The Old Forge
Self Catering Cottages & Glamping

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The Old Forge Holiday Accommodation

We are delighted to have won the Gold Taste of The West Award 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 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 charming 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.

(Semi!) retiring after 30 years...

Lucy has now decided to hang up her apron after 30 years of serving homemade breakfast to her guests! The last six years we have been awarded the Gold taste of the West award and now want to spend more time with our seven grandchildren Darcie, Zola, Willow, Kitty, Iris, Primrose and baby Ralphie! All our accommodation is now self catering.

We have two cottages, The Smithy and The Wheelwrights which are both available for short breaks and longer stays, and are a perfect retreat. Each cottage has its own identity with wrought iron bedsteads, vintage quilts and country antiques setting the scene of a bygone era.

Glamping is also available in our two shepherds huts Mabel and Sam, and Rosie the gypsy caravan. The stress of modern day life is a distant memory here as you gaze across the scarp slopes of Melbury and Fontmell Down.

Tim and Lucy share their home with three dogs, a cat, two horses, a donkey and ten chickens! Pudding and Pie are both miniature Labaradoodles, and a very fluffy cat called Nala. Sam, Rosie and Mabel are kept company in the adjacent paddock by Scrumpy Jack the Donkey and Jasmine and her daughter Lily the Arabians. The chickens are free range in every sense of the word and never far from sight.

The Old Forge Glamping and self catering in Dorset
Gold Award

Awarded the Gold award from Taste of the West for the sixth time! Please go on the news page to see full review..


"It is clear that The Old Forge is a wonderful example of the best type of bed and breakfast offering in the West Country. Having put you through a thorough and rigorous test, Taste of the West couldn’t be more proud of this fine example of the very best B&B’s in the region."

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Scrumpy Jack and Mabel Stay in a Gypsy Caravan Scrumpy Jack the donkey

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.

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Vouchers are available for all our accommodation (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."

The Old Forge Bed and Breakfast website and photographs copyright © 2018, Sophie Fairchild