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11 The Forge

(Ref. 1044790)

Gilsland near Brampton, Cumbria, Northumberland Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Sky TV
  • Broadband / WiFi

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15 Customer Reviews

  • "On arrival : rubbish wheelie bin full and overflowing Pans ..."

    On arrival : rubbish wheelie bin full and overflowing Pans needed cleaning before useable Switch for heated towel rail hidden behind chest of drawers in adjacent room

    Reviewed by Anthony2.8Sep 2023

  • "This property was clean and stylish but they offee a super king size bed with a small double duvet set, mattress needs replacing as it has a dip in the middle, (which isn't comfortable)."

    The duvet also doesn't shut at the bottom, this is dangerous with a young toddler, who are able to climb inside. This property does have the potential to be amazing with some minor investment like new mattresses, duvet sets, pillows and maybe a rug, coat hangers and cushions in the living room to make it feel more relaxing. Feels more like a man pad than a family cottage.

    Reviewed by Justine3.1Jul 2023

  • "Everything I required during my stay and property advert was on point."

    Adam was easy to communicate with and one of the most attentive I’ve experienced booking via Sykes. A few tweaks needed as discussed and happily recommend this property. I’d certainly return

    Reviewed by Mark4.7Jul 2023

  • "The cottage is comfortable and in a convenient location."

    We have the following points: On arrival we had difficulty in turning on the electric radiators despite the manual. Some basic written instructions would have been useful. There were two bags of frozen vegetables on the kitchen unit. One of them was open and liquid had trickled onto the floor leaving a sticky mess. The crockery is not suitable for use in the dishwasher. There is no coffee-maker. The mechanism for releasing the bath water is hanging off and therefore not working. The trim on the shower screen needs cleaning. We could find no instructions regarding what to do with the recycling so decided to bring it home with us. The blinds are an issue. Despite the instructions the design is problematic as the fittings are too flimsy for the weight of the fabric. The lock on the gate to access the bin for placing at the front for collection is very rusty and difficult to use. The mattress on the double bed is very soft.

    Reviewed by Chris3.8Nov 2022

  • "Needs a grey bin"

    Reviewed by Keith3.8Oct 2022

  • "With a few small additional touches this could be a great property as it is in a fabulous location for exploring Hadrian’s Wall and surrounding area."

    Additions that would help would be, in the kitchen, a cafetière or coffee jug and a few more mugs/cups. In the lounge, a couple of cushions for the sofa and maybe a rug on the floor. The tiles are nice but the “shiny” finish did give the sense that the room was “cold”. In the main bedroom another bedside lamp (so there is one on both sides) would be great. In the entrance, a couple of hooks to hang coats would help. We had good weather but had it been wet it’s difficult to see where coats could be hung up to dry. Finally, if you are going to put your contact number on the information sheet with an “any issues, get in touch” note, it’s a good idea to acknowledge it when someone does.

    Reviewed by Andrew2.8Oct 2022

  • "Lovely comfortable house in very quiet, peaceful and friendly village."

    Good location for walking. Good local pub and cafe in village. Everything you need for a good holiday.

    Reviewed by Dawn5.0Aug 2022

  • "Basically a very nice cottage."

    Perfectly located for Hadrian's Wall, Vindolanda, etc. The kitchen equipment is good and the cottage is very well furnished and has good appliances. However, I can't quite give more than four stars for one reason - there is nowhere to hang anything. A previous reviewer has commented on the difficulty of hanging wet clothing to dry. This didn't affect us but surely most people expect a hanging wardrobe in a cottage. That would have been a lot more use to us than three large screen televisions. A more minor gripe is that there is nothing to make coffee in - we bought a strainer and used the Pyrex jug. Needs a little bit of development and then will merit an enthusiastic five stars.

    Reviewed by David4.4Nov 2021

  • "As an area for walkers, facilities for drying and hanging wet clothes would be very welcome."

    The window blinds were a bit of a nightmare and will be broken on a regular basis. We were a bit confused about the recycling, separate bins indoors then all in the same bin for collection. On the plus side this was a warm, comfortable cottage, the above were just niggles, we enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Jean5.0Sep 2021

  • "Beautiful house, clean and well equipped."

    Fantastic location for walking and/or driving to various attractions and points of historic interest would highly recommend !

    Reviewed by Christina5.0Aug 2021

  • "Lovely property, spotlessy clean, modern and comfortable."

    Great location for walking Hadrians Wall plus lots of other lovely walks from doorstep or short drive away. Samson Inn opposite for decent pub food, booking essential. Very peaceful apart from occasional toot from passing train but no traffic noise at all. Stock up on provisions though as there are no shops in village. Enjoyed our stay, great p!ace to relax and enjoy the beautiful and interesting surrounding area.

    Reviewed by Lonnie5.0Jul 2021

  • "This cottage is beautiful and literally on the doorstep to hadrians wall and a milecastle."

    Grilsland is a village split between Cumbria and northumberland!

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Jun 2021

  • "72 hrs before arrival I phoned the owners and asked for the two singles to be zip locked together as advertised, was sharply told I should of requested this at booking even though on Sykes site it said to do so 48 hrs before, was told they would see what they could do !"

    On arrival found bed had just been pushed together and each had own quilt and only one pillow each. We discovered that the bin in the kitchen had not been emptied and was full of other people’s rubbish. There Are no wardrobes or hooks to hang anything up, and the TVs upstairs only work on BBC iPlayer ITV hub etc. And only two small mirrors in the house one of which is in the bathroom. Also the table is very small and only fits two comfortably. This is the first Sykes cottage that did not meet expectations.

    Reviewed by Gary3.1May 2021

  • "The flat was well equipped & immaculate."

    It was spotless & so modern. I would recommend it to anyone!

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Apr 2021

  • "If your thinking of booking this property because it looks nice think again!"

    Book it its awesome!! Fitted to high speck lovely quiet location and easy access to the A69 and routes Cumbria and Northumberland. We loved our stay at 11 the forge book it and you'll be leaving great feedback just like me!

    Reviewed by Julian5.0Apr 2021

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size with built-in TV, 1 x twin (zip/link can be super-king-size on request)
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Utility
  • Electric central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, 3 x TVs (BT 4k with BT Sports), sound bar, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for two small cars
  • Enclosed garden with lawn and seating
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 3.7 miles, pub 0.1 miles

The property

Brampton 8.5 miles.

11 The Forge is a fabulous retreat encompassed by open countryside and idyllic landscapes, in perfect distance to explore Hadrian's Wall, the Cumbrian lakes and Tyne Valley.

Find this lovely holiday home on a residential street, offering an elegant base for a group of four to spend a rural getaway in a contemporary home.

This beautiful home benefits from stunning views of bright far-reaching fields and an idyllic setting, entering into a chic sitting area, boasting striking shiny tiled flooring below a large corner sofa with reclining settings, and state-of-the-art TV with a trendy sound bar.

Let the chef of the group show off their skills in the well-equipped kitchen, offering fantastic amenities including integrated appliances and a handy dishwasher, before heading over to the dining table, catching up over a much-needed bottle of wine, you can even use this space as a spot to host a fun-filled games night.

Also on the ground floor is a host of storage space, a utility with a washing machine and a sleek cloakroom, as well as access to a private garden area with outdoor seating and beautiful views of rural greenery for you to sip on a coffee and enjoy fresh country air.

Retire upstairs to one of two sophisticated bedrooms, choose the twin roome which can be turned into a super-king-size if needed, offering lovely views of the country, or enjoy the master king-size, where the bed boasts a luxury built-in TV for you to catch-up on TV during a lazy morning in bed.

Make full use of the lavish bathroom, a sleek and fashionable room with a sumptuous P-shaped bath for you to unwind in after a long day, or a refreshing overhead shower, accompanied by a heated towel rail.

If you don't fancy an evening spent cooking in the kitchen, the lovely village of Gilsland boasts several pubs with food and a quaint café, perfect for a tasty meal with a glass of wine within a serene village setting, with the calming River Irthing flowing through, as well as a children's play park and ruins of Hadrian's Wall surrounding the area.

Ramblers and avid historians will delight in the chance to explore the World Heritage Site of Hadrian's Wall, spanning 73 miles taking seven days in walking time, however you can experience a small portion of it here, as well as access to the scenic Pennine Way in close distance.

Enjoy ancient monuments of historic culture at the Birdoswald Roman Fort, Naworth and Featherstone Castle, or discover eerie ruins at Thirlwall, Bellister, Blenkinsopp, and Bewcastle.

Visit the amazing Gilsland Spa, home to 140 acres of serene gardens and woodland overlooking scenes of far-reaching countryside, with its name dating back to the 1800s with a historic Sulphur spa well, you can still see the remains of the well, the Victorian swimming pool, and Sir Walter Scott's romantic proposal spot at the Popping Stone today.

Put on your walking boots and head over to the adventure of Talkin Tarn Country Park, finding a 10,000 year old glacial lake among a wealth of walking trails, cycling routes and unique nature throughout 120 acres of farm and woodland.

Other memorable days out can be spent at the market towns of Brampton and Haltwhistle with their popular weekly markets, local eateries and selection of shops, with the North Pennines, Eden Valley, the Scottish Borders, and the Lake District all in reach, 11 The Forge is the perfect resting spot for an unforgettable escape.

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

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About the location


Carlisle 10 miles.

The market town of Brampton is the ideal base for exploring Hadrian’s Wall. The town boasts a rich and colourful history going back to the Roman occupation, Border reivers from Scotland and the Jacobite uprisings, plus bonnie Prince Charlie established his headquarters in one of the old buildings in Brampton. In the centre of the town is Moot Hall, which was built in 1817, and now houses the Tourist Information Centre, and there is a large motte to the east of the town, which is 135 feet high and has the statue of the 7th Earl of Carlisle on it. A few miles outside Brampton is Talkin Tarn Country Park. It covers 120 acres of farmland and woodland, 65 of which make up the Tarn, a 10,000 year old glacial lake, fed by underwater springs. Two miles away is Gelt Woods, which is an ancient woodland and RSPB nature reserve and has the River Gelt running through it. Brampton is a wonderful base for exploring this historic and scenic area.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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