- Off road parking
- Ground floor bedroom
- Open fire
- Garden / Patio
- Washing machine
- Broadband / WiFi
Reviews & Ratings
71 Customer Reviews
"We had a fabulous stay at The Old Forge."
The house is beautiful and comfortable and steeped in history we will definitely be back! Thank you Elaine for the lovely goodies on arrival and calling by much appreciated.
"We had a lovely stay in this beautiful comfortable cottage filled with beautiful ..."
We had a lovely stay in this beautiful comfortable cottage filled with beautiful things didn’t want to leave will definitely be back
"The cottage is wonderful comfortable and spacious."
Elaine the caretaker is a gem and a lovely lady the cottage is so nice, we didn't want to leave it was the perfect place for a holiday with my sister who is visiting from Tasmania.
"Lovely cottage in a lovely setting."
Very clean and comfortable, and very well equipped. Would definitely stay again.
"This is quite possibly the best holiday cottage in the UK, certainly the best we've ever stayed in."
The owners (who also use the property) maintain it beautifully, it is full of fascinating historical memorabilia and a joy to rent. The kitchen and all rooms are furnished superbly. We've been twice and hope to return again. The location is also very good, only a few minutes drive from the excellent shops, market and amenities in Clitheroe.
"Beautiful, historic house."
Well resourced property. Beds very comfortable and set in a beauriful setting. 10/10. It was lovely to stay in the house where it felt like a home. It was a priviledge to be able to be part of thw history of the house and sharing the same surname.
"This is a lovely house, really a home."
Everything is provided.Facilities excellent, well equipped , couldn’t ask for anything better.
"A lovely house with so much to explore both inside and out."
Surrounded by wonderful scenery and the house is so comfortable and the owners have thought of everything you could possibly need to make our stay so enjoyable. Thank you
"What a beautiful cottage so interesting and a wonderful atmosphere and stunning ..."
What a beautiful cottage so interesting and a wonderful atmosphere and stunning country side would encourage anyone who wants to stay in the ribble valley to stay at the old forge and a special mention to Elaine who looked after us so well a really charming lady thank you
"We loved the house - it was very spacious, comfortable and well equipped."
My husband was very impressed with all the books. It is in a beautiful location and we would like to return one day.
"Wonderful. Well presented, clean and delightful property"
"An interesting place to stay and very generously provided."
Loved the huge rooms and great en suites with excellent showers, very comfortable beds, great heating system. One recommendation - a mirror for exit on to the road from drive, it felt quite dangerous.
"A extremely amazing house so much for you to look at Bed was very comfortable and the place was so warm and cozy would definitely recommend to anyone we loved the shower in the front bedroom it was so warm and refreshing to be honest we could have stayed for another week."
Loved seeing the sparrows and robins in the morning eating from the bird feeders the place had everything that was needed for a great holiday.
"This house is beyond amazing , so comfortable and clean, our 2nd visit and won't be our last, absolutely beautiful"
"This is our second visit!"
It is a unique treasured place that we love. And, we will be back!
"What a wonderful property."
We had a brilliant time at The Old Forge. The house was cosy even though it was so large, while having four bathrooms for five guests was a tremendous bonus. The house was filled with masses of old books, paintings, samplers, furniture and an abundance of interesting nick backs. Many a Mario Kart race was held on the Nintendo Wii when the weather was poor. Normally a staycation property is just a base, however The Old Forge was a huge part of our holiday. The owners were very helpful too. A five star house without any hesitation.
"A privilege to stay in this gorgeous cottage packed full of wonderful antique furniture and paintings."
What a place to spend Christmas. Couldn't fault anything. Elaine the housekeeper went above and beyond to help make our stay special. Would highly recommend.
"This is a fantastic property for a group."
The kitchen is really well equipped and the beds very comfy. we really appreciated the lovely welcome pack and all the other extras. The house is very cosy. Thanks to Elaine for sorting out the boiler (she had rung me on our arrival day to tell me there was a problem) and for all the hard work she puts in to make people feel comfortable and welcomed. We also loved the information of the history of the house and family.
"The property was absolutely fabulous."
It was a privilege for us to be able to experience such a fantastic place. We had a lovely relaxing family weekend. It could not have been better.
"Sykes best kept secret?"
There was nothing we could fault with the Old Forge, it was simply perfect! A spacious house in a stunning location with everything you could need in a home away from home, it ticked every box for us. We can't wait to stay again!
"Really great cottage with lots of space."
One of our party is a wheelchair user but able to take some steps with sticks and able to do stairs with help. Property not suitable for all people with a disability. Could easily be updated to become fully accessible.
"Very clean cottage with lot of amenities."
Appreciated the hamper and detailed information on house and area. Trough of Bowland and Ribble Valley are beautiful areas. We will definitely be coming back. Thanks.
"An interesting property; some very strange things found in some of the drawers!"
Really spacious which enabled guest to spread out if you wanted peace and quiet. Lacking a star for comfort as the dinning/kitchen chairs were really so uncomfortable. Beds were good. Lovely looking out on the fields behind, saw curlews and hares most mornings. A great area for walks. Would definitely come back again.
"Another lovely stay in the exemplary comfort and quiet of The Old Forge cottage."
After many months of uncertainty and worry, to arrive and find that all is still as it was was a delight and a relief. The house is always spotlessly clean and everything needed is there. The support staff are to be congratulated upon their attention to detail. We are in love with the house and, in fact, the whole beautiful area of Bowland. Who needs 'abroad'?
"Beautiful property, really well appointed with fabulous comfy beds and sofas."
Great location for access to Forest of Bowland, with a lovely country pub 2 minutes walk away. Would highly recommend.
"Was a beautiful cottage and was really homely."
Lovely history and really clean. Spacious rooms and beautiful decor and very well equipped. Couldn’t think of anything else that it needed! Only issue in the village was The Red Pump Inn, it was really nice food and drink it was excellent as we went there twice but was only open to general public on Fri-Sun 3 days a week! This was a bit frustrating especially as weather was not brilliant. Plenty of other places to eat around but had to drive. I am sure in summer the opening hours are likely to be different so this should not put anyone off staying at the Old Forge!
"Amazing property, loved everything about it & in a beautiful area."
Hope to return in the future
"This is a second time of doing this."
It was lovely just right for our family and great back up from Elaine the housekeeper.
"This was a really lovely holiday."
The cottage is substantial! We enjoyed having so much space to relax, and felt at home very quickly. The house has a fascinating history, and the decor, fixtures and fittings all bring this out with character and style. The kitchen and bathrooms are all modern, highly specced, and good to use. The location suited us too, with easy trips to Clitheroe and surrounding villages. Definitely a property to consider, and to visit at different times of the year as the seasons change.
"The old forge is amazing, beautiful clean and very spacious."
Could not fault it at all
"Well to be honest we felt so comfortable the moment we sat down in the lounge."
Everything was perfect, absolutely bags of room - 2 on suites and 2 extra bathrooms too. The kitchen had everything needed for a comfortable stay and plenty of utensils and cups and glasses. Never seen so many books in one place apart from a library lol! Would absolutely recommend a stay at the Old Forge Lodge - keep up the good work x
"We've stayed here before so we knew how delightful the Old Forge is and we ..."
We've stayed here before so we knew how delightful the Old Forge is and we immediately felt a sense of calm and relaxation when we arrived; the usual welcome hamper and lovely flowers on the dining room table set the scene There were a couple of minor gripes about the central heating coming on in the middle of the night but only the temperature controls are available to tenants - not the frequency or duration - and a power cut that happened to the whole of Bashall Eaves caused the house alarm to beep continuously until we managed to get the access code from the housekeeper, but these were just little irritations and the central heating problem was resolved during our stay Overall we had a lovely time and am sure we'll be booking again
"Beautifully spacious house with everything you could need."
Good supply of childrens' games; lovely welcome pack.
"A wonderful spacious cottage in which we wanted for nothing."
Very well equipped, comfortable, clean, tidy and cosy. The view to the back of the cottage was beautiful and as a wildlife photographer I was over the moon to be treated to a nightly show from the local Barn Owl from the garden. Would definitely recommend and a credit to the owners and caretaker.
"Entering the property by turning right into it is a bit of a squeeze if you have a long car as the entrance isn't large and doing a three-point turn in the middle of the road is not to be recommended."
We discovered that going past the property and turning round at the next junction was a much safer approach Exiting can also be hair-raising as you don't have a view of on-coming traffic until you're actually half across the road - perhaps a mirror on the hedge opposite would be a good idea
"Thoroughly enjoyed our stay and look forward to returning."
The Old Forge was a perfect location in the most beautiful surroundings. It exceeded our expectations. we all loved it and my grandson said we should come back every year, which is high praise indeed from our 11yr old!
"For us this house is as close to perfect for a quiet break is it is possible to get."
Amazingly well-equipped and spotlessly clean, it would say that 'It's just like home', but of course it's better than that because it's located in one of Britain's loveliest, quietest and least populated areas. There is simply nowhere to equal the Ribble Valley and the Bowland fells. Forget what other counties say, Lancashire has them all beat but we just don't shout about it like others do. (But I was born in Lancashire so there is a slight elemnet of bias in my opinions) Sykes is our favourite holiday operator having never provided anyhting less than excellent service during all of the years during which we have dealt with them. Say no more.
Best we've ever stayed in.
"The Old Forge is a really lovely place to stay."
Spotlessly clean and well equipped as well as having a really homely feel. Thanks to Elaine for supplying us with plenty of bottled water when the water supply to the whole village went down for a few hours. Having the Red Pump at such close quarters was an added bonus and we had a great meal there. What's not to like!
"Beautiful home in stunning countryside."
Elaine the caretaker of the home was so helpful. Hated to leave! Definitely plan on another visit.
"The cottage was very spacious and very homely would highly recommend and would ..."
The cottage was very spacious and very homely would highly recommend and would stay again Lovely quiet setting area around
The house more than adequately caters to seven adults, being roomy, cosy and comfortable. Kitchen is large and well-equipped. Many personal touches supplied, always appreciated. Beautiful area which lends itself to many walking trails. Well worth the re-visits!!
"The cottage is fantastic."
Very well equipped and full of all the family history of the owners. A great place to stay to explore the local area
"Great venue, great location!"
"Lovely comfortable accommodation which we chose as attending a family wedding in the area, then stayed on for a few extra days."
Beautiful garden which would be lovely to sit in on a summer evening.
"We enjoyed our stay every bit as much as in June this year."
We really love staying here and will definitely be back next year.
"You said we would receive the code to the key safe shortly before the start of the holiday."
This only happened after we telephoned your office the day before departure to say we had not received the information. It seems you, likewise, did not have the information readily to hand and had to obtain the code before passing on to us. Most disappointing.
"The Cottage is lovely, very relaxing, lovely flowers on arrival, an a lovely hamper, milk in the fridge."
spotless. Great area. lovely selection of pubs. lovely shopping near by. Good quality food, tons of stuff to do. most relaxing holiday I have had.
"But for a family wedding in the locality we may never have thought about this area of Lancashire."
Extremely glad we got this cottage because it was perfect for us, so much so that we have already booked it again in September. It's very handy for local walks and for Pendle Hill with a great pub 200 yards walk away ( The Red Pump Inn ) as well as other great pubs/restaurants less than 6 miles away. Our only minor criticism is we would have liked more comfortable seating in the garden. Whilst the existing wooden furniture is very good and practical, it could have done with thick cushioned seats and backs to allow us to relax outside for longer periods. Apart from that, it was and is a wonderful find. Can't wait for September.
"We can truly recommend this cottage to anyone who is looking for a quiet and quirky place to stay."
It was in a beautiful location and really well equipped. We will happily return as there’s so much to see around there
"This is the first time we have booked a holiday with Sykes Cottages but we have been extremely pleased with both the booking procedure and the property we chose."
We would certainly use you again and recommend you to family and friends.
"An immaculately maintained house with loads of character, huge fully equipped kitchen and beautiful en suite bedrooms."
Great location for touring the Trough of Bowland and the Ribble Valley. Sufficient parking for 3 cars, and a large and pleasant garden. The welcome basket and fresh flowers were very generous! The comments in the Visitors Book show that most of the guests hope to visit again, which is a great endorsement, and one we'd agree with. Thank-you to Elaine and Sharon for making the house so comfortable and welcoming.
"It was the most."
Beauttiful place we have stayed in. Lovely welcome baskets everything you could. Want or need provided. Lots off bird life pheasants rabbits and hares.Lovely. Scenery. The cottage was lovely and warm, The weather was cold but sunny. The house had Ben in the family for 200 years and was fulll of lovely Nic naps.we are very imprreessee by SYKES Cottages. We had. Twooners cancel due to ill health and sewers vfound another accomodation at no extra cost... will certainly boook with Skyes againn
"Third visit and not our last!"
Ticks all the boxes for cleanliness, comfort and thoughtful touches. A beautiful house with spacious, but cosy rooms and in a superb area. Well-placed for visiting Clitheroe, Skipton and the Yorkshire Dales generally. Wonderful personal service provided by Elaine making sure the house is ready for the guests.
"The most interesting house,full of articles and pictures to look at and the books!"
!! We found lots to do in the area and lots of cafes to treat our grandaughters especially Bashall Barn.The house has all the equipment you need only wish we had time to use it all.t Thank you to Elaine for a super welcome pack and to the family for allowing us to share a wonderful house. We hope to return. Three generations of the Nash family.
"A fabulous property for a relaxing break."
Amazing history surrounding the house and area. Cleanest most organised house we have ever rented. Red Pump Inn minutes walk away great for food as is Bashall Barn (walkable approx 40mins) but lots of parking if decide to take car. We had a brilliant time welcoming in the New Year in front of roaring fire in the drawing room. Elaine is very helpful and knowledgeable of the area.
"This was our second stay at The old forge and we were as impressed with the property as we were the first time."
It was clean, comfortable and cosy. Wonderfully comfortable bed, everything you could need in the kitchen and a great bath! There's such an attention to detail to ensure that your stay is special. We were so impressed with the generous welcome pack, which really did make us feel welcome! We will certainly return.
"This was my first time booking with Sykes, it was very easy and they kept me well informed."
The Old Forge was beautiful, quirky and we couldn't fault it! I would definitely use Sykes again.
"Exceptionally elegant country house, pretty local villages and gentle walks on ..."
Exceptionally elegant country house, pretty local villages and gentle walks on estate farmland - ideal ingredients for a relaxing holiday at any time of year
"This was our first visit to the Old Forge and we thoroughly enjoyed it."
Very large and comfortable property with everything you could wish for. Hope to visit again in the future. Thanks to everyone.
"A fabulous house in a stunning location."
The house is just amazing; one of my party called it the National Trust house. It was spacious, finished to a high standard and not lacking in the day to day essentials. The welcome baskets were generously filled with locals goods. We were sorrry we were not staying longer and it was rather sad to have to say goodbye.
"The cottage was amazing it had everything you could need."
It was a nice peacefull location with great views over the countryside,inside it was furnished to a very high standard ,the beds were very comfortable and everywhere was spotless .
"There is Japanese Knotweed in the garden that needs to be eradicated asap!"
The house is delightful and perfectly positioned for exploration of the area. Very good facilities and Elaine is both local and helpful. All in all a perfect "cottage" (? It's a beautiful house!)
"The Old Forge surpasses all expectations."
The fusion of antiques, history and luxurious modern facilities is perfect. The owners personal descriptions of the history of the family, the house and the art within gives the visitor a relaxed feeling of being included. A beautiful family house, it was perfect for three generations meeting for a wedding held locally. The kitchen had everything a large group require for food preparation and dining. All instructions and descriptions are simple and relative to a visitors requirements. Elaine was most helpful and all instructions prior to arrival were both friendly and timely. It is a privilege to be allowed to share the experience in such a beautiful house and we are bound to return. In a world where photographs usually flatter to deceive, those of the Old Forge in some respects do not reflect the essence of this beautiful property.
"The accommodation was absolutely stunning with great attention to detail."
We enjoyed reading about the history of the area. Very informative. The hosts added lots of lovely touches to make you feel at home instantly. Can’t put into words how much we all loved our stay. Will be back for another stay soon
"Absolutely superb property."
Housekeeper was extremely helpful. It was like a home from home. I was also able to absorb the history of the place and surrounding estate whilst away working. Just a shame that I couldn't enjoy the facilities during the day whilst I was working. I will be back for a vacation as thought the property and history was stunning.
"We had a lovely stay in The Old Forge over Christmas."
It is an amazing house with so much character and history combined with a truly high standard of comforts and amenities. Quite honestly we wished we could have stayed much longer and we could not recommend it highly enough to do it justice. Elaine who takes care of the house is so helpful and the standard of cleanliness is of the highest we have seen in any self catering property we have stayed in. There was a lovely welcome basket to start us off and the house was extremely well presented.
"This was a fabulous home."
.. Very clean and well looked after. Red pump Inn nearby was great for food. Would definitely recommend this property. The only negative would be the library room / Study, which was very cold and never seemed to warm up even with the fire raging in the adjacent living room.
"We had an amazing stay in this cottage, and it was everything that we wanted from a holiday."
The cottage was in a beautiful location with miles of footpaths and with many excellent pubs in the area. The accommodation itself was of a very high standard and we would definitely return.
"WE thoroughly enjoyed staying at The Old Forge."
It really was a comfortable, clean and well equipped cottage. We really appreciated the generous welcome pack and how homely it was. We will definitely re-book.
"Our second visit this year to a beautiful cottage in wonderful countryside."
We shall be looking to book again next year.
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- Three bedrooms: 1 x super king-size double with sitting area and en-suite bath, separate shower, basin and WC, 1 x super king-size double (zip/link, can be twin on request) with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x single bed, Bathroom with bath, basin and WC
- Ground floor wet room with shower, basin and WC
- Kitchen with two dining areas (each seats 6) and woodburning stove
- Sitting room with open fire
- Study with sofa bed.
- Oil central heating with woodburning stove and an open fire
- Electric double oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer, TV with Freeview, Nintendo Wii, WiFi
- Fuel, power and starter pack for stove and fires inc. in rent
- Additional fuel can be purchased and delivered locally
- Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
- Off road parking for three cars
- Lawned garden with furniture
- Sorry, no pets and no smoking
- Farm shop 2 miles, supermarket 3.5 miles, pub 3 mins walk.
This magnificent, detached stone farmhouse is situated on the outskirts of Bashall Eaves, close to the town of Clitheroe in the Forest of Bowland AONB.
With glorious views of open fields glimpsed from every window, and big bright rooms offering comfortable accommodation, it is the perfect holiday home for friends, families and couples exploring the Ribble Valley.
The property is surrounded by large, lawned gardens where you can dine in the sunshine when the weather is warm.
Inside, the rooms are filled with elegant antique furniture and shelves upon shelves of books, whilst the hallways are hung with wonderful portraits of the owners ancestors.
There are three beautifully-decorated bedrooms, the master of which has a splendid super king-size bed, a sitting area complete with winged armchair and chaise-lounge, and a wonderful en-suite shower and roll-top bath.
The second room has flexible zip/link beds with a large bright en-suite shower room.
There is a single four-poster in the third bedroom and downstairs, in the study, is a double sofa bed.
As well as the two en-suites, there is also a second bathroom on the first floor and a wet room downstairs.
The kitchen is amazing, with plenty of work surfaces, a double oven and a large fridge/freezer so you can stock up and enjoy cooking with delicious local produce, purchased from the local farm shop.
There is a woodburning stove in one corner and two dining tables; one in the centre of the kitchen and the other framed by windows on every side, providing lovely country views.
The sitting room has comfy seating set around an open fire and bookcases filled with interesting reads.
It also provides access to a study where you will find a sofa bed and a writing table - the perfect spot to pen your postcards home.
There is an excellent gastro pub a short walk up the road, where you can enjoy dinner or just visit for a drink without worrying about designating a driver home.
The location is perfect for walkers, so pull on your walking boots and climb Pendle Hill and Longridge Fell.
For the real adventurers, you can even trek to the centre of Great Britain at the famous Whitendale Hanging Stones.
For less strenuous days out you can always visit Browsholme Hall, Whalley Abbey, or explore the farm and gift shops at Bashall Barn.
An excellent holiday base for exploring the Ribble Valley!
About the location
Clitheroe 3.7 miles; Chipping 7 miles; Ribchester 8.6 miles.
Bashall Eaves is a small village located in the Ribble Valley, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty known as the Forest of Bowland. The village has a well-regarded gastro pub and a short distance away, you can find a wonderful farm shop selling fresh local produce at Bashall Barn. The area is excellent for walkers, with the peaks of Pendle Hill and Longridge Fell close by, as well as the Whitendale Hanging Stones known as the centre of Great Britain. Less than four miles away is the thriving market town of Clitheroe, with a number of attractions including a castle and museum, Bowland Brewery and a variety of galleries. The Grand often hosts a variety of events, including live music and cinema nights. You can explore the town, and its surrounding area, via four circular walks, and the town also has an excellent golf club. Surrounding by glorious, unspoilt scenery, Bashall Eaves is an excellent holiday destination!
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