We stayed two nights in the Forge with a party of 5 - fantastic and charming place to stay - quirky possibly sums it up. We had two private rooms for our party - there was another private room that another couple was using, and there were also bunks in the main kitchen/lounge and also in the room that had the shared bathrooms - I felt a bit sorry for the people sleeping in the lounge when we got up super early for breakfast so we could have an early start on the trail! We really enjoyed staying here - the accommodation was fun, the area is beautiful, and the timber trail was fantastic. My only two caveats -
- over the Christmas holiday they were clearly busier than they were used to, and some of the administrative details were falling through the cracks a bit - while they organised everything promised (hire bikes and shuttles), it was was hard getting both confirmation and the details, and the arrangements weren't flexible. I'm sure this will get better as they get used to the popularity of the trail.
- the track from the timber trail to the lodge was much harder work than I expected - and everyone else staying at the same time as us said that too - it was just under 7km, but included a significant hill. It mightn't have been so bad it I had been expecting it, but I had thought it was all going to be down hill .... also the Timber Trail has very regular marker posts which had spoiled me a bit, but I hated not knowing how far I had to go.