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As the name would imply, this Grade II listed detached cottage was once the village forge. Recently converted, this character property has been transformed by the owner into a truly stunning, stylish, fabulous holiday retreat. Creatively furnished with an eclectic mix of old and new, the emphasis has been placed on style, comfort, peace and relaxation. Equally splendid is the wonderful, mature pretty south and west facing garden which stretches all around the rear of the cottage, and has the charm of a secret garden with 'hidden' areas to explore.

The original blacksmith's fireplace still stands, now with a modern log burner installed, and is the focal feature in the large dining kitchen. A recent extension houses a lovely cosy sitting room with an open fire and french doors overlooking the garden. An inner hallway serves as a cloaks/boot room and has access into the rear garden. There's a small study too, with a comfy chair and reading lamp; a perfect space for some quiet time. All on one level, with two king size bedrooms and two bathrooms, one of which is en suite with a large freestanding bathtub, this lovely holiday property will particularly appeal to couples and friends, but is just as suitable for a small family.

Binham is a pretty rural village, set almost entirely within a Conservation Area. There's a good pub, and convenient village store and some atmospheric Benedictine Priory ruins - all just a short walk away. Only three miles inland from the coastal village of Stiffkey, The OldForge. is a perfect base from which to explore all the delights of this beautiful part of North Norfolk either on foot, by bike or by car.

Well-behaved dogs are welcome at The Old Forge (a charge of £30/dog is applicable), and are requested to respect house rules.


Garden/Courtyard (Enclosed)Bed LinenCentral Heating Close to coast Close to pubDishwasherDog-friendlyDVDFreezerGarden FurnitureGarden/CourtyardHigh ChairMicrowaveTowels providedTravel Cot / CotTV Washing MachineLog Burner / Open FireGround Floor Bedroom WiFiParking 5 mins walking distance to pub



Open Plan Kitchen/Diner
A large light and airy room, divided by the original blacksmith's chimney breast. The cream painted wooden kitchen area has a freestanding Zanussi cooker, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and shelving for crockery. In the dining half of the room there is a large wooden table with plenty of seating. A contemporary cream log burner warms this side of the room.

Sitting Room
A comfortable room with two sofas, two armchairs, coffee table, side tables and lamps. There's an open fire with fire basket, widescreen TV and DVD player. Two french doors lead into the garden.

Utility/Boot Room
There's space for hanging coats and keeping outside boots and brollies. A storage unit down one side of the room has extra cupboard space, and a place for the microwave. Tall cupboards available for food storage.

King Size Bedroom
A room with striking decor featuring dark navy walls, and a sumptuous navy headboard to the king size bed, bedside tables, lamps, dressing table and mirror.

Shower Room
A large walk-in shower cubicle, washbasin, WC and Velux window. In a side cubby hole there is a washing machine, and clothes airer.

Reading Room
A small, quiet space between the two bedrooms, with easy chair, table and lamp.

Master Bedroom
A large room with contemporary four poster king size bed, bedside tables, lamps, shelving, console table and wardrobes.

Dressing Room
With chest of drawers and long dressing mirror. This is an ideal room for a cot.

En Suite Bathroom
With large freestanding modern bathtub, washbasin and WC.

Garden and Parking
To the front of the cottage is a parking area for two cars, and to the rear is a pretty, mature garden with box hedging, lawned areas, fruit trees, roses, bamboos and holly, providing all year round interest. In the main part of the garden is a timber summer house with sofa, chairs, shelving and tables. Beyond the main lawn, is a further lawn with timber artist's studio and garden shed. NB There are two outside taps for cleaning muddy dogs and boots before entering the cottage.

Floor plan

The Old Forge holiday cottage location

Surrounding local area

Binham is an historical village a few miles inland from Wells next the Sea. Binham is a really beautiful example of a traditional Norfolk village with the added attraction of the Priory.
The 12th century Priory has wonderful outdoor concerts in the summer.
There is an excellent pub called The Chequers, that brews its own beer, a village shop, a petrol station and a very good butcher.
Walking in the area is excellent and very peaceful, you can really escape the madding crowds without being too far away from the interesting local coastal towns of Wells-Next-The-Sea or Blakeney.

Guest reviews

Thank you for an amazing weekend break from blue skies and sun on the beach at Wells, to sitting around the log fire with wind and rain lashing against the windows. The Old Forge is a wonderful holiday home and we certainly intend to return soon!

Gill and Paul & Chilli the dog, March 2019
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Many thanks for a wonderful holiday in your lovely cottage. We have really enjoyed our tim in Binham. We have certainly been spoilt with the weather! We just couldn't have wished for better at this tim of year. The cottage has everything, a home from home and the special touches, fresh flowers, toiletries etc were very welcome. Out two dogs, Ruby and Fudge have also really enjoyed their time in Norfolk. Thanks once again.

Paul and Jan Nicholson & Ruby & Fudge the dogs, February 2019
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What a lovely cottage - so well appointed, everything at hand and how well you have decorated and furnished the place in keeping with its age. We loved the things you provided for us. If in the future we can make it back this way we would love to come again and would thoroughly recommend the cottage to our friends.

Chris and Vida, January 2019
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Thank you for providing "everything" for us - we all had a super time in your lovely old Forge. We really appreciated all the Christmas decorations and gifts that you provided. The weeks flew by so quickly none of us wanted to leave!

The Smith family, December 2018
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We had a lovely week in this very comfortable house - everything we could wish for. Thank you.

Linda and Lloyd, September 2018
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Well appointed house in good location. Fantastic garden including vegetable garden. Spacious property.

Woods Family, August 2018
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Had a lovely relaxing week at the "The Old Forge" - the house is very lovely, the garden is fantastic and we enjoyed the fruit/veg very much. Home from home - thank you.

Kevin and Lesley, August 2018
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Just Perfect. Beautifully renovated property striking the right balance between looking fabulous whilst being comfortable & practical. The kitchen & lounge offer a generous amount of space for a 2 bed property and the garden is a real lure, particularly the kitchen garden. Being able to go out & pick raspberries first thing for breakfast was a treat. I loved the book selection & the fresh flowers all over the house. Frankly, we were thoroughly spoilt and my only frustration with the Old Forge is it’s popularity. It’s already fully booked for next summer!

Eithne Horner, August 2018
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This was our 3rd stay at the Old Forge and as ever it was luxurious, relaxing and perfect. The welcome was, as always, delightful, and the new garden design and furniture had us spellbound throughout our stay. Enough room for children to explore and parents to kick back. We will definitely be staying in our favourite rental cottage again. Thank you so much

Bonham Family, August 2018
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Lovely, comfortable, dog friendly cottage in a great location. Lots of thoughtful little extras provide by the owner. A real home from home. This was our second visit and we hope to be back.

Julie Matthews, July 2018
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What''s not to love about this wonderful cottage...The Old Forge, just gets better and better as you open each door and the garden was amazing, with hide gems as you walked in and around the paths. Beautiful kitchen and dining room... relaxing sitting room and hotel style bedrooms/bathrooms.
A totally relaxing place to stay situated in a lovely village with a very welcoming local pub.

Sian Dawson, June 2018
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Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Old Forge. There were so many extras - Prosecco, local cheese, flowers from the garden, and toiletries . Beautiful dog friendly garden with plenty of outside furniture.

Judy Sismey, June 2018
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Best Holiday Cottage we have ever stayed in - in over 50 years! We thought from the brochure that The Old Forge was going to be somewhere special but it exceeded our very high expectations. It is obvious that this property has been put together with love and total thoughtfulness for the comfort and enjoyment of people staying there to ensure their stay was memorable and enjoyable whatever the weather conditions outside - we all know how fickle the English climate can be! Everywhere was spotlessly clean, the kitchen, and in fact the whole house, well equipped, the beds extremely comfortable and the bed linen top quality. The garden was charming with lots of cushions to use on the chairs when sitting out. We really appreciated the very generous welcome package of Prosecco, Binham Blue cheese, biscuits and apple juice.

Amanda Button, May 2018
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Fantastic stay and perfect location for exploring North Norfolk. The Old Forge was the perfect location for us to visit old friends who live in Binham and a great base to get to the coasts and Holt etc. Loved the beautiful cottage garden with several different areas, which we enjoyed sitting in. Especially liked the new chairs under the apple tree to sit on. Rooms were spacious, tastefully decorated and beds were both comfortable and had great sleep whilst there. Appreciated the welcome gifts and had a wonderful week, despite the really disappointing weather.

Nicola Powell, May 2018
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We had a wonderful stay, lovely cottage. Beautifully furnished and very comfortable. Relaxing and a maze of a garden. Lots of birds and rabbits to see from the lounge! Thank you for the lovely cheeses and prosecco. We would love to come again.

Julie, Margaret & Odie, April 2018
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Delightful stay at The Old Forge. We have just spent a wonderful week at the Old Forge. Cosy cottage wit luxurious and comfortable furniture. It was the perfect bolt hole after our beautiful walkers along the coast and around the village.

Wendy Mepsted, April 2018
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We've been coming to Binham for 19 years and we love it here, but this was our first visit to The Old Forge. And what a wonderful place! Despite the dreadful weather, we've loved staying there, and we are so glad that we booked for two weeks in July, as well as New Year, despite not having seen the property! What a good choice - can't wait to be back in summer, thanks.

Dave and Amy, April 2018
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A wonderful stay in your lovely cottage. Love the attention to detail and the decor. Cheese and prosecco a lovely treat.

Molly , March 2018
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Cosy cottage in a peaceful backwater - thoroughly enjoyed our stay in The Old Forge. Very well equipped and a very generous supply of logs, kindling and firelighters which were invaluable in the freezing weather! Will being hoping to return soon so that we can enjoy sitting in the lovely garden.

Graham Saunders, March 2018
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Had a wonderful time in this spacious cottage and despite the freezing temperatures and windy weather it was cosy and well-equipped. Marvbellous birdwatching at Stiffkey Saltmarshes and Holmes dunes - sightings of Marsh Harriers. Great walk from the cottage and good food at the pub and the shop sells everything. What more could you ask?! Hopefully you will allow us to come back! PS: really appreciated the fresh flowers everywhere in the cottage - not to mention the cheese and prosecco on arrival, a lovely caring touch.

Graham and Penny, March 2018
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Thank you so much for the wonderful gifts! We loved the cheese, juice and prosecco! We all love Binham and enjoyed the 5 mile circular walk. We saw 30+ hares, playing in the fields, fallow deer and so many wonderful birds. The weather was fantastic - only downside was the snow didn't arrive in time for us to be 'snowed in'! We all love the Old Forge, perfect place, home from home but more special. Thank you again - everything was amazing.

Karen, Steve, Lorraine, Ged , February 2018
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Beautifully renovated cottage in the prettiest village. The perfect weekend escape!
We had the most relaxing stay here. The Old Forge is cosy, yet spacious (we were a party of two couples) tastefully kitted out, and has everything you need and more. We loved the welcome treats and the wood stove. The beds were very comfortable and the garden magical... snowdrops picked and left in the bedrooms was a lovely touch.
The village pub served a great steak and has wonderfully friendly staff. And Binham is the prettiest village, with a shop that has everything! Thank you for a great stay - we’ll be back and next time will bring our dogs!

Naomi Hilton, February 2018
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Perfect - A wonderful cosy winter stay at The Old Forge ... just me and my dog ... could not fault anything ... will return in spring so we can enjoy the garden more.

Karen McGargle, January 2018
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Exquisite gem that truly delivers - the cottage is first rate. It has been lovingly created to provide a home from home experience. Impeccable taste, high quality fixtures and fittings, with every need catered for ensures that your stay is one of pure delight. This is one in a million!

Andrea Bonham , December 2017
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Well.... not sure how to begin to describe the week we've had here. Binham is a very special place to us for many reasons and we've been coming here for the past 10/11 years. This holiday was much needed and couldn't have been spent anywhere better. The house is welcoming, spacious but cosy, beautifully decorated with EVERYTHING you need. The fire has been a delight in these chilly evenings. The welcome of bubbles, tomatoes, biscuits and Binham blue (already was my fave!) was a treat! The flowers made me smile. Even though it's November we were able to sit at the table outside to drink coffee in the morning sunshine. Love the en suite bath tub and shower was cracking too! We had friends join us for the night and they didn't want to leave. Will return with our babies (22 & 19!) as they adore Norfolk too. We will be back! You have something truly magical here, Thank You! Our holiday motto has been 'Enjoy The Now...'

Maria and Ian Pike and Percy , November 2017
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Great long weekend in your lovely cosy cottage. Everything we needed and more! Did some great walks -wind swept along the beaches and the three mile circular walk around Binham. Highly recommend the pub, busy and friendly, delicious fish and chips - would love to come again! PS: Thanks for the welcome pack - Prosecco and cheese - delicious! Fresh flowers in the rooms -lovely touch!

Paul, Alex and Holly, October 2017
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We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Old Forge. It's a great location for exploring the beautiful North Norfolk Coast. We wouldn't hesitate visiting the cottage again! Thanks.

Anna, Sue and Baz, September 2017
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Wow! Amazing! Perfect! Thank you!

Penny, Paul, Luise & Berry, September 2017
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We have just returned from a week long holiday at The Old Forge, Binham. What an amazing cottage! My husband and I were so impressed. It was perfect for our two boys, aged five and two. The enclosed garden was beautiful and the boys enjoyed picking fruit which was growing in abundance from the trees and veg patch. The cottage is well equipped and furnished beautifully. We arrived to fresh flowers in three of the rooms and a bottle of Prosecco, local apple juice and blue cheese, what a treat! Centrally located for lots of fun days out. We will definitely be recommending to friends and family.

Taylor Family, August 2017
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An excellent holiday home in a very central location. We would not hesitate to recommend this to others.

Nicholson Family, April 2017
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Superb cottage and we look forward to returning sometime in the near future. The garden was delightful and Dylan enjoyed all the nooks and crannies in complete safety. Very friendly village shop and pub situated just a few yards away. The cottage was very well equipped.

Martin Miller, April 2017
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Well maintained and equipped cottage full of character situated in a lovely village close to beaches and woodland walks.

Wendy Sullivan, March 2017
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Welcome hamper included

A complimentary hamper will be awaiting you on your arrival containing milk, tea, fresh coffee, bread, butter, eggs, juice, wine and cheese, along with other essential items to prepare a light snack or breakfast. There may be some regional variations.

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