We are now open and can’t wait to welcome you back!

Sam & Mabel our shepherds huts and our self catering cottages The Smithy and Wheelwrights have been awakenened from their long slumber. Drink in the vivid greens of Fontmell Down and listen out for the cries of buzzards soaring above.

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 Smithy 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, embracing the ‘glamping’ revolution.


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, and original fellows as remnants of the wheelwrights workshop displayed on the walls.