The Old Forge: Self Catering with comfort and charm

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The Old Forge is a no smoking establishment in accordance with current legislation.


The Old Forge is an attractive and cosy cottage, dating back to the 14th Century, when it was the village blacksmith. It has been sympathetically restored and decorated to retain some of the original features whilst offering modern comfort and convenience. The kitchen is recently installed with gas oven, hob and grill, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer. There is a small terraced area by the front door. The cottage nestles in the heart of Bishops Tawton, a small village three miles outside of Barnstaple, along the River Taw. 

Set back from the A377, The Old Forge is in the centre of the village of Bishops Tawton and offers ample free parking

The Old Forge is just 5 minutes from the A361 linking North Devon to the M5. A great place to stay to explore Exmoor, a walker’s paradise. The beautiful beach of Saunton Sands is only 15 minutes by car. Croyde and Woolacombe, offering some of the best surfing in the UK are just 20 minutes away.

For golfers there are many courses close by, including the Saunton Golf Club (15 minutes drive). It offers two links courses, one of which holds championship events.

The historic market town of Barnstaple is two miles down the road and the scenic valley of the River Taw is a short walk from the front door past the village church. The village pub is a thatched Devon longhouse dating from the fifteenth century. Cyclists can pick up the Tarka trail at numerous points along the way and we can offer safe storage for your bikes, if you bring them with you. Tarka Bikes will hire out bikes locally for all ages, if you prefer.

Families are welcome and a cot is available.