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Way's Forge

Piddlehinton, Dorset (Ref. 994768)

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  • Sleeps 3

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

  • Reviews

    Mrs Day

    “Rustic, cosy cottage in a central location for touring the Jurassic Coast and countryside.”


    Bedrooms and bathroom upstairs had good facilities and enough cupboards and drawers for storage. Under floor heating was comfortable with ability to control thermostats. There is no dishwasher which is fine but the property could do with some more crockery.... eg bowls, pasta bowls, small plates. The fridge is far too small and at a low level. The kitchen could accommodate a larger, upright fridge and this will improve the comfort of buying in food and drink to last a few days, especially when weather is bad and you wish to enjoy the property. I read through some of the previous comments from guests and one person, some time ago, recommended a hairdryer as she had forgotten hers. I still didn’t see one in the property. Garden.... although it states clearly that the garden isn’t enclosed, it wasn’t clear to us that the garden is on the side (rather than the back) of the property and facing the very busy road. The traffic noise at peak times in the mornings and evenings was annoying.... could the windows at the front be triple glazed?? On arrival, we found rubbish in the bins inside the property and the outside bins were overflowing as they had not been put out on the Thursday night by previous guests. We arrived on the Saturday. The bins were attracting flies. Also, we were not impressed with the cleanliness of the property for our arrival. We found dust and coins, paper clips on the bureau and cobwebs everywhere and when our puppy lost her ball under the cupboards and drawer units in the lounge and bedroom, the dirt, mess and hair found on the floor was disgusting.

    Thank you for your feedback and it’s great that you found Way’s Forge to be a cosy rustic cottage with good facilities and storage, along with comfortable underfloor heating. With so many excellent reviews we are sorry that the cleaning was not perfect on this occasion, which is an isolated case, however, the owner would have been keen to arrange a revisit immediately from the cleaning team had we been made aware, using the details we provide. I am sorry that you did not locate the hairdryer which is kept in a drawer in the main bedroom and unfortunately due to being a very old building dating back to 1830s, triple glazing is not a possibility. We do hope that both our description and photos do show the property and its gardens as clearly as possible. We look forward to welcoming you to another Dream Cottages holiday soon. Owner relations


  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Smoke-free Smoke-free
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

The property

Set in the charming village of Piddlehinton, Way’s Forge is a beautifully renovated old blacksmith’s workshop.The property dates back to the 1830’s and was a working forge run by five generations of the Way family.

Way’s Forge offers plenty of original character and is perfect for those looking to stay somewhere full of charm and history. The cottage suits a couple or a small family as it sleeps up to three people.

The stout beams, stone walls and woodburning stove create a great atmosphere and the thoughtful and creative use of bygones, such as the tin trunk coffee table, add to the warm personality of the cottage.

The first floor offers two bedrooms, with very comfortable beds, and a bathroom, whilst the large open plan living area with underfloor heating on the ground floor has all you need for a relaxing holiday. Way’s Forge sits in the wonderful Piddle Valley, a great base from which to explore the Dorset countryside and you can start with walks right from the village itself.

The Millennium Green, a playground and picnic area by the river, is a short stroll down a path opposite the cottage.

There are many tracks on the hills around the village where you can walk your dogs. Typical of many village blacksmiths Way’s Forge lies in the heart of Piddlehinton on the main street, a two minute walk from the award winning Thimble Inn.

This thatched 18th century pub and restaurant with a riverside garden serves great food. The pretty village of Cerne Abbas is in the next valley with the intriguing chalk hillside figure of the Cerne Giant.

Thomas Hardy’s cottage, Thorncombe Woods and Puddletown Forest are nearby.

There are, of course, many other lovely places to explore in Dorset. A short drive away is the county town of Dorchester, with shopping, restaurants, cinemas, museums and other places of interest.

Brewery Square and Poundbury are interesting and exciting local developments. The seaside town of Weymouth with its sandy beach and entertainment for everyone is just 14 miles away.

Lulworth Cove, the arch of Durdle Door and the rest of the stunning Jurassic Coast are close-by.


Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x single. Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, WC. Ground floor cloakroom with basin and WC. Open plan kitchen, dining area and sitting area.


  • Underfloor heating with log burner, electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, washing machine, TV, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent and kindling for log burner
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot available
  • Off road parking for two cars
  • Outside garden with mown grass, seating and potted plants
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2-3 miles, pub 2 min.

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About the location


Situated in the Piddle Valley just 5 miles north of the County town of Dorchester, is the quaint Dorset village of Piddle Hinton. This village is packed with countryside cottages and historic buildings and perfect for those seeking a rural retreat, whilst being only a short drive from a bustling town with the all the amenities you need. Piddle Hinton boasts it own brewery the Piddle Brewery and has The Thimble Inn serving food and drinks. The Weymouth Beach is just 14 miles away, and offers a complete contrast to the rolling countryside of the Piddle Valley, whilst Portland, the home of the 2012 Olympic sailing event offers yet another dramatic landscape. Don’t forget to visit the Cerne Abbas Giant, 7 miles away, and for those wishing to venture further afield, Bournemouth and Poole are around a 40-minute drive away.

Note: max 3 people.

Note: Please note the garden is not fully enclosed.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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