A unique and special B&B, glamping and self catering in Dorset
We are delighted to have won the Gold Taste of The West Award 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016 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 a self-catering cottage 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 along with their daughter Sophie, 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 mare Lily. The chickens are free range in every sense of the word and never far from sight.
Dorset Tourism Awards 2016, Winner!
We are delighted and thrilled to have won the first ever GOLD in the Glamping category! The Dorset Tourism Awards showcase the best tourism businesses in the county. See our news and publicity page for more details and full feedback.
"This site has a “wow” around every corner. The 2 shepherds’ huts and the gypsy caravan are all unique and stunning both externally and internally. The views are amazing. The interiors are charming and quirky. The site offers a real experience and the owners are very welcoming."
Awarded the Gold award from Taste of the West for the fourth time! Please go on the news page to see full review..
"The breakfast was good, with the bacon being very tasty and as bacon always used to be, the sausages were full of flavour as were the vine tomatoes. The eggs were free range and full of colour. The bread was home baked, both granary and white and very good."
'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.
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."