The Old Forge is in a pretty setting, offers plenty of space for a family group, has a homely feel and is an ideal base to explore the area. Shops, restaurants and pharmacy are just minutes walk away. There are adequate facilities in the property but some basic sundries e.g dishwasher tablets would be helpful. Some areas of the property are in need of general improvement and decoration. The mattresses in all rooms bar the twin are very uncomfortable and in desperate need of replacement, the rail on the top bunk needs fixing for safety.
A lovely time was had by all at the Old Forge, I would definitely visit again if the improvements were made.
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Cottage situated in an ideal area and base for holiday. With two dogs great for walks in close proximity. Central for travelling to many amazing areas, too many for one week! Cottage was lovely and warm and welcoming. Would have given 4* but some areas a little tired, e.g. mattresses need replacing (not twin beds). However still represents good value for money and we enjoyed our stay.
The old forge is a big house (holiday cottage) directly next to a river in a beautiful Yorkshire country village of Great Ayton.
When we arrived we were welcomed with a 'welcoming' pack of - local handmade bread, jam, marmalade, milk and to top it, a bottle of extremely nice wine was waiting for us too..... Perfect! (there were tea and coffee too)
The old forge really is 'home from home' . It is a beautiful house which has two bathrooms (one upstairs and one downstairs), a large kitchen, dinner, four large bedrooms, large living room with open log fire for those winter evenings and enough sofas and room for two or more large families. Every room was spotless and there wasn't anything you don't need. We went in December this year (2015) and it was so cosy inside with the central heating and with a log fire it was perfect. Outside has a garden next to the river which is very picturesque. There are lots of walks in the country right out side the front door or nip over the road to the royal oak inn for amazing meals by a log fire. The village is beautiful historical place shops that provide everything you will need. This is one of the nicest holiday homes/cottages i've stayed in and we will be going back in the very near future.
I would highly recommend the old forge for a relaxing holiday, romantic holiday, walking holiday, fun holiday, sight seeing holiday, winter, spring, summer and autumn holiday!
Its simply perfect for any occasion
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