Rosie for Sale

Regrettably, due to semi-retiring and other exciting plans for The Old Forge, Rosie our beloved Gypsy Caravan is up for sale! Fully wired with optional heat and lighting. Rosie is a current thriving Glamping unit.

Serious enquires only please, please call 01747 811881 and speak to Tim, or email us at theoldforge@ymail.com
Offers around £12,000.

End of B&B…

Up until the end of October 2018, Lucy has decided to hang up her apron after 30 years of serving homemade breakfast to her guests! The last six years we have been awarded the Gold taste of the West award and now want to spend more time with our seven grandchildren Darcie, Zola, Willow, Kitty, Iris, Primrose and baby Ralphie! All our accommodation is now self catering.

2018 Certificate of Excellence

The Old Forge has just been awarded the 2018 Recognition of Excellence by HotelsCombined. This award is in recognition for consistently achieving the highest standards of Customer Satisfaction worldwide. We know this because the team here at HotelsCombined undertook the largest analysis of customer opinions online across millions of points of data. We now have a complete and comprehensive understanding of over one million hotels worldwide, taking our team of data experts months to finalize. Specifically, to date, we found and processed 108 opinions that your guests have posted on a variety of different websites, forums, and social media, resulting in an incredible score of 10 out of a possible 10. You are now representing the top 3% of accommodation worldwide for Customer Satisfaction.

Shed of the Year 2017

We are thrilled and delighted to have been chosen in the final four of the ‘Historic’ category, for Channel 4’s George Clarkes Shed of The Year for ‘The Lagonda Workshop’ . You can watch it here!

Shed of the Year, Radio Solent!

We had a visit from radio Solent yesterday who did a interview and a video of Tim’s Shed of the Year. Click here to hear the interview, its 1 hour 57 minutes in! View the video here

Help for Heroes Shoot

We had a fantastic time hosting a photoshoot for the great worthy cause of Help for Heroes. Our beautiful cosy Smithy, and rooms were used. And of course our resident donkey Scrumpy Jack!

Dorset Tourism Awards, Winner!

We are absolutely thrilled and delighted to have won the Gold glamping business of the year Award presented to us at The Bovington Tank museum. This Dorset tourism award celebrates the very best in Dorset tourism and also as a county heat for the South West and National Visit England Awards!

“This site has a wow around every corner. The 2 shepherds’ huts and the gypsy caravan are all unique and stunning both externally and internally. The views are amazing. The interiors are charming and quirky. The site offers a real experience and the owners are very welcoming.

The accommodation is spotless, and the general areas well maintained. The huts have their own bathrooms and compost loos. The caravan has its own shower room and traditional toilet. Each hut also has a fire pit, BBQ and outside seating. There is an outdoor kitchen which is very well equipped and again everything is upcycled and in keeping with the vintage feel of the site. A tuck shop adds more value by offering sweets, local icecreams, wood and other items. Guests can have a cooked breakfast at the house for £10, or opt for a breakfast hamper. Each hut has a welcome pack. There is a garage “museum” on site which the owner is very happy to show you.

The owners are passionate about their business and communicate this joy and enthusiasm to anyone visiting them. Nothing seems to be too much trouble and they certainly go the extra mile to make their guest stay a comfortable one.

Everything from the huts and caravans to the interiors is upcycled. Recycling on site is strongly encouraged. Compost loos. Water is harvested. Food is locally sourced or home grown. Local businesses are actively promoted.

The owners were so welcoming on arrival and departure we felt we left as old friends.

A beautiful and unique glamping experience in stunning countryside. The owners’ enthusiasm and passion for what they are doing is tangible on every level. Nothing is too much trouble for them and their passion for upcycling is catching! A real labour of love and visiting/staying is a fascinating insight into another age.”

The village of Compton Abbas

A lovely write up with pretty illustrations of The Old Forge and the village, read it here

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.’

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.”