We are a restorative escape. A place that is designed around you and your wellbeing where you can rest, play, connect with nature and feel restored. Here are a few suggestions for how you can enjoy some slow time with us this season.

Borrow some sheepskins from the Fancy Pants Shop and head to the woodland fire pit for some camp fire cooking. We have everything you need to make pop-corn outside with a hot chocolate. Perfect for an afternoon in nature. 

This November & December we are teaching guests how to weave willow into a hoop as a wreath base. Find Karen in The Fancy Pants Shop and ask her to show you how to weave a simple hoop. We will give you some strips of willow and you can make your own wreath base to take home. This is a free activity for all our guests. Available every day.


Every Saturday in November 10-12 noon in The Fancy Pants Shop

Wreath making for beginners & families. Starting with a wreath base, some floristry wire and a needle and thread Karen will help you make a stunningly beautiful Christmas Wreath. Learn how to choose foliage for scent and colour and how to make your own ribbon. £35 per wreath. 

Christmas crafting: simple sewing & crafting  with natural materials to make beautiful keepsakes for your tree. Make felt baubles, a woodland angel or log slice decoration. £10 per activity.

Coming soon ...Our woodland Angel Tree toppers.






Prepare to float into your holiday and feel blissfully relaxed. The ultimate on-site spa experience with our own masseur Mark Hayes, who will come to your cottage. Choose Swedish or sports massage; full body or back, neck and shoulders. Mark has a BSC Hons in sports science & injury rehabilitation. He is a personal trainer and sports massage therapist. Massages are subject to his availability (Monday - Friday afternoons). When you book a massage for your day of arrival, early check-in at 1pm is complimentary. Everything is provided. Mark brings his own massage bed. We set this up for you and you have plenty of extra towels and your bathrobes.  For availability and to book, please email Karen email:  info@oldforgeyork.com 


Spend an hour with Karen & her hens "The Barbaras". Join in as much as you feel comfortable doing with the girls, Karen will be there to demonstrate and help your confidence grow. Feed the hens fresh fruit and vegetables, learn how to hold a hen. The girls are happy to be stroked. Watch Karen check the hens are healthy and join in giving them a pedicure! This is our most joyful and mindful actvitiy for adults and chidlren to experience together. Available March- October only.