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Way's Forge

(Ref. 994768)

Piddlehinton, Dorset Show on map


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  • 3 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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83 Customer Reviews

  • "Nice property, parking- plenty of room for 2 cars, 3 at a squeeze, road not really that busy, quiet most of the time."

    Quirky cottage, clean, good king-sized bed ( I'm 6'6 and was comfortable), decent shower, liked the child gate on the stairs, stopped the dog roaming upstairs. Great pub just up the road, central location for exploring Dorset. Would recommend for a peaceful getaway break.

    Thank you so much for this lovely feedback. Please do come and stay again and bring your dog too. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Barry4.7Mar 2024

  • "A lovely, cosy and welcoming cottage with a wonderful pub just along the road."

    Perfectly situated to easily explore the surrounding area and had everything we needed for a relaxing week away.

    Sarah, we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay in Piddlehinton. The pub is so good! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Oct 2023

  • "We had a great stay at Ways Forge."

    Really appreciated all of the information provided by the owners regarding local amenities, recommendations and things to do. The cottage was very cosy and had everything we needed to make our stay so memorable. Not that we needed to contact the owners but it was reassuring to know that had there been any issues they were a couple of miles down the road. Reading previous reviews about the parking and how busy the road we were expecting the worse but have to say neither was an issue. The road isn’t that busy and reversing onto the drive made it easy to pull out. We would happily return to Ways Forge if we return to Dorset, its central location meant we could visit all of the places on our list. Many thanks to the owners for making our stay such a special one … even the weather was amazing too.

    Thank you so much for coming to stay, it's much appreciated and so pleased the weather was good too (: Property Owner

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Sep 2023

  • "Lovely cottage with many well thought through design touches."

    Kind arrival gifts and all the contemporary conveniences you would want, yet maintaining a cottage warm and cosy feel. Great road connectivity, but it is quite a busy road at rush hour. Good walks nearby and a friendly gastro pub within easy walking distance. Really enjoyed our stay thank you!

    Reviewed by Dave5.0Sep 2023

  • "Charming abode sympathetically restored utilising reclaimed materials to great effect."

    All utilities & services provided. Ideal base to explore and experience all Dorset has to offer. Local amenities within short drive. Village hostilery popular and within walking distance. Loved our stay and would throughly recommend and would willing revisit during another season to relive the experience autumn or winter.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Aug 2023

  • "Great little place to stay and very homely!"

    Only thing I would say is, I was very disappointed that we didn’t have hot water in the shower especially for the price point.

    That is a shame. Please let us know if this happens and as we are only a couple of miles away will be down really quickly to reset the hot water or heating controls. Thank you for coming to stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Danilo4.1Aug 2023

  • "Whilst the inside accommodation was clean and well presented the beds weren't particularly comfortable."

    The king size bed banged everytime we moved or got in and out which woke the other person. The pillows were so hard I had to purchase new pillows the day after we arrived. Also, the underfloor heating didn't work under the living room area and the electric fire didn't have the power to heat the space. Finally, really disappointed with the outside space. It was so overgrown and covered in weeds that it was embarrassing. We were unable to use the outside table or chairs due to how overgrown it was. The trees and hedges need cutting back on the blind bend or at least a mirror installed so you can see if anything is coming before you risk pulling out of driveway. I specifically booked as it said it had a garden/patio and it had neither. I feel the advert needs updating to reflect the lack of outside useable space. This could be a great property if it was kept up together.

    Thank you for your feedback and we acknowledge your points, although surprised to see such unfamiliar topics. The mattresses and pillows are all high quality and all new just six months ago. The thermostats are set between 18-21 degrees so as it is mild the underfloor heating won't kick in until the cold weather starts. We are allowing the wildflowers to seed, always a scruffy time but it looks beautiful in Spring and early Summer and the butterflies and bees agree. We will trim the neighbour's hedge back when we cut and rake the outside area next changeover day. We do hope you had a lovely time in the pretty Piddle Valley in beautiful Dorset Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jason2.5Aug 2023

  • "We enjoyed a wonderful week at Ways Forge."

    It’s a lovely quirky property in a great location for exploring Dorset. The property has been set out very thoughtfully and felt very homely. It was great to find milk in the fridge on our arrival and my husband loved the biscuits! We enjoyed trips into Dorchester and Weymouth both of which aren’t far away. We can also recommend the Thimble Inn a couple of minutes walk down the road, good beer choices and very tasty food. We’d happily stay at Ways Forge again.

    Thank you for coming to stay at our much loved cottage and please do come back Property Owner

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Apr 2023

  • "We loved our stay at Ways Forge."

    The property is quirky and cool. It’s perfectly formed with plenty of space for two or three people and it had everything we needed. We would recommend it and if we find ourselves in Dorset again we’d definitely go back.

    Thank you so much for your feedback and for coming to stay, it's much appreciated! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alison4.7Apr 2023

  • "Very enjoyable week, love the quirky Forge."

    Very good pub near by, gets very busy, book early. Received a nice welcome text on arrival.

    We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for choosing our much loved cottage Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jenny4.7Mar 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at the cottage."

    It was clean and comfortable and had everything we needed. We had a problem with the heating during our stay, but this was dealt with quickly and resolved. The pub is literally round the corner and so nice, the cottage is in good distance of getting to the coast and attractions available. The only thing i found a little difficult was walking around the village with a pushchair as there are no pavements and some people driving through the village are going very fast. Parking had been mentioned in previous comments, its not your standard parking space granted, but we managed to park and manoevre a vauxhall vivaro van on it with no issues, so in a car it would be easy. My only advice would be is take some shopping with you or make a stop in Dorchester tesco one of the first things you do as the small village shops dont hold much and can be expensive.

    Thank you for coming to stay and for your feedback. Locals and visitors alike would all love pavements. We are glad you enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Amy5.0Nov 2022

  • "I had an amazing stay at Way's Forge."

    I spent 2 weeks there whilst on a guitar building course and the cottage was perfect for my needs. Relaxing on the comfy sofa in front of the fire was perfect each evening. A fantastic pub 2 mins walk down the road - I couldn't have asked for more. There was also plenty of room to park my van and my wife's car on the drive. Will definitely be returning for another visit in the future. Thank you.

    Hello Ben, so pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay. Crimson Guitars are a talented lot. Do come and stay again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ben5.0Oct 2022

  • "A Nice renovation of an old building."

    The settee was not very comfortable. Bedroom fine as was the rest of the cottage. Got a phone call from the local Thimble pub, how they got my number i do not know! Tried to ring owner, but a work number so not contactable at weekends. We enjoyed our stay in Dorset.

    Thank you for your feedback. There is now a new more comfortable sofa. Please ring Dream Cottages if for some reason you can't get hold of us on our three contact numbers. We are only a couple of miles away and always happy to help! Happy to hear you enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael4.4Oct 2022

  • "Cottage was lovely, very clean and comfy."

    And great area to explore. We enjoyed the full week. Cottage is warm and cozy. Would rate Cottage and our stay as 7/10 Would have been 9 however this review comes with a warning ⚠️ you will not get 2 cars in the parking area. I could just to say get my car in. And had to perform a 5 point turn to get it back out. The warning is beware of pulling out onto the High Street. As the entrance is yards away from a blind bend. Although the speed limit is 30 mph. Many cars drive around the blind bend at closer to 50mph. You realy have to guess if anything is coming. It caused us to have 3 very near misses during the week. Alan

    Thank you for your feedback. The parking can be tricky at first but there is room for 3 cars when you've got the hang of it Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alan4.7Sep 2022

  • "Charming, rustic cottage with a very interesting account of it’s restoration."

    It has a basic charm but still very functional and enough mod cons to be comfortable for a maximum of 3 people. It was a fantastic location for travel around Dorset but because of the general remoteness of the Dorset villages you need to plan ahead for food provisions as no shop very close by.

    Reviewed by Carolyn4.4Sep 2022

  • "Ways forge is a lovely little cottage and found the central location to be ideal for exploring both the coast and surrounding attractions."

    Full of character and very charming with an interesting history . The cottage was very clean , had everything we needed for the week but struggled to get out of bed in the morning as both beds are just so comfortable . Although on the main road through the village we found this not to be too busy and enjoyed sitting outside in the evening watching the world go by with a beer. In my opinion the cottage is great value for money compared to similar properties in Dorset . Phone signal isn't great but ok in the main bedroom or outside, however we found the WiFi connection to be spot on. Had a lovely meal at the thimble Inn on our last night , great food and really friendly staff . A big thank you to the owners , a lovely cottage that's been tastefully restored and would highly recommend.

    We are so glad you enjoyed your stay, thank you so much for your comments. The Thimble is such a good pub in every way and had a very complimentary write up not long ago in the Financial Times apparently Property Owner

    Reviewed by Scott4.7Aug 2022

  • "We cant wait to go back!"

    ! Such a beautiful forge, and very thoughtfully designed inside. My husband and i went with our 9 year old son and dog, for 5 days in July. Jane had kindly left a little welcome card and basket and milk in the fridge. It was impeccably clean, and has everything you would need, including a dog bowl!! I can not recommend this cottage anymore highly. Thank you Jane and Richard

    Thank you so much for this lovely feedback - it certainly sounds like a special holiday for people and dog Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Aug 2022

  • "This is a beautiful property - full of character."

    Perfect rural location for exploring Dorchester and the rest of Dorset. Dog and pet friendly. Stanley loved it! The shepherd's hut is a special feature. Great interaction with the owners by email and social media - we felt we could have called on them anytime for help.

    So pleased to hear you all had a good holiday - thank you so much for coming to stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Melvyn5.0Jul 2022

  • "Loved it! Well equipped, lovely atmosphere, perfect for total relaxation and switching off."

    Helpful and responsive owners. Perfect for us and our mutt! Would happily stay again.

    That's so lovely to hear! Thank you and do come back when you can Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joanne4.4May 2022

  • "Hope better pillows have been provided - feather not good for asthmatics and synthetic ones past their best."

    Otherwise cosy, comfortable, quirky cottage well placed for exploring Dorset. On well used road with some traffic noise but not enough to disturb us - quiet at night. Thimble Inn good but book early for Sunday lunch. Pubs in Piddletrenthide seemed to be closed down but little community shop useful.

    All new pillows, mattresses and bedding in 2023. Apologies if they didn't suit you.The Thimble Inn is great and there are also good pubs in Cerne Abbas just over the hill and The Brace of Pheasants in tranquil Plush Property Owner

    Reviewed by Allen4.4Apr 2022

  • "We were generally very happy with the accommodation and would certainly consider staying again."

    However, there were many cobwebs on the downstairs ceiling and we feel that a more thorough clean could be undertaken.

    Apologies for this oversight, cobwebs attended to regularly now with a fab long yellow feather duster! Thank you for coming to stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew3.4Mar 2022

  • "Thank you very much for great stay in your lovely cottage."

    Thank you for a welcome pack. Cottage is excellent. Very stylish decorated, very unique. Log burner was brilliant for cosy evenings. Cottage well equipped and warm. We had everything we needed. We have visited so many places, great location. Everything was perfect. Thank you

    Reviewed by Tomasz4.7Feb 2022

  • "Fantastic little getaway, we know the area very well as we have friends North of the village."

    The old forge has been renovated very well and love the folder containing the renovation from start to finish. The property is very well heated with rads upstairs and under floor heating downstairs with the added bonus of a log burner which was great. Easy access to main roads Dorchester is 15mins away. Road is busy outside however that didn't bother us at all. The Thimble in is 5 mins walk excellent home cooked food well worth a visit. The main bedroom is great so large and welcoming, bathroom facilities were great as well. To be honest I have stayed in a few private properties and this is well up there for our liking. If I was going to comment it would be on two things, the waste bin in the bedroom was still full from previous occupants, tissues etc with present conditions I would have liked to see that empty, also not a game changer however if you needed to work on a laptop the internet connection is only a dongle vial a router I could have done with a fibre connection however no way a game changer. I also love the little notes left around the property giving instructions or information, hand writing not typed out(brilliant touch) For me a great little place lovely location I will defiantly return if the owners would have us.

    Please do come back! thank you for your kind review. It was a different person on changeover that day so the bin got overlooked - apologies for that. Fibre connection is now greatly improved when it reached the village. thank you so much for coming to stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jonathan4.7Feb 2022

  • "I would absolutely recommend this property."

    It's warm, cosy, comfortable and the right side side of quirky. We had a three night stay here over christmas and it was perfect. Plenty to explore locally but actually just wanted to be cocooned in this lovely little bolt hole. Fire laid and Prosecco chilled for our arrival. The dog loved the under floor heating and we loved the comfy beds and sofa. Jane and Richard were helpful and welcoming, and from personal experience in the past, it's very reassuring to know the owners are close by incase of any issues... What is there not to like!

    Thank you so much, what lovely feedback! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Dec 2021

  • "Really lovely cottage in a good location for local places to visit There are ..."

    Really lovely cottage in a good location for local places to visit There are also some very good local eateries (book early) to sample

    Thank you so much - we are so glad you enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by William5.0Aug 2021

  • "The cottage was really nice and quirky."

    The story of how they renovated a old forge is fascinating. The cottage is a good base to travel from. It’s not far from the likes of Weymouth and Bournemouth. I do recommend that a visit to the tank museum is a must. Just one thing about the cottage is that the sofa is uncomfortable and probably needs replacing. Overall the cottage is really lovely and we will visit again.

    Reviewed by Darren4.7Aug 2021

  • "Loved the location and character of the property."

    Only issue was the lack of decent WiFi

    Thank you, wifi is excellent now Property Owner

    Reviewed by Steve3.4Jul 2021

  • "A wonderful cottage, full of character and a great base to explore Dorset,plenty of walking locally and wonderful wildlife to be found from the cottage."

    Thank you so much, I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Jul 2021

  • "The property was nicely furnished and comfortable."

    My only issue was the useless internet connection. Unsure if this was due to the rural location or not but it was almost unusable, taking minutes to change every page.

    Greatly improved now Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan4.4May 2021

  • "The cottage is lovely with loads of character, ideally positioned to explore Dorset."

    2 toilets, very spacious, parking. I would certainly consider staying there again

    Thank you very much for this Sue, so pleased you enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sue5.0May 2021

  • "The Forge, is a wonderful restored building and has been made into a very ..."

    The Forge, is a wonderful restored building and has been made into a very comfortable holiday home, hopefully we will return

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Apr 2021

  • "Owners were very helpful when we had a query."

    They left us some nice welcome treats. Would stay here again. Lovely location.

    Reviewed by John5.0Dec 2020

  • "Perfect location Perfect everything"

    Reviewed by Lecia5.0Dec 2020

  • "A beautifully presented cottage in a lovely setting."

    Warm and cosy, and a perfect place to relax or visit local area. Spottlessly clean and providing everything you need for your holiday. Ideally located for visiting the Jurrasic coast and all it has to offer.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Oct 2020

  • "There was some concern about the cutlery and glasses being clean enough ( especially with covid) all finger prints on them."

    The hot water was temperamental. Rustic, dog friendly cottage. Even a gate on the drive, not on description, made drive more dog safe. Plenty of nice walks straight from the cottage ,

    Reviewed by Lenneke2.8Oct 2020

  • "Ideal place to visit Dorset"

    Reviewed by John4.4Sep 2020

  • "This property is not four star."

    We understand it’s a cottage in the countryside but it had large wood lice,earwigs,and spiders crawling up the walls in every room the finish between the old and new was very lacking,the beams in the bedroom had large cobwebs and large spiders in every area between the beams. Property has a washing machine but no washing line or tumble dryer only a very small clothes rack. The outside space has room to sit out using the garden furniture supplied but the surface is very unsuitable would benefit from a comfortable flat area. We have stayed in many of your properties and found them to be lovely and we would return to ,unfortunately for us we would not return to this property which is a shame as it’s a great location with a great village pub with excellent food .

    Reviewed by Beverley2.5Aug 2020

  • "Everything was pretty tip top in Way’s Forge."

    A dishwasher would have been nice, but no doubt some people prefer a washing machine and one was provided, you can’t have it all when space is a little restricted. The Cottage was tastefully furnished and practical and the best bathroom I have experienced in a holiday cottage so 10/10 for the owners as it’s an important aspect of every holiday stay. Had a great time in Dorset, so much to see that we will need to revisit. What a beautiful country we live in

    Reviewed by Annette3.8Aug 2020

  • "A delightful cottage with all comforts provided Access to lots of places to visit but not enough time to fully explore"

    Reviewed by Ian4.7Jul 2020

  • "Absolutely loved this cottage, it was comfortable & quirky we loved the quiet village location but everything we wanted to visit was only 10-30 minutes away."

    The pub just minutes walk away served the best food ever and some stunning costal walks just a short drive away.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Jul 2020

  • "It was great to find somewhere near to our friends that catered for our dog and ticked so many boxes."

    Great location with a great fire, the only letdown was the weather. We may well be back in the summer

    Reviewed by Joyce3.8Jan 2020

  • "The cottage is in an ideal location for us."

    The master bedroom is perfect. We didn’t use the log burner and the heating system did take us a while to master. The outside space was perfect for our dog. We appreciated the welcome package too and the links to the owners in the folder on the restoration. We would certainly stay there again.

    Thank you for your valuable feedback and glad you enjoyed your stay at Way’s Forge. The owners will look into making the heating instructions a little clearer for guests, however if you called the owners they would have been very happy to pop to the cottage to show you in person. Thanks again for your review and look forward to welcoming you back to a Dream Cottage soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan4.4Nov 2019

  • "The cottage was lovely, we loved the touches of telling us about the cottage and the renovation that they did."

    It's is situated well for exploring the area. The welcome pack is a nice touch. The thimble Inn is a nice place to eat it is just a walk away from cottage. There are walks from cottage to enjoy with dog.

    Reviewed by Brenda5.0Sep 2019

  • "Beautifully restored cottage in a fantastic location close to all the great attractions Dorset has to offer."

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Aug 2019

  • "We stayed 2 weeks and loved the cottage it is renovated to high standard and done in such an artistic way which we appreciate and yet it retains it's character."

    Owners were really lovely and we knew they were there if needed which was perfect by us. They very thoughtfully left us a lovely welcome pack too. We noticed people had left reviews about heavy traffic which when we read them and having booked was a concern but it REALLY is nothing to worry about. Its a real village and so houses were built on roads, yes there is traffic but only normal amounts and then just the odd tractor so no way did it spoil our holiday and we really cannot see how it would anyone else's! So do not be put off by that nonsense. Amazing Inn down 5 mins away excellent restaurant quality food the sticky toffee pudding is a must ! Plenty to do around the area too and a super walk to a little river right opposite the cottage so it's great for kids also an amazing shepherds hut too and a safe gate, so the owners are trying their best to listen to people which is excellent in my book. We will definitely return thank you for such a great holiday and sharing your lovely property.

    Reviewed by Marissa4.1Aug 2019

  • "We had a lovely time at Ways Forge."

    We were worried regarding the road but the owners have now put on gates so there was no issue with our little girl roaming around. Just across the road is a little path to the Millenium green which has a children’s park which our daughter loved, you can then walk to the fields and see the cows. All main tourist places were around 20 mins away but this isn’t a big issue as the drive is nice. All in all a lovely holiday.

    Reviewed by Rachael4.7Aug 2019

  • "We both found the forge very relaxing and comfortable x it was also very clean ..."

    We both found the forge very relaxing and comfortable x it was also very clean and very welcoming xx The welcome gifts were very appreciated x

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Jun 2019

  • "Way’s forge is a lovely little cottage with everything you could possibly need including some welcoming treats which was a really nice touch."

    There was a great pub ‘The Thimble Inn’ a stones throw away which was super and served excellent food. Would love to return again and explore more of this beautiful county.

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Jun 2019

  • "Just returned from a great week."

    Way’s Forge was the perfect place for us to stay. Clean, comfortable and cozy. Location was great. Plenty of dog walking near by and a decent local pub. Jane and Richard made sure everything was spot on. Will be coming back. Didn’t want to leave !

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2019

  • "We were disappointed, there was no garden at all, this wasn’t made clear but it should be made absolutely clear that the cottage is situated on a very busy road, with at least 6 vehicles every minute, many lorries van cars etc, the house is right on the road so no sound barrier at all."

    We would never have booked it had we known. Many items missing from the inventory, stain on duvet cover, no kitchen roll, no dishcloths no loo roll in downstairs loo, no napkins, no rubber gloves no umbrella, bathroom sink plug full of hairs. I hope that this helps to improve but the major problem was the noise and that should be made clear.

    Thank you for your valuable feedback and making the owner aware of the issues during your stay, she did apologise in person for the oversights which rarely happens and replaced items missing items from the inventory. There is now an umbrella and napkins and a variety of sizes of rubber gloves. On our website we do show both garden and road shots and there is a marker the property page for a Google maps which also shows the position of the cottage. We do also provide a red note that the property is located on the main road that runs through the village. It is extremely important to the owner that her guests have an enjoyable stay and is pursuing the council to review the speed limit through the village. Your views are as valued as your initial booking so that we can keep providing the best UK holiday experience. If you feel that you'd like to discuss your points further, please don't hesitate to contact us. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Thomas1.6Jun 2019

  • "Your description of this rental was not honest."

    The cottage itself wsa superbly equipped and comfortable. What was dishonest was the way you advertised what was outside. You stated there was a garden and a patio, there was not unless you are referring to the 20 square metre lump of rough pasture 3 metres from the road. A road which at times is used as a 'rat ran' to avoid Dorchester which meant that cars sped past the house a few feet away; to suggest that anyone would want to sit ouside to put up with the noise is a joke. As for a patio, I guess you are describing the rough ground next to the 'garden' covered with stones, if you are it is a less realistic as a place to sit and relax as the 'secret garden! Your clever photography, of course, avoided showing how close any thing was to the road. Before arrival I was under the impression that the garden was behind the cottage, another previous guest had also made this assumption , if only it was! Your rating of 5 stars surely implies that there is somewhere outside where people can sit and relax and where traffic noise inside the cottage is not intrusive. The owners are aware of these problems as they have sought to fit triple glazing and erect gates to avoid any future guest being run over! I have previously complained about misleading description of a rental to Sykes ( I think you are one of the same? )They ammended their advertising of that property and you should also modify this one as I believe you are not in accordance with the Trades Description Act. I do not complain about anything unless I am sure there is justification. I expect you to reply to this email soon before I contact my local Fair Trading Agency and the English Tourist Board. Rob Young

    Thank you for your valuable feedback and that you felt Way’s Forge was superbly equipped and comfortable. Reviewing the property details, we see our photography shows both garden shots and road. We do have a marker the property page for a Google maps which also shows the position of the cottage. However, we will update the description to inform guests of the road so that we show in both words and photos along with a map position. The road through the village does have a 30mph speed limit. Way's Forge is independently rated as 4 star. The owner takes great pride and effort to make sure her guests have an enjoyable stay and she is going to approach the council in to review the speed limit through the village. Your views are as valued as your initial booking so that we can keep providing the best UK holiday experience. If you feel that you'd like to discuss your points further, please don't hesitate to contact us. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rob3.4May 2019

  • "Had a fabulous week in Ways forge made even better by a week of sunshine"

    Reviewed by Patricia4.4May 2019

  • "The cottage itself was beautiful and the conversion had been completed to a high specification."

    We left feedback for the owner relating to domestic arrangements eg a very small fridge which was a problem a) in terms of keeping fresh food and b) it’s accessibility. The exterior of the cottage let it down because it was not tidied and also was not secure in terms of our dogs. The property is on a main road and we could not let the dogs into the garden unattended because there is no gate. If the garden was sorted and a gate put in place it would make such a difference. Having said that the garden would still not keep in a determined dog who can jump.

    Thank you for your feedback. There is now a full size fridge freezer at the property and a new gate is being installed this week. The owners are looking into more ways of making the garden more secure for dogs. Dogs are very welcome at Way’s Forge and the Piddle Valley area has some wonderful walks. There is now a lovely little shepherds hut in the garden for the use of the cottage residents and the owners are working on the garden. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jenny4.7Apr 2019

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at ways forge."

    The conversion is delightful and makes a cosy cottage, especially with a wood burning stove. Piddlehinton is a lovely village.

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Apr 2019

  • "The house was perfect for out requitements and nicely done especially upstairs."

    Some elements downstairs could be updated but overall fine. The towels provided were poor - all were very old and only one that was a bath towel (even then not a very generous one) and three small hand towels. Not ideal for 2 guests and I think more is expected these days. Wonderful to be able to walk to the local pub which was lovely, friendly and great food!

    Many thanks for your feedback, we have fed your comments back to the owner in order to maintain our property standards. Your views are as valued as your initial booking so that we can keep providing the best UK holiday experience. If you feel that you'd like to discuss your points further, please don't hesitate to contact us. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nicola3.4Apr 2019

  • "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. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lorraine2.2Mar 2019

  • "Our 2 weeks at Way's Forge has been utterly delightful."

    It has proven to be the perfect bolthole; charmingly rustic, cosy and comfortable. The surrounding countryside is idyllic and perfect for walking our 2 dogs. The “welcome basket” was a lovely touch and much appreciated. We are now more in love with this county that ever. Thanks to Jane and Richard for making this the ideal place for which to explore Dorset – stayed September 2018

    Ms Caroline MontgomerySep 2018

  • "Thank you for your welcome gifts."

    A beautifully restored cottage, lovingly decorated with healthy dollops of quirkiness. Enjoyed a meal out at The Thimble, good food and friendly service. Days out exploring Dorchester, Lyme Regis, Weymouth and scaling Portland Bill Lighthouse – plus a visit to Max Gate. Lovely to see horses clip clopping, outside our window. All in all a very comfortable and relaxing stay in a beautiful cottage – stayed July 2018

    Miss Dorothy LambJul 2018

  • "Enjoyed our stay at this wonderful cottage."

    Good location to explore Dorset and walkable pubs for nights out. Comfortable bed and good facilities :-) Stayed June 2018

    Mr Chris SherryJul 2018

  • "A wonderful cottage, well-equipped and an excellent location, perfect for the dog as well as us."

    The local pub was great and the food was high-quality. Would definitely stay again. Thanks. Stayed May 2018

    Miss Joanna VickeryJun 2018

  • "Great cottage, very well kept and decorated."

    Thimble inn is literally 1 minute walk away and does amazing food. Would definitely stay at the same place again! Humans and Dog all had a great time! Stayed May 2018

    Mr Nick JordanJun 2018

  • "We very much enjoyed our holiday in your lovely cottage, so cool in the hot weather and well appointed."

    We found some super walks with our dog George, particularly the bluebells on the walks near to Thomas Hardy's birth place. Thanks for everything – Stayed May 2018

    Mr James GreenMay 2018

  • "What can I say?"

    Absolutely perfect from start to finish. Cottage is fantastic, loved it so much and felt at home instantly! Location brilliant, lovely walks with dogs and days out to Lulworth Cove, Studland and Upton Country Park. Thimble Inn, The Blue Vinny and Sun Inn – All gorgeous pubs with fantastic food! Cottage the best of all though, so cosy and beautifully renovated. Will definitely recommend to others. – Stayed April 2018

    Mrs Jenny NewsonApr 2018

  • "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

    Miss Emma HathwayMar 2018

  • "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 Michael WoodMar 2018

  • "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 WhiteMar 2018

  • "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

    Mr Antony YoudDec 2017

  • "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 Jane PoultonDec 2017

  • "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 Mandy JonesOct 2017

  • "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 CooperOct 2017

  • "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 Sarah ThompsonSep 2017

  • "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 Suzi McIlwrickJun 2017

  • "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 Chris LambNov 2016

  • "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

    Mrs Debra LeggeNov 2016

  • "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 Mervyn NewtonOct 2016

  • "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 HarveyJun 2016

  • "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

    Mr Bruce PlatoMay 2016

  • "Well equipped comfortable accommodation and I was impressed with the bed and towel change and mini clean on the middle weekend."

    Stayed September 2015

    Mrs Judy BuddSep 2015

  • "Thank you for another lovely stay at your cottage, we will return sometime soon, very relaxing!"

    Stayed August 2015

    Mr Ian CophamAug 2015

  • "Way's Forge is an exceptional property, beautiful, tasteful and spacious."

    It provides all the essentials one needs and is in an ideal location to explore the surrounding Dorset sights. We had a fabulous holiday the weather didn't spoil - ideal accommodation and location when holidaying with your dog. He came home exhausted but very content. I would have no hesitation in recommending this property to anyone - simply stunning.Stayed August 2015

    Mrs Katherine GoldupAug 2015

  • "What a perfect place to stay."

    We loved it and would highly recommend. Stayed July 2015

    Miss PearlJul 2015

  • "Loved the cottage / well kept / well placed / perfect / no complaints / many thanks"

    Mr Graham BroadbentJul 2015

  • "A truly remarkable stay in an idyllic setting."

    Cottage is beautiful and quirky. Would definitely stay again and recommend to family and friends. Fully recharged from our stay here. Thank you Jane for the extra supply of wood for the fire – stayed May 2015

    Mrs WaterhouseMay 2015

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  • 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 electric log burner, electric oven and hob, full sized fridge/freezer, washing machine, TV, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot available
  • Off road parking for two cars
  • Parking area to the side with a small shepherd's hut
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2-3 miles, pub 2 min.

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 electric log burner 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.

Way's Forge is located next to the main road that runs through the village and does not have an enclosed garden.

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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.

Please note the garden is not fully enclosed and there is a low wall that pets/children maybe able to jump over. Please do supervise pets and children whilst in the garden.

The small shepherd's hut has a desk and chair and you are unable to sleep in it.

Please note that this property is located on the main road that runs through the village
Electric log burner from 2023

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas