The Smithy, once an original working forge has now been stylishly converted to a romantic hideaway for two. The Smithy lies just across the yard from the main house and was the original Blacksmiths forge. It still retains many of the original features and blacksmiths artefacts and has made a wonderful conversion with views across the village green to Fontmell Down. Please contact us direct for reduced rates.
Across the yard from the main house, The Smithy was once a working forge. Its current owners have restored and converted it with meticulous care and, with an eye to its past, have kept on display in a corner of the living room the original blacksmith’s tools they discovered – bellows, anvils and hammers – making this an interesting and highly unusual retreat.
This is a highly unusual location, full of character and atmosphere. If you have an interest in vintage cars then this is the place for you. The owner, Tim’s post-war car restoration workshop and small museum with all its “automobilia” and 1934 Lagonda will transport you into a bygone era. A little way up the track Lucy keeps Arab horses, a donkey and free range hens.
The Smithy is also a fantastic spot for keen walkers, with footpaths leading directly up to Compton Down and Fontmell Down, part of an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty managed by the National Trust and well known for its wild flowers, butterflies and iron age cross dykes.
This part of southern England is rich in visitor attractions; grand houses and gardens such as Chettle, Longleat, Stourhead and Kingston Lacy are an easy drive and the historic towns and cities of Salisbury, Bath and Sherborne are all less than an hour away. South Dorset’s World Heritage Jurassic coast is reachable in 30 to 40 minutes.
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The Smithy is approached from the courtyard by four stone steps, which lead up to a stable door entrance giving access into the double height, open-plan living room. At one end the large fireplace houses a woodburner and at the other there’s an oak refectory table for dining. 5 steps up from here the galleried bedroom area has an ornate iron double bed. Quarry tiled steps from the living area lead down to a fitted ‘galley’ kitchen and a bathroom/WC with shower attachment to the bath.
Outside, The Smithy has its own sitting-out area under a vine and honeysuckle covered pergola. There is also immediate access to the large village green, a lovely picnic area with views up to Fontmell Down.
Interacció amb els hostes
Guests will be shown into the Smithy by friendly hosts, you will be left to your own devices and we will be available if you need anything.
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We are the winners of the Alastair Sawday's 'Labour of Love' award and the Taste of the West Gold award.
Due to our free range chickens at The Old Forge, unfortunately we do not except pets.
We have been living at The Old Forge for 28 years! Over this time the place has been lovingly restored to it's former splendour as a former Wheelwrights and Forge. We are both passionate collectors of all things vintage and retro, vintage cars, tractors, Shepherds huts, and a Gypsy caravan are all part of our collection! Our four children all follow in this family tradition!
We have two beautiful Arab horses (mother & daughter) and a famous donkey, Scrumpy Jack! Also our two labradoodles Pudding & Pie, westie Bonnie and not forgetting the free strutting hens that provide our scrumptious eggs!
We love gardening, cooking, walking & riding and pottering around the Dorset lanes in our 1934 Lagonda.