Forge Cottage sleeps up to four people and is a Grade II listed building bursting with historical character. It has been refurbished to a high standard, but retains references to the fact it was once an 18th century smelting house and, later, a chapel in the early 20th century. A westerly-facing riverside patio to the rear of the cottage makes the most fantastic evening sun trap next to the River Greta. Wildlife in the woodland on the other side of the river includes red squirrels (one even visits the front yard), deer, woodpeckers, herons and owls.
Keswick is a jewel in the northern Lake District's crown situated on the shores of the incredibly picturesque Derwentwater. It's a vibrant market town with a wonderful atmosphere where you can indulge your wild side with any number of adventurous outdoor activities or pamper your taste buds with a huge range of eateries offering great local food and Cumbrian real ales. Why not take in a play or concert at the beautifully situated Theatre by the Lake during your stay? Alternatively make the most of the shopping as there is a vast range of outdoor shops and a wonderful choice of independent shops too. The award winning Keswick Museum is just a short stroll down the railway path from the cottage, you could enjoy a visit followed by lunch at its onsite cafe overlooking the park.
The walking and cycling on offer here is second to none with paths and tracks to suit those in search of gentle picturesque strolls or Lake District giants such as Skiddaw to climb if you're feeling more energetic. Ancient and mysterious, Castlerigg stone circle sits less than a mile up the hill from the cottage. Dating from around 3000 BC and occupying an elevated plateau it is one of the most stunningly situated stone circles you will find with stunning views in all directions, well worth a wander out.