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.
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.