Old Forge

Dorchester, Dorset
Bed & Breakfast

Cosy up in a pretty old forge in Dorchester's AONB countryside. Relaxed, friendly home, good breakfasts, great walks on the Jurassic coast


1 room


Rooms sleep 2


Snug in a stream-tickled hamlet, deep in Hardy country, this B&B is as pretty as a painting and wonderfully peaceful. Judy is charming and friendly – this is a happy place, a real country home, a no-rules B&B. The one guest double, sharing the former forge with a self-catering pad for two, is inviting and cosy with yellow hues, thick carpets and trinkets from travels. Sit outside in a sunny patch by a beautiful copper beech. The 17th-century farmhouse opposite is where you breakfast: Judy, ex Prue Leith, serves a neighbour’s eggs, a friend’s sausages and good coffee in an eclectically furnished room with bucolic views to garden, meadows and hills.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.

Towels for drying and protection covers for chairs etc.

Large garden - almost secure except for stream, which an adventurous young dog could jump across.

Pub 1.5 miles.


Nightly price
from £100
Singles £60-£70. Stays of 2+nights: £80-£90.
1 Double
From £100


This is a wonderful remote B&B and Judy is simply a fantastic host. We had such a wonderful time and she accommodated all our needs and was so sweet to our little dog as well. We can warmly recommend the Old Forge and look forward coming again to this special place...


We were made to feel very welcome on arrival with our dog after a long day of walking on the Macmillan way. Very comfortable room in delightful corner of Dorset. Lovely relaxed breakfast with fresh fruit and local produce. Our host was kindness itself - driving us to the local (very good) pub for food and collecting us again. Much welcomed by tired legs.


Judy was a delightful host and we appreciated the thoughtful extra details that made our stay enjoyable - an extremely comfortable bed with ample pillows, quilts and quality linen, plentiful OS maps, a wool rug to wrap up in, in the deck chair in the quiet garden, sweet peas, a jug of fresh milk waiting on the doorstep in the morning. Local pub was extremely good and all this followed by one of the best B&B breakfasts we have ever had. We will definitely come back as there is so much to do in this part of Dorset.


Simply wonderful, it has all been said before but this is a perfect place to stay in gorgeous west Dorset. Judy and Tony are lovely as is the accommodation and breakfast. So many lovely places to visit nearby. We will be back

Penny, Northants

We had such a lovely stay with our greyhound and felt very welcome. Brilliant location and superb breakfast. Loads of local walks and pubs, close enough to the coast to spend the day.

Emily, Bristol

What a wonderful discovery. Everything you'd want from a Country Bed & Breakfast. It's up there with the best we've stayed in - and that includes dozens recommended by Sawdays. It was peaceful, scenic, rural and we were made to feel welcome from the moment we met Judy to the time we had to pack our bags and come home. Everything you read about the breakfast is true. Just fabulous. The room we stayed in was spotless, cosy and full of creative and welcome touches. The door opened out onto a huge green garden where we relaxed in garden chairs at the end of a busy day in Bridport. We loved it.


This place is pretty much as good as B&Bs get. Judy is a great host, relaxed and entertaining, clearly used to having people around and making them feel at ease. The breakfast was absolutely superb. The room was spotless, and had everything you could ever need. And not only that, it was separate from the main house so you had privacy too. In short, if every B&B was like this, hotels wouldn't exist. Staying here really made the weekend for us, and we'd do it again in a shot.


This may be THE best B&B we've stayed in, the room was lovely with a big secure garden for the dog to enjoy . Beautiful village with good places to eat and drink near by. Mr and Mrs Thompson were very welcoming and put us at ease. Breakfast was perfect. We would love to return another time. Highly recommended.


We and our dogs had a fantastic stay at the Old Forge, Judy and Tony were charming and the breakfast was fantastic. I would definitely recommend the Old Forge.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Judy Thompson

  • Walk to the highest point on Dorset coast - Golden Cap with stunning views.
  • Experience the unique Swannery in Abbotsbury where 100s of swans nest and rear their young.
  • Bridport Saturday market a must for the arty and for those just searching for a treasure to take home.
  • Walk the bronze age forts - Maiden Castle, Eggardon Hill and Pilsden Pen.
  • Visit Sherborne Abbey and the town packed with individual shops.
  • Follow Lower Wraxall on Facebook for up to date news.