“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.”
Our self catering cottage the Smithy has been featured in the Travel Saturday Guardian for number 1 in “cool cottages in Dorset”, come and see for yourself!
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We had a visit from ITV TV to feature us on Holiday Home Sweet Home, a series following holiday home owners as they do business over a busy summer season. The show was presented by 2010 Celebrity MasterChef champion Lisa Faulkner who visited us, and tried her hand at apple pressing! Watch us here
Top cycling magazine ‘Cycling Active’ loved staying at Rosie, the Gypsy Caravan and Sam, the shepherd’s hut on their cycling tour round Dorset.
“Arriving at the Old Forge we were immediately given a warm welcome by Tim and Lucy and their numerous dogs and horses (and donkey). Our gypsy caravan accommodation for the night kept the spirit of life on the open road while providing the kind of luxuries weary cyclists appreciate — a hot shower, pot of tea and roaring log fire.”
Friday, 11 Febuary 2011
The Guardian Travel – From a Georgian-themed yurt to a stylish Iron Age roundhouse, Alastair Sawday’s new website showcases the next level of upmarket camping across the UK
This happy adventure is not lifted from the pages of The Wind in the Willows; this is the Kerridges on a grand day out
The Times Online, Gypsy Caravan – Alistair Sawday chooses his favourite romantic small cottages, selected from www.special-escapes.co.uk