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Reviews - The Old Forge Bed & Breakfast

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The Old Forge, East Kennett, , Avebury, SN8 4EY
The Old Forge is a charming 4 star, Gold Award, bed and breakfast in East Kennett, a small village in the heart of Wiltshire’s prehistoric downland countryside. We are only 1 mile from the world heritage sites of the Avebury Stone circle, Silbury Hill and the West Kennett Long barrow. Crop circles can also be discovered during the summer months. The house is a beautifully restored former smithy which has been extensively renovated to an extremely high standard. It's light, airy and spacious and has a wonderful outlook over the River Kennet. The large bedrooms are stylish and tastefully furnished, with ensuite facilities, TV and Wi-Fi and are equipped to a high standard, they all have wonderful countryside views. Guests are served breakfast in the large open plan kitchen. The award winning breakfast menu features local and home-made produce and offers a wide choice, including vegetarian. Packed lunches and luggage transfer available upon request We are a no smoking property. We welcome pets by prior arrangement. All room rates (apart from the family room) are for 2 guests per night, for any additional guests please contact The Old Forge If you pay your accomodation balance at The Old Forge by credit card, we will add a 5% handling charge .
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93% recommended this accommodation to a friend 93% would stay again
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Lovely little B&B
we stayed just one night following a funeral and Laura was incredibly kind in changing our room so we could arrive a little later in the evening without needing to disturb them. The room was fantastic, lovely cosy decor and our own little kitchen. Breakfast was very tasty and both Laura and her husband were very helpful in giving us a map of the local area so we could go on a walk to see all of the medieval stones and burial areas. Overall a very nice stay after a sad event.

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Helen Maycock

From St Albans, UK
Who stayed in February 2015

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Very dissapointing and horribly cold.
We booked this room as a romantic treat on our way from London to the west country to celebrate New Year. It looked lovely on the late rooms site so we booked a double room.
We chose, on the site to book in at 4.30pm. Whilst we were getting a bite to eat in beautiful Marlborough I rang the guesthouse owners to let them know that it would be more like 5.30. There was no reply but a message giving the two owners mobile numbers. I called one then the other leaving a message on both. Half an hour later the lady of the house, a friendly woman called Linda explained that they were delayed in Cheltenham and we would have to let our selves in. That would have been fine but my heart sank when she told me that i would "need to turn on the radiator". It was one of the coldest days of the year so far and the grass was already crunchy with frost.
The house is in the middle of a pretty village and the car park was across the road. we parked the car and gingerly made our way over the road in the pitch black. we had to then use our mobile phone torches to unlock the key safe which took forever and let ourselves into the empty building.
it was freezing. Our room was at the top of the stairs and was stone cold, really miserable. We turned on the radiator in our room and the also the ones in the bathroom and landing which were also off! Why?
The room, abeit small was lovely and stylish with half a dozen cushions on the bed, a kettle and tea making facilities and a small TV. there was no milk however in the turned off fridge so we made a black tea to try and get warm. the radiator was very small and just wasn't doing the job in hand. We were freezing and contemplating leaving when their lovely daughter came in the room and brought us milk, why hadn't they asked her to come in and turn on the heating?
We went out for dinner and when we came back they had turned off the landing radiator???? The room had warmed up a little but already the heating had gone off for the night so we had to sleep with the heavy counterpane on as well as the quilt. Very nice double bed though.
The bathroom was way down the hall so you had to get dressed before venturing there, a real pain.
Had the room been warm and had there been someone to welcome us, it would've been a different story but as it was we felt unwelcome and cold and were glad to leave.
The breakfast was lovely but the dining room was cold.....................
It's a good job we didn't turn up at 4.30 as planned as there would've been no one there and no mobile signal to ring anyone.
Not the romantic treat we were looking forward to.

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Christine W

From Sheffield, UK
Who stayed in December 2014

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Scrambled eggs and salmon muffins 2 ;))
Stayed on our return journey home
Very friendly owners

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Martin P

From Halstead, UK
Who stayed in November 2014

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Scrambled eggs and muffins ;))
We stayed at the Old Forge en route to Cornwall.
We were very pleased with everything.
Our room was very clean and comfortable. Leslie was very keen to give us ideas of where to visit and offered us maps and information.
Laura's scrambled eggs and salmon muffins were so good we booked to stay on our return journey ;))
Would not hesiitate to recomend.

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Martin P

From Halstead, UK
Who stayed in November 2014

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We had a wonderful time in Avebury - everyone was very friendly and helpful, with great tips on walking routes, weather and places to eat. In addition, the B&B itself was beautifully decorated, with every detail adding to the lovely feel of the holiday.

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Amanda M

From London, UK
Who stayed in October 2014

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Excellent friendly b&b close to Avebury
We found The Old Forge as we were taking part in the Macmillan Stonehenge to Avebury 26 mile trekathon on 2nd August. The b&b was close to the finish which was ideal given how tired we were after completing the trek. As we were starting very early we were kindly given some cereals & bread for toasting & milk in our room. The room itself (en suite with kitchen) was spacious & comfortable & more than adequate for our needs. Equally satisfying was the full English breakfast the next morning.
All in all a lovely friendly b&b ideally situated for anyone looking to explore this wonderful part of the country.

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Stephen B

From Waltham Cross, UK
Who stayed in August 2014

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Leslie & Laura have a lovely guest house, super breakfast. We will certainly return next near

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ERNEST LAKIN

From Swadlincote, UK
Who stayed in July 2014

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Lovely B&B
This is a lovely B&B in a lovely location - quiet and tranquil. They even have a garden area with a small stream, along with benches you can sit on to while away the warm day and evening. I stayed in lovely room within the main house, with my own bathroom, but they also have a couple of rooms that have their own entrance from outside on the ground floor, if you would prefer that. Breakfast for all is in the lovely farmhouse kitchen, though if you have an early start, as I did one day, you can have a continental breakfast left in your room the night before, including milk and yogurt in the mini-fridge. Great idea.

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M Biddiss

From Stirling, UK
Who stayed in May 2014

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First Class B&B
What a really nice place - room and breakfast as nice as I've found - would not hesitate to recommend it

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P P

From Cardiff, UK
Who stayed in May 2014

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recommended
Lovely cosy room, tasteful decor, comfy bed. All very clean.

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Mandy F

From Daventry, UK
Who stayed in April 2014

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