The Old Forge
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Rosie the Gypsy Caravan

Open the wrought iron gate and step through the wall of honey suckle to find Rosie, a 1934 Romany showman’s wagon. Rosie would have been home to itinerant fairground workers and performers after the turn of the century when steam engines became available to tow their equipment and caravans.

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Decorated in original Romany embellishments, Rosie is simply charming. An antique eiderdown rests upon the cosy 6 by not quite 4-foot bed and pretty lace curtains originating from Great Granny’s tablecloth are drawn on brass rails. A vintage music box and a wonderful collection of caravan related storybooks adorn the shelves. Look through the cupboards and you will find vintage china, tea and coffee and a fresh water container.

The original iron stove sits proudly under the mantelpiece which is now in full working order after being lovingly restored after 80 years of not being lit. The stove has a little oven which you can cook on, or warm up your croissants from your breakfast hamper. Guaranteed to keep you toasty warm!

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Rosie sits in a small, private courtyard in the corner of Fanner’s field and enjoys a vista of Melbury and Fontmell Down. There is a BBQ and table and chairs for you to enjoy lazy summer evenings whilst sipping cider, perusing local maps or perhaps enjoying a game of cards.

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"We had the lovelest weekend in the Gypsy Caravan and very romantic, wonderful views, hugely welcoming hosts and best of all - all the fantastic animals! Scrumpy Jack and Pandora have become favourites! We will definatly be back..."

Yvonne & Rob.

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Tip toe across the stepping stones to the Tuck Shop if you are feeling peckish and weigh out a quarter of Rhubarb and Custard! Inside the Glamping kitchen, open up the cupboards and you will find all the essentials (plates, cups, pans etc) for cooking and dining as well as a fridge, freezer and cooker.

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The Gypsy Caravan and the Shepherds Hut's are both situated in the same field, they are ideal for couples or friends wanting to holiday together. BBQs and fires can be done by Sam, Rosie or Mabel.

There is space for two children from £15 per child per night, please bring own tent to pitch alongside.

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Gypsy Caravan Voucher

Vouchers are available to buy for the Gypsy Caravan accommodation.

The caravan has just finished some major restoration so is now even more glorious!

To book Rosie, give us a call on 01747 811881 or email

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Glamping Business of the Year 2016, Gold awarded

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