The Craftsman's Cottage | Self-catering in Wiltshire | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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The Craftsman's Cottage - Self-catering in Wiltshire

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Semley Lodge, Semley, SP7 9AU, Wiltshire
England, United Kingdom

Amanda Bannister

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+44 (0)7720 448706(landline)

19th-century cottage in quiet village – a veritable art gallery of design and craftsmanship. Luxurious escape within easy reach of London

Ed and Amanda have done a fantastic job of renovating this handsome old cottage. It’s a splendid showcase for their passion for British Craft: art, ceramics, rugs, fabrics, furniture – many pieces are for sale too. Guests are left an iPad loaded with heaps of info – cottage history and its beautiful contents, artists, craftspeople, places to visit, pubs, shops. You’ll also find a hamper of artisan goodies, wellies to borrow, logs for the wood-burners, books, DVDs, a PS4 and games – BBQ and al fresco dining spots too. The living space is open-plan, the smart well-equipped kitchen has a cosy seating corner with settle and table made from an oak tree felled in the village and there’s a snug extra sitting room. Upstairs to deliciously comfortable bedrooms (one en suite) with antique furniture melding well with contemporary wallpapers; the twin is simpler and there’s a sparkling family bathroom. The annex, for two, can be booked separately. The village store stocks local produce, you can walk to the pub, and Tisbury, Shaftesbury, and Salisbury are all close. A fascinating place - you won’t want to leave without a national treasure…

Children welcome
Suitable for guests with children aged 3 and over.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
Wireless internet access available.
Pets welcome
Please let the owner know if you want to bring pets.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Tennis court
On the premises.

Electricity included

Open fire / woodburner

Microwave oven

Central heating

Mobile reception




Cooked meals available

Washing machine

Restaurant within 3 miles

Shop within 3 miles

Pub within 3 miles

Relaxation areas

Breakfast available

Breakfast included



Spa on site

Bar on site

Free parking on site

Free parking nearby

Paid parking nearby

Local points of interest from Amanda Bannister:

Local points of interest from
Amanda Bannister:

  • Shaftesbury - 7 minutes drive. An Anglo-Saxon hill top fort, with stunning views over the North Dorset hills and valleys. The “Shaston” of Thomas Hardy’s novels, Shaftesbury is one of the oldest and highest towns in England
  • Old Wardour Castle Tisbury (10 minutes by car). A wonderful ruin lying under the shadow of some majestic beech and pine woods looking out over a fishing lake; an English Heritage property built in the late 14th century for John, fifth Lord Lovel.
  • Stourhead Garden and House Stourhead Wiltshire BA12 6QD. An outstanding example of the English landscape style, designed by Henry Hoare II and laid out between 1741 and 1780. The stunning gardens are now owned by the National Trust
  • Studland Bay (National Trust) - the closest (sandy beach) only an hour away in light traffic and also where we water ski in the summer - pedaloes, kayaks and dinghies are also available for hire from this beach as well as sailing and windsurfing
  • A wealth of local Art and Culture including Hauser & Wirth (20 minutes by car), Messums Wiltshire (7 minutes by car) and Roche Court New Art Centre (20 minutes by car)
  • Outstanding local food and drink including at The Beckford Arms Fonthill Gifford (7 minutes by car), Pythouse Kitchen Garden (1 mile away) and The Forrester Donhead St Andrew (5 minutes by car)
Points of interest

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  • 1 Cottage for 6
Price:(i) £1575 to£2450 per week

Short breaks £225-£350 per night.

Booking info:

Minimum stay: 3 nights. Complimentary temporary membership to Pythouse Tennis Club included. Parking on-site.


Pubs/restaurants 400 yds.




Semley Lodge, Semley, SP7 9AU, Wiltshire

Self-catering The Craftsman's Cottage (self-catering)
Cottage ~ 2 doubles (1 en suite), 1 twin/double; 1 bathroom, 1 separate wc
Price: (i) £ 1575 to £ 2450 per week

Amanda Bannister

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+44 (0)7720 448706(landline)