Forge Cottage accommodation summary
1 Kingsize bedroom (with en-suite WC and washbasin)
1 Superking bedroom (can be split into single twin beds)
Access to riverside patio
Open plan kitchen, dining room and living room
Riverside patio to rear
Slate patio to front
Private parking for one car
Towels will be provided
A cot is available for children under the age of 2 (please bring your own cot linen)
A high chair is available
The house is heated by gas central heating
WiFi access is available at the property
Sorry, no pets
The cottage is non-smoking
The owner of this cottage will be providing a decorated Christmas tree for the festive season.
Grade II listed Forge Cottage sleeps up to four people and is fit to burst with character and historic interest. The cottage boasts a fabulous riverside patio on the River Greta and is just a mile's walk from Keswick town centre.
There are two front doors; there is a front door that goes directly into the groundfloor - perfect for bringing suitcases straight to the bedrooms. The main access, however, is via a set of slate steps climbing up to the open plan living room, kitchen and dining room. Upon entering via the old chapel's stable door, the character of the cottage becomes apparent. Elements of this cottage date back to the 1400s, although most of what is seen now is from an 18th century smelting house and, later, an early 20th century chapel. Although completely refurbished, there is still evidence of the cottage's rich history.
The living room boasts a large woodburning stove, a five-seater corner settee and armchair. There is a Freesat TV, with separate dvd player, and Wifi access (please note, the Wifi access is provided by a fast, fibre optic connection). Comfort is a priority here and the open plan design makes for a relaxed social space.
The kitchen is modern and well stocked. It includes an electric oven, gas hob integrated into an 'island' worktop, microwave, diswasher, intergrated fridge-freezer and washer-dryer. The oak diing table seats up to six guests and catches the afternoon sun from behind the cottage.
As the main living area is situated on the first floor, it is down a spiral staircase where the bedrooms and bathroom lie. The superking bed is a zip and link, which means that it can be separated into two large single twin beds. Oak furniture includes a double wardrobe, bedside cabinets, chest of drawers and dresser. The soft furnishings are tastefully clad in Laura Ashley fabrics and a tiny feature window has been created from the 18th century smelting chimney. The room has a double aspect view to front and the river at the rear. There is an external door leading to the front patio. The kingsize double bedroom contains an en-suite WC and has a view of the River Greta. Again, furnished in oak (double wardrobe and bedside cabinets) and Laura Ashley fabrics.
The slate-tiled bathroom contains a bath, walk-in shower (with good water pressure), WC, basin and heated towl rail.
There is a bike-securing rail to the front of the cottage. The riverside patio is accessed from the ground floor. A table and chairs, along with a bbq, are siutated at the riverside, which traps the afternoon sun. Where better to relax with a glass of wine after a day spent in the fells or shopping at Keswick market?
* This cottage has the added bonus of two front doors, so each floor has their own entrance door. The spiral staircase inside the cottage is a lovely feature but there is also direct access to the bedrooms on the groundfloor, making it a lot easier to bring suitcases in and out.