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The Forge

(Ref. 1086600)

Old Newton near Stowmarket, Suffolk Show on map

5.0

Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No

Features

  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Broadband / WiFi

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  • bev (13)
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  • graham (10)
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28 Customer Reviews

  • "Great stay A well appointed property with good quality fixtures and fittings a ..."

    Great stay A well appointed property with good quality fixtures and fittings a very usable kitchen Especially liked the underfloor heating in the bathroom My host was very welcoming Will be back If I am in the area

    Thank you Steve for taking the time to leave us a lovely review. We would welcome you back anytime you were this way! Kind Regards Bev & Graham Property Owner

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Mar 2024

  • "Such a cosy place, so quiet and spotlessly clean."

    not overlooked by the main house so nice and private. The chickens come up to the window to say hi. Would definitely stay here again.

    Thank you Danielle for taking the time to leave us a lovely review, it’s great to know you enjoyed a cosy long weekend with us and our cheeky chicken’s Property Owner

    Reviewed by Danielle5.0Oct 2023

  • "Absolutely first class all round."

    Great welcome from the hosts, including a lovely little welcome pack of bread etc. Accommodation superb with an attention to detail everywhere you looked, just like the photographs displayed on the website. Very clean and modern within a superb restoration of original features. Good location to explore the area with plenty of places to visit. No hesitation to book again.

    Thank you Les and Liz for such a wonderful review it’s so much appreciated and good to know you enjoyed your stay in Suffolk and with us at The Forge. Best wishes Bev & Graham. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Leslie5.0Sep 2023

  • "Absolutely superb, the extra little touches that are on display and provided, makes you feel this is a home."

    Complete with a tranquil garden.

    It was lovely to see you again Brian and catching up with all your news. You will always be welcome at The Forge. Best wishes Bev and Graham. X Property Owner

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Sep 2023

  • "We could not fault the extremely well appointed and beautifully decorated Forge."

    We enjoyed a very comfortable stay.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your feedback. I’m pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and found some nice places to visit in the area. We would welcome you back. Best wishes Bev & Graham Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Aug 2023

  • "We had a wonderful stay at The Forge, so much so we extended our stay by a further two nights."

    Our hosts Bev and Graham were lovely and they have the most amazing cosy little hideaway set in a beautiful garden. Thank you so much for the delicious welcome pack. Will be back! Emma and Andy

    Thank you Emma and Andy we really appreciate your review and it’s great knowing you enjoyed your time with us. You were a pleasure to host and we would welcome back anytime. P.s good to know you arrived home safely!! Bev and Graham x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Aug 2023

  • "A well maintained and beautifully renovated property."

    Lovely and Comfortable for our short stay.

    Thank you Sharon, good luck with all your future plans. Kind Regards Bev & Graham Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Jul 2023

  • "We found Forge cottage immaculately prepared, clean and welcoming."

    I noted the quality of the fittings. Bev was very friendly and talked to us several times. We stayed just 4 days but managed good walks in the locality, and a day out to Lavenham (exquisite) and Long Melford. It would be good to return to do more justice to that part of Suffolk, and to enjoy Forge cottage once more.

    Thank you Sharon I’m Pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay at The Forge , your walks and visits around the local area. It would be lovely to see you again for another stay sometime. Kind Regards Bev & Graham Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Jul 2023

  • "The Forge is beautifully converted, spotlessly clean, tastefully furnished and very comfortable with very friendly owners, Bev and Graham."

    A bonus is the dressing room with plenty of storage. It is set in the owners pretty garden with it's own seating area. We would highly recommend for a peaceful break.

    Thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure to have meet you both and to know you had a comfortable and enjoyable stay with us. Best wishes Bev & Graham x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Jun 2023

  • "Good accommodation and facilities in beautiful setting."

    Property owners were friendly and helpful but not intrusive (The Forge is located in the owner's large garden). We enjoyed our stay there very much.

    Thank you Peter & Ruth for taking the time to leave us your review it’s much appreciated. Kind Regards Bev and Graham Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Jun 2023

  • "A lovely little converted forge, with all facilities provided."

    Very friendly and helpful owners, without being intrusive. We would thoroughly recommend this property.

    Thank you Richard and Sherida for taking the time to write us a lovely review it was a pleasure to have meet you both. Kind Regards Bev & Graham Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard5.0May 2023

  • "Fabulous conversion of an old forge, very clean and comfortable with lots of storage for clothes."

    Only slight minus is the lack of an oven, but with some great places to eat nearby it wasn't too much of a problem.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback, it’s much appreciated. I’m glad you found some nice places to eat and the lack of oven didn’t spoil your stay with us. Kind Regards Bev & Graham Property Owner

    Reviewed by Cathryn4.7Mar 2023

  • "Beautifully presented, sympathetically restored with a modern twist of under floor heating."

    Very friendly and helpful host who left a lovely welcome hamper and had lit the fire for arrival. Will return for another short winter break although perfect facilities for summer with a nice secluded decking area in lovely gardens. Bev - thanks for everything

    Thank you Steve for taking the time to write us a lovely review. We would love to welcome you back sometime in the future. Kindest Regards Bev & Graham Property Owner

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Dec 2022

  • "A lovely conversion of an old building ."

    It was a great place to spend a relaxing few days.The whole setting was beautifully presented, not only the accommodation but the garden also. The accommodation was spotless.The goodies left for us to enjoy were much appreciated. Bev and Graham were excellent hosts.Thanks for making our holiday so enjoyable.

    Thank you for your kind review its nice to know you enjoyed your stay with us. You would be welcome back anytime. Kind Regards Bev and Graham Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Sep 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our holiday in Suffolk & the Forge is a pleasant & comfortable place to stay."

    There are plenty of historic towns & villages to visit & some lovely countryside in the surrounding area. It is also only a short drive to the east coast with the option of lively or more peaceful resorts. Bev & Graham are considerate hosts & were nearby to make sure that everything was okay for us.

    Thank you for your kind review. It’s good to hear you enjoyed your stay at The Forge and all Suffolk has to offer. Hopefully we may see you again ! Kind Regards Bev & Graham Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2022

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Forge - beautiful renovation retaining the character of the building."

    Every home comfort provided and a very peaceful location. Bev and Graham are wonderful hosts. Perfect base for exploring all of Suffolk especially the many National Trust properties which we very much enjoyed. Would not hesitate in recommending The Forge to family and friends - absolutely loved our first stay in Suffolk - thank you for making us so welcome.

    Dear Lynette & Paul Thank you for your review, knowing you enjoyed Suffolk and your stay means a lot to us. It was a pleasure to have met and hosted you both. I enjoyed our chats and hearing about all the lovely places you visited. Thank you again for choosing The Forge. Best Wishes Bev & Graham Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lynette5.0Sep 2022

  • "Utterly delightful cottage - tastefully renovated old forge where the old has seamlessly been blended with the new."

    Although not noted as suitable for those with mobility issues, my wheelchair using wife (who can stand and walk just a few meters) managed well. Our Hosts (Bev & Graham) were exceptional, welcomed us in person and a welcome basket of some basics was waiting inside. just 3-4 miles from Stowmarket (a quaint small town, that generally only takes cash) but also with major supermarkets for the larger shops and where cards can be used. Great chineese takeaway 5 min walk and general store/ post office 10 mins walk. As a bonus, the chickens entertained and greeted us outside the rear window each day. Easy drive to Bury St Edmonds, Felixstowe and Norwich. Loved visiting Flatford Mill (Constables Haywain) a short drive down the A12. Thank you for a fab holiday.

    Dear Ian & Susan Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us online. I am so pleased to hear how well Susan coped with her mobility issues and both had a great holiday at The Forge enjoying your days out & my cheeky chickens!! We wish you both the very best. Bev & Graham. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Aug 2022

  • "The Forge was a loverly restored property that had everything we wanted in a great area for exploring."

    The hosts were very welcoming and friendly. Throughly recommended 5*

    ….Thank you Andrew & Carla for choosing us to stay with and a 5* review :) It was our pleasure to have meet you both. Kindest Regards Bev & Graham Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Aug 2022

  • "The Forge was everything we expected from the moment we walked in."

    Bev showed us around and made us very welcome. The Forge was spotlessly clean throughout and a real pleasure to be there. We were left goodies in the fridge and were able to absolutely relax. We will definitely return Bev, next time without my broken arm

    …thank you Gillian for taking the time to leave us a lovely review. We wish you all the very best & would welcome you back anytime. X Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Aug 2022

  • "This property exceeded way above our expectations, the quality of the furnishings was top class and everything was provided and more."

    The location is ideal for exploring Suffolk and Norfolk , or a quiet backwater for a peaceful retreat.

    Dear Brian & Val thank you for your lovely review. I really enjoyed our chats and the thoughts of you remembering The Forge as a working Forge back in the day! Many Thanks Bev & Graham Property Owner

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Jul 2022

  • "A delightfull cottage with everything considered just what we needed for a quiet peacefull break ."

    The hosts are lovely and very helpful. Would differently recommend

    Hi Liz & Alan I hope your both well & thank you for your feedback. I’m so delighted you enjoy your stay with us and found the time to relax while you were here. Kind Regards Bev & Graham Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Jul 2022

  • "The Forge is a little gem very comfortable and with the additional facilities of bathrobes and a dressing room we loved it!"

    Bev and Graham the hosts are lovely and couldn’t have been more helpful.

    … It was our pleasure to have met and hosted you both and thank you for all your gardening tips & the blessing of the apple tree a treasured memory :) Regards Bev & Graham Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jean5.0Jul 2022

  • "Really enjoyed our stay at the Forge."

    Beautifully decorated, spotlessly clean and pretty much everything you need for a lovely holiday. Helpful owners, the Forge is set in their garden so they’re on hand if you need anything. The area has stunning countryside and plenty of places to visit. Would definitely recommend this place for a holiday.

    Great to hear you enjoyed your stay with us & our lovely countryside. I really hope Trish’s finger is on the mend & you both enjoy the rest of your holidays you have planned throughout the year. Thank you for taking the time to write us a kind review. Regards Bev & Graham Property Owner

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jun 2022

  • "Absolute gem of a place."

    Accommodation superb, comfortable and clean. Well equipped. Bev and Graham great hosts and very nice people. Certainly would recommend to anyone and everyone. Will definitely go back.

    Dear Martin & Chub I’m glad you have arrived home safely & thank you for taking the time to write us such a lovely review. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for being great guests & looking after The Forge during your stay. Graham & I would love to see you back in the future for another relaxing stay with us. Take care Regards Bev & Graham x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Jun 2022

  • "A peaceful clean and warm, pleasant place to stay ."

    very helpful and kind owners. also lovely countryside lots of old pubs and restaurant's. yes we would go again.

    … So pleased you enjoyed your stay with us & it would be lovely to welcome you back again in the future. Bev & Graham x Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2022

  • "Bev and Graham have produced a fantastic Holiday experience."

    They have thought of everything and provided it including a welcome package of essential food items. The cottage is better than expected and we will recommend it to family and friends. Watching the free range hens out of the lounge window was a bonus.

    David & Muriel Thank you for your lovely review, we are so glad you enjoyed your time with us. You will be remembered fondly as our first booking! Bev & Graham Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2022

  • "Really enjoyed our stay, the property was very well decorated and had everything you would need and more ."

    Beverly was a very thoughtful and pleasant host.

    Donna & Roland many thanks for your kind review. I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us at The Forge & everything was to your liking. It would be a pleasure to welcome you back anytime. Bev & Graham Property Owner

    Reviewed by Donna5.0May 2022

  • "Bev and Graham made us very welcome at their property."

    This old forge has been skilfully made into a lovely studio dwelling. Many features have been retained into a modern setting, dressed with elegance and style. We had everything we needed and queries were addressed immediately. It was lovely to have the chickens, hearing them quietly clucking their chats to each other. Old Newton is a good centre from which to explore and there is plenty to do fairly close by. You could not fail to be pleased with your choice of property if you stay at The Forge.

    Dear Josephine & Clive We’d like to thank you for taking the time to write us such a lovely review and that you enjoyed your stay with us and our chatty chickens’s. Being our first guests this means a lot to us, you and Clive were a pleasure to host and we would welcome you back anytime Thanking you once again. With Best wishes Bev & Graham Property Owner

    Reviewed by Josephine5.0Apr 2022

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Summary

  • Single-storey
  • Studio-style layout with king-size bed, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Shower room
  • Kitchen
  • Dressing room
  • Electric underfloor heating with woodburning stove
  • microwave, induction hob, fridge with ice box
  • TV, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 1 car
  • Side garden with lawn, decking and furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 0.4 miles, pub 1.8 miles
  • Note: This property is located in the owner's garden
  • Note: Bathrobes and slippers will be provided for guest use
  • Please note this property can only accept Holiday Rental bookings.Note: A Ninja Foodie is available on request

The property

Tucked away in the village of Old Newton near Stowmarket Suffolk is this romantic, single-storey, detached lodge, The Forge.

A former Blacksmith workshop, this studio-style lodge is brimming with character, yet beautifully refurbished with contemporary facilities to suit a couple's countryside retreat making it an excellent base to sample the delights Suffolk has to offer.

You'll find an off-road parking space on arrival, shared with the owner's driveway, to unpack and get settled in with ease.

Step inside to find space for boots, coats, and a separate dressing room with storage space for your belongings.

Housing your self-catering needs, rustle up basic meals in the kitchen with a combi microwave/oven, two-ring induction hob, and a fridge with an ice box.

Savour a hearty breakfast in the main studio-style space with a table for two to plan the day's adventures.

This thoughtfully appointed studio space has stylish furnishings, local wildlife photography, and the bonus of underfloor heating! The centrepiece of the lodge is the old brick forge, now housing a woodburning stove for extra comfort while you snuggle up on the plush sofa to watch TV or read a good book.

Set behind the sofa, you'll find a sumptuous king size bed with bedside lamps if you prefer to relax and read among the cushions.

With vaulted ceilings and skylights, there's plenty of natural light filling the space as you get ready for the day; a contemporary shower room is just next door with a walk-in shower and heated towel rail.

Take a short stroll into Old Newton, where you can pick up any essentials from the well-stocked convenience store and Post office, there is also a Chinese takeaway a minutes walk away, whilst the pretty village of Haughley (1.9 miles) has it own bakery, Indian restaurant and The Kings Arms pub and restaurant for traditional fare, the medieval castle overlooks the village, dating back to the 11th-century.

Discover more local history at the market town of Stowmarket visit The Museum of East Anglian Life or take a romantic stroll along the Gipping Valley River Path.

With easy access to the A14, continue onto the Medieval Town of Bury St Edmunds, home to an imposing 16th-century cathedral, a fascinating 11th-century abbey and the 12th-century Moyse’s Hall Museum, not forgetting the charming market & shops to peruse and restaurants and bars to complete your day.

Further afield, you will find Newmarket, renowned for its horse racing, where you will find the National Horse Racing Museum and the 17th-century Newmarket Rowley Mile Course.

Be sure to check out the wonderful village of Lavenham, with its timber framed buildings where you can visit the National Trust site of Lavenham Guildhall, also its many antique shops followed by a scrumptious afternoon tea at The Swan Hotel Lavenham.

If you're looking to get away from the hustle and bustle,the undulating landscape and quiet country lanes and picturesque trails of Suffolk make this perfect for cycling & walking, while seafarers can escape to Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB scattered with woodland and shingle and Sandy beaches within an hours drive away.

For an unforgettable romantic holiday in Suffolk, book your stay at The Forge.

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

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About the location

STOWMARKET

Needham Market 3.3 miles; Bury St Edmunds 15.1 miles.

Stowmarket is a charming market town in Suffolk, resting between Needham Market and Haughley. The town is known for being the largest in Mid Suffolk, and offers a wealth of attractions, including the Museum of East Anglian Life and the glistening waters of the River Rat that flow nearby. Dining options include pubs, cafes, restaurants and takeaways, while you can stock up on essentials at the towns named supermarkets and convenience stores. Within easy reach of the town is the picture-perfect village of Haughley, where traditional thatched cottages adorn the streets, housing a convenience store, a pub and a takeaway, ideal for escaping the hustle and bustle!

Please note this property can only accept Holiday Rental bookings.
Note: A Ninja Foodie is available on request

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas