It took a quick scroll on Kip during the lengths of a long and dreary winter in lockdown to know that by the time autumn rolled around again, we’d be more than ready for a little cross country holiday. Whether that meant staying close to home, or venturing a little further- a hankering for a change of scenery and something a little different to our own four walls couldn’t come quick enough.
So booking The Craftsman’s Cottage back in March was possibly the one time being organised has shown up for me this year (the rest of the time I’m a last minute Liv who can barely plan the day in front of her), and when it rolled around last week I couldn’t have been more excited, or ready for a little break.
Nestled in the heart of Wiltshire, in a cosy village called Semley (which boasts a beautiful church, village shop with some of the loveliest local produce and more dogs on morning walks than you can literally shake a stick at)- I quickly knew it would satisfy all of my Cameron Diaz in The Holiday dreams from the moment we drove up the pebbled path off of the beaten track.
Fortunately an unseasonal snow hadn’t yet presented itself, so it was just down to the log burner in the front room, beautiful big oven in the kitchen and radio humming Gold throughout the house to bring in the cosy feels on all fronts. Paired with a week of exploring the west country and some of the south coast with my family, travelling at this time of the year in the UK is fast becoming my favourite time to explore- and much like Cornwall last year, I was so excited to make the most of what was on our doorstep for the week.
Despite being situated in the most beautiful village, one of the most special things about this property is what’s inside. Filled with art, table wear, furnishings and crafts from a bounty of British talent- there’s a true focus on close-to-home skill- even down to the hamper on arrival filled with local honey, homemade cake and bread and butter too; which adds even more of a home from home feeling (except here the milk bottle is full and not left with a few drops)…
Another thing we also loved is how it’s location straddled so many beautiful spots. We were just shy of an hour from cities like Bath, towns like Bruton and Frome- and the Jurassic Coast too; meaning whether we fancied a stroll around a bustling centre or skimming stones on the shore- we were never too far away. Plus, having the luxury of a car meant that packing plenty in was an option (as well as travelling with everything plus the kitchen sink). It was a truly special little stay, and I know I’ll definitely be bookmarking it for future adventures too- maybe I’ll try and time it with some snow next time too…
A little diary of some of the favourite things we did…
Monday: Although we didn’t manage to go, nearby there was an outdoor lido (Tisbury Pool) which is heated, which would make a lovely way to start the day in season.
Tuesdsay: Spending the morning exploring beautiful Bruton with some of my favourite shops (which I’ve listed here). Followed by lunch at Roth Bar & Grill at Hauser and Wirth, which is very dog and baby friendly (we sat in the orangery). Naturally picked up some bread for dinner from the At The Chapel too.
Wednesday: A day exploring beautiful Bath– lunch at Café Lucca, followed by a potter around the cobbled streets and a trip to the Thermae Spa and a flick through Found and Topping & Co (which, with all the treats, Maggie loved too)!
Thursday: A little closer to home, we explored Stourhead in the morning- soaking up the beautiful gardens as the colours changed before heading to The Beckford Arms for a classic pub dinner.
Friday: Sea spotting at Poole and Bournemouth today- with lunch at Riptide Coffee (best sandwiches), a magical speedy spa treatment at Lush and a meander on Bournemouth’s sandy beaches.