There are 184 acres of grounds including woodland to enjoy while you are here, from gentle walks through the gardens and near the lake or other routes extending beyond the estate for the more energetic.
Please feel free to go and feed the ducks - they seem to enjoy it as much as we do!
Please do not feed them lots of bread (it is bad for them)
They also enjoy:
sweetcorn, lettuce, oats, seeds, rice & peas,
The Forge Kitchen Garden
Beside the lake is a wonderful fruit and vegetable garden growing all manner of interesting things! Stroll alongside the lake and see what fruit and vegetables are growing there. You are welcome to take and enjoy anything ready for harvesting with our compliments. (If you are ensure whether any of the produce is ready, please ask for help from our onsite managers who will be please to assist you)
With this breath taking scenery at your disposal, you will find literally hundreds of stunning locations to paint or photograph.
Simply relax in the peace and tranquillity of the pool area or work up an appetite if swimming for exercise is your 'thing'. Swim towels are included. Plastic wine glasses & tumblers are available for use around the pool, along with a Fridge in the pool house to keep the wine and beers chilled.
A recent addition to The Forge the gym is there for anyone keen to keep fit whilst they are in residence. It is equipped with a treadmill, rowing machine, bench, free weights, boxing bag with boxing gloves and ab-frame. You will find gym towels in here.
A beautiful light mirrored space for yoga, dance or meditation. Take time out in the serenity of the studio with the sound of running water and birdsong to do your yoga/pilates or meditation or pump the music up loud as you put yourself through your zumba paces. We are able to arrange Yoga teachers to come to The Forge.
Enjoy a traditional French pastime of boules (or Pétanque) The game can be enjoyed by people of all ages, and we have the boules and the perfect area for you to play a game - all at your disposal.
Rackets and shuttlecocks provided
We have an outdoor table and bats & balls are supplied.
What a peaceful way to spend a couple of hours away from it all. Our fishing lake is stocked with Carp, Perch & Trout. We have a few fishing rods available to use but we recommend bringing your own equipment. All we ask is that you put the fish back in the lake once you've taken your photographs for posterity!
Our BBQ is available for use during your stay, under the wisteria draped pergola, this makes the perfect afternoon or evening outdoor dining area. When you have finished your meal why not sit around and enjoy the warmth of the fire pit.
A splendid area just outside the main house where you can sit outside with a glass of wine, gazing at the stars whilst being kept warm by a glowing fire. Why not play your favourite music and spend the evening chatting and singing the night away.
Set up the set on the front lawn and enjoy an evening game of croquet as the sun comes down. Instructions included
We are pleased to offer a large selection of books for you to read during your stay. With it's many beautiful areas The Forge is the perfect place to relax and unwind with a good book and a glass of wine.
You will find a selection of games, backgammon, cards & puzzles in the bar area.