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The Craftsman’s Cottage launches courses for craft enthusiasts

Unleash your creative side on a country getaway dedicated to arts and crafts



Anglepoise have featured The Craftsman’s Cottage on their website:

“Here the 17th century carved oak coffer and mid-century Ercol sideboard sit comfortably alongside the 18th century delicately painted landscape painting, further enhanced by the David Mellor tableware, Yorkshire wool curtains and the series of Anglepoise® lamps that feature throughout this remarkable interior. In selecting lamps for the rooms, Amanda chose to showcase both classic and contemporary Anglepoise® designs.”

See more on the Anglepoise website.


Remodelista have featured the Craftsman’s Cottage on their website


“I’ve always retreated to making as a form of therapy,” explains Amanda Bannister. A media lawyer by day, Amanda has a strong (extracurricular) interest in the visual arts and craft in particular. “I love making and I love looking at other people’s craft and engaging with other makers, so when the cottage next door came up for sale, and the concept of a holiday home emerged, I decided to use it as a vehicle to celebrate British craft.”

The Craftsman’s Cottage is a holiday home in the hamlet of Semley in rural Wiltshire; Amanda started taking bookings in July this year. “I think people are getting slightly bored of bland ‘repro’ stuff in hotels—they want something that feels more handmade and more personal. We have incredible makers and amazing skills in this county,” she says. “The idea was to bring it all under one roof, to create something immersive and experiential—a place that would give guests the opportunity to live with a Russell Pinch sofa for a few days, and perhaps, ultimately, buy one.”

See the full article at https://www.remodelista.com/posts/the-craftsmans-cottage-england-uk-vacation-rental/

Conde Nast Traveller

December 2017 issue – Brilliant British Houses To Rent

House and Garden - March 2018 - Try Before You Buy

When shopping for your home, there is something undeniably appealing about seeing furniture in situ.  The Craftsman’s Cottage, a beautifully decorated holiday house in Semley, Wiltshire, is the brainchild of lawyer and craft enthusiast, Amanda Bannister, who has always been passionate about British craft and making…… “I wanted to give the artists and makers a real life setting for their pieces” explains Amanda.  Guests can try out the items during their stay and buy any they like through Amanda.


Evening Standard - February 2018 - Coolstay of the Week

A luxurious craftsman’s cottage near Shaftesbury.  Head to the border of Wiltshire and Dorset to visit this unique 19th century cottage



Sunday Times

The Sunday Times Home Section on 9th July.  “Wiltshire Holiday Let That’s a Showcase of Lustworthy British Craft”  http://www.thetimes.co.uk

“The interiors are a roll call of lustworthy British brands, giving guests a chance to check out the products in a real context before they buy. They include a Pantry Blue kitchen from deVol, lights from Original BTC and Anglepoise, furniture from Pinch Design and Another Country, tableware from John Julian and David Mellor, and tweed from Abraham Moon & Sons. There’s William Morris and GP & J Baker wallpaper in the bedrooms, and bathrooms are stocked with Bramley bath products, made from English plants in Somerset. For Amanda, who took part in MasterChef in 1992, one of the most enjoyable parts of the project was sourcing British chocolates, shortbread, cheese and jams for the hamper, supplemented with bags of her homemade granola”

Liz Earl Wellbeing - Winter 2017

Wellbeing Travel – Assemble family or friends for a memorable winter break.

The Chromologist - Take a Tour: Holiday amid Great British Crafts

Just two hours out of London weekenders and interiors lovers can find a dream bolt-hole, with a bit of a difference – The Craftsman’s Cottage is a holiday cottage celebrating the best of British crafts, old and new. Also known as Semley Lodge, the house is an early 19th century cottage built from Shaftesbury greenstone with a slate roof, situated in a hamlet just three miles from the ancient Anglo Saxon hill top town of Shaftesbury. The handsome cottage has not only been lovingly restored, but has also been fitted out by work from some of Britain’s best craftsmen and designers. From established names like Heal’s, to iconic products like Anglepoise and modern classics from the likes of Russell Pinch, the house has been dressed in its best British finery”

Take a tour: holiday amid Great British Crafts

Monocle's Escapist Magazine - Canny Lodgings

RSVP Japan

Featured in the July issue of RSVP Magazine – Japan