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.
The cottage has been conceived as more than ‘just’ a place to stay. Mixed in with modern design names are wonderfully authentic antique pieces, alongside classics from the Cotswold School, Ercol and the Arts & Crafts movement. Contemporary names like Another Country and Melin Tregwint are effortlessly integrated into the scheme. Guests are able to buy many of the items that furnish the house direct from suppliers at a discount, and the building is also home to a range of carefully selected artworks by British artists. From abstract paintings to ceramics and some beautiful block-print fabrics, the artists showcased slot beautifully into the Arts and Crafts concept. A full list of the artworks and how to buy them is also available to guests.
The building’s original materials and features are highlighted, with exposed stone walls and original beams making up the bones of the cottage, while the decor laid on top uses sympathetic colours inspired by the countryside visible through each window. A dabbled green rug by Ptolemy Mann sits in front of the living room’s open hearth. Rustic cushions and lampshade by Bonfield Block Printers display prints of oak leaves and acorns in rich autumnal reds and moss greens.
The Craftsman’s Cottage sleeps six and is available to rent via the website. There you can also find full information about all the items featured in the cottage.
All images by Roy Riley