Craftsman’s Cottage founder, Amanda Bannister, is keen to immerse her guests in the world of craft not only through the experience of staying in the Cottage with its design and decoration infused with British craftsmanship both past and present but also with a rich and diverse offering of events and courses.

We have teamed up with local businesses to offer both bespoke courses as well as access to events and course programmes, including ceramics with Messums Creative (part of Messums Wiltshire), marbling with Compton Marbling and outdoor cooking events and courses at Pythouse Kitchen Garden.

The courses are designed to be intimate, led by our handpicked makers who are some of the best in their craft. So whether you are an absolute beginner or somewhat of an expert, our makers will get the very best out of you. Not only will you take home your handy work, but also new skills, stories and friends.” Amanda Bannister

Contact for further information on the above or the courses shown below or, indeed, simply to enquire as to what we can do to curate a unique craft led experience to suit your individual requirements.



Messums Wiltshire is a pioneering multi-purpose gallery and arts centre celebrating the creative endeavour situated in a vast 12th Century thatched tithe barn.   Messums itself is an essential visit during any stay at the Cottage.  Messums Creative is located in a studio a short distance from Tisbury and hosts a wide range of courses largely focused on all stages of the ceramics process but also offering other courses.  Below is the link to their programme of events.  We are also able to curate individual bespoke courses.

Find out more about Messums Creative Courses by clicking here…


Outdoor cooking experiences with Chef Darren Broom – An immersive cooking experience hosted by chef Darren Broom. Learn the art of butchery and live fire cooking from an outstanding professional chef, pick and cook your own ingredients from the garden and enjoy a superb lunch in the restaurant.

Visit the Pythouse Kitchen Garden website for more info



Compton Marbling began making hand-marbled paper and products in the early 1970s, in the garden shed of our founder, Solveig Stone. Inspired by an exhibition of marbled papers by Douglas Cockerell, she started using oil paint and a home-made marbling tank. In 1981, with the help of her then business partner Caroline Mann, she moved her studio to beautifully restored 19th century farm buildings in the rolling countryside on the borders of Wiltshire and Dorset.

The business progressed in 2019 with Solveig’s youngest daughter, Clementine, joining partnership with Alex Lewis. The team now sees Alex producing the beautiful papers using a friendlier water based technique, while Clementine develops the relationships and products with our varying clients.

The business has grown over five decades but each sheet of our marbled paper is still made individually, by hand, using traditional methods that date back many centuries.

Find out more by visiting the Compton Marbling website…


Are you seeking to spend more time away from the screen? Rediscover the joys of making with your hands and engage with the ultimate portable technology – the book. On 24th to 26th September, Multi Award winning book binder Kate Holland of Kate Holland Books will guide you step-by-step in the traditional craft of bookbinding. You will come away with a hardback book that you have made from scratch and all the basic bookbinding skills that will enable you to continue and elaborate at home. You will also have time to explore a variety of alternative structures. This session is suitable for all. All materials and tools will be provided. Only eight places are available, so curious new makers book now. To make a booking please contact:



If your hands have always wanted to work with natures wonder material English Bulrush, full-time Rush Weaver Felicity Irons of Rush Matters will be holding an inspiring course on 7th to 9th Jan 2019. Felicity will start by exploring the history and traditions of the harvest and use of the English Bulrush. Followed by learning traditional techniques of weaving, twining, coiling, plaiting, knotting, sewing, roping to make your very own Rush basket.This session is suitable for all. All materials and tools will be provided. Only eight places are available, so curious new makers book now. To make a booking please contact:

All bookings are subject to our terms of booking.