Born out of a passion for craft and making, the Craftsman’s Cottage is a supremely comfortable holiday home which has been decorated and furnished with a specific focus on British Craft in all its forms. We have curated a mix of British craft across many disciplines and placed them in a 19th century cottage. Guests will live with these pieces: slump into a Russell Pinch sofa, put their feet up on an Another Country coffee table and lay their heads on a Melin Tregwynt blanket in front of a Charnwood wood burning stove, whilst savoring an English wine from a David Mellor wine glass.
At the Craftsman’s Cottage, many of the items are either available to buy or can be sourced direct from the “craftsman”. Items of furniture (including from Pinch Design and Another Country), textiles, tableware and Bramley products are all available to purchase and Craftsman’s Cottage guests benefit from exclusive discounts on most of these items.
Each element (wallpaper, textiles, furniture, lighting, tableware as well as the food and drink in our welcome hamper) has been carefully chosen based upon its British craft credentials. The curated mix tells a story of British craft past and present.
We don’t claim that everything is “made in Britain”: many fine examples of British craft and design are created by British designers but made (at least in part) overseas due to the sad decline in our own manufacturing capabilities. We hope that businesses like ours will help to re-ignite an interest in British Craft encouraging our guests (both from the UK and abroad) to engage with and support British craftsmen from all disciplines.
On arrival the guest will find a hamper of award winning craft food and drink from all over the British Isles and the bathroom and shower rooms are stocked with Bramley Bath Products. The Cottage also serves as a gallery space for our Artists and Makers.
Semley Lodge is an early 19th century cottage which sleeps 6, built out of Shaftesbury greenstone with a slate roof, set back from the village common with its own drive, on the edge of the hamlet of Semley, three miles from the ancient Anglo Saxon hill top town of Shaftesbury, with its world famous Gold Hill and fabulous views over the Blackmore Vale.
The interior, whilst modern in style and layout, pays homage to Semley Lodge’s past with exposed stonework and oak beams. British antiques dating back to the 16th century are mixed with representative pieces from the Cotswold School, Heals and the wider Arts and Crafts movement alongside furniture from contemporary makers including Pinch Design and Another Country. Lighting in the Lodge is provided by Angelpoise, Original BTC, Heals and Hector Finch. Rugs are from Irish carpet makers Tretford.
The entrance hall is dark but welcoming with a Danny Rolph painting over a 17th century coffer; the passage of time is marked by a mid nineteenth century grandfather clock. A dog basket and baby gate are tucked under the stairs.
The sitting room comfortably seats six with a woodburning stove, internet connected television and Playstation and is decorated with early 19th century prints and maps dating back to the 17th Century.
The main kitchen, dining and living area comprising DeVol kitchen, dining and living area looks out over Semley Common and the garden to the rear and one side. The wood burner in the main sitting room is framed by oak shelving made from a Semley oak tree displaying works by British based ceramicists including Nicola Tassie (whose exhibits at Collect – Saatchi Gallery -as well as through Margaret Howell), Barry Stedman and Marlene Hartman Rasmussen (who also recently exhibited at Collect as well as Messums Wiltshire).
The kitchen/dining/living area is laid out to give you various dining options. A breakfast area, overlooking the garden, comprises an oak settle and table made out of a local Semley oak tree is a good place for a simple family breakfast. For more formal dining, a refectory table can seat up to 8 is in the middle of the room, dividing the kitchen area from the sitting room. Double doors open out from the kitchen to a brick herringbone patio with a teak dining table for up to 8 and brick BBQ and food preparation area to one side. Leading off the main living area is a small pantry with microwave and dry goods cupboard and a downstairs loo with Lefroy Brooks brassware. The Kitchen is equipped with tableware from Another Country and John Julian, knives, cutlery and glassware from David Mellor, linens from 31 Chapel Lane and rush table mats from Rush Matters (Felicity Irons).
A dark wood paneled staircase leads up from the hall to the bedrooms. The two double bedrooms have high ceilings with original oak beams and old wooden floorboards. The master bedroom is decorated with GP&J Baker wallpaper and has a luxurious ensuite shower room with Lefroy Brooks brassware including rainwater drench shower. The second double room is decorated with William Morris wallpaper. Both double bedrooms have a mix of antique and contemporary bedroom furniture from Heals, Another Country and Pinch Design displaying handmade ceramic lamp bases. The third bedroom has twin beds. Five star hotel quality bedding including Siberian goose down duvets, pillows and mattress toppers with 400 thread count bed linen.
In the bookcase on the upstairs landing there is a wide range of literature from a selection of British writers. In the living and sitting rooms there are books on various subjects relevant to British craft and design including the seminal biography on William Morris by Fiona McCarthy. These are for your enjoyment and “enlightenment” during your stay: please do not remove from the Cottage.
There is a separate utility room which is just outside the back double doors to the left containing washing facilities (washing machine and tumble drier) as well as a large fridge freezer stocked with ice. The key to the utility room is on the key ring along with the front door key.
he Annex is an entirely self-contained studio building with its own slate courtyard overlooking a gravelled garden, comprising an open plan living area with a Sebastian Cox kitchen by DeVol, Sony internet connected TV and bluetooth sound system, shower room with Lefroy Brooks fittings and wood burning stove. There is underfloor heating all at ground floor level. There is a kingsize bed at mezzanine level: ideal for those who want a bit of peace and quiet away from the cottage yet linked by a garden door to the back of the cottage.
The Annex is available to rent should your party exceed 6 people. The Annex sleeps two adults and could accommodate one infant in a cot.
Up to two small to medium sized dogs are welcome but the cottage is not ideal for anything larger than a labrador/spaniel. Dogs are not allowed upstairs or on any of the furniture. There is a supplemental cleaning charge of per dog per stay. A dog bed for a small to medium sized dog is provided.
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