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Way's Forge,

Dorchester, South East Dorset, Dorset
Sleeps 3 Bedrooms 2 Changeover day Friday Shortbreaks 1
Stay at Ways Forge between 5th January and 29th March and enjoy 10% discount. Prices shown include discount. New bookings only.
78 % Rating
At a Glance
  • Open Fire Open Fire
  • Pet Friendly Pet Friendly
  • Linen Included Linen Included
  • Cot Cot
  • Kids Kids
  • Cottages with WiFi Wifi
  • Garden Garden
  • parking Parking
  • Guests Guests
  • Located in the picturesque village of Piddlehinton.
  • Off road parking.
  • Welcomes 2 dogs.
  • Wood burning stove.
  • County town of Dorchester just 5 miles away.

Way's Forge was a working forge run by five generations of the Way family dating back to the 1830's.  The property has now been sympathetically renovated into a comfortable home, whilst still keeping its original character and charm. As with many traditional village smithys Way's Forge is conveniently located on the village high street and is only yards from the excellent Thimble Inn with its lovely streamside garden and delicious food. Situated in the picturesque village of Piddlehinton within the admired Piddle Valley, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. The village includes a pretty church and the Millennium Green with children's play area and picnic tables. You can enjoy delightful walks using the wealth of footpaths and bridleways nearby.  Cerne Abbas, overseen by the legendary Cerne Giant is a short drive away and the county town of Dorchester is around 5 miles away and has a great combination of shopping, historical and visitor attractions.  Take your pick from the beautiful nearby beaches, the long sandy beach, traditional Punch and Judy shows and donkey rides of Weymouth, or the more secluded Ringstead Bay are both around a 20-25 minute drive from Way's Forge. Pretty Lulworth Cove and the geological wonder, Durdle Door, are both under 20 miles from the property, pack a picnic and spend the day exploring these stunning spots on the Jurassic Coast.

Accommodation: Open plan kitchen, lounge dining area.  Cloakroom with hand basin and toilet.  Open tread stairs with a turn to first floor.  Bedroom 1, kingsize double bed with flat screen TV with DVD.  Bedroom 2, single bed.  Bathroom, bath with shower over, hand basin and toilet.

Services in addition to standard: WiFi, Underfloor heating.  Washing machine, small fridge / freezer.  Flat screen TV and DVD.  Log burner with kindling provided.  Cot. Bed linen and towels inclusive.  Welcomes 2 dogs.  Off road parking. Outside garden with mown grass area, garden table and seating and potted plants.

Miss E Hathway
Wow what can I say? We absolutely love what you have done with the old Forge. It's beautiful. So our stay was going to consist of coastal and rural walks, however storm 'Emma' and all the snow put pay to our plans. BUT where better to be snowed in than this beautiful little cottage in a lovely village with such friendly neighbours, one of which during the power cut brought us candles just in case the power was not restored by nightfall! It has been a restful break away (both of us working for the NHS at this busy time) we will most definitely be back hopefully during more amenable weather! Thank you. Stayed February 2018

Mr M Wood
We very much enjoyed our stay at the cottage. It was the perfect place for the first holiday with out 6 month old Schnoodle! The cottage is in a great location and with the weather being glorious all weekend we have been able to see lots of the stunning coastline. Had a meal on the Saturday at The Thimble where we were able to take the dog. Really nice food and pub generally. Great stumbling distance as well. Stayed February 2018

Mr B White
We loved our relaxing stay at Way's Forge! It felt like home from the moment we arrived. (thank you so much for the delicious chocolates & biscuits!) The forge really stood out to us when looking up places to go, and it didn't disappoint. It has been beautifully renovated to such a high standard and has such a lot of character – we will be recommending it to everyone! We particularly loved the underfloor heating, especially our little sausage dog Molly! Thanks again, we hope to be back soon! Stayed February 2018

Mr A Youd
We have had a lovely long weekend here in such a gorgeous part of the world. The cottage is beautifully decorated and very comfortable. We enjoyed it so much. Also 2 fab meals at The Thimble, a pub with lovely food and the best service we have experienced in a long time – thank you – stayed December 2017

Mrs J Poulton
Way's Forge was a great place for a winter retreat, very warm and cosy. My Mum, sister and myself had a very relaxing break. Stayed November 2017.

Mrs M Jones
A great cottage and it was perfect for us , space wise , very well equipped kitchen, location perfect too. How refreshing to find a well equipped kitchen. Thank you for the milk, scones and chocolates. Thank you for the use of your maps. We have cycled many miles. We have made happy memories this year and Ways Forge is definitely a cottage we will return to.- Stayed October 2017.

Mrs V Cooper
Great for a long weekend. Cottage suited us and it was furnished well. Good info provided in folder and maps /books available too. Liked the area with lovely Dorchester nearby and the Thimble pub up the road for a meal. Stayed September 2017.

Mrs S Thompson
Lovely stay here at Ways Forge, very cosy homely cottage. Love West Bay and Lyme Regis too. Thimble Inn delightful (lovely cold cider). Visited Dorchester market too. Stayed July 2017

Mrs S McIlwrick
We had a lovely time here it is such a lovely Cottage, it felt like home as soon as we arrived. Memories have been made and will stay with us forever. Stayed May 2017

Mrs D Legge
A lovely little cottage perfectly positioned to explore Dorset. Particularly loved the bedroom but all was very cosy. The dog loved it too. Stayed October 2016

Mr C Lamb
Such a beautiful cottage - well presented and prepared for us. We had such a lovely and quiet weekend break with out 16 month old girl. Loved the fireplace, kitchen and decor. There is a lovely pub just up the road too. Stayed October 2016

Mr M Newton
Way's Forge is a great place to stay for exploring Dorset due to its central location. The cottage is brilliant and the owners have thought of everything you'll need plus a few extras to make it feel like you've been invited by friends. Stayed September 2016

Mr R Harvey
We have had a really lovely stay at Way's Forge, it has been home from home. We have never visited Dorset before and this has been the perfect base, the countryside is so beautiful and seems to go on forever. It has been a really good break and hope to come back one day. Thank you for the goodies, take care and all the very best - Stayed June 2016.

Mr B Plato
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Ways Forge. We were so impressed with your presentation and loved the many special touches added for comfort and homliness. Stayed May 2016

About the Location

Dorchester offers rolling green countryside, alongside all the pleasures of a vibrant market town, with beautiful architecture, an abundance of Roman history and some of the finest restaurants in Dorset. Shopping in Dorchester is a much loved pastime too, with many high street names alongside lovely boutique stores and regular traditional markets.

You can feel the spirit of Thomas Hardy everywhere in Dorchester; this is where he was born in 1840 in the delightful cob and thatch cottage built by his grandfather just a 12 minute drive from the town. This cottage is where Thomas Hardy sat and wrote ‘Under the Greenwood Tree’ and ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’. Visitors can visit Hardy’s Cottage, which is now owned by The National Trust and has barely been altered since his family left.

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