We’re so pleased to share that we are now open.  All safety precautions have been thoughtfully implemented to comply with government guidelines, whilst ensuring the best possible stay for our guests.  We look forward to welcoming you back to The Old Forge!

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.


Sam and Mabel our shepherds huts are kept company in the adjacent paddock by Scrumpy Jack the Donkey and Jasmine and Lily the Arabian horses. The chickens are free range in every sense of the word and never far from sight.

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.