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1 bedroom
1 bedroom

Guest reviews

5.0/5 Exceptional
8 reviews
Guests rated this property 4.9/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

Free WiFi
Parking included
Outdoor Space
Barbecue Grill

Cleaning and safety practices

Cleaned with disinfectant
Contactless check-in
Sheets and towels washed at 60°C


Explore the area

Popular LocationLongleat39 min drive
Popular LocationWimborne Minster41 min drive
AirportBournemouth (BOH-Bournemouth Intl.)62 min drive
Popular LocationCenter Parcs Longleat Forest65 min drive

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About this area


The Old Forge is located in Shaftesbury. Local landmarks include Wimborne Minster and Kingston Lacy House, and travellers wishing to experience a bit of culture can try Hauser and Wirth Somerset. Spend some time exploring the area's activities, including birdwatching.

Visit our Shaftesbury travel guide
Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Longleat Safari and Adventure Park - 37 min drive
  • Longleat - 39 min drive
  • Wimborne Minster - 41 min drive
  • Salisbury Cathedral - 47 min drive
  • Center Parcs Longleat Forest - 65 min drive

Getting around

  • Gillingham Dorset Station - 17 min drive
  • Bournemouth (BOH-Bournemouth Intl.) - 62 min drive


  • The Half Moon - 4 min drive
  • The Mitre - 5 min drive
  • The Salt Cellar - 5 min drive
  • The Ugly Duckling Cafe - 6 min drive
  • La Fleur de Lys - 6 min drive

About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire cottage to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

The Old Forge

3-star cottage in Shaftesbury with free parking
Along with a garden, this smoke-free cottage has barbecues and a picnic area. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. This cottage has 3 cottages. Housekeeping is not available.
The Old Forge offers 3 forms of accommodation.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter

Social distancing

Contactless check-in and check-out
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Hand sanitiser provided
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Free WiFi

Parking and transport

  • Free self-parking

Outdoor areas

  • Barbecue
  • Garden
  • Picnic area


  • No lifts
  • Smoke-free property

Services and conveniences

  • No housekeeping

Things to do

  • Birdwatching nearby


  • 3 rooms



Check-in between 4:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 10:00 AM

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Important information

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
Commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays, and bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F
Social distancing measures are in place and guests are provided with hand sanitiser
Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available

Property is also known as

The Old Forge Cottage
The Old Forge Shaftesbury
The Old Forge Cottage Shaftesbury

Frequently asked questions

Can I cancel my reservation for free at The Old Forge and receive a full refund?
Yes, The Old Forge offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to The Old Forge cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.
How much is parking at this property?
Self-parking is free at this property.
What time is check-in at this property?
Check-in is from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
What time is check-out at this property?
Checkout is at 10:00 AM.
Where is this property located?
Situated in Shaftesbury, this cottage is 7.8 mi (12.5 km) from Larmer Tree Gardens and within 20 miles (32 km) of Wimborne Minster and Kingston Lacy House. Hauser and Wirth Somerset and Stourhead are also within 20 miles (32 km).

Guest reviews

Overall score and ratings for The Old Forge

5 - Excellent
4 - Good
3 - Okay
2 - Mediocre
1 - Poor
Service and Staff
Property condition

5/5 Excellent

  • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities

Owners of the property were fabulous Smitty’s that I was in was a wonderful little serviced apt unit If you love animals this is the place to be at Location was very convenient and lovely too

Stayed 2 nights in Oct 2019

5/5 Excellent

  • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort

Stayed 2 nights in Sep 2019

5/5 Excellent

  • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort

What a lovely cottage. Absolutely what we needed for our weekend away. In a perfect area to where we needed it to be. Lovely owners. Lovely and clean. I would maybe suggest a few more cooking utensils, but that was it. Very relaxing. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Stayed 2 nights in Apr 2019

5/5 Excellent

  • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort

Great place to stay ,very welcoming owners, beautiful area to explore.

Stayed 3 nights in Feb 2019

5/5 Excellent

  • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort

Really quirky place to which i really enjoyed Comfortable room great owners Would recommend to anyone

Stayed 2 nights in Jun 2018