Anvil Cottage

Biddestone, Wiltshire
+44 (0)1249 713103

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

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.


  • 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
  • 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

& pricing

Booking information

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


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


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

Anvil Cottage has been renovated and decorated to very high standard. The house was cosy, warm (underfloor heating and the firewood that GillIan had thoughtfully provided were fantastic for the cold nights) and comfortable. The garden and setting around the house was beautifully maintained and was a real pleasure to stroll through. If you have kids, they will enjoy the donkeys! Finally GillIan was a great host - very warm and accommodating and gave us some really good suggestions for places to visit.

Siew-Ching, London

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

Amazing stay at Anvil Cottage! We arrived late afternoon and on arrival the owner gave us a very warm welcome then showed us around the cottage properly. There were 2 donkeys and 2 pigs in the backyard. We enjoyed to see them every morning. The property itself is very clean and tidy and has everything you would need. If you are looking for a nice place, come and stay here. The owners are very kind. The best accommodation ever.

Fumika, Osaka

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

Our stay at Anvil Cottage was to celebrate my husband's 60th birthday with our friends and we could not have wished for more comfortable and luxurious accommodation and such a welcoming host. It was lovely to explore the area during the day and return to a warm and cosy cottage in the evenings. We love cooking, so chose to cook which was a delight in the well-equipped kitchen and we entertained our friends in the spacious dining area. We would not hesitate to recommend Anvil Cottage!

Ann, Framlingham

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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