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The Craftman's Cottage

Near Shaftesbury - Wiltshire

A five star luxurious cottage, near Shaftesbury, that showcases the very finest UK interior design and craftmanship..

  • Sleeps: 6 + 2 in annexe
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
£275-375 per night
Please note that the minimum stay for this property is 3 nights

How to book...

The Craftman's Cottage is owned and managed by amanda bannister.

You can ask a question or make a booking request directly with amanda bannister.

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  The Highlights...

  • William Morris wallpapers, Ercol furnishings and a heady mix of old and new await you at the Craftsman's Cottage.
  • Uber-cool accommodation throughout offering five star luxury married with impeccable design
  • Stunning country gardens, and a patio area with barbecue allow you to enjoy the best of British summertime surrounded by the best of British craftsmanship
  • A short stroll from a delightful 17th century pub serving cask ales and traditional pub food.

  You should know...

  • Due to layout of the cottage, access is limited for those in wheelchairs
  • Being in the countryside, Wi-Fi access can be slow at times. There is also no landline in the property, so please bring your mobile phone charger with you.
  • Two small to medium dogs are welcome, but only downstairs and not on the furniture. A dog bed is provided in the cottage.

  The Detail...

The Craftsman's Cottage is a unique and simply stunning cottage located just South West of the Wiltshire and Dorset border. Decorated and furnished with a focus on all things British, the cottage offers the very finest examples of UK craftsmanship, all beautifully showcased in this 19th century cottage.

Accommodating up to six guests in the Cottage (two further guests in an Annex which is rented separately), the cottage is a superb example of a traditional cottage renovated and refurbished to offer truly luxurious accommodation with impeccable design throughout. British through and through, visitors to the cottage will be in awe of this living homage to the very finest craftsmanship.

From the DeVol units stocked with David Mellor kitchenware, the Nicola Tassie ceramics on display to the bespoke upholstered beds and the William Morris wallpaper, this cottage really is something special to behold.

The grand entrance hall sets the tone for the overall quality of the cottage. With a grandfather clock at one end, and a heady mix of antique and mid century furniture, you know that you are in for a real treat here.

Step on through to the sumptuous and inviting snug, furnished with mid-century seating and beautifully decorated with the familiar nods to the best of British craftsmanship throughout, including early 19th century prints and maps dating back to the 17th Century. Warm you hands on the wood burning stove and enjoy internet connected television as well as a Playstation for more twentieth century entertainment.

The main kitchen/dining/living area is a beautiful blend of gourmet delights and impeccable design, overlooking Semley Common and the beautiful cottage gardens. Have a hearty breakfast at the stunning oak settle and table hand made from a local Semley oak tree, or enjoy more formal dining on the refectory table that is the focus for the dining area.

The kitchen itself offers all of the modern conveniences you could wish for, and offers beautiful bespoke, shaker-style units from luxury kitchen makers, deVol. Displayed throughout are bright and colourful ceramics from British based artists.

The main living area comes is brought to life with a selection of eclectic and finely crafted furnishing. The Boyd sofa and Brody high-back armchair (from English furniture designers, Pinch Design are comfortable and inviting) and a rug by designer Ptolemy Mann adds warmth to the stone flooring. The log burning fireplace will keep you feeling toasty when the mercury starts to plummet.

There is also a small pantry with microwave, and a downstairs toilet just off of the main living area.

Upstairs to the bedrooms, the rooms are once again exquisite examples of fine British craftsmanship. The twin bedroom has high ceilings with original oak beams and old wooden floorboards. Cosy and completely adorable, design touches like the Type 75 desk lamps Anglepoiselamps continue the theme of the house.

The master bedroom is set against a backdrop of GP&J Baker Nympheus wallpaper. The divinely comfortable double bed with hotel quality bedlinen, along with the late Victorian mahogany chest of drawers, make this room a simply stunning place to rest your weary head.

The second double bedroom contains a mixture of antique and contemporary furniture and is decorated with Arts and Crafts favourite, William Morris wallpaper.

Down the hallway to the wood-panelled bathroom, you are welcomed by a victorian WC, bath and hand basin all framed by a set of four historical prints made entirely from British plants. Soft fluffy towels also come as standard.

Outside the property, the stunning country cottage garden is the perfect spot to soak up the sun. Double doors open out from the kitchen onto the brick herringbone patio with a brick BBQ and teak dining table for leisurely al fresco dining.

Semley Lodge also boasts its very own annexe accommodation (which can be rented separately), presented as beautifully as the main house. Perfect for two, this self-contained studio has its own slate courtyard, and offers a Sebastian Cox kitchen by DeVol, Sony internet connected TV and bluetooth sound system, shower room with Lefroy Brooks fittings and a wood burning stove. The Annexe is simply linked to the cottage by a garden door, allowing you as much or as little privacy as you desire.

Located on the edge of the hamlet of Semley, three miles from the ancient Anglo Saxon town of Shaftesbury, the greenstone building with its slate roof is a sight to behold. The village offers just enough to keep you comfortable, including a local shop just a 50 yard walk across the common, and a 17th century pub offering cask ales and traditional pub food.

If you are looking to travel further afield, the picturesque village of Tisbury, and larger towns of Shaftesbury and Salisbury are all close by.


Essential Features
  • Baby Friendly
  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Heating
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • No Smoking
Living Spaces
  • Games/Books
  • Open fire/Woodburner
  • Stairgate
  • Coffee machine
  • Cooker
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Microwave
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Bath
  • Cot
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower
  • Towels (bath)
  • Satellite TV/Freeview
  • Stereo music system
  • Television
  • BBQ
  • Garden/Outdoor Space
Also Available
  • Babysitting
  • Off road free parking


  • Cycling
  • Massage
  • Museums/Galleries
  • Pub/Bar
  • Swimming pool (public)
  • Tennis

The Cottage benefits from guest membership at the local Pythouse Tennis Club and is only 45 minutes drive from the Dorset coast

  On the map...

  Nearest Airport

London 2 hours by car 1 hour 50 minutes train journey from London Waterloo

  Detailed Pricing Information...

2019 Rates
From 7th January, all of February except for Half Term, March except for Easter holidays 275 per night
April and May except for Easter holidays and Half Term Break 285 per night
June 335 per night
July 350 per night
August, Christmas Holidays, Easter Holidays and Half Term Breaks 375 per night with a minimum of one week stay (four nights minimum at February half term)
September 350 per night
October and November 285 per night
December except Christmas holidays 300 per night

There is a minimum stay of three (3) nights except for the following dates where the minimum stay is one week.
For last minute bookings (i.e. less than 4 weeks prior to the start of the booking) we may accept two (2) night bookings.
One week minimum dates:
Summer high season All of August
October half term 20th to 27th October
Christmas period Wednesday 20th December to 6th January

Depending on availability we may be able to accommodate guests for less than the above minimum stay requirements. Please contact the owner and we will accommodate where we can by individual arrangement.

Supplemental pet fee 40 per dog per stay.



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£275-375 per night
Please note that the minimum stay for this property is 3 nights

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The Craftman's Cottage is owned and managed by amanda bannister.

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