The Forge and The Oven
This is a Boondockers Welcome host in Ashburnham, MA
Max Rig Size
< 45 (ft)
Same Day Requests
Our property is a heavily forested Certified Tree Farm that butts up to State Forest land. If you want quiet and stars we have that in abundance; also wild animals. There are nesting hawks, deer and the occasional moose, fox or coyote that saunters through but only if you are quiet. The forest is great for hiking or for wildcrafting of edibles. We ask that all foraging is done with sustainability in mind. Locally there are a piano museum and many working farms. Also, there are many lakes and mountain hiking trails nearby, we can direct you to them. Although we look like a park, we are a tree farm which means there are many dangerous (and attractive to children) equipment and projects around. Additionally there are large boulders in unstable piles. We cannot approve of any Boondockers with children younger than 14. This is not negotiable. Children are curious and love to explore which is wonderful, but we are not set up for safe child exploration. We are a retired blacksmith (with working forge) and a retired professional baker that love to share our space, love of the forest, fire pit and yard with new friends. If we have the outdoor wood fired oven going, you will be invited for pizza too. I love to share information with folks on campfire cooking, bread baking (GF too), raising chickens, fabric arts or stained glass. Bruce loves to talk about building techniques (he built our home, shop and camper), metal work and how to read the forest.
Vehicle Suitability Information
Separate Tow Vehicle Parking
Offleash Area for Pets
Outdoor Cooking Allowed
Absolutely NO OUTSIDE WOOD is to be brought onto the property due to hitchhiking invasive insects and their eggs. We will supply free wood for burning in the fire pit. No smoking near the house but smoking is allowed around your rig. Please do not leave cigarette butts on the ground. No generators after 10pm. No dogs near the house during the day due to our free ranging chickens and hunting cat. They are in at night.
We are on a well maintained dirt road. There are numerous places to park on dirt some are easily accessed by big rigs and some are not. Class A and Tall 5th wheel rigs will be brushed by tree branches and cannot navigate our road without scratching. Depending on where you want to park there is a turnaround. There is separate tow vehicle parking if needed.
Hosted By BruceandJoy
We are a retired couple who vacation in our hand built truck camper sometimes towing a trailer that carries our Dune Buggy. The buggy means that we do not need to break camp to go off exploring. Here is a video that was made of us when we were a display rig for Overland Expo a few years back https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlgxR2FYYx4 . We are homesteaders who love to meet new friends. We are quiet people who love to share information, food and laughter.
Availability for RV Camping
References for this location from other RVers
2 days ago
Beautiful property. Hosts were very friendly and helpful!! Thanks for letting me share your sanctuary!
4 weeks ago
Joy and Bruce are two of the nicest people ever. Their home is in the middle of their tree farm at the end of a long gravel road. It is so quiet that unless Bruce is blowing leaves the only sounds you might hear are from an occasional passing jet plane. They are marvelous hosts and I recommend asking for a stay of you're in their neighborhood.
1 month ago
Both hosts were friendly and accommodating and have different artistic skills. Very interesting people to talk to had a great time and plan on returning.
1 month ago
I have stayed with many different hosts but none quite like this! i was welcomed as soon as arrived with a warmness that just felt like home. Bruce and Joy are now like family and I couldnt be happier. We shared stories for hours as they fiiled my stomach and my soul! i hope them all the blessings!
1 month ago
We had a very nice stay .Nice woody area. Great communication. and accommodating.