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The Forge at Smithy Cottage

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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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28 Customer Reviews

  • "Owners friendly and welcoming."

    A lot of thought had obviously gone into equipping the cottage to a high standard. Well placed to tour the local area and into the Cotswolds.

    Thank you for sharing your feedback. The owners will be delighted that their hard work is well appreciated and that you had a comfortable stay. We hope we can welcome you back again. Best wishes Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Judith4.4Feb 2024

  • "Comfortable and very well equipped - it was cold and wet weather but we went out every day - coming back to a warm cottage."

    We used to live in Milcombe in the early 60's it was nice to revisit and meet up with our friends. Mark and Sue were very friendly and it was nice to meet them.

    Thank you for your feedback with regards to your stay at The Forge at Smithy Cottage. It's amazing to hear you enjoyed your your stay at the cottage and we hope you and your friends will return in the future for another gathering. Kind regards Manor Cottages. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Maureen5.0Nov 2023

  • "Small but beautifully clean and well presented."

    Ideal for a short break for two.

    Thank you for your kind review. We're so glad you enjoyed your short break and hope we can welcome you again. Best wishes Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Derek5.0Nov 2023

  • "The cottage was perfect for two on a quiet getaway break."

    The owners were really helpful and friendly with lots of useful ideas on what to do and see.

    Reviewed by Susan4.4Sep 2023

  • "The property was immaculate and very welcoming."

    Our hosts Sue and Mark have made it feel like home from home with a beautifully equipped kitchen to the very comfortable bed. We found the history of the Forge fascinating and would highly recommend it.

    Thank you, we love what we do and always pleased to help whenever asked. We hope you had a swift journey home. Plenty of interesting history in England and around this area we have it by the bucket full. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sallie5.0Sep 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our stay and would recommend the forge as a great place to stay"

    Reviewed by Frank5.0Sep 2023

  • "We zijn verliefd geworden op de cotswold."

    Wat een heerlijke omgeving. Zoals Mark zei, lekker gaan verdwalen. Het wandelpad naar Bloxham is leuk, en ook burford, bibury en bourthon on the water. De Cottage is heerlijk! Goed bed, fijne douche en keuken. Schoon, compleet en mooi. We hebben het geweldig gehad. Dank voor de gastvrijheid!

    Reviewed by Esther5.0Aug 2023

  • "Mark and Sue were extremely nice people and made our stay one to remember."

    The cottage is very comfortable, the bed is also really comfortable, all the accessories were there and it's very clean, plus a ride and a drive of the Austin 10 Marks car. The cottage is in a perfect location central to all the places we visited. We highly recommend this property for it's cleanliness, location and comfortability. We will recommend to our friends and will be back.

    Great fun to have you stay at the Forge. Pleased you found everything and searched out some great places to see. Always a bonus to us if our guests want a chat or advice. Look forward to see you two again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Aug 2023

  • "We have liked our stay at the Forge very much."

    The space, equipment and the location are perfect for visiting the countryside around. Sue and Mark are very kind and helpful hosts. Nous avons beaucoup apprécié notre séjour à The Forge. L'espace, l'équipement et la situation sont parfaits pour rayonner dans la campagne environnante. Sue et Mark sont des hôtes très gentils et prévenants.

    Thank you, we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay. Your enthusiasm for the art and architecture was clear each time we met. Always pleased to give advice and quick half in a local pub in the 1938 austin when possible. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christophe5.0Aug 2023

  • "We had a wonderful week staying in this well appointed and extremely clean cottage."

    The owners, Mark and Sue were very welcoming and couldn't do enough to make our stay easy, they were knowledgeable of the area and were very helpful. I would happily recommend The Forge at Smithy Cottage. Lots of local places to dine and visit, we especially enjoyed a lovely meal at the Joiners Arms in Bloxham and found Chipping Norton absolutely delightful, the serving staff at every pub and eatery we visited were so welcoming and inviting. Overall we give five stars to every aspect of our holiday in Milcombe.

    Great to know you enjoyed your adventures. And hope you two have many more adventures and discoveries. So much to be found in this area of England. We love having you here. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Jun 2023

  • "What a gem!"

    A very, very comfortable stay with everything we needed and more for our Cotswold explorations. Mark and Sue are lovely hosts and have gone to great effort to ensure the perfect stay. The Forge is spotlessly clean, has a comfortable bed with1st class linens and a fully equipped kitchen, and importantly everything in the kitchen works (I appreciated sharp knives). I would not hesitate to recommend The Forge for your next stay, I will be telling all our Aussie travelling friends.

    Thank you for your fantastic feedback. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome your friends! Best wishes, Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lynda5.0May 2023

  • "Very well appointed property."

    Has everything you need for a mini break. Host extremely helpful and welcoming. Clean, tidy, and comfortable. Would recommend and would definitely stay again.

    Thank you for providing us with such lovely feedback on your stay. It's great to hear that you enjoyed your break and that you would stay with us again! Best wishes, Manor Cottages. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Marc5.0Apr 2023

  • "An amazingly stunning property."

    very comfortable and well equipped with everything anybody could possibly need. The hosts, Mark and Sue, were very welcoming and happy to help at any time. Our stay at Forge Cottage was most enjoyable and highly recommended. Pete and Carol Fleming October 2022

    Thank you for your wonderful feedback. We are so glad that you had a comfortable stay and were well looked after. We hope to welcome you back again. Best wishes Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lovely hosts."

    Wonderful accommodation. Sofa was a little hard after a while. Nothing more to say.

    Thank you for your feedback, it's wonderful to hear you had a lovely time and we hope to welcome you back in the future. Kind regards Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Sep 2022

  • "Had a great stay and enjoyed the quiet area."

    Property had everything you need (a iron and ironing board would be useful) if you use the washing machine as we did. Kitchen is a great size and had a plentiful supply of herbs in the cupboards. Open plan living / bedroom works well and great to see the very old beams. We had great weather and a slight shame there is no private outdoor space to enjoy the peace and quiet. We were offered to use the owners swing seat, but we would have felt awkward in their private garden, but thanks for the offer. There is a shop a a pub within 5/10 min walk, the pub food was great. Great value for money, would highly recommend.

    Thank you for providing this feedback and we're delighted you enjoyed your stay and the location too. We will pass on your comment regarding the iron and ironing board to the owners and hope the lack of private outdoor space didn't impact on your stay. We would love to welcome you again. Manor Cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael4.7Aug 2022

  • "A fantastic week spent at The Forge, with stunning weather and amazing hosts who went out of their way to make our stay so enjoyable."

    A comprehensive range of equipment if you are cooking for yourselves. We spent a number of evenings with Mark and Sue in their garden even giving up their swing chair for our comfort. Highlight of the week was the trip to a local pub in the Austin10. Looking forward to returning in the future. Terry and Ann.

    Thank you for your excellent review. We are so pleased that you had such an enjoyable and memorable stay. We look forward to welcoming you back again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Jul 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay in the lovely forge, Mark and Sue made us feel very welcome and were extremely helpful and friendly, couldn't of asked for better hosts."

    The forge had everything you could possibly imagine you needed and probably more. The instructions and information were clear and plentiful. The kitchen had all the utensils and equipment you could need and even provided spices & herbs if fancied cooking. It was a great base to visit the Cotswold area and is located in a quiet village not far from a good road to Banbury and Chipping Norton.

    Thank you for your kind review. Fabulous to hear you had a lovely stay, enjoyed the cottage and the Cotswolds. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Jun 2022

  • "We had a most enjoyable stay in a comfortable and well appointed cotttage, Mark and Sue, our hosts, could not have done more to make us feel welcome."

    They also provided lots of information on the local amenities, which included a useful village shop and an inn serving excellent food less than five minutes walk away. The cottage is well situated for the Cotswolds and there are several National Trust properties within easy reach.

    Thank you Richard for your review. If you two are ever this way again and my 1938 Austin 10 is running, we will drive off for an adventure on the local lanes. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Mar 2022

  • "Cottage was ideal for a cosy winter's break - very comfortably furnished and Milcombe is a good base for walks and visits out and very handy for Compton Verney, Upton House etc."

    We appreciated the well equipped kitchen and very comfortable bed.

    Thank you for providing us with your feedback. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay and would love to welcome you back any time in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Nov 2021

  • "A lovely property in a nice village setting, just right for a couple."

    Excellent information provided by the owners about the facilities and the local area.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay and would love to welcome you back any time in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by P4.4Nov 2021

  • "The Forge was an amazing place to stay at."

    It looks exactly like the pictures and was a great destination for a weekend away. I couldn’t ask for more from somewhere to stay

    Thank you for your feedback. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay and would love to welcome you back any time in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alex5.0Nov 2021

  • "A lovely cottage beautifully presented and Mark and Sue were more than helpful , ..."

    A lovely cottage beautifully presented and Mark and Sue were more than helpful , our only issue was the Tv which we discussed with Mark I hope he can resolve it soon to make the cottage perfect

    Thank you for your feedback! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Oct 2021

  • "Fabulous stay."

    Thanks for the warm welcome and all the help with places to visit. Everything we could have wanted in The Forge. Exactly what we wanted after a year of lockdown. Thank you. Lyn & Steve

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Oct 2021

  • "The Forge is a charming and comfortable property located in the quiet village of Milcombe about 5 minutes drive from Banbury."

    We found it ideally located for walking and exploring the local countryside as well as visit’s to Cotswold villages such as Hook Norton, Chipping Norton, Stow-on-the Wold and Bourton-on-the Water. We found it spotlessly clean and very well equipped, ideal for those like us who wanted mainly to self cater. The owners Mark and Sue were welcoming and friendly and are close at hand should there have been any problems, which there weren’t. We recommend this property without hesitation. Dave and Christine Rushworth

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 2021

  • "We are drawn to historic cottages and this sympathetic restoration of the old forge did not disappoint."

    The hosts, Mark & Sue, made sure we had everything we needed and were close on hand if we had any issues (which we didn't). The local pub was excellent with very friendly, courteous staff and quality food. A very comfortable home from home for two people.

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Sep 2021

  • "Very helpful and friendly couple."

    Made us feel at home.

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2021

  • "We are an elderly couple who like to go out and about and when we return have a meal and relax watching live television, this was not possible as the TVs is connected via the internet and all we could get was catch up, this was so annoying we left on the Monday we expressed our feelings to the owner, we feel we should have been informed of this."

    I will definitely not recommend this property to anyone.

    We are sorry you were not able to watch 'live' pre-recorded television 'soaps' as it was broadcast whilst on holiday. As soon as we were made aware of your problem we enabled you to watch 'neighbours' moments after it had started to be broadcast. Later you're need to watch 'Emmerdale' which would have required you to wait 60 seconds following its broadcast. I would like to note that you did in fact watch the programs you wanted when you wanted using our internet to your own device, we apologise for that inconvenience, however all other aspects of your stay, facilities and the Cottage itself received your positive recommendation. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan4.4Sep 2021

  • "A very comfortable cottage in a quiet Village setting but lots of walks nearby and places to visit."

    Mark and Sue were very helpful from the start, nothing was too much trouble for them. Lots of knowledge of the local area with some interesting tales to tell. The cottage is very well equipped for self catering however there is a village pub should you wish to eat out. Very clean, well prepared and it was nice to have milk, tea and coffee so we could have a drink when we arrived. The bed was warm and comfortable and the shower was powerful with plenty of hot water. We especially enjoyed our evenings in the garden on the swing seat with a candle and glass of wine, so peaceful and relaxing. It was like visiting friends and we would certainly recommend the Forge at Smithy cottage for your staycation.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a feedback, we are thrilled you enjoyed your stay and made good use of the facilities available inside & out, looking forward to welcoming you again soon Property Owner

    Reviewed by Adrian5.0Aug 2021

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  • Studio-style open-plan living space with king-size bed, dining area and sitting area
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Oil central heating with under-floor heating in open-plan living space
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer, Smart TV, WiFi and a selection of books
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair available on request
  • Off-road parking for 1 car
  • Rear patio garden with seating
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 0.2 miles, pub 0.2 miles

The property

Located in the pretty village of Milcombe, on the edge of The Cotswolds AONB, lies The Forge at Smithy Cottage.

As the name might suggest, the property was converted from an old blacksmith's forge, and provides the perfect retreat for a couple looking to get away from it all.

You will find an off-road parking space as you arrive, before taking a moment to relish your peaceful surroundings on outdoor seating.

As you step into the open-plan living space you will be delighted by the time and effort that have been spent to creating this contemporary space that still boasts rustic charm.

After marvelling at the wooden beams and stonework, curl up on the vibrant sofa and watch your favourite film on the Smart TV with your loved one and the warmth of the under-floor heating.

Make your way into the well-equipped kitchen that boasts a slimline dishwasher and handy washer/dryer, to create delicious dishes that you can enjoy with your partner at the idyllic dining table.

A fabulous king-size bed awaits you behind a handy partition; grab a book from its shelves and enjoy a relaxing read before having a well-deserved rest.

The cottage is served by a contemporary shower room that showcases a spacious walk-in shower and light-up mirror, perfect for getting ready before a day of countryside escapades.

Head into the lovely Milcombe and grab your essentials from the convenience store, before enjoying a pint in the relaxed atmosphere of The Horse & Groom Inn.

Travel a little further to the village of Bloxham and tour its museum, before enjoying a romantic stroll through Jubilee Park and a game of golf at the Hillside Farm Range.

Travel north to the market town of Banbury and go picnicking in Spiceball Country Park or the stunning People's Park, tour the cultural Banbury Museum & Gallery, before exploring the manicured grounds of the nearby Broughton Castle.

Be sure to visit the town of Chipping Norton and pay a visit to the renowned Diddly Squat Farm Shop, before dipping your toes in the peaceful Lido swimming pool and learning about the village’s history in the Chipping Norton Museum.

If you’re looking for more to do, visit the stunning city of Oxford, enjoy a day of shopping in Bicester Village, or delve into the Cotswolds AONB and partake in outdoor activities, while exploring its nature reserves.

For your next couples break to the Oxfordshire countryside, choose The Forge at Smithy Cottage.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Bloxham 1.6 miles; Banbury 5 miles.

Set amongst the rural landscapes of Oxford is the peaceful village of Milcombe, a pretty settlement that boasts honey-coloured ironstone buildings and is sure to be a haven for those looking to escape from it all. Milcombe is served by a convenience store, a historic church and the 17th century Horse & Groom Inn, a great spot that provides a welcoming atmosphere and tasty dishes! Visitors looking for nearby attractions should visit the Rye Hill and Tadmarton Heath golf clubs for a game of putty. Nature lovers will benefit from taking a furry friend for a stroll around the close-by Oaklands Secure Dog Walking route, before enjoying an afternoon of fishing in the tranquil Fernhill Farm's waters. The village of Bloxham isn't far and history fans can enjoy wandering through the Bloxham Village Museum, before exploring the breathtaking grounds of Broughton Castle. The village is additionally within easy reach of the historic market town of Banbury and the Cotswolds AONB, allowing visitors to relish what the wider area has to offer, before coming back to relax in a quaint location.

Please Note; this cottage does not have any allocated private outside space, but you are welcome to enjoy your morning coffee, or an evening glass of wine in the owners' garden.
Please Note: the cottage requires a Good House-Keeping Bond of £100.00.
Please Note: Due to its size the cottage is not suitable for children. However, babes in arms only are welcome.
Please Note: TV is accessed via 'catch up' and not all channels can be watched 'live'.