Anvil Cottage

Biddestone, Wiltshire
+44 (0)1249 713103
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£160 - £210
per night
£750 - £1100
per week

Orchards, ducks and donkeys, open fires, deep comfort in glorious Wiltshire countryside. Courtyard bedrooms and lovely big kitchen too


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

Children welcome
Babies welcome

£160 - £210 per night

£750 - £1100 per week

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.


  • 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


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


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


Nightly price
from £160
Weekly price
from £750
Short breaks available: 3-night stays from £420.
1 Cottage for 4
From £1603 beds2 bedrooms


Booking information

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


Anvil Cottage is a truly wonderful space. Warm, cosy, beautifully furnished with every attention to detail. Gill was so welcoming and helpfully communicative before our stay. The property and the village are amazingly picturesque. We were expecting Jude Law to turn up at any minute :-). The location is great too. Easy to access from the M4 and not far from Bath. We will definitely be back.

Teresa, Cambridge

Excellent stay for our family (2 young children). Lovely walks all around and great base for Slimbridge and Longleat. Ducks and goats within 59 metres a real bonus. Cottage had everything we needed, incredibly comfortable and stacked with goodies on our arrival. Would thoroughly recommend and hope to be back for more exploring in the future.

William, Bedford

As England lovers, we stayed at Anvil Cottage for a week and we loved it on all counts! Its quiet location in the middle of a picturesque village immediately captured our imagination. The cottage itself was cosy, very spacious, beautifully decorated and extremely comfortable. Everything radiated beauty and even though the weather was not always ideal, the lovely driveway and garden smiled at us every day. Biddestone is also well located for exploring Bath and visiting numerous interesting sites, houses and gardens. Highly recommended!

Magda, Antwerpen, Belgium

We throughly enjoyed our week at Anvil Cottage. It’s extremely comfortable and well equipped, in a beautiful location inside the Close and in a picture book village. Gill and Andrew are are charming hosts. They provided everything, including a welcome basket of food and wine, to make the stay special. Highly recommended.

Rod and Julia, Moss Vale

What a welcome! We all needed a break, and the welcome hamper, full of lovely goodies, fresh flowers, wonderful warmth and comfort! Lots of games, and a range too die for! Thank you both for your understanding and looking after us, beautiful garden and pub recommendations, pity the donkeys were snooty with us, all they really wanted was carrots and we hadn't any!

Mary Ann, Devon

We had a wonderful stay at Anvil cottage. An amazing location and stunning property. Comfortable, clean and spacious but also lots of character. The hosts were lovely and so helpful from start to finish. The welcome goodies were also a treat. We hope to visit again soon.

Teresa, Cardiff

We stayed at the Cottage for a week - and it was everything we had hoped for. The location was superb for drives out to Lacock and Castle Combe, whilst the village itself was a hidden gem of the English countryside. No wonder it has been used for TV location work. The property is immaculately kept and our hosts were very generous with the welcome pack of treats to be going on with. Our stay coincided with UK's heatwave alert whilst inside the cottage remained pleasant. We would highly recommend this venue to anybody seeking a slice of Cotswold life in the grounds of a wonderful mansion.

Helen, Mansfield

It was great to be back at Anvil Cottage for Badminton 2022. We have been staying at the cottage for the week of Badminton Horse Trials every year since 2012. When we arrive it's just like coming home. Gill and Andrew always make us so welcome and the cottage is perfect for what we need. Anvil Cottage, which is set in a stunning location, is well equipped and is very comfortable. It is the standard by which we judge other cottages that we stay in around the UK. You could not ask for a better, more relaxing, accommodation. We're already looking forward to our week there in 2023!!

Dave & Joyce, Henley-on-Thames

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

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

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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