The Craftsman’s Cottage

Semley, Wiltshire
+44 (0)7720 448706

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


4 beds


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 6

Children welcome
Pets welcome

The Experience

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…


  • 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

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. Complimentary temporary membership to Pythouse Tennis Club included. Parking on-site.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Pubs/restaurants 400 yds.


Nightly price
from £300
Weekly price
from £2100
Damage deposit
Short breaks £250-£375 per night.
1 Cottage for 6
From £3004 beds3 bedrooms


This is a special place. The house is flawlessly modernized, but looks to the past — to the spirit of the Arts & Crafts movement, and the contemporary British makers who are keeping craftmanship alive. Beyond the house itself, which could not be more comfortable, the area is a delight. This corner of southwest Wiltshire has all the amenities of the Cotswolds, from historical sites to top-notch food, but with less fuss and perhaps even more beauty. It was a delight to wake up here for three days in the high summer.

Will, London

My family and I stayed at this truly beautiful cottage for a long weekend, and we cannot recommend it highly enough. It is immaculately presented, in a picture-esque location, and exquisitely furnishede. Amanda could not be more helpful when booking.

Abe, Plymouth

My partner and I had a delightful stay at the craftsman’s cottage. It was a pleasure to rent somewhere where everything had been So carefully thought through. Not only were all the accessories and furnishings of extremely high quality, showcasing the best of British craftsmanship, but Amanda has an incredible eye and aesthetic so it was a beautiful place to be. Amanda and Ed could also not have been more helpful- from homemade goodies to guidance on the best places to visit nearby. The house is perfectly situated for exploring the area but also has the advantage of being in a village.

Sheryl, London

It’s remarkable how much effort had gone into making this cottage the most comfortable and stylish rental property to be found. It made for a very happy stay.

Alice, London

Put simply, The Craftsman's Cottage, is pretty close to what I would consider my ideal "country cottage". The house has been appointed very recently in a simple but very stylish way, with every facility you could want and, crucially, comfortable beds with luxurious bedding. The hosts are very communicative and all arrangements were easy to make and efficiently confirmed. The area has many attractions and we filled every day with walks, galleries and really great eating out. I would highly recommend this place.

Simon, London

The Craftman’s Cottage is a dream. Spacious, exquisitely decorated and the perfect place to get ready on my wedding morning. The garden is magical, as is the setting. We had a very comfortable, fun stay. The owner Amanda was incredibly helpful during the booking process and answered my endless questions promptly. She also checked we were ok throughout the weekend and ensured the whole group had what they needed. We hired the annex, shepherd’s hut and studio as well so we were a full house!!

Shirin, London

The owner, Amanda, has achieved the almost impossible. A house full of beautiful objects, perfectly balanced, where visitors feel totally at ease. Lovely large garden with fabulous sitting area for lazy mealtimes. Vibrant village, area full of wonderful scenery and places to visit and eat out.


We had such a lovely, restful stay. It was a real pleasure to see (and feel) your passion for craft. It comes through in every detail. Beautiful! Thank you.

Lisa, Alex and family, London

What a brilliant idea and gorgeously comfortable cottage. From the homemade touches to the exquisite furnishings, this is the kind of laid back luxury it’s impossible not to love! The surrounding area is perfect mini break territory, too: Semley’s dairy and local shop, gentle autumnal walks, a lovely dinner at the Beckford Arms and brilliant day trips to Bruton, Longleat and Messums ... We recommend the fish pie from Tisbury fishmongers too! Such a special place, thank you

Nell, London

The Craftsman's Cottage is the most stylish, comfortable and considered holiday cottage I have ever had the pleasure of staying in. Every single detail has been meticulously catered for from the luxurious 5 star hotel standard bedding to the bounteous hamper groaning with British produce (including the best home made granola) and there is the added temptation of being able to buy the things you fall in love with. Also plenty to do locally whether you are a walker, art lover or fancy a trip to the Dorset coast which is under an hour away.

Ann, London

After a sleep under a Siberian goose down duvet, a Lefeoy Brooks shower with Bramleys bath products, I am tucking in to our hamper (comes with the cottage rental) of home made bread and jam, local eggs and trying to choose from the wide selection of teas and ways of making coffee. Best holiday cottage I have ever stayed in - all dedicated to British craftsmanship. Near Babington House, Longleat, Stourhead, Wilton. Or just an escape from it all

Susan, Notting Hill

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The neighbourhood

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)