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The Forge

(Ref. 1004909)

Shipham, Somerset Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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39 Customer Reviews

  • "We loved our holiday cottage, The Forge."

    It was spacious, clean and well equipped, and the decor beautiful. Highly recommended. Many thanks.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Nov 2023

  • "We enjoyed our stay at property which was ideally placed for our chosen walks and visit to Bath."

    The property was very well presented, well equipped, comfortable and very clean. The lemon drizzle cake was much appreciated. Thank you

    Reviewed by Beverly5.0Sep 2023

  • "Excellent, beautiful setting and, well presented."

    3 things in need of improvement, the sign at the gate is only visible when traveling from Cheddar not from the opposite direction, the downstairs bath would benefit from a handhold on the wall as we are in our 70s and found it difficult, the lounge and kitchen on different floors with stairs in-between made it difficult to carry coffee cups downstairs. Otherwise clean well equipped and a clever conversion..

    Reviewed by Laurence4.4Sep 2023

  • "We had a wonderful week at the Forge."

    Beautiful,comfortable accommodation. Wonderful setting. Jane and Peter were extremely helpful with anything we needed.We would certainly go back again. Thank you so much.Sheila Parker

    Reviewed by Sheila5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had a great holiday at the forge very peaceful and within beautiful countryside."

    The owners where very welcoming overall a fantastic stay

    Thank you for your great feedback Stephanie. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay and would like to see you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephanie5.0Jun 2023

  • "Mooie locatie, gemakkelijk te vinden."

    Rustig en stil. Door storm was op eerste avond een kleine lekkage opgetreden, dit werd de volgende ochtend direct en zeer vakkundig opgelost. Alle hulde voor Jane en haar gezin.

    It was lovely to welcome guests from The Netherlands and we are pleased that you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for your nice comments. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jan-anne5.0Mar 2023

  • "Once again we had a lovely break at The Forge."

    It is so comfortable and clean - a really super home from home. It is in such a peaceful and quiet location and no problem with parking. We hope to be back.

    Thank you for visiting The Forge again Marilyn, and for your kind review. We would love to see you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Marilyn5.0Mar 2023

  • "Probably the cleanest cottage i've ever stayed in."

    Very well presented and everything you could ask for. Only slight gripe was that the double bed wasnt the most comfortable for either of us, but otherwise excellent. Highly recommended.

    Thank you for your kind comments Adrian. I am sorry you didn't find the bed the most comfortable, it is impossible to suit all tastes with beds, a bit like Marmite. The majority of our guests have found them to be comfortable. You would be very welcome to return at any time. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Adrian5.0Dec 2022

  • "We had a wonderful holiday at The Forge and would highly recommend a stay here."

    The cottage was so well equipped, every little detail had been thought about. Plenty of cutlery, plates and glasses, comfy beds and great views. It was so peaceful as well and my little boy loved going to see the horses. Very well positioned to explore the surrounding areas, Clevedon, Weston-Super-Mare, Cheddar, and a few nice pubs close by when driving. Thank you, we'll be back!

    We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay Emma, and would love to welcome you back soon. Thank you so much for your lovely review. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Nov 2022

  • "The property was very well presented, comfortable and very clean."

    It was a lovely touch that there was fresh flowers. The owners had also supplied tea, coffee, sugar and milk. It would have been good to have known this as we brought our own along with us. We were also very grateful for the cake, which was a lovely surprise. The property was ideally situated for visiting Cheddar Gorge, Wookey Hole and Weston Super Mare. It would have been helpful if the description of amenities close by was updated. We had planned to go to the local hotel/restaurant in Shipham before we went to the property only to find it had closed down so had to change our plans.

    Thank you for your review Patriciia with some nice comments. It is a shame about the local pub closing, which is a very recent event and we are hoping it will re-open shortly. There is another very good pub/restaurant at Star which is also in walking distance. I have updated our guest notes to that effect. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Patriciia4.7Oct 2022

  • "The Forge, which is one of four holiday properties at Shipham Riding, is set in a peaceful country location on the outskirts of Shipham village."

    There are many local walking paths in the vicinity but it is also ideal for those planning to walk in the nearby Mendip Hills. The cottage is clean, comfortable and well equipped with good light, space and storage. Also, there are numerous good pubs for evening meals in the surrounding area.

    Thank you so much for your lovely review, Geoffrey. We are very pleased you enjoyed your stay and would love to see you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Geoffrey5.0Sep 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in a lovely setting."

    We had a very enjoyable stay.

    We are glad you enjoyed your stay Julia. Hope to see you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julia4.7Jul 2022

  • "Second time we have stayed at this property."

    Ample parking on site. Excellent base for walking and exploring Somerset. Property is spotlessly clean, well maintained and charming. Owners on site if you need them. I would highly recommend staying at this property.

    Thank you for your lovely review, Simon and for visiting us twice. Hope fully we may see you a third time ? Property Owner

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Jun 2022

  • "One of the best holidays by far, the property was beautiful, peaceful and very clean."

    It has everything you need provided, ample parking, good tv reception with no noise and no light pollution for a perfect sleep The location is amazing central to Wells, Glastonbury, cheddar and much more. The pubs are in walking distance and I would suggest going the Star Inn the food is out of this world with very friendly staff. If you like strawberries local sellers are everywhere and cider/ale shops in walking range. I would stay here again when going to Somerset was just perfect

    Thank you for your amazing review Jonathan. We are so pleased that you both enjoyed your stay and would love to see you again anytime. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Jun 2022

  • "Absolutely lovely cottage, location great for exploring and cottage great for relaxing."

    Many thanks for your kind comments Kathryn and we would be very pleased to welcome you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kathryn5.0May 2022

  • "A very comfortable bed, which is often lacking in holiday cottages- thank you."

    The Forge is very well equipped and we were also very impressed by the recycling station. The only other feedback we would give is that we received conflicting information about when and how the property should be vacated from Sykes (probably due to rules changing so frequently over the last few years), so it would have been useful to have clear expectations set out in the blue folder. We had a lovely meal in the Star Inn, many thanks for the recommendation.

    Thank you for staying with us Jenny and for your excellent feedback. We have implemented your suggestion and have now added vacating notes to the information folder. We would love to see you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by J5.0May 2022

  • "Clean and well equipped and situated in the countryside but near to many places of interest."

    Only changes suggested would be the single beds - not comfy and the mattress cover slips over the mattress so you side about! Not a major issue Checking out time of 9:30am too early

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Mar 2022

  • "Beautiful stable conversion it was spotless clean lovely decorated quiet as ..."

    Beautiful stable conversion it was spotless clean lovely decorated quiet as well thankyou for gorgeous Xmas tree and all helpful bits supplied

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Dec 2021

  • "Lovely property, in a good location in the Somerset countryside."

    Excellent, modern property, and helpful owners nearby to assist with any problems.

    Reviewed by Francis5.0Nov 2021

  • "Delightful cottage in beautiful location."

    Friendly village. Very comfortable and well-appointed. Hope to return.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Oct 2021

  • "We found The Forge an excellent place to stay and where pleased with the lovely welcome pack provided by the owners."

    It was very clean and quiet and the only reason we didn't give it a 10 was because the tv was a bit small for the size of the living room and the WiFi was a bit temperamental

    Reviewed by Alan4.7Oct 2021

  • "Spacious, well maintained cottage."

    Nice touches included scones with jam and clotted cream on arrival. Met by the owner on arrival (who lived onsite) but you were left alone. We definitely plan to re-visit Somerset and would try and book this cottage again.

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Sep 2021

  • "Second year at the Forge & was just as impressed as the previous year."

    Jane & Peter continually improve the property every year & everywhere looked looked looked so clean & as if it had just been decorated - we will book again for certain as such a lovely bolt hole to get out to visit Somerset & the surrounding area's

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2021

  • "Upon arrival I was met kindly by one of the owners of the cottages who showed me where to park, and walked me to the cottage I had rented."

    Upon entering the cottage, it was noticeable that it had been recently cleaned top to bottom, and complimentary scones, jam, clotted cream, and strawberries were on the side, with a pint of milk in the fridge for a well needed cup of tea. There was an itinerary on the desk with records of what and how the place had been cleaned, and instructions on how the appliances worked in the cottage. Also included were menus of local places that were recommended, and I can say now that I recommend them too. Clean towels were laid out on the beds ready for use, and the beds although unfamiliar, were comfy. One evening we brought back fish and chips from a local shop, and the lady owner brought over salt, vinegar, and tomato ketchup for us to use, which we were very grateful for. Overall, a very pleasant experience.

    Reviewed by Scott5.0Aug 2021

  • "The Location of the Forge was ideal for getting out and about."

    We visited Cheddar Gorge, Bristol and Bath and Weston Super Mere and Frome all well worth a visit. The Forge was well equipped and comfortable and the local scenery was beautiful. Walks around the Mendip Hills on the doorstep. Ideal for anyone who enjoys countryside walking. Would certainly holiday here again.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Aug 2021

  • "Such a lovely, bright, comfortable cottage which was a great place to relax in between enjoying the diverse range of activities that the area has to offer."

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Jul 2021

  • "Fridge inadequate for family self-catering."

    Reviewed by Mary4.4Jul 2021

  • "The Forge is immaculately presented."

    We were provided with everything we needed and were most comfortable. Thank you for the welcoming afternoon tea.

    Reviewed by Morag5.0Jun 2021

  • "The Forge at Shipham is a lovely accommodation, clean, fresh and in a beautiful location."

    Easy parking and plenty to do locally, great walking with major attractions not to far away. Would definitely recommend and will hopefully return again.

    Reviewed by Gary5.0May 2021

  • "This is the 3rd time we had booked a cottage with Sykes and again,this cottage did not disappoint."

    The Forge has been beautifully renovated with first class fitments and fittings. Very well designed with no expense spared. It was good to have a lot of space; the kitchen was a good size and well equipped. The bathrooms were excellent - could not fault The Forge at all. Would recommend

    Reviewed by Michael5.0May 2021

  • "The Forge is a well designed spacious place to stay."

    The kitchen has everything you could possibly need and room to store food. The beds are comfortable and there is plenty of wardrobe and drawer space. It was all incredibly clean. There are lovely walks from the cottage and it is well situated to explore the Mendips. We would happily return.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0May 2021

  • "We had a fantastic time staying at the Forge."

    It is a beautiful cottage in a peaceful setting. Jane had done everything possible to keep us safe in the current pandemic. The little extras of scones jam cream and strawberries went down a treat. I would recommend this accommodation to anyone looking for a base in Somerset to explore the surrounding areas.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Oct 2020

  • "We had a lovely stay in this high standard , very comfortable cottage."

    It was very peaceful and met our needs beautifully. We would certainly return.

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Oct 2020

  • "The cottage was amazing!"

    So cosy and relaxing, and it was spotless! There was hand sanitiser outside the door for use on entry of the property, nhs covid qr code inside the property also, the covid measures were perfect and made us feel so safe. The cottage was also in the perfect location for us to discover all across Somerset!

    Reviewed by Emily5.0Oct 2020

  • "Great place to stay, lovely and clean."

    Reviewed by Andrea5.0Sep 2020

  • "Well appointed to explore Somerset & the beautiful Mendip Hills with Cheddar Gorge just down the road."

    Near the lovely city of Wells & Bath around an hour away. We had a superb week as Jane & Pete were on hand to welcome us & left us a lovely cream tea along with milk tea & coffee. Fully stacked modern kitchen with dishwasher & washing machine & very comfortable beds with plenty of wardrobe & drawer space. In all we could not fault it as Village Pub providing good home cooking & shop / butchery within a 10 minute walking distance. We will definitely return in the near future

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2020

  • "The Forge is an absolutely lovely property!"

    If you're looking for a quiet getaway in the Mendip Hills in sumptious comfort look no further. The owners of the property were absolutely lovely at every turn and met every need with open arms! I could not recommend this property more! I will be returning

    Reviewed by William5.0Feb 2020

  • "We really enjoyed our stay here in Shipham."

    Lovely clean cottage with all the facilities you need. Would book again and will recommend to family and friends.

    Reviewed by Isabel5.0Dec 2019

  • "This property was brand new - everything was clean and looked unused."

    It was quiet and comfortable, and had all the equipment we needed to enjoy our holiday. The upstairs shower was a joy to use - a wet room that is very roomy. The property is well-placed for trips out to the seaside or to Cheddar, Wells, Bristol, Bath etc etc. All in all, a fabulous property and we would not hesitate to revisit if we were to return to the area.

    Reviewed by Martyn4.7Oct 2019

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size and 1 x twin with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • First-floor kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room.
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, Smart TV, free Netflix and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Ideal for couples and families with older children
  • Not suitable for people with difficulty walking or small children due to split level accommodation
  • Shop 0.4 miles, pub 0.2 miles
  • The cottages are all quite private from each other with their own little gardens, gates and front doors and we are in a lovely rural area with masses of open countryside for walking or driving around
  • If you don't fancy eating out there are several very good takeaways in Winscombe, the nearest large village, deliver, and most large supermarket will deliver groceries from Weston-sup-Mare.

The property

Set within the scenic lands of the Mendip Hills AONB, The Forge is an enchanting dwelling, nestled on the outskirts of the charming village of Shipham.

The abode is surrounded by ten acres of peaceful and scenic land where you can observe grazing horses and a plethora of other wildlife during your stay.

The ground-floor consists of a plush sitting room and a king-size bedroom serviced by a bathroom.

Heading up the stairs will bring you to the second bedroom, a first-floor twin with an en-suite shower room and the kitchen/diner to gather together in the mornings for some breakfast.

The outside area of the property is a wondrous spot to enjoy alfresco dining amongst the magnificent views of the luscious landscapes beyond; there’s no better place to start or end your day together.

The Forge is the ultimate dwelling for your family getaway to Somerset, surrounded by an abundance of excitement and wonder.

Note: The property can be booked with Refs. 997600, 997606 and 1004911, together they can sleep 14 people.

Shipham Barn Conversions

This former stable has been lovingly converted to provide four holiday homes amidst the delights of the Mendip Hills AONB. Each of these high-quality holiday homes has been decorated in exquisite fashion, with modern touches exuding class throughout. Make the most of the slick open-plan living areas, complete in tasteful fashion with all you could need for a stay of any length. The bedrooms are dressed in the highest standard, ranging in setups to help appeal to different types of holidaymaker. Prepare for each action-packed day in the lavish bathroom facilities. During the warmer months, relaxation time will be spent outside, where you can choose to relax on your own or gather the group together for some true quality time. Set over 10 acres of land with views of Shipham village, wildlife abounds and you are liable to see rabbits, foxes, deer, wild ponies, owls, buzzards and many other birds; a country lovers delight. The dwellings are situated in an AONB on the edge of the quaint village of Shipham, offering an abundance of walks a pub, a restaurant, a village shop with butchers and bakery, a church and a coffee shop too, so you'll never be short of something to explore. Thatchers Cider at Myrtle Farm is a short drive away and offers 2 hour cider tours (advance booking essential) and sampling in their beautiful orchards, offering you a different way of exploring this area of Somerset. Close to Weston-super-Mare, Wells and Bristol, these four properties are perfectly situated for all ages and interests to enjoy an action-packed adventure. Discover some of Somerset's finest attractions from these superbly converted farm buildings.

Note: This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Cheddar 2.9 miles, Weston-super-Mare 10.4 miles, Wells 11.9 miles

A quaint village settled in the county of Somerset, Shipham can be found at the western edge of the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, making it an extremely scenic region with plenty of activity to explore. With Shipham Hill offering one of the highest points in the Mendips, there's no better place to experience panoramic views of Weston-super-Mare and the Bristol Channel. The village itself benefits from a host of amenities, including a butchers selling local produce a selection of items to assist you on your self-catered stay, a pub, a restaurant, a coffee shop, and a lively village hall hosting an array of events throughout the year. Shipham is also home to Rowberrow Warren, a spectacular woodlands offering magnificent views and an abundance of nature to explore, making it a perfect place to explore by foot or bike. Within reach is the Mendips Raceway, here you can experience stock-car racing within the bowl of an abandoned reservoir, making a great local day out for all the family. Placed within the Mendip Hills, you can be sure to be surrounded by an array of adventure, whether you take time to explore Cheddar Gorge with its cliff top walks, or uncover the 50,000 years of history of the Wookey Hole Caves, there's something here for every taste at all times of the year. Within reach of Weston-super-Mare, Wells, and Bristol too, Shipham is the perfect base for exploring this outstanding area.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season