If you want to enjoy a three-county break, The Forge is the perfect base. Thorncombe is on the border of both Somerset and Devon giving its visitors the opportunity of exploring each county without having to travel too far.
Your dog might not possess the know-how to plan the family holiday, but there is no doubt he or she will lap up this the variety this away time has to offer.
Thorncombe might only have a population of 700, but it encompasses 5,200 acres of West Dorset land. If it’s just the two of you and your dogs and you are curious to discover what more than just one county has to offer, then you are on the right track here
At A Glance
Two Dogs Allowed
Pets - No Charge
Flat Screen TV
About The Forge
Situated on Yew Tree Farm, The Forge is a semi-detached barn conversion with sloping ceilings and exposed beams. The ground floor has an open-plan lay out with a wood-effect burner, Freeview TV, DVD player, iPod dock and CD player for relaxed evenings in.
French doors lead out onto a raised patio, where you can enjoy meals al fresco and barbecue in warmer months. There is also an enclosed gravelled garden below.
The kitchen has a gas oven and hob as well a microwave. Upstairs there is the bedroom with a king size bed and a bathroom with a shower over the tub and heated towel rail. On arrival, there’s a hamper of goodies and doggy-treats for you and your pooch..
Map of Area
Things To Do in Thorncombe
For flora fans there is Abbotsbury Gardens, on the coast between Weymouth and Bridport with its spectacular collection of tropical and indigenous plants.
This unique corner of the country has been a long time in the making. The initial garden stems back to the mid-1500s. By 1899 a catalogue of more than 5,000 plants in Abbotsbury was was printed by Lady Ilchester.
It started out as a walled garden, but you’ll now be able to enjoy 20 acres of exotic plants. Then there is Ford Abbey House and Gardens with its hundreds of tree species. Dogs are welcome at both venues. All they ask is for your dog to be kept on a lead.
If wine is your thing and you are partial to provenance then a tour of Furleigh Estate’s vineyard near Bridport is a must. This former diary farm has 22,000 vines and a milking shed has been converted into a tasting room. The 85 acres is also home to teaming wildlife like buzzards, heron fish pheasants, partridge deer.
It is open Monday to Saturday from 11am to 5pm. They welcome well behaved dogs on leads, but if you want to take a tour of the vineyard, your pooch can’t go into the wine-making and tasting facilities for health and safety reasons.
For something a bit more structured contact Jurassic Coast Guides at www.jurassiccoastguides.co.uk who offer guided tours and fossil hunts on the coast and beyond. All walks are led by a qualified mountain leader and are tailored to suit all ages and abilities.
Across the border into Somerset the Hayes International Car Museum is just under an hour’s drive and just 23 miles away is the Donkey Sanctuary near Exeter in Devon.
The Forge is in a perfect position to pack in a variety of activities in three counties during your week’s stay.
From coast to countryside you will be spoilt for choice of what to do and there’s not many activities that exclude your pet. From vineyard tours to Jurassic fossil finding, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
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