Old Pound Smithy

Old Pound Smithy

Set in the stunning North Devon countryside, just two miles from the startling, rugged coast and cliffs, sits Old Pound Smithy, a ‘Crafts Hotel‘,  that mixes unique luxury living spaces and glamping, with immersive creative experiences.

This is the home of Artist Blacksmith, Bex Simon and her husband Dave.  Together they have created Old Pound Smithy, a blacksmithing adventure like no other.  Prepare to walk into a world of bulging leather bellows feeding raging fires; steel, glowing red and orange; sparks popping from the cold face of an anvil.  This is the world where you will create your own pieces of forged artwork, or knives, using the original traditional ways of the blacksmith from a time long ago.

You might get hot, and possibly sweat a lot, your muscles will probably ache, and your hands may well blister, but you will not be sorry.  By the end of your experience, you will have learned how to control the burn and heat in a fire; read the subtle signs of working hot steel, and understand the intricacies of forging techniques… But, most importantly, you will have a deep-seated sense of satisfaction.  The satisfaction derived from hours of laughter and learning; play and relaxation; nature and creativity.

After grafting under fun expert tuition, you can head back to your luxury accommodation.  Whittlers Yurt offers a truly inspired living experience, with  bohemian décor and stunning outdoor spaces, where you can soak away the day’s labour in a steaming bubbling hot tub before possibly dining out at the award-winning Farmers Arms in the village, or cooking up your own feast on the BBQ or fire.

The Bell Tents in Drifter’s Village present a more convivial environment where the shared facilities allow guests to eat and chat together, if you choose, and discuss their experiences in the forge, or simply contemplate the universe under the dark and starry skies around your own firepit at your private tent area.

In addition to all this, we have our giant Tipi area, known as the Hardy Hole, where there is a huge fire pit, for group gatherings and where we host yoga sessions. There is also a small shop on site that sells crafted gifts, as well as organic snacks, drinks, ice-creams, and firewood.

If, after all this, you are still wanting more, and have the energy to burn, why not go for a surf, at one of the nearby sandy beaches, or head out for a hike along the dramatic coastal path.

Whittlers Yurt at twilight

Whittlers Yurt

Nestled in amongst the willows and the vegetable plot, this authentic Mongolian yurt, complete with Mongolian furniture…

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Drifter’s Village

Throughout the summer season, we have four bell tents set up in their own area in Liberty Field….

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Old Pound Smithy
Gem Wilkes
Gem Wilkes
23 June 2024
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ABSOLUTE GEM! We stayed in Whittlers Yurt for the weekend and did the two hour blacksmith taster. The most tranquil perfect weekend, hosts thought of every detail not a single thing missing or not enough of! Hot tub was gorgeous, log burner gorgeous, comfy bed, all cooking utilities, acres of walks and best of all the blacksmith course was so knowledgeable and fun! Will be returning
Beth Jerrett
Beth Jerrett
22 June 2024
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Beautiful site, with more room for wildlife than people making it a very special place to stay. Friendly hosts and great ethos. Comfortable bell tents. Great pub within walking distance.
Richard pitt
Richard pitt
8 June 2024
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A fantastic cottage in a tranquil corner of North Devon with wonderful hosts. A very special place with a touch of indulgence
Charlie Thompson
Charlie Thompson
6 June 2024
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We had an excellent day learning to make basic tools using traditional blacksmith’s tools and forge. The staff were friendly, knowledgeable and patient which made the day relaxed but fun.
Alan Piper
Alan Piper
3 June 2024
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A great place to say. A great experience and well though out.
Mike Casemore
Mike Casemore
25 May 2024
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Very quiet location, ideal for a relaxing holida
Gwyneth Camm
Gwyneth Camm
21 May 2024
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Cosy, comfortable cottage in a quiet village location. Ideal base to explore North Devon.
Claire Peach
Claire Peach
18 April 2024
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Given as a Christmas present to my daughter and her partner. They had the most wonderful time. Exactly as described. Booking was easy and the owners contacted me regularly to update me. Would highly recommend to anyone who prefers experiences as presents instead of material things.
Mark Jones
Mark Jones
15 April 2024
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Had a great time and really enjoyed the day. Both Dave’s were good at instructing the processes of blacksmithing and it was great to come away with a couple of pieces that I made completely from scratch. It was bought for me as a gift and made a great present.
Beth Mc
Beth Mc
13 April 2024
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Great stay! Lovely accommodation and lovely host

BLACKSMITH COURSES

Old Pound Smithy
Blacksmith Experience Gift Voucher

There are many fantastic blacksmith courses out there, which are mostly provided by working smiths, in their working workshops, or in more formal teaching studios, and they are brilliant, after all, they are run by fellow smiths who are an amazing bunch.

However, at Old Pound Smithy, we have created something different; a bespoke environment, tailored entirely towards providing the ultimate blacksmithing experience. The Smithy has been set up in the old Pole Barn; a gnarly building of corrugated sheet and old wooden beams, right in the heart of the site – just as the ancient smithies were in the center of the village, the place villagers would come together around the warm forge.  This is off-grid, back to basics, traditional smithing, where all our tools are run by manual power, from our ancient and restored bellows, to our treadle griding stones…

This is blackmsithing in its purest form.

We provide a variety of courses from fun two-hour tasters where you will learn the basics, to two-day knife-making courses, where you will forge your own blade and make your own handle, perfect for an action-filled getaway.

Some of our courses combine different craft skills, such as the Axe making course, where we spend half of the time forging the axe head and the rest of the time making the handles. We have a team of fun and skilled smiths who will be teaching the different courses at different times. The courses and details will be posted on the bookings page well in advance, so ensure to book your places early. Course prices vary according to the number of teachers required to run each course.

A blacksmithing experience makes the perfect gift!  We also offer gift vouchers for each of our courses, or for any amount you want to contribute towards a course.

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We are proud to be a North Devon Biosphere Business Partner and to have made important commitments towards conservation, local development and awareness raising through the Biosphere Business Partner Eco-Accreditation scheme and Sustainable Business Network.  These commitments enable us to join others in protecting and improving our local environment, ensuring a thriving future for all.