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Old Forge Cottage

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Excellent 5/5 Score from 6 reviews

Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed


Built of Cotswold stone, with an enclosed shared garden and located in the pretty village of Naunton, Old Forge Cottage is the epitome of the idyllic Cotswold holiday home. Naunton is a very popular village, set away from busy roads and benefitting from a good village pub, golf course and many walks straight from the doorstep. The well known market towns of Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water are also both within six miles, with their wide range of pubs, shops and restaurants.

Grade II listed and dating back to the 17th century, as the name suggests Old Forge Cottage was the original forge. It has been beautifully converted, retaining character features, including wooden beams and a wood burning stove. Complementing these character features, the cottage has modern facilities, including wireless internet access, Freesat TV and a well equipped kitchen.

The cottage sleeps a maximum of four people, in two bedrooms, with one bathroom and a downstairs toilet. It is an ideal retreat for a family or a small group of friends.


Entered from the garden, Old Forge Cottage's front door opens into a small hallway, from which the following rooms are accessed:

•Kitchen: The cosy, well equipped kitchen contains an electric oven, four ring electric hob, fridge with freezer compartment, microwave, toaster, kettle and radio (use of a washing machine and a tumble dryer in the adjacent garage can also be arranged with the owner). There is a dining table in the kitchen, with seating for four;

•Living room: Beautiful wooden beams and a wood burning stove are complemented by a small flat screen Freesat TV, DVD player and iPod docking station. There is comfy seating for four;

•Downstairs toilet: contains a toilet and wash basin.

Stairs lead up from the living room to a landing, which includes a small area to relax or play in, with a comfy chair, bookshelves and games. Leading off the landing are:

•Bedroom 1: Set in the eaves, with lovely wooden beams, this room contains a double bed;

•Bedroom 2: Also in the eaves, with original wooden beams, this room contains two single beds;

•Bathroom: Contains a bath with overhead shower, toilet and wash basin.

Old Forge Cottage's garden is shared with the owner's house next door, and there is an area specifically set aside for the cottage, with an outdoor table and chairs, and a BBQ in the summer.

Key Features

Security deposits:

Security deposits are not required at Old Forge Cottage (please note that guests are still liable for any damage or additional cleaning required as a result of their actions).


Regrettably, pets are not accepted.

Bed linen and towels:

Bed linen, a bath towel and a hand towel are provided for guests.

Arrival and departure times:

Arrival time is after 3pm and departure time is by 10am.

Bed sizes and configurations:

•Bedroom 1: Double bed;

•Bedroom 2: Two single beds.

Fuel and logs:

Electricity is included in the letting price. There is a wood burning stove in the living room and logs are provided under a fair usage policy.

Services provided:

The property has free wireless internet access and a small Freesat TV with DVD player. There is no telephone at the cottage, but in the case of an emergency, the owner may be able to provide access to one in their property.

Use of a washing machine and a tumble dryer is via arrangement with the owners, as these facilities are on their property. For short breaks, the first use of the facilities is free of charge and, for week long breaks, the first two uses are free of charge. All subsequent washes are subject to a fee of £5 per use, payable directly to the owner.

Naunton is in a valley and guests should be aware that mobile phone reception can be poor, particularly in the house.


The property has off street parking for two cars, with additional, quiet on street parking freely available.


Where a letting exceeds seven nights, a mid-stay clean, bed and towel change are included in the price. Additional housekeeping services may be available on request.

Child friendly facilities:

A travel cot (without linen) and high chair are provided.

The property's garden is enclosed, however, please note that there are steep steps in the garden and some areas are not visible from the house.

Initial consumables:

A small quantity of initial consumables is provided for your convenience (eg. tea, coffee, sugar, dishwasher tablets, washing up liquid, soap, washing powder, toilet rolls, etc), however, you should not expect the quantity of these provisions to be sufficient for the duration of your stay.

Accessibility, health and safety:

This is an old, Grade II listed property and has many character features, including narrow and steep stairs, low beams and two floors, which could pose difficulty to guests with limited mobility, or carrying babies, both in terms of their general movement and their ability to quickly exit the house in the event of an emergency.

The smoke and CO detectors operate on a sound only basis and, therefore, those who have serious impairment of hearing may not be able to hear the alarm systems and could be at risk.

There are relatively steep steps in the garden, which have no hand rail and can be slippery when wet.


The property's garden is shared with the owners of the cottage, who live next door. There is a private area of the garden, reserved specifically for guests, which is accessed via relatively steep steps (see above).


No smoking is permitted throughout the property.


In order to provide you with as much detail of our properties as possible, we sometimes use wide angle photography, which can make certain rooms, or spaces, appear larger than they actually are. Wherever possible, we try to include a floorplan, with detailed dimensions of rooms and areas. If you have any queries regarding the size of any rooms or spaces, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 5 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Birmingham 80 km, Nearest railway: Kingham 16 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Shared garden, BBQ
Access Parking

The Cotswolds region


The picturesque village of Naunton is peacefully located away from major roads, yet is within six miles of the well known market towns of Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-in-the-Water.

Naunton is a delightfully quiet, unspoilt place, spread out along the floor of the Windrush valley, with the River Windrush flowing through the village. The village church, which is dedicated to St Andrew, is largely 15th century, but replaces an older Saxon church on the same site. The church has a handsome Perpendicular tower with pinnacles and gargoyles and the interior has a beautiful carved early 15th century stone pulpit and font.


The village of Bourton-on-the-Water (or “Bourton”) is famous for its picturesque High Street, flanked by long wide greens and the River Windrush that runs through them. The river is crossed by several low, arched stone bridges, which have led to Bourton being called the “Venice of the Cotswolds”. Bourton is regularly voted the prettiest village in the Cotswolds.

Despite only being classified as a village, Bourton's status as a major tourist destination means that it has numerous shops, pubs, restaurants, cafes and tourist attractions.

One of the Bourton's long standing traditions is the playing every summer of a game of medieval football, with goalposts set up in the River Windrush itself. Two teams play with a standard football and a referee attempts to keep order. Crowds line the banks of the river, and the aim is to score as many goals as possible (whilst getting everyone else as wet as possible!).

Various long-distance footpaths and local walks start, finish or pass through Bourton, including the Windrush Way and the Heart of England Way, which begins its 100-mile route north in the village.


Sitting elegantly in the middle of the world famous Cotswold's countryside, Stow-on-the-Wold is the quintessential English market town. Stow is a natural and historic meeting place, with a fine selection of 16th century Cotswold stone shops, luxury hotels, chic bistros, inns, elegant manor house hotels and cosy teashops.

Along with Moreton-in-Marsh and Bourton-in-the-Water, Stow is one of the best known of the small Cotswold towns. It is the highest point in the Cotswolds, standing on top of an 800 feet hill, and is situated at the meeting place of seven roads, including the Roman Fosse Way, which runs from Exeter to Lincoln in an almost straight line.

Iron Age people were the first to settle in Stow, but there is also evidence of earlier settlements in this part of the Cotswolds, as Stone Age and Bronze Age burial mounds are common throughout the area. The first name of the town was St. Edward's Stowe or Holy Place, named after a Saxon missionary. The word 'wold' as in 'Cotswold' means hills, so Stow-on-the-Wold simply means Holy Place on the Hill.

Stow-on-the-Wold in the 21st century looks quite a lot like Stow-on-the-Wold in the 17th century. It is the hub and service town for a rural community, but has maintained its traditional character. Stow is largely a town of small independent businesses, rather than the large chains that make many towns in England look the same.

It is this traditional character, and therefore individuality, combined with the beautiful honey-coloured Cotswold stone buildings, that make Stow so popular with tourists looking for 'picture-postcard' England. The town's tourist trade makes it possible for Stow to support many more good hotels, B&B's, pubs and restaurants than most other towns with a population of around 2,000.

Stow has been famous for many years as a centre for the antiques trade and in the last few years clusters of art galleries and fashionable clothing shops have added further character to the town centre.

The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds are a range of hills in west-central England, sometimes called the "Heart of England". The name Cotswold means "sheep enclosure in rolling hillsides".

The Cotswolds are characterised by attractive small towns and villages, built of the underlying Cotswold stone (a yellow oolitic limestone). In the Middle Ages the wool trade made the Cotswolds prosperous and some of this money was put into the building of churches, leaving the area with a number of large handsome Cotswold stone "wool churches". The area remains affluent, which has encouraged the establishment of many high quality pubs, restaurants and antique shops.

Cotswold towns include Bourton-on-the-Water, Broadway, Burford, Chipping Norton, Cirencester, Moreton-in-Marsh, Northleach, Stow-on-the-Wold, Stroud and Winchcombe. The town of Chipping Campden is notable for being the home of the Arts and Crafts movement, founded by William Morris at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. William Morris lived occasionally in Broadway Tower, a folly, now part of a country park. Chipping Campden is also known for the annual Cotswold Olimpick Games, a celebration of sports and games dating back to the early 17th century.

The Cotswolds is the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales. Whilst the beauty of the Cotswold AONB is intertwined with the villages that seem to almost grow out of the landscape, the Cotswolds were primarily designated as an AONB for the rare limestone grassland habitats as well as the old growth beech woodlands that typify the area. These habitat areas are also the last refuge for many other flora and fauna with some so endangered they are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. The uniqueness and value of the Cotswolds is engendered in the fact that five European Special Areas of Conservation, three National Nature Reserves and over 80 Sites of Special Scientific Interest are contained within the Cotswold AONB.

Information on things to do in the Cotswolds is provided in the Activities tab and places to eat and drink are listed in the Food & drink tab.



There are numerous tourist activities in and around the Cotswolds. Further information is available from Tourist Information centres, which are located in the following North Cotswold towns:






•Chipping Campden


•Chipping Norton

Food & Drink

Naunton is fortunate to have a good village pub, less than half a mile from Old Forge Cottage:

•The Black Horse Inn

The pretty village of Guiting Power is a very pleasant two mile walk up the River Windrush and contains two country pubs:

•The Hollow Bottom

•The Farmers Arms


Bourton has a variety of places to eat and drink, including cafes, tea rooms, pubs and restaurants, with a range of prices to suit all budgets. The list below is a small sample of the options available:

•The Dial House Hotel Restaurant

•The Chester House Hotel and The Croft Restaurant

•The Duke of Wellington

•The Mousetrap Inn

•The Village Restaurant & Tearooms


Stow has numerous places to eat and drink, with a range of cuisines and prices to suit all tastes and budgets. The list below is a small sample of the range of options available:

•White Hart

•The Old Butcher's

•The Conservatory Restaurant at The Grapevine Hotel

•The Talbot


Stow has a Tesco and a Co-op for regular food purchases and, for a special treat, there are a number of delicatessens specialising in local produce, including:

•Cotswold Food Store and Café

•Hamptons Fine Foods

North Cotswolds

There are many excellent places to eat and drink in the wider North Cotswolds area, with the major towns of Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water, Moreton-in-Marsh, Chipping Campden, Broadway, Burford and Chipping Norton containing a wide variety of tea shops, pubs and restaurants, catering for most tastes and budgets.

The list below focuses on the traditional Cotswold pubs located in the lovely villages throughout the North Cotswolds:

•Ebrington Arms, Ebrington (

•Churchill Arms, Paxford (

•Crown Inn, Blockley (

•Crown Inn, Church Enstone

•Feathered Nest Country Inn, Nether Westcote (

•Fox Inn, Broadwell

•Fox Inn, Lower Oddington (

•Golden Ball Inn, Lower Swell (

•Great Western Arms, Blockley (

•Greedy Goose, Chastleton (

•Hollow Bottom, Guiting Power (

•Horse & Groom, Bourton-on-the-Hill (

•Horse & Groom, Upper Oddington (

•King's Head Inn, Bledington (

•Lamb Inn, Great Rissington (

•Plough Inn, Ford (

•Red Lion, Little Compton (

•Red Lion, Long Compton (

•Swan Inn, Swinbrook (

•Tollgate Inn, Kingham (

We recommend phoning in advance, to check opening times and availability of food, especially during the quieter months of the year. Many pubs accept children and dogs, but you should always check this in advance.

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24 Sep 2014


"Most beautiful cottage bnb we have stayed at"

We stayed here Jul 25 - 27 in perfect summer weather. We can't speak highly enough of our hosts Rosemary and her husband on this stay. They greeted us with a beer each and a basic intro to the ac… More

10 Feb 2014


"Beautiful Weekend Retreat"

Myself and fiance matt stayed 31st Jan - 3rd Feb 2014, on a long weekend for our anniversary. The Cotswolds in general is just breath taking - many beautiful villages to explore!!The village of Naunto… More

27 Nov 2013


"Lovely cottage, very peaceful."

This cottage is lovely. It's not big but it has everything you need (including a wood-burning stove to play with). Only part of it is "ancient"; some of it is modern, but you wouldn… More

11 Sep 2013


"Lovely house, great area, marvellous owner"

Owner very helpful you can ask her anything and she is happy to answer. Local pub is very nice scenery is wonderful.… More

24 Aug 2013


"Perfect base for holiday in Cotswolds"

A charming cottage in garden setting in quiet village of Naunton. Walking distance to Bourton and other villages. Everything provided in cottage, along with many other touches to make it comfortable… More

23 Jul 2013


"Wonderful cottage experience"

A lovely experience staying in a small village in the heart of the Cotswolds. The owners were great, the cottage comfortable, the garden pretty & a lovely village pub to walk to. … More

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