The Old Forge Holiday Barn, Knockin, Oswestry
The Old Forge Holiday Barn, Knockin, Oswestry
In the garden of The Old Forge house stands the beautiful barn with south-facing views. The barn is fully furnished and is let on a self-catering basis. It sleeps 4 guests. From the afternoon patio you are able to enjoy the use of the built-in barbecue with views over the local farmer's field where sheep, lambs and cattle are often seen.
The Old Forge Holiday Barn and B & B, which is run by Wendy and Colin Pearce, is located in the village of Knockin, half-way between Shrewsbury and Oswestry in Shropshire, which lies about two miles from the A5 which is the main road that links the South of England to North Wales. Knockin is a central point for horse-riding, golf, fishing, walking, cycling and visiting National Trust Properties.
Please note: We only rent the barn for three, four or seven days with the changeover days being Fridays and Mondays. We don't let it out for one or two nights only.
Please note that the rates stated are the dearest and if potential guests wish to contact us, we can give an exact price as they vary throughout the year.
Barn Guest's Comments:
“Thank you Colin and Wendy for a lovely cottage and lovely flowers and welcome pack. My daughter described her holiday as “a paradise”.
Mary, Mark and Sofia. – Hindhead, Surrey.
“Best accommodation in Britain! We will talk about this for years! The reconstruction and furnishing of the barn is fantastic. Thank you”.
Lennart and Christina. – Stockholm, Sweden.
“Lovely cottage and the way you have set the place up is 5-star. We have had a lovely time”.
Chris, Katie, Skye, Shani and Alan. – Kings Lynn, Norfolk
Geoff and Maureen Haywood/Jimmy and Ann Rogers - December 2011 to January 2012
“Wendy and Colin made our 3rd stay at The Old Forge, once again, a delightful and memorable experience. The Forge is a charming base for visiting some of the most breathtaking and beautiful spots in the UK. We loved the welcoming ‘local’ next door which serves great pub grub and drinks at a price that won’t break the bank!. The Old Forge is full of character, splendidly equipped and the warm welcome (and magnificent hamper) generously provided by Wendy and Colin along with many kindnesses will long be remembered. We hope they will allow us to visit them again later in the year. Thanks a million”.
Barry and Viv Curtis – April 2012 – Wellingboro, Northants
“Another lovely stay – even the weather did not spoil our stay, plus many thanks for the personal touches including Barry’s 65th!! Will be calling again. Another 10/10”.
Sue Lord and “Mum” – May 2012 – Gloucestershire/Worcestershire
“Really enjoyed our stay and hope to come back again sometime. The barn was fantastic, felt very luxurious and the welcome pack was very welcome!”.
Linda and David Fawthrop – May 2012 – Somerset
“Our second visit to this well appointed and beautifully decorated cottage with sheep as our country companions. Found more to do than ever – Colin and Wendy you think of everything”.
Donna and Colin Beesley – May 2012 – Coventry
“Donna and myself have had the good fortune to not only find a superb bed and breakfast in the past at The Old Forge, but have now had the bonus of an absolute experience of an extended stay in the holiday cottage. The cottage is a home from home. All comforts have been attended to. As hosts, Wendy and Colin are the sort of people who go out of their way to make sure your stay is as enjoyable as possible. Always ready to advise on superb choices of pubs etc to eat out. The location is such that places of interest are easily accessible. Well done to you both”.
Pip and E. Halstead – June 2012 – Preston, Lancashire
“What can we say except to echo the above comments. This is second to none accommodation. A million thanks to Colin and Wendy. We hope to visit again in the future”.
Phil and Norma Johnson, Doreen and Ron – July 2012 – Fulwell, Sunderland and South Shields
“We have had a lovely peaceful stay, enjoyed every moment. Lovely hosts, excellent welcome pack and beautiful fresh flowers. Lovely touch. The barn is a credit to you both, lovely and clean and everything we needed. We would certainly recommend it”.
Mick and Lynn – August 2012 – Leicestershire
“Made very welcome by Wendy and Colin. Comfortable surroundings in the barn. Everything laid on. Thank you to our hosts for making this holiday most enjoyable”.
Peter, Evelyn, Gale and Derek – August 2012 – Kilsyth, Scotland
“Our 6th visit in this gorgeous cottage, this is our favourite part of the country. Colin and Wendy as always have ensured our stay was amazing. The extra little touches make it so special. Loving the comfy chair at the top of the stairs (Derek loved it!). We managed to get the Snowdon train to the summit, watch Shrewsbury Town play footie and visit Powis Castle to name a few. Had lovely food and drink all over Shropshire.
Thanks again. X”.TripAdvisor property ID 3650199...Read more
The Old Forge Holiday Barn, Knockin, Oswestry Knockin, Heart of England, England
Additional Location Information
The Old Forge Holiday Barn and B & B has the convenience of a quiet local pub next door, the Bradford Arms which serves good quality food and traditional cask ales from midday. There is also an Indian Restaurant and Takeaway, a Chinese Restaurant and Takeaway and another pub, The Three Pigeons, which has a separate restaurant which also serves good, quality food, all about two miles away
Places of interest that you may like to visit on your stay include Powis Castle, Chirk Castle, Erddig, near Wrexham and Attingham Park, near Shrewsbury (all National Trust Properties). There is also another Castle in Shrewsbury (about 15 miles away) which is now a Military Museum. Liverpool, with the Albert Docks and Beatles Museums is about 90 minutes by car or you could catch a train which takes you into the heart of the City
Other places of interest include: Offa's Dyke; the Heritage Area at Llanymynech; Lake Vyrnwy; Llanraeadr Waterfall; Pontcysyllte Aqueduct World Heritage Site; Ellesmere Lakes; Llangollen (Canal and Steam Railway); Welshpool and Llanfair Caereinion Narrow Gauge Steam Railway and Ironbridge Museums including Blists Hill Victorian Town.
The Old Forge Holiday Barn and B & B is located in the village of Knockin half-way between Shrewsbury and Oswestry in Shropshire. In the village, part of which is in a conservation area, there is a convenience store (The Knockin Shop), post office and church with numerous eating places just a short journey away. There is an area by the stream that was once used as a sheep dip. The parish church of St Mary at Knockin was founded by Ralph Le Strange between 1182 and 1195.
Knockin is the home of Knockin & Kinnerley Cricket Club. Established as a club in 1862 the club currently fields 3 Saturday teams, a Sunday Friendly XI and also a Midweek team.
Knockin plays host to a radio telescope that forms a part of MERLIN (Multi-Element Radio Linked Interferometer Network) a Joderal Bank initiative linking six observation stations that together form a powerful telescope.
Knockin is a very friendly village with many characters that form part of the village life. Coming from the Shrewsbury side, as you either drive, cycle or walk through the village, you will be greeted by the lovely avenue of trees which is particularly beautiful in spring when thousands of daffodils adorn the sides of the road. Going through the village, it would be difficult to spot two houses that look the same, each with their own piece of history through many hundreds of years.
Some two miles away you can hire a rowing boat on the local canal which about three years ago was used by Harrison Ford (famous American actor) when he hired a barge for a vacation.
More About This Location
Rural retreats, Warm winter getaways
How to get there
Nearest train station: Gobowen, 10 miles Nearest ferry port: Liverpool, 60 miles Nearest airport: Liverpool, 60 miles Car is not necessary
Left on 03/01/2012 for a stay in January 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Mar 1, 2012Stayed Jan 2012
My wife and I along with two friends enjoyed our third stay at the 'Old Forge Holiday Barn' in January and what a wonderful place to see the New Year in. We have stayed at this beautiful 'hide-a-way' during both summer and winter and found it delightful on each occasion.
On arrival we were warmly welcomed by Colin & Wendy the owners - a lovely couple - who generously provided us with a magnificent hamper of all sorts of 'goodies' along with a bottle of Champaign. Their many kindnesses during our stay will long be remembered.
The accommodation at the Barn was wonderful and of the highest standard, spotlessly clean and designed to ensure the utmost comfort with everything needed to make our stay just perfect!
My wife and I used the ground floor en-suite bedroom and our friends enjoyed the use of the galleried en-suite bedroom on the first floor which looked down onto the spacious kitchen, dining & living area where a cosy wood-burning stove acted as 'centre piece'.
Beautiful surroundings, many easy walks, stunning countryside and lots of lovely places to visit. The friendly local pub next door served delicious pub grub - whilst the village shop 'Kockin Shop' was conveniently situated only a 2 minute walk away.
If you want some relaxation and love to get away from the stress of life, the 'Old Forge Barn' is for you.
We look forward to staying in the Barn again soon - it was perfect for us.
Left on 02/29/2012 for a stay in October 2011 | Gayle, Derek, Peter and evelynReviewed Feb 29, 2012Stayed Oct 2011
On our arrival for the first time we were met by Colin the owner of the barn. He gave us a guided tour and explained all the facilities. We were surprised and delighted by the welcome hamper that included fresh eggs, bread, apple pie and cream, wine, water and beer. All we needed for our first night of our holiday.
The reconstruction and decor in the barn is exceptional and contains everything and more that you will need for your stay. The two large bedrooms offer excellent spacious accommodation for 4 adults. The barn boasts 3 toilets (2 ensuite) and appeals to couples and families alike.
The cottage has the luxury of having 2 patio areas and a barbecue ideal for those sunny days. One of the highlights for us was watching the baby lambs in the field next door to the barn.
Colin and Wendy have a wide knowledge of the surrounding area and are always happy to give suggestions and are very approachable.
Close to the barn is a local pub called the Bradford arm's which is warm and welcoming? The pub serves a wide range of food and local beers all of which are great value for money.
The old forge holiday barn is an ideal base to explore the local area.
During our stay at the barn we visited oswestry, Chester, llangolen, Shrewsbury and ellesmere. Chester zoo is definitely worth a visit and is good value for money.
Ironbridge and museums yearly pass gave us the opportunity to come and go as we pleased; there was something of interest for all age groups. Don't miss Blitz hill!!
Liverpool is around 1 and a half hour from the barn and has wonderful attractions like the beattles experience and the duck boat tours.
This is only a few suggestions but this is also an area of picturesque beauty with wonderful canals, rolling hills and tranquil surroundings.
We will definitely return. We are now on our sixth visit to the barn. It's like our second home.
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