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The Forge

(Ref. 1049113)

Allendale, Northumberland Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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26 Customer Reviews

  • "It was an amazing stay at The Forge!"

    The house was clean, comfortable and well looked after, in a very nice, calm village. Would definitely recommend!

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Aug 2023

  • "We had a lovely break in the Forge."

    It was spotlessly clean with great facilities. There was a very welcome welcome pack there for us on arrival which was very thoughtful. The beds were comfy, the shower is fab and the kitchen is very well equipped. Instructions were clear and the wood burning stove was easy to light and warned us up after a rainy day. There is a wee yard you can barbecue in if you need and a park just across the road makes up for the lack of garden. There are two pubs within east walking distance and Allendale itself is a great spot to explore the area from and is a lovely, quiet village. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the village or the property. If you pushed me for constructive feedback literally the only thing I can say is that it would be helpful if there were also some kitchen basics like olive oil and salt and pepper in the kitchen as some self catering properties have. But that was a minor inconvenience, the property literally has everything else…even a water bowl for the dog! We loved it and may well be back for a return visit. Thank you for a great stay.

    Reviewed by Zelda5.0Aug 2023

  • "Another stay at The Forge."

    A great area to explore with a toddler. The furthest we travelled away was to Killhope. The community is very welcoming and offer helpful suggestions of local walks and shops.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0May 2023

  • "We had a fantastic stay at this cottage."

    A massive WOW from us.very clean and comfortable with everything needed for the stay…close to local amenities and lots of lovely walks to hand.the owners have done a great job with this place and a huge thank you.would definitely recommend and book again

    Reviewed by Paul5.0May 2023

  • "We stayed at The Forge in Allendale and we not disappointed."

    We parked a small camper van in the parking space provided with careful reversing. The house was spacious for 6 people and a dog. It was very clean, warm and comfortable. If it got too warm we turned all the individual radiators down or off. We would have loved to use the log burner but wasn’t necessary. The kitchen was extremely well equipped and as we ate in most evenings this was very welcomed. The beds were comfortable and the shower amazing after some long days walking. The pubs in the village were great for a pint or two and the locals were lovely. We used the local Indian take away and the once weekly wood-fired pizza van. Both of which were excellent quality and we would recommend. There is a lovely park opposite The Forge for children or a dog. The walk down to the river and back around to the village is right on the doorstep. We highly recommend a stay at The Forge in Allendale we had a great time.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Apr 2023

  • "Perfect few days in a gorgeous place."

    Thank you so much x

    Reviewed by Stephanie5.0Apr 2023

  • "Was excellent base for Allendale challenge."

    Great cottage, plenty of space, everything that we needed. Will def use again

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Mar 2023

  • "The house was warm and clean, central to the village and easy to access."

    Some of the longe furniture was a bit uncomfortable as was one of the beds but apart from that we were very happy with our stay. We would recommend the Forge to anyone. Richard.

    Reviewed by Richard4.4Mar 2023

  • "What an amazing cottage."

    We had the fire on most evenings and a lovely relaxing break. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Jason5.0Feb 2023

  • "We had a lovely time at The Forge."

    The house was very clean ,warm and comfortable. It had everything we needed for a relaxing stay .we would definitely recommend to family and friends .

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Nov 2022

  • "Overall a great cottage to spend a week."

    Lovely and comfortable. However When we arrived it was raining and the drain at the back of the property was blocked so we had to walk through a large puddle to get to the door. It would also of been good to of been able to have more control over when the heating came on.

    Reviewed by Gavin3.8Sep 2022

  • "Very well equipped, rather chilly as we were instructed to not turn up the heat - and it wasn't obvious how you could."

    So the wood burner was a real boon in the evenings. Walking books and books about the area were much appreciated. The cottage is for up to six people and would be great if you have kids - and we enjoyed it - but it is not really a "cosy" cottage - with all the internal charm of a 60's new build. Also, the Venetian blinds. And for some inexplicable reason, the living room and kitchen doors has been removed, meaning that it was hard to keep the downstairs warm. Overall, an enjoyable week but you might want to note the the pubs don't serve food during the week.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Sep 2022

  • "A lovely well equipped cottage -dog bowls provided and kitchen had everything you’d need- nice tea, coffee and Jam basket in the table to welcome us ."

    Thank you

    Reviewed by Denise5.0Jul 2022

  • "Perfect for our little group of three generations."

    The Forge was spacious and well-equipped to cater for ourselves close to the quiet centre of Allendale Town. The kitchen was particularly well stocked with good quality cooking implements to cook a variety of meals. The local and independent Allendale Coop was stocked with an amazing range of ingredients and useful items. The people of the local area are proud of their produce and always so friendly. Bit of a backwater for a peaceful time exploring the nature and landscape, and learning about the lead mining heritage.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0May 2022

  • "The Forge at Allendale is a fantastic cottage to stay in."

    Very spacious, warm with all the facilities you could possibly need. We all really enjoyed our stay here and loved the village and surrounding area. The only improvement I would suggest to make this accommodation 5+ star would be softer beds as my sister and I have issues with our back and arthritis and found the beds somewhat too hard for us. For anyone wishing to stay in Northumberland I would highly recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by Joanne4.7Apr 2022

  • "The cottage was spotless and fully equipped with everything we required."

    The fittings and crockery were excellent. I would recommend The Forge to friends as an excellent base to explore the North Pennines.

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Oct 2021

  • "The property was warm and very clean with well equipped kitchen."

    The few aspects that let it down for us were the beds being very uncomfortable, the parking space is truly only for a small car and the rooms tend to be quite dark inside due to the location. Allendale is a great place to stay however. We had no problem parking our car on the street and were able to safely store our bikes behind the house.

    Reviewed by Jane4.1Sep 2021

  • "Very comfortable, well-equipped, large cottage."

    Had everything we needed.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Sep 2021

  • "Lovely accommodation situated in a lovely area!"

    Reviewed by Kirsten5.0Jul 2021

  • "Fantastic cottage."

    Immaculate and with excellent cooking utensils etc. Everything provided for including dishwasher tablets. Beds comfy and the linen smelt lovely. My only criticism would be the water pressure. If some one was running any sort of water downstairs the water pressure in the bathroom failed. Also a mirror in every bedroom would be an advantage. However overall was very impressed and the village was lovely and people very friendly

    Reviewed by Jennifer4.7Jul 2021

  • "Parking is a problem, everyday that we were there, we were asked to move the car and some were quite unpleasant."

    Reviewed by Anjie5.0Jun 2021

  • "The cottage is perfect."

    Has everything you need.It was spotlessly clean. It's very cosy, but also loads of space. We usually have issues with the beds not being comfortable, these were lovely and comfortable. The walk to the shops, cafe, chemist and pubs is only a few minutes. We went on a motorbike and the parking inside the gate was perfect. Parking available on the road outside too. Lovely area, just a little drive to the beautiful roads and stunning views. Wifi, netflix, iron, hairdryer, heated airer, bath and shower. You couldn't ask for more!

    Reviewed by Keeley5.0Jun 2021

  • "Lovely village in a lovely part of the country."

    Reviewed by M5.0Jun 2021

  • "Probably the cleanest and best thought out cottage we've stayed in recently, roomy but cozy and very warm."

    A great stay.

    Reviewed by Nick4.1Oct 2020

  • "The cottage is very comfortable, well equipped and in very good order."

    It is also very convenient for local shops and pubs. But the off road parking space is very small and awkward to access, with a larger car it might be better to park on the road or in the square.

    Reviewed by Ian4.7Sep 2020

  • "The cottage had recently been refurbished to very high standard, very well equipped every thing was brand new."

    Excellent highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Aug 2020

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x family bedroom with double bed and single bed, 2 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Oil central heating and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, TV and WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for one small car, with roadside parking available
  • One pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking allowed
  • Shop 0.1 miles, pub 0.2 miles

The property

Nestled amidst the countryside setting of the North Pennines AONB in the pretty village of Allendale is the holiday cottage The Forge.

This stone built semi-detached cottage property can host friends and families in pursuit of exploring this wonderful part of Northumberland.

Enter into the sitting room where the wood burning stove takes centre stage and relax after long walks on the moorland.

Enjoy preparing and dining in the spacious kitchen/diner where appliances are arranged in a contemporary setting.

Head upstairs to the bedrooms and the well-appointed bathroom with a bath and walk-in shower.

The master bedroom is a large room with a double bed and a single bed - ideal for families with young children - whilst the two remaining rooms both have twin beds.

Within a short distance of the cottage is a shop for picking up essentials, a family butcher, cafe and a selection of pubs for well-deserved relaxation after an action packed day.

After exploring the village enjoy a gentle stroll along the pretty River East Allen or sample Allendale real ale from the town’s own brewery located at Allen Mill.

The surrounding countryside setting of the North Pennines AONB is popular with both walkers and cyclists and it is easy to see why with its plethora of routes taking in moorlands, waterfalls and wildlife.

For the serious walkers and fell runners the 26 mile Allendale Challenge takes place annually.

Immerse in the history of Northumberland by visiting the UNESCO World Heritage site Hadrian’s Wall, which provides wonderful walks with breath-taking scenery of rugged landscape.

Other places to visit whilst staying here include the market town of Hexham, Killhope Mine, the city of Newcastle and the Heritage coastline.

The Forge is a superb base for that long awaited holiday in Northumberland.

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About the location


Hexham 11 miles; Allenheads 8 miles; Newcastle 34 miles.

The town of Allendale was once the centre of a busy lead mining area, and many relics of the mining era remain around the area. Allendale is ideally placed for access to Carlisle and Lake District to the west, Hexham, Newcastle and Durham to the east and the Hadrian's Wall just to the north, as well as the Scottish Borders. There are lots of walks, cycling opportunities and unspoilt villages in the surrounding North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which is an ideal location for exploring the surrounding countryside or travelling further north to the glorious Heritage Coastline. Allendale is home to the New Year tradition of Tar Bar'ls well worthing seeing or visit in the autumn to visit the Allen Valleys Folk Festival. Furthermore Allendale is a popular stay for cyclists carrying out the Coast to Coast.

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