The Old Forge Accommodation
Glamping and Self Catering

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Publicity and Press 2015

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Gold Award Taste of the West 2015

The Old Forge has won a Gold Award from Taste of the West! Please go on the latest news page to read our full review.

June 2015

Gold Award Food 2015

Alastair Sawday 'Labour of Love' award

We are so thrilled to have received the 'Labour of Love' award at the Alastair Sawday Awards ceremony in Bristol. This award was one of just thirteen awards from Sawday properties in the UK and Europe, the categories represent places that are fun, individual, of integrity, spirit and interesting taste - places that do things their way.

October 2014

The Old Forge Award

Gold Award Taste of the West 2014

The Old Forge has won a Gold Award from Taste of the West! Please go on the latest news page to read our full review.

August 2014

The Guardian Travel

Feature in The Guardian Travel

The Old Forge was featured in the Guardian Travel for 'Golden Slumbers, 20 Cosy B&Bs for autumn weekends. As the mercury falls and leaves pile up, it's time to get cosy with an autumn break. Alastair Sawday picks 20 UK B&Bs, under £100, that are perfect to snuggle up in.'

Saturday 19.10.13

The Guardian Travel

Shaftesbury B&B Honoured with National Award

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.

"Step back in time in this beautifully restored forge: retro signs, museum pieces, ponies in the paddock and a simpler, slower way of life... Tim and Lucy’s smallholding gives you a taste of harmonious living with the seasons, and they recycle everything. This includes Tim’s classic cars, a cosy gypsy caravan and a vintage shepherd’s hut. The attic bedrooms are snug – Lucy’s quilts, country antiques, sparkling bathrooms, flowers – and their breakfasts are renowned: eggs from their hens, organic bacon and sausages, home-grown jams, apple juice straight from the orchard. A happy place, a tonic to stay.”

September 2013

Award Winnig The Old Forge DorsetPretty Nostalgic

Top 10 Glamping Spots in the South West

"Rosie, the 1934 gypsy caravan, and Sam the Shepherd's Hut are as quaint and quirky as they sound. In the grounds of an old forge in North Dorset, they have both been painstakingly and beautifully restored with perfect vintage detail right down to the brand of tea for breakfast. The owners Tim and Lucy are vintage fanatics - you'll find old metal signage for Lyons Cakes and Winalot dog food, stunning vintage cars, antiques everywhere. It's a haven here - with a donkey named Scrumpy Jack gently grazing in his paddock, chickens roaming and a 3 generation family of dogs. We must mention the cooked breakfast - organic bacon and eggs with vine- grown tomatoes, Dorset mushrooms and apple juice pressed from the garden."

August 2013

Top Glamping

Feature in The Guardian

Our self catering cottage the Smithy has just been featured in the Travel Saturday Guardian for number 1 in "cool cottages in Dorset", come and see for yourself!

9th Febuary 2013

Pretty Nostalgic

Features in Asiana Wedding Magazine

We have had a couple of features in this popluar wedding magazine



Feature in Pretty Nostalgic Magazine

Pretty Nostalgic is a fiercely independent bi-monthly home and lifestyle magazine that focuses on vintage living and nostalgic values. 112 pages of inspiration to make your house a home, to fill your kitchen with homegrown food, to inspire you to reuse and upcycle and to make every day an adventure.

November 2012

Pretty Nostalgic

GOLD award for amazing food!!

We are delighted to have won the Gold Taste of The West Award 2012 for the South West of England! Please read the judges comments below

"There is exemplary and total commitment to regional/local/home-grown sourcing with all the suppliers clearly and interestingly listed on the menu.

It was hard to fault the presentation of breakfast. The china was interesting and original, the yoghurt was in a bowl, the berries lovely and fresh and there were proper teapots!

The cooking was fine and the ingredients as good as you’ll find anywhere. As breakfast go, it was one of the very best. The quality and speed of the service couldn’t be faulted and the staff was totally knowledgeable with regard to the provenance of the food.

This was a lovely place to spend the night with a comfortable bed, a superb breakfast and a warm welcome. It is a charming cottage with lovely gardens in a beautiful setting and the breakfast was a real treat."

September 2012

Gold Award Gold Award

Asiana wedding magazine

We had a vist from Asiana magazine for a photo shoot for their next editorial, even Scrumpy got involved!

September 2012

Photo Shoot

The Old Forge is going to be on TV!

We recently had a visit from ITV TV to feature us on Holiday Home Sweet Home this year, a series following holiday home owners as they do business over a busy summer season. The show will be presented by 2010 Celebrity MasterChef champion Lisa Faulkner. Watch this space!

September 2012


Pretty Nostalgic Magazine Feature

Editor Joe Keeling of the beatiful magazine "Pretty Nostalgic", the independent vintage lifestyle magazine celebrating everything that's brilliantly British stayed with us and will feature us in her magazine. Details to be announced!

July 2012

Nostalgia Exchange

Forge Your Way To A Dreamy Getaway...

We have been featured by the Nosaligia Exchange

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Nostalgia Exchange

The Old Forge on Twitter!

We have now joined Twitter, so please follow us to hear all our offers and news.

Wednesday, 30 March 2011


Venue Spring Breaks 2011

Sam the Shepherds Hut makes Venues top Spring Breaks of 2011!

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Spring Break 11

'Cycling Active' magazine

Top cycling magazine 'Cycling Active' loved staying at Rosie, the Gypsy Caravan and Sam, the shepherd's hut on their cycling tour round Dorset.

"Arriving at the Old Forge we were immediately given a warm welcome by Tim and Lucy and their numerous dogs and horses (and donkey). Our gypsy caravan accommodation for the night kept the spirit of life on the open road while providing the kind of luxuries weary cyclists appreciate — a hot shower, pot of tea and roaring log fire."

Friday, 11 Febuary 2011

Cycling Active

The Muesli Musings

Breakfast recipes, fancy fry-ups, cereal killers, great granola and more muesli musings

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Musesli Lover

A Slow weekend in Dorset

Camping, walking, yoga and local food... Ginny Light enjoys life in the slow lane (unfortunately you now have to have a account on the Times Online website to view this article so this is linked directly to Canopy "&" Stars news section were it can be read)

June 15 2010

The Times - Slow Weekend in Dorset

How to do festivals in comfort

The Top 20 rock n roll retreats of the summer, from Glastonbury to Poland's Open'er in Gdynia Saturday

April 3 2010

Cool Glamping

Luxurious places to stay in the great British outdoors

The Guardian Travel - From a Georgian-themed yurt to a stylish Iron Age roundhouse, Alastair Sawday's new website showcases the next level of upmarket camping across the UK

Saturday 03.04.10

Cool Glamping

Sawdays Canopy & Stars

"A wonderful collection of beautiful and quirky places of a camping kind! But we're not talking about any old camping holiday and we're not just talking about tents. So expect the unexpected..."

Sawday's Canopy and Stars

The 50 Best B&Bs

The Independent's magazine The Information

The Information 50 BEST BNBS The Information 50 BEST BNBS

4-10th August 2007

The Information 50 BEST BNBS
The Guardian

The Guardian's magazine The Observer

Alastair Sawday's Go Slow England

March 2008

Go Slow England

The Guardian - Sedate Picnics and Vintage Living

This happy adventure is not lifted from the pages of The Wind in the Willows; this is the Kerridges on a grand day out

Sunday 30 March 2008

Sedate Picnics

Day Dreams and Sweet Dreams

Review from 'Resident Rev's' for NewlyWeds-UK



Taste of the West Food & Drink Awards 2006 and 2008 - Bronze

The judge appreciated the availability of Moore's biscuits and commented on the extent of information provided about supplies on the menu. With regard to the fruit juice the judge wrote:

" The apple juice (with elderflower) was from their orchard and hedgerows and was the best apple juice I have drunk. It was superb."

In summarising the visit, the judge commented that the hosts were warm and welcoming and the knowledge and enthusiasm for local produce was clear (more details can be viewed on B& B page).

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"Britain's 20 best hideaway cottages for two"

The Times Online, Gypsy Caravan - Alistair Sawday chooses his favourite romantic small cottages, selected from

Times Online

Alaistair Sawday's Go Slow England book

Go Slow England Book
published 03/04/08

Go Slow England Book

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