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Old Forge

Wigton, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 980622)

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  • Sleeps 10

  • Bedrooms 5

  • Bathrooms 3

  • Pets Yes

  • Reviews

    Miss Flanagan

    “Party of 7 adults and 2 toddlers. ...”

    Party of 7 adults and 2 toddlers. ...

    Party of 7 adults and 2 toddlers. We were all set for a different property, until we were told the day before that there was a water leak and we were without a property! Following several very stressful hours of scrambling around we were finally able to secure the Old Forge for our week away!Thanks to Mark at Sykes for getting back to me. We arrived and found out that we were the first guests at the property (booked at VERY VERY short notice) and from the first minute we arrived, we could tell that we were in a family home rather than a holiday cottage. Cottage is lovely, lots of room for everyone. Driving into the parking area for the first time was slightly scary (bit of a tight corner) , but once done was easy! TV reception wasn't great, but Chromecast and Netflix is available for rainy days to entertain kids! Seaside is about 9miles away and destinations like Carlisle and the Lakes are within easy reach! Hosts were absolutely wonderful, just a phonecall away, nothing was too much trouble and really appreciated the welcome gifts! We were very lucky with glorious weather, so garden was ideal for little ones to run around!Wigton is 5mins in car and has supermarkets and takeaways etc. Thanks for a lovely week Karen and Co!


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

The property

Old Forge, a detached house dating back to 1721, rests beside the River Waver and is just over two miles from the Cumbrian town of Wigton.

Boasting spacious and comfortable accommodation for up to 10 guests, bring your friends and family together to enjoy a break in this fabulous location so close to the renowned Lake District.

Be filled with charm upon your arrival to the property, a farmhouse-style kitchen/diner comes fully equipped and features rustic wooden furnishings and an enticing woodburning stove.

A couple of welcoming sitting areas are available to you, the children can spend rainy days on the XBOX and play with the games in the smaller room, while family time can be enjoyed in the spacious and tastefully furnished main sitting room which also benefits from a fabulous woodburner.

Five bedrooms attractively sit on the first floor of Old Forge, ranging from a wonderful super king-size with an en-suite, to two double rooms and two twins, this characterful cottage can accommodate parties of all types.

The interior concludes with a splendid family bathroom, offering a bath and a separate shower cubicle.

A beautiful, extensive garden lies to the back of the cottage, sit on the peaceful patio and watch the wealth of wildlife roam the lawns.

Alternatively, the owner has fishing rights to this particular part of the river should you wish to catch your dinner yourself.

The market town of Wigton is close by, benefiting from a range of amenities and excellent access to the area.

The northern Lakes are within a short distance, offering breath-taking walking country and the fascinating market town of Keswick.

The stunning city of Carlisle is also within easy reach, as is the picturesque Solway Firth.

A welcoming base from which to explore astounding Cumbria.


Five bedrooms: 1 x super king-size with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 2 x double, 2 x twin. Bathroom with a separate shower, basin and WC, ground floor cloakroom with basin and WC. Kitchen/diner with woodburning stove. Sitting room with woodburning stove. Snug.


  • Heating, 2 x woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV, XBOX, DVD, Wifi, CD player, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and cot available on request
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Lawn and patio with furniture, river at rear of garden
  • 2 well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2.5 miles
  • Note: Property has fishing rights to the river.

Calculate your drive time

About the location


Carlisle 12 miles; Keswick 20 miles.

A traditional Cumbrian market town with a charter granted in 1262, which still holds a market each Friday in the covered market hall, along with an open air car boot sale. Wigton is a popular centre for shopping, pubs and restaurants, and also boasts a theatre, bowls, swimming, tennis and other sports. Lord Melvyn Bragg was a native of Wigton, and used the town (called Thurston in some of his writings) and the surrounding area as the setting for his novels including ‘A Time to Dance’. Located 18 miles from Penrith it is a good base for the attractions of the North Lakes, the cathedral city of Carlisle, 12 miles away, Keswick, just north Derwentwater and close to Lake Bassenthwaite, and the natural beauty of the West Cumbrian Coast. Hadrian’s Wall is within 25 miles, while the Scottish Borders, and Gretna Green, are within easy reach.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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