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The Smithy, The Old Forge

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Fanners Yard, Compton Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset
England, United Kingdom

Wind down in Dorset in a charming old forge with a country décor and a friendly family next door. Admire the vintage cars!

Go slow in Dorset. When Tim and Lucy first came across this Victorian forge – across the yard from their house – they found the blacksmith's tools exactly as he'd left them. They have restored the building with a sensitive eye. Bellows, anvils, pincers and hammers from the smithy's days complement stone, brick, coir matting and the ancient roof timbers of the sitting room – warm and cosy with a wood-burning stove and jugs of wild flowers. The terracotta tiled kitchen is small but has all the bits and pieces you need; off here is the immaculately pretty bathroom. Up six steps and you're into a pretty galleried bedroom, with folksy painted furniture, iron bedstead, French style bedspread and crisp white sheets. On fine days take tea under a clematis and rose covered arbour. Walk from door across gorgeous Fontmell Down, explore the nearby iron-age cross dykes, or go a little further for historic castles and grand houses. The easy-going and friendly Kerridges don't stop at simply restoring old buildings: if you're into veteran cars you'll appreciate Tim's collection of classics, including a magnificent 1930s Lagonda.

No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.

Electricity included

Open fire / woodburner

Microwave oven

Central heating

Mobile reception




Cooked meals available

Washing machine

Restaurant nearby

Shop within 3 miles

Local points of interest from
Tim & Lucy Kerridge:

  • Breadmaking courses available locally.
  • Just over half an hour from The Jurassic Coast.
  • Celebrity master chef Mat Follas has recently opened the Wild Garlic in Iwerne Minster (5 minutes away) for dining and even foraging courses!
  • Convenient for The Great Dorset Steam Fair at the end of August.
  • Thomas Hardy county.
  • Longleat is a half-hour drive.
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Booking enquiries: Tim & Lucy Kerridge
+44 (0)1747 811881 (landline)

  • 1 Cottage for 2
Price:(i) £350 to£595 per week

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Fanners Yard, Compton Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Self-catering The Smithy (self-catering)
Cottage ~ 1 double on mezzanine
Price: (i) £ 350 to £ 595 per week
Booking enquiries: Tim & Lucy Kerridge
+44 (0)1747 811881 (landline)