WELCOME!

Nestled in the heart of the Cranborne Chase, The Old Forge is the perfect retreat for those looking for a destination with a difference.  A labour of love since 1983, The Old Forge is constantly evolving thanks to the limitless imagination of Tim and Lucy.  Each creation is born out of a passion for reducing waste and upcycling.

Tim and Lucy, and their four children have been welcoming guests into their home for more than thirty years.  After working for a summer season in Iona in her twenties, Lucy knew that hospitality was where her heart was, and when she and Tim viewed the Old Forge, they were captivated by its charm and endless potential.

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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.  Classic cars have always been a part of the landscape here, where Tim started his restoration business thirty years ago. Enthusiasts will delight in Tim’s treasured 1934 Lagonda Rapier, which he lovingly restored over the course of a decade.  The Morris Minor pickup is the most wonderful work horse, and in use every day. In the very best of evolution, Tim and Lucy’s son Jack also built his own business, ‘Silent Classics’ in the workshop here; converting classic cars to run on Tesla batteries.

“Cosy, vintage and full of charm. Tim and Lucy offer a unique experience at their lovely home and grounds The Old Forge and were such lovely friendly people and so welcoming”

“Excellent accommodation in a gorgeous part of Dorset”

“Perfect relaxing countryside retreat”

“Brilliant place! Wish we never had to leave!”

The 18th century former Smithy and Wheelwrights workshops have been converted to create charming self-catering cottages, without losing any of their historic importance.  Original fellows and other artefacts adorn the walls of the Smithy in the museum corner and wrought iron balustrades frame the mezzanine bedroom in the eaves of the building.  Wood burning stoves have centre stage and you will find plenty of books to leaf through, collectibles to admire, and local artwork on display.

OUR ACCOMMODATION

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Wheelwrights

Charming single storey annexe
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Smithy

Wonderful converted Blacksmith Forge
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Mabel

Complete with private hot tub and BBQ grain silo
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Sam

Coming as a group? No problem. Add Sam to your stay
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The Old Forge Self Catering Cottages & Glamping

The Old Forge Self Catering Cottages & Glamping

The Old Forge, Self Catering Cottages & Glamping in the Dorset countryside.

3 months ago

Your beautiful neighbours (pardon the pun!) Jasmine and Lily who are both mother and daughter. Lily was born here ❤️. #arabhorses #glamping #shepherdshut #dorsetholiday ... See MoreSee Less
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3 months ago

Come and stay in Mabel the shepherds hut. Perfect romantic retreat for two, or bring the family and add on Sam the hut! Taking bookings now on our website. #glampingfamily #glampingcouples #glampinghottub #holidaysathome #dorsetbreak #dorsetholiday #theoldforgeglamping ... See MoreSee Less
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3 months ago

Thank you so much to the super talented @tilly_kerridge_art for painting this stunning mural! ... See MoreSee Less
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Our son Jack Kerridge converts classic cars to electric. He used to do this at The Old Forge in Tim's workshop, but has now moved locally to a larger workshop. Please follow and share! Silent Classics ... See MoreSee Less
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3 months ago

Bliss. Mabel and Sam the shepherds huts with private hot tub and silo. Book now on our website for couples or families and friends 🌟🍾 www.theoldforgedorset.co.uk #glamping #glampinguk #glampingcouples #glampingfamily #hottubs #hottubholidays #shepherdshut ... See MoreSee Less
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