Anvil Cottage

Biddestone, Wiltshire

Pigs, 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


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, pat the two Kune Kune pigs, 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.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • 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

Christmas & New Year.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.


Nightly price
from £93
Weekly price
from £650
Short breaks 3 nights 70% of weekly price.
1 Cottage for 4
From £933 beds2 bedrooms


Anvil cottage is simply superb! Beautifully furnished and extremely well equipped, Andrew and Gill have thought of everything their guests may need to make their stay comfortable whatever the weather. Lots to see and do in the area for all ages throughout the year whether it’s sports, theatre, museums, walking or dining. Easy travel to Bath and Bristol and into the surrounding countryside. Our family has visited three times and we’ve booked to return.

Kay, Reading

Absolutely gorgeous cottage, full of character and in a wonderful location. The cottage has a quite splendid front door, a spacious living room full of character and a really well stocked kitchen. The orchard was in full bloom as was the garden and it felt like another world away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Great location to do day trips to Avebury and the villages around Bath. Plus great pubs and hiking in the vicinity. Gill was most welcoming - we really enjoyed our 1 week stay and look forward to returning in the future. Dominic and Kate

Dominic, Oberaegeri

Highly recommendable! We stayed during a long weekend early December '14 and found this place exceeding our expectations. Very clean, roomy, modern appliances, comfortable furniture, stylish décor with attention to detail, and quirky boutique feel thanks to the love the owners have taken care of the place with. The "Welcome!" hamper and flowers set us off on the right foot and naturally the owners were very helpful with a little boiler glitch on departure day, which did not dampen our positive impressions we left our home for almost a week with. Meets even "high German expectations"! :)


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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 2 great pubs !
  • 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