The Old Forge - A unique B&B in the heart of Dorset
We have just been awarded the 'Old Favourites Award' from Alastair Sawdays!
The winners of the Old Favourites national award are shining examples of B&Bs that have stood the test of time and remained firm favourites with Sawday's guests. Tim and Lucy, at The Old Forge, Fanners Yard, have been with us since the very beginning and have remained a firm favourite, ‘Naturals at the B&B game’, according to one delighted guest.”
Welcome to the new Tuck Shop for Rosie and Sam's guests! Explore site to find out more...
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 the Shepherd's Hut and Rosie the 1934 Gypsy Caravan embracing the 'glamping' revolution.
Tim and Lucy share their home with three generations of dogs! Grandmother Willow is a black Labrador, mother Pudding daughter Pie are both miniature Labaradoodles. Sam and Rosie are kept company in the adjacent paddock by Scrumpy Jack the Donkey, and young Arabian 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 and Rosie (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."