The Forge

Jamie & Sheena

We bought Cae Einion in Corwen, a 20 acre smallholding, in 2015 fulfilling a dream we had talked about for years. When we met, I had just bought my first flat in London and Jamie was living (quite literally) in a stable in the New Forest. Throughout all the years of bouncing between the city and the countryside we talked about one day finding a place - somewhere to raise our kids and attempt to grow all our own food, share our love of being outside with others, and perhaps even help people to find their own passions while they were at it. And so was born The Forge - more than just a place to stay...

VISION & ETHOS

The Forge represents the evolution of our established and successful company, the Wild Bushcraft Company, which was founded in 2010 and offers a wide range of courses and events from survival skills weekends to deer stalking experiences. We really wanted to do something together that would draw on Jamie's background as a bushcraft instructor, countryside ranger and deer stalker and combine these with skills I've picked up through my corporate career in coaching, diversity & inclusion and behaviour change. Plus we love this largely undiscovered corner of Wales and wanted to give other people a reason to stop, stay and spend some time in this amazing part of the country. At The Forge we give people the opportunity to escape from the pressures of everyday life and immerse themselves in the great outdoors, whilst still providing all of the modern comforts to make their stay as stress free and relaxing as possible. The beauty of what we are offering is that people can do as much or as little as they want – it’s really up to them.

Sheena and Jamie were fantastic hosts and lovely people. On hand to help but totally unobtrusive. What they are developing on their land is innovative and well thought out and we’re looking forward to visiting again in the summer. We visited after a period of cold and wet weather and it snowed during the night, yet due to the many hot water bottles and fluffy covers provided we had exactly what we wanted, a relaxing ‘off-grid’ break drinking (provided) hot chocolate and watching films (full 4G signal) on the iPad. Everything was clean, everything we needed was provided including a solar powered gadget charger (if you genuinely want to be off grid then don’t use it and turn your 4G off!). We look forward to seeing you again in the summer, we will be back.

Alex Bergh, Wallasey
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