Set in a quiet location at the heart of the village, The Forge provides spacious and comfortable accommodation for 6/7 in a building of real character. The lounge has a log burning stove - logs are provided, there is a delightful garden and off street parking for 1 car. The cottage has full central heating and is equipped to a very high standard.
Suitable for disabled. There are bikes available free of charge.
The building now known as The Forge is one of the oldest buildings in the village. It was run as a blacksmith's workshop until about 1975 by Billy Clark, a well known local character and artist.
Originally it was 3 separate workshops - a blacksmith's in what was once a 'one up-one down' cottage, a joiners in another two storey building and between them a single storey wheelwrights workshop. The central single storey building was extended to both left and right linking the three workshops. The anvil stands outside the front door and in the driveway is the stone on which the wooden wheels were secured to have their iron tyres fitted.
It was in very poor condition when the previous owners purchased it in 1999. It has, since then, undergone a sympathetic conversion and renovation completed in September 2004.
The front door in the central section of the building opens into a large hall.
To the right is a well proportioned and well-equipped kitchen/dining room with oak floor and exposed beams. Going through this room, a door leads to a spacious but cosy lounge, again with oak flooring and having a wood burning stove. French doors lead to a patio and good-sized garden. Above the lounge is a single bedroom with ensuite w,c. (a folding bed is available for use in this room if required).There is also a bedsettee in the lounge which can sleep a further two people if rerquired.
To the left of the front door the hall leads round to a beautifully fitted bathroom with shower. There is a double bedroom on the ground floor and a staircase leads to a twin bedded room with adjacent w.c.
All rooms are tastefully decorated and thoughtfully furnished. There is full central heating. We are confident that you will be pleased with what you find.The nearest shop and pubs are approx 1 mile away in Youlgrave although the local milkman calls regularly and can also supply eggs yogurts drinks etc.
Middleton-by-Youlgreave is a small picturesque village at the head of Middleton Dale. It is an excellent base for exploring the White Peak area by foot, cycle or car and, for those simply wishing to relax, offers the peace and quiet of the unspoilt English countryside. There is a well equipped children's playground near-by.
About a mile, and a very pleasant walk away, is the village of Youlgrave with shops, a Post Office and three pubs all serving meals at lunchtime and in the evening.
The pretty market town of Bakewell is a short drive away and there is a bus service from Middleton -by-Youlgrave.
Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall are easily accessible as are the spa towns of Matlock and Buxton.
Other Activities: birdwatching,ancient monument