The Old Forge, a unique and special B&B in Dorset
The Old Forge - A unique B&B in the heart of Dorset
Awarded the Gold award from Taste of the West for the third time! Please go on the news page to see full review..
"Lucy grows and produces herself as much as she can in the garden: all suppliers are extremely close by – the furthest is Yeo Valley for the yogurt. Lucy was very matter of fact about the suppliers, with the implied puzzlement as to why should one want to search elsewhere!..."
We have just been awarded the 'Labour of Love' award from Alastair Sawday's! Please view video below and go on the news page to see full review.
So many of our Special Places are labours of love. Our owners have passion, flair, creativity, personality and incredible drive - and we embrace it. We’ve seen buildings restored over decades, others renovated by hand, collectors and re-users breathing new life into places and cleverly reinventing uses for things. Our Labour of Love category recognises a Special Place that is everything we aspire an owner to be.
We are delighted to have won the Gold Taste of The West Award 2012 for the South West of England!
Nestled in the heart of the Cranborne Chase, The Old Forge is the perfect retreat for those looking to appreciate the slower pace of life. The 18th Century former Carriage and Wheelwrights workshops have been transformed to create a charming Bed and Breakfast and two self-catering cottages with unique appeal. Constantly evolving, recent years have seen the introduction of Sam and Mabel the Shepherd's Huts and Rosie the 1934 Gypsy Caravan embracing the 'glamping' revolution.
Tim and Lucy share their home with three dogs, a cat, two horses, one donkey and ten chickens! Pudding and Pie are both miniature Labaradoodles, a Westie called Bonnie and a very fluffy cat called Nala. Sam, Rosie and Mabel are kept company in the adjacent paddock by Scrumpy Jack the Donkey, Jasmine the Arabian and her young filly Lily. The chickens are free range in every sense of the word and never far from sight.
Tim and Lucy's passion for all things vintage is evident from the moment that you open the car door. In the yard old enamel signs and petrol pumps set the scene of a bygone era and the theme continues inside with a wood burning stove, retro radios, wonderful dolls houses and original fellows as remnants of the wheelwrights workshop displayed on the walls.
Cosy bedrooms in the eaves of the house each have their own identity with wrought iron bedsteads, vintage quilts and country antiques, old enamel tins and a fabulous collection of books, new and old to peruse.
Lucy's organic Aga cooked breakfast has been 'Taste of the West' gold awarded. Sit down to Dorset muesli, seasonal fruit and Yeo Valley yoghurt followed by a mouth watering menu of locally sourced ingredients; freshly baked bread, the eggs collected from the nesting box in the morning, the apple juice pressed from the orchard, the sausages and bacon from the traditional butcher in Shaftesbury, Dorset mushrooms and garden vine tomatoes.
Vouchers are available for the Bed and Breakfast including Sam, Rosie and Mabel (minimum 2 nights) and make a wonderful present!
"A little piece of Eden - Thank you. A place to be healed, restored and refreshed. A very special place with very special people."