Sleeps 2

Peep through the pergola and tip toe around Silas to find Mabel patiently waiting for you.

Mabel is the perfect retreat for two.  A vintage patchwork quilt on the full-sized double bed, a Caledonian dumpy wood burner, a digital radio, board games, books and a pair of binoculars has you all set.  The up-cycled bedstead veranda offers glorious views and is the perfect spot for watching light fade into evening, and the night skies awakening.


  • Sleeps 2, or Mabel and Sam are let together to groups and families
  • Cosy 4ft double bed
  • Linen and towels provided
  • Glamping kitchen,tuck shop, Silo and hot tub use
  • Private bathroom with composting loo and shower 30 metres away
  • Basket of logs provided, £5 extra for re-fills
  • Fire pit wood available to purchase as well as extra firelighters, matches and kindling
  • BBQ’s and fire pits provided
  • Dogs welcome at £25 per stay
  • Child welcome in a tent alongside
  • Minimum three night stay
  • Prices start from £145 per night. Book direct for best prices!


The bathroom is just a skip away next to Sams bathroom in a converted outbuilding. An antique commode-come-composting loo, a salvaged suite complete with electric shower, sink and a heated towel rail all combine to make a very comfortable convenience.


You can’t miss the orange hot tub with its bespoke timber surround, designed and created by Tim, offering complete privacy and protection from the elements. Guests also have exclusive use of the glamping kitchen and the tuck shop, with all the amenities that you will need.

 If you would like the hot tub preheated (with our propane heater) ready to use prior to your arrival,  just ask and this can be arranged. You can then relax after your journey.  This is probably the most economic way to get the best value as it will require less wood on subsequent days.  The hot tub is now under cover and has two open sides with amazing views up to Fontmell Down, so if it is raining only your bottom half will get wet. If however it is fine, you can gaze at the stars.


‘Silas’ is the most recent arrival in the glamping field.  Re-invented from a humble grain store, he provides a one-of-a-kind seating area.  An integrated fire pit will keep you warm and you can even barbeque in here.

Silas started life as a humble grain silo at Gourd’s Farm, just a hop, skip and a jump away from his new abode here at The Old Forge.

With a passion for all things galvanised, I couldn’t help but notice that this particular silo appeared to be in retirement on the farm. The cogs started turning in my mind to come up with a new lease of life for him; an observatory? a bar? a new Glamping unit?

Silas spent rather too long sitting without purpose at the top of our field until being winched into position for his transformation to evolve. A gradual process ensued, inspired by the miscellany that I wanted to upcycle.

What we have created is a beautifully simple and intimate seating area making the most of the panorama that surrounds it. Silas will give you shelter from the elements and has four removable shutters to cope with all prevailing weathers. He can be used as a BBQ or fire pit.

“WOW. We had an amazing time getting back to basics so to speak. Beautiful countryside, stunning views and the animals for company. Tim and Lucy are fantastic hosts. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves”

“Cosy, vintage and full of charm. Tim and Lucy offer a unique experience at their lovely home and grounds The Old Forge and were such lovely friendly people and so welcoming”

From the incredibly warm and friendly welcome from our hosts Tim and Lucy, to the wonderful cosy accommodation in the shepherds huts with just the best toastie duvets ever…and the lazy evenings sat around in Silas the Silo, toasting marshmallows over the fire pit, having cooked a BBQ…afterwards lying in the hot tub gazing over the star studded sky. The peace and tranquility and the total switch off from our busy lives made this venue all the more remarkable and one suiting both adults and young children alike.

Tim and Lucy are excellent hosts and really look after you while staying. We had the shepherds huts in their big open field and all of the family really enjoyed it. Very comfy and the old silo barbecue is excellent. Wonderful to see the kids interact with the animals and just be free for a few days. Great place for a break.




Coming as a group? No problem. Add Sam to your stay
Sleeps 2