Forge Cottage Barn

Bedford, Bedfordshire
Bed & Breakfast

Independence in your own barn in the garden. Easy-going hosts - tea & cake, glass of wine, advice on trips out. Walk to the pub for dinner


1 room


Rooms sleep 2


A sweet pea and lavender-clad pergola leads to your own barn… Carmel and David give you a fresh bedroom with tip-top linen and a cheerful bedspread on a seriously comfy bed. She’s a writer and happy to share her brimming library too. Breakfast is a moveable feast – have it outside the barn in the sun, over in the main house or on the deck by the book room; tuck into locally sourced everything with homemade marmalade and jams. Masses to do nearby – gardens, cycling, rowing on the river Ouse, walks on the Greensand Ridge. Return to explore the pretty cottage garden, and then curl up with a book on the sofa in your room.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Preferably between 4pm and 7pm
Booking restrictions
Pets by arrangement.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Pub 3-minute walk.


Nightly price
from £90
1 Double
From £90


My wife and I had a lovely Autumn weekend retreat at Forge Cottage. Everything about it was warm and welcoming - the pot of tea on arrival, the cosy private barn, even the (lively!) Jack Russell. The food was fabulous and the atmosphere extremely relaxed. Carmel and David are wonderful hosts with a real gift for hospitality and a wealth of local knowledge. We would heartily recommend Forge Cottage to anyone looking for a quiet, relaxing getaway.

Andy, London

Lovely little cottage with a comfortable bed, tastefully decorated in semi-scandinavian minimalism, and a small but perfectly adequate bathroom. Hosts were very welcoming and friendly and I was offered tea and cake on arrival. The B&B cottage opens onto a perfect little cottage garden, and you walk through an arbour of roses and lavender to get to the main house where breakfast is served. A cosy little seating area is just outside the B&B cottage, where you can sit and drink a glass of wine in the evening, or a cup of tea in the morning. Sadly it poured with rain while we were there!

Amanda, Alfriston

We had a lovely overnight stay at this beautiful place. Carmel and David were thoughtful, generous hosts and made our short visit very special. The room is fitted out very well, and we especially loved being able to sit outside and enjoy the weather and the glorious garden. Breakfast was spectacular - we hope to come again!

Ruth, Oxford

What a lovely welcome, cold glass of white and nibbles. Room gorgeous ad comfy. Breakfast was delicious. Would thoroughly recommend! Thankyou, Jo& Chris

Jo, Brighton

We booked Forge Cottage Barn as we were in the area for a family reunion. Carmel & David were delightful & met us with a comforting pot of tea before showing us to the converted barn in their gardens. It's a lovely place to stay with crisp clean bed linen and a wonderfully comfy bed. They have thought of everything and we felt very much at home. The cottage is a short walk from two pubs that both serve food, another plus. In the morning we had a real treat of a delicious home cooked 'full English' in their beautiful cottage. A lovely couple, beautiful home and we are happy to recommend.

Katie, Eastbourne

A lovely peaceful barn in a beautiful part of the country. Great walks, lovely pubs nearby for food. David and Carmel couldn't have been nicer hosts.

Andy, Cambridge

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Carmel Golding

  • Take a two minute walk to the nearest gastropub or drive, to the nearest town. The Georgian market town of Ampthill has pubs, restaurants, cafes, an antiques emporium, gift shops and a Waitrose. Walk in the fabulous Great Park, set out by Capability Brown.
  • Henry VIII hunted here at Ampthill Castle and his wife Catherine of Aragon was sent here when their divorce was in process. She introduced lace making to Bedfordshire. Kit Williams buried the Golden Hare at her monument.
  • Central Bedfordshire is Bunyan Country. Visit his birthplace at nearby Elstow and take in the ancient Abbey and Moot Hall. Then visit the Bunyan Meeting House in Bedford and see the stained glass window made famous by Terry Waite whilst in captivity.
  • Discover the ruins of House Beautiful and look out over (the very pretty) Slough of Despond from Pilgrims Progress. You can see the sailing lakes at Stewartby - Swallows and Amazons, anyone?
  • Forge Cottage is on the Greensand Ridge, a forty mile footpath running across ancient settlements, wonderfully quiet and rural yet only 45mins by train to St.Pancras (a destination in itself) from nearby Flitwick Station.
  • Enjoy the food in this area, especially the venison and 'black' bacon from Woburn, wine from Warden Abbey and cereals from Jordan's Mill (open to visitors). We serve all of these at Forge Cottage and can direct you to Ampthill Brewery if you love beer.