from the road after the first night. - Not so the noise from the squeaky bed that my husband and I shared. It creaked and groaned EVERY time I turned over and I am a restless sleeper at the best of times so that was pretty miserable. - The main bedroom was described as having a king-size bed, which might have been true but the mattress was a regular double. This left a wide, and hazardous, gap which my elderly mother could not cope with. We had to stuff the gap with a spare duvet. - I was told the cottage was suitable for disabled guests which is just not true. My parents both need an aid to walk and whilst the rear entrance through the garden was preferable to the 2 steep steps at the front (which they would not have managed), the gravel and slab path was not easy for my mum to negotiate with her walking frame. The bathrooms are not disabled-friendly either. The lovely stand alone bath in my parent's en suite looked very elegant but was totally impracticable so they weren't able to use it. The loo had no hand rails to help a disabled user but, just as important, the loo seat was not properly fixed and swivelled. In fact, none of the loos in the cottage (3 of them) were great. The one in the small bathroom we used was so poorly situated that when sitting on it, knees and forehead were on the wall opposite - which was not too bad for us but then we are not disabled. - There were six dining chairs, which was handy because, being only four of us, it meant we had spares to replace the two when the backs came apart in our hands. - There were lots of cobwebs which, personally, I don't mind but I thought the very dead Christmas arrangement by the fireplace should have been removed as should the crumbs and detritus under the cushions on the sofa. - There was no welcome pack so we didn't know how any of the appliances worked - but, hey, we are not without some intelligence and we worked things out - except for the timer on the cooker but I feel that for the price we paid, we should not have had to. We also didn't know when the dustbins (which were nearly full) would be emptied, nor what the policy was on glass recycling. - The owner had given me two recommendations for eating out but one pub was up for sale and was only serving Sunday lunch and the other one was not remotely suitable for people with walking sticks/frames. However, we found the most fabulous restaurant, The Duke of Wellington, just a couple of miles away at Riding Mill but not until half-way through out stay. When we arrived Saturday afternoon, after a long drive, it would have been great to know that that was within a few minutes drive but my husband and I spent an hour checking out the 2 recommendations we had been given and then driving to Hexham to get a take-away from Waitrose. However, on balance, if the owner had spent less on 'dressing' the cottage and more on the two staples of comfort; good beds/mattresses and loos, it would be a first-class option for either a couple or a group of adult friends/family to spend a lovely, relaxing time. For me, the mezzanine balustrade would make it too risky for adventurous children. Oh, there is no pond by the way but there is a water butt up in the corner with a few goldfish in it.


  • 8

    25/05/2019
    Confirmed guest, 24/05/2019
    Arrived to find the lovely garden in the picture overgrown, and uncut , with the garden furniture not clean. Windows on the French doors dirty !. Lovely cottage inside. Toilet seat not fixed, shower hose leaking ! Old scones in the cupboard! Gardner arrived on our last day, telling us he hadn't been requested. Pub within 1/2 a mile ?. Bit despondent, but otherwise happy with the lovely interior. Owner might check his property before good paying clients arrive for their holiday ! .


  • 4

    10/04/2019
    Confirmed guest, 05/04/2019
    Living room not cleaned hardly plus dirt on kitchen bench dish washer full of dishes fire would not work plus should of been put on for people to come as was a cold and wet day wall heaters only and was still cold plus pictures on line was deceiving as it looked set back near fields but was right on main busy road day and night


  • 5

    25/02/2019
    Confirmed guest, 23/02/2019
    The biggest problem was that there was NO over bath shower in the king size en-suite as described on the web-site, but only a hand held shower attachment suitable for hair washing only together with the bath. This left a very small circular shower in the twin en-suite which was very difficult to use. The hot water supply was via a tank heated by an immersion heater which only supplied half a bath of water before running cold meaning a long wait between baths for the family (4 people). Other minor problems included no welcome pack meaning we had to try and work out how the various white goods worked (cooker,dishwasher,washing machine,etc), central heating (we had to contact the owner on this),no DVD as described which was a shame as we had brought DVD's to watch of an evening. Overall the cottage was quite pleasant and comfortable but we would not return as, in my opinion, it is not suitable for a family.


  • 8

    08/10/2018
    Confirmed guest, 28/09/2018
    Cottage very warm and comfortable, well equiped, with the exception of the advertised DVD player. To be fair I did ring the owner who then offered to buy one and bring it over. Enclosed garden ideal for dogs, pub bar meals within two miles. Well placed to visit Corbridge and the Roman Forts along Hadrian’s Wall, plus an easy drive to the coast for beach walks. Areas close by in the village where the dogs could be let off the lead.


  • 8

    10/09/2018
    Confirmed guest, 01/09/2018
    Had an amazing time. The cottage was beautiful Just a bit of feedback. It was booked for 6 people however only 4 bath towels. The oven had shelves but no baking trays so we had to go and buy some. Not ideal when self catering for 6. I cant say anyone could cook on only a hob for a full week


  • 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

    11/06/2019
    Confirmed guest, 06/06/2019
    The positives: - lovely cottage, beautifully renovated with lots of lovely ornaments, pictures, mirrors and a well equipped kitchen. The log burner was a god-send because we didn't have great weather - once we had worked out how to light it. The bedding was gorgeous and there was lots of space for our clothes and luggage. There was plenty of crockery and cutlery and a nice big fridge. The negatives: - description on how to find it was incorrect. Described as a detached property - which threw us because that's what we were looking for. It is, in fact, attached to a house. - Overgrown hedge at the front make it very difficult to exit the drive on to a busy, busy road - although we got used to the noise from the road after the first night. - Not so the noise from the squeaky bed that my husband and I shared. It creaked and groaned EVERY time I turned over and I am a restless sleeper at the best of times so that was pretty miserable. - The main bedroom was described as having a king-size bed, which might have been true but the mattress was a regular double. This left a wide, and hazardous, gap which my elderly mother could not cope with. We had to stuff the gap with a spare duvet. - I was told the cottage was suitable for disabled guests which is just not true. My parents both need an aid to walk and whilst the rear entrance through the garden was preferable to the 2 steep steps at the front (which they would not have managed), the gravel and slab path was not easy for my mum to negotiate with her walking frame. The bathrooms are not disabled-friendly either. The lovely stand alone bath in my parent's en suite looked very elegant but was totally impracticable so they weren't able to use it. The loo had no hand rails to help a disabled user but, just as important, the loo seat was not properly fixed and swivelled. In fact, none of the loos in the cottage (3 of them) were great. The one in the small bathroom we used was so poorly situated that when sitting on it, knees and forehead were on the wall opposite - which was not too bad for us but then we are not disabled. - There were six dining chairs, which was handy because, being only four of us, it meant we had spares to replace the two when the backs came apart in our hands. - There were lots of cobwebs which, personally, I don't mind but I thought the very dead Christmas arrangement by the fireplace should have been removed as should the crumbs and detritus under the cushions on the sofa. - There was no welcome pack so we didn't know how any of the appliances worked - but, hey, we are not without some intelligence and we worked things out - except for the timer on the cooker but I feel that for the price we paid, we should not have had to. We also didn't know when the dustbins (which were nearly full) would be emptied, nor what the policy was on glass recycling. - The owner had given me two recommendations for eating out but one pub was up for sale and was only serving Sunday lunch and the other one was not remotely suitable for people with walking sticks/frames. However, we found the most fabulous restaurant, The Duke of Wellington, just a couple of miles away at Riding Mill but not until half-way through out stay. When we arrived Saturday afternoon, after a long drive, it would have been great to know that that was within a few minutes drive but my husband and I spent an hour checking out the 2 recommendations we had been given and then driving to Hexham to get a take-away from Waitrose. However, on balance, if the owner had spent less on 'dressing' the cottage and more on the two staples of comfort; good beds/mattresses and loos, it would be a first-class option for either a couple or a group of adult friends/family to spend a lovely, relaxing time. For me, the mezzanine balustrade would make it too risky for adventurous children. Oh, there is no pond by the way but there is a water butt up in the corner with a few goldfish in it.


  • 8

    25/05/2019
    Confirmed guest, 24/05/2019
    Arrived to find the lovely garden in the picture overgrown, and uncut , with the garden furniture not clean. Windows on the French doors dirty !. Lovely cottage inside. Toilet seat not fixed, shower hose leaking ! Old scones in the cupboard! Gardner arrived on our last day, telling us he hadn't been requested. Pub within 1/2 a mile ?. Bit despondent, but otherwise happy with the lovely interior. Owner might check his property before good paying clients arrive for their holiday ! .


  • 4

    10/04/2019
    Confirmed guest, 05/04/2019
    Living room not cleaned hardly plus dirt on kitchen bench dish washer full of dishes fire would not work plus should of been put on for people to come as was a cold and wet day wall heaters only and was still cold plus pictures on line was deceiving as it looked set back near fields but was right on main busy road day and night


  • 5

    25/02/2019
    Confirmed guest, 23/02/2019
    The biggest problem was that there was NO over bath shower in the king size en-suite as described on the web-site, but only a hand held shower attachment suitable for hair washing only together with the bath. This left a very small circular shower in the twin en-suite which was very difficult to use. The hot water supply was via a tank heated by an immersion heater which only supplied half a bath of water before running cold meaning a long wait between baths for the family (4 people). Other minor problems included no welcome pack meaning we had to try and work out how the various white goods worked (cooker,dishwasher,washing machine,etc), central heating (we had to contact the owner on this),no DVD as described which was a shame as we had brought DVD's to watch of an evening. Overall the cottage was quite pleasant and comfortable but we would not return as, in my opinion, it is not suitable for a family.


  • 8

    08/10/2018
    Confirmed guest, 28/09/2018
    Cottage very warm and comfortable, well equiped, with the exception of the advertised DVD player. To be fair I did ring the owner who then offered to buy one and bring it over. Enclosed garden ideal for dogs, pub bar meals within two miles. Well placed to visit Corbridge and the Roman Forts along Hadrian’s Wall, plus an easy drive to the coast for beach walks. Areas close by in the village where the dogs could be let off the lead.


  • 8

    10/09/2018
    Confirmed guest, 01/09/2018
    Had an amazing time. The cottage was beautiful Just a bit of feedback. It was booked for 6 people however only 4 bath towels. The oven had shelves but no baking trays so we had to go and buy some. Not ideal when self catering for 6. I cant say anyone could cook on only a hob for a full week


  • 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.


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