Anvil Cottage

Biddestone, Wiltshire
Self-catering
+44 (0)1249 713103
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Orchards, ducks and donkeys, open fires, deep comfort in glorious Wiltshire countryside. Courtyard bedrooms and lovely big kitchen too

Bed

3 beds

Bedroom

2 bedrooms

Sleeps

Sleeps 4

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

A pretty village, a charming cottage; you’ll sleep soundly in what was once the old forge. Step through the grand oak door into a light and airy open-plan kitchen/dining/living room. The beamed ceiling soars above you, ancient chimneys have been cleverly restyled; in an old doorway a wood-burner (with logs on tap) keeps away chills, as does the underfloor heating. Cosy up on plump beige sofas with spotty cushions while the cook beavers away in the kitchen: they’ll be happy with the double oven and all the mod cons. You get extra glasses and crockery, a picnic set, travel cot, fresh flowers, a barbecue. Eat at the oak dining table (or outside in your own little gravelled garden with colourful tubs). Immaculate bedrooms are down a couple of steps: both overlook the well-kept courtyard and the owners home; one has an en suite, there’s an extra bathroom and a handy laundry room. Wander the fruit-laden orchard, visit the two sweet rescue donkeys, find the village playing fields and explore further for gentle walks through woods and farmland. Nearby eateries are plentiful: from pub grub to Michelin stars. Relaxing.

Essentials

  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Mondays & Fridays
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights.
Closed
Christmas & New Year.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property

Pricing

Nightly price
from £100
Weekly price
from £700
Surcharges
Short breaks available: 3-night stays from £420.
1 Cottage for 4
From £1003 beds2 bedrooms

Reviews

I have stayed at Anvil Cottage numerous times, it's a magical place, and I return whenever I can. It's in an idyllic part of Wiltshire, surrounded by wonderful walks and a beautiful country side. Gill and Andrew as just lovely. I consider Anvil my second home and I can not wait to return. I've traveled to many places and this truly is one of the best.

Debra, Los Angeles, Calif

This was our second visit to Anvil Cottage (the first time with family including a 6 month old, the second with friends). We knew from our first visit that the second would be a great success too. Which it was. Family and friends alike loved the place. Superb hospitality from Gillian and Andrew (lovely people and hosts: warm, generous, unobtrusive). Awesome accommodation. Spacious for shared time (and very warm and cosy when needed) and privacy for each couple (own bathrooms). Safe and fun for small children. Donkeys.... Biddestone is a treat. Lovely place to be based (pub, walks, outings).

Barry, Brighton

A blissful short stay in a grey, pandemic midwinter! Anvil Cottage has been beautifully and sympathetically converted, and the interior has been modernised to the highest standards. The main room is very large but warm and light. The bedrooms are beautifully appointed, also the bathrooms. Cooking facilities are excellent (we self-catered as a Covid precaution). We needed an ethernet cable, which our kind hosts lent us. Excellent walking in the area. It would be even better in the spring, summer or autumn, when the courtyard, garden and village green could be appreciated to the full.

Alison, Oxford

We have just had a most enjoyable week in Anvil Cottage. Our host Gill made us so welcome and the cottage was exactly as described and in the photos. Excellent accommodation , 2 bed and 2 bathrooms ideal for a family or two couples. In a beautiful quiet setting in the centre of a small unspoilt village with a great local pub. We would certainly recommend this excellent cottage and very central for many good National Trust properties and other worthwhile visits.

Roger, Leatherhead

Thank you for a wonderful stay at Anvil cottage. We felt so lucky to be able to go due to the timely lifting of the covid restrictions and the holiday was the perfect tonic after a tough winter. We all had a great time, the cottage was very comfortable and well appointed and in a stunning little village complete with ducks and goats and of course the resident donkeys and beautiful dog. Our daughter (11months) loved being able to crawl about everywhere and enjoyed the animals. Great area for cycling and exploring. All round perfect little break, thank you.

Anna, London

Anvil cottage is a beautifully presented, cosy, comfortable, delightful place to stay in a gorgeous village. The owners are on site and incredibly helpful and friendly. I would highly recommend staying here to explore Wiltshire.

Alixe, London

We had such a wonderful stay at Gill's beautiful cottage! It was perfectly stocked with everything we could have needed and more. Despite the circumstances, there was still plenty to do given all the lovely nature sites around the charming village (and of course the donkeys on Gill's property were always happy to come say hello). The cottage was impeccably clean and safety protocols were thoroughly implemented to protect guests and hosts from COVID. Gill made every effort to be welcoming and helpful should anything arise. Overall it was a fantastic experience and we would definitely recommend!

Leanne, Oxford

Anvil Cottage in quaint village of Biddestone was an exceptional stacation experience. All the comfort and beauty which you will expect to very high standards. Gill was very thoughtful and ensured that our stay was a wonderful experience.

Zahida, Wirral

We had the most lovely weekend stay here, such a perfect setting to unwind for a few days. The cottage feels both rustic and luxuriously modern. It's perfectly positioned in the hub of the quaint village Biddestone. With lots of local attractions a stones throw away. It was a real treat waking up to see the Donkeys! Gill and Andrew couldn't have been more welcoming and helpful. I can't recommend Anvil Cottage enough!

Milla, London

I cannot recommend Anvil Cottage highly enough. Gill and Andrew were so welcoming and ensured our stay was perfect from beginning to end. The cottage was beautiful; so spacious, clean, comfy and well equipped - every detail had been considered. Biddestone is charming and accommodated for the perfect mix of quiet time in the countryside with trips out to nearby attractions such as Bath. Anvil Cottage was a real find and we will be returning!

Flora, London

Our second stay and Gill could not be more accommodating to us and our guests. The accommodation is spacious, warm and comfortable. Two lovely bedrooms with very comfortable bed. The kitchen is very well equipped. Beautiful village and location. Very close to Bath and historic properties.

Mark, London

We loved our stay at Anvil Cottage. It was the perfect place to keep warm and cosy during the winter weather. It’s a really glamorous and luxurious conversion of an Old Forge with incredibly comfortable beds, underfloor heating, a high tech kitchen and 5 star hotel style bathrooms. We can’t wait to return next year!

Ginny, Arundel

Anvil cottage is a really luxurious and beautifully renovated Old Forge. We stayed here as a family with my two children on two separate occasions and thoroughly recommend it. All the beds are extremely comfortable and the kitchen and bathrooms are of an exceptionally high standard. It’s the perfect place to stay in a beautiful Wiltshire village, surrounded by lovely countryside and a perfect base from which to explore Bath.

Tim, Melksham

Sawdays properties have never let us down, and Anvil Cottage was no exception! Blissfull beds and high quality furnishings, and the luxury of two bathrooms. The garden was enchanting, as was the village of Biddestone, with local pubs only a walk across the green, with cute little ducks waddling around. Heavenly, thank you.

Anne and Geoff, Perth West Australia

Anvil cottage was so much more than we expected. The accommodation was clean and fitted to a very high standard, very spacious and safe for our roaming toddler, with only 2 shallow steps down to the bedrooms. The owner was friendly, introducing us to their fostered friendly donkeys and giving us lots of ideas of places to visit. There are so many local attractions which were within a very short drive, making our holiday much more enjoyable with our son. The gardens are beautiful and peaceful and the village is full of interesting details. We would love to return with friends

Anna, Coxley

We had a marvellous stay at Anvil Cottage in Biddestone. We stay in self-catering accommodation all the time and this was by far and away one of the best we've ever experienced. Gill couldn't have been more friendly and helpful and the cottage is beautifully appointed. A wonderful bonus is the resident duo of donkeys and visiting them became a daily pilgrimage. We would heartily recommend this lovely cottage in such beautiful surroundings.

Katharine, Bath

This was a spacious and beautifully decorated cottage that had everything we needed and more. A lovely environment and very welcoming hosts. The village was picturesque and the pub down the road was very handy for evening meals with no driving necessary. We loved it all!!

Sally, Vancouver

An excellent cottage in a beautiful village. Plenty to see and visit nearby. Luckily we had very warm sunny weather and were able to have barbecues and sit out in the sunshine. We really enjoyed our stay.

Peter, Merseyside

We stayed for 4 nights in March 2018 on a mixed business/vacation trip. The property is even nicer than it looks in the photos - beautifully appointed both internally and externally. The underfloor heating kept the cottage nice and warm at all times, and we supplemented that in the evenings with roaring log fires. The cottage is in the picturesque village of Biddestone and is well located for exploring the area, albeit you need a car to get around. We will certainly return if we visit the area again.

Richard, Manchester

Anvil Cottage is a beautifully appointed, spacious holiday home in a charming village setting. Gill leaves a generous welcome hamper for guests and is unobtrusively available to answer guests' questions or make recommendations.

Helen, Stamford

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Location

The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Andrew & Gill Stafford

  • Located at the heart of the quintessential English village of Biddestone, with village green & duck pond, and a great pub!!
  • Ideally situated to explore the historic villages and countryside of North Wiltshire
  • Only 20 minutes from the World Heritage Site of the City of Bath
  • Enjoy family days out at Longleat Safari Park & Bowood House
  • Stonehenge and Salisbury Cathedral are less than an hour away