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Frances Watts

Frances Watts

Somerset based artist Frances Watts works quickly outside in the elements using predominantly oil on board. Her use of colour and style are shaped by the physicality of working en plein air with changing light and weather and having to respond.

Amy Rhian

Amy Rhian

Local artist and maker Amy Butler creates her works from all forms of paper. From intricate hand cut 3D beetles to papier-mâché pots and shelves. Inspired by colour, form and pattern Amy makes the really interesting works. Her unique paper plaster pieces are entirely formed by hand.

Amy Shuckburgh

Amy Shuckburgh

Amy Shuckburgh paints vibrant landscapes, still life, and figurative work, using soft pastel, oil paint and collage. She is known for her vibrant pictures of the west country, Cornwall, France and Wales, as well as her still life compositions of everyday objects. She works in an expressive painterly style, with more than a nod to abstraction.

Gather

Gather

Stembridge is the village next door to Kingsbury and is home to the flock of Pedigree Coloured Ryeland sheep that the wool was gathered from. The Stembridge blanket is made in Britain from the finest natural un-dyed British wool (100%) by Gather. Sourced from Ryeland and Coloured Ryeland sheep, the Stembridge wool blanket is finished in a sumptuous warm brown blend with a cream striped pattern. It couldn't get more local!

Bill Amberg

Bill Amberg

Leather craftsman and designer Bill Amberg has been working with leather for over 30 years. With his studio in London and workshop in Somerset, Bill is an industry leader in bespoke leather products, interiors and furniture. The Knepp Rivet Stool made for the re-wilding estate in Sussex, has been vegetable-tanned by a small UK tannery, is from Knepp’s free-roaming longhorn cattle and the wood is from ash dieback clearance. The stool has no internal structure and is versatile and lightweight. Find out more

Bertie Clark

Bertie Clark

Martock based Bertie has crafted lots of features at Craftsman’s Cabin including the beautiful oak kitchen and the field maple shelves and the outdoor table and bench on the veranda. Preferring to work outside using English timber Bertie is the next generation of craftsman.

Bevel

Bevel

Dan hand turns all his pieces from English timber using traditional and ancient processes. Intrinsically tactile, his handcrafted kitchen and tableware is both practical, durable and extremely beautiful.

Emma Lewis

Emma Lewis

Emma Lewis is a Somerset based photographer whose new series Framing Nature is an invitation to pause and delight in nature’s details.

MAKE Skincare

MAKE Skincare

MAKE Skincare was founded by Mary Temperley, our friend and neighbour, with a mission to provide luxurious natural products crafted from only the finest quality ingredients available. Her lavender beds are just up the road on her family farm and her sumptuous re-fillable bubble bath and deliciously smelling hand wash is made just a mile down the road.

Becky Manley

Becky Manley

Becky Manley is a highly skilled pottery tutor and potter. Decca, your host,  collaborated with Becky to design a range of ceramics especially for Craftsman’s Cabin inspired by her favourite shapes and forms.

Origo House

Origo House

Issy Gordon from Origo House hand builds ceramic bowls, sconces, and ceramic portraits in her studio a few minutes away from the cabin. Her organic, wavy forms and use of zingy colour make them lovely things to have around.

Muchelney Forge

Muchelney Forge

Local blacksmith Nick is a true artisan blacksmith as well as commercial using both traditional and contemporary metal working methods. The fire pit and tripod are made in his forge in the next door village.

THINGS TO DO

The Barrington Boar

A traditional Somerset pub in the pretty village of Barrington with exceptional food. The Barrington Boar is an award-winning restaurant & pub, offering a warm welcome, refined Modern British dining & a deep connection with Somerset’s rich culinary heritage.

Starling Murmurations

Truly a wonder of the natural wild, thousands upon thousands of starlings migrate from Northern Europe and spend the winter months on Shapwick Heath and Ham Wall RSPB nature reserves. At dusk every evening they settle to roost in the reed beds on the levels and put on the most amazing display. You can also go at sunrise to see them take off. Make sure to call the starling hotline to ensure you go the right spot. Seasonal between December - March. Check info. here

Basket Making Workshop

Learn how to use Somerset withies (willow) to make a basket. The Willows and Wetlands Visitor Centre is the home of P. H. Coate & Son, founded by willow grower and merchant Robert Coate in 1819, and still run by the Coate family today. Book a workshop here

The Wyndham Arms

Traditional Somerset pub

The Bridge Bakery and Café

Our absolute favourite bakery. Hands down the best sourdough around (and the same as the loaf provided in the cabin.) Perched on the edge of the River Parrett in Langport, it's the perfect spot to start you exploration of Langport. Bakery, canteen and coffee shop.

HOLM Somerset

Holm is the best place to eat in Somerset. Inspired by nature and the surroundings in the beautiful South West of England. Their focus is on provenance, sustainability and warm hospitality. Outstanding modern, local food and drinks in a casual yet refined environment. In the pretty village of South Petherton only 4 miles away.

Brown and Forrest Smokery & Shop

Just over the moor in Hambridge is Brown and Forrest smokery. For over 30 years the master smokers have been smoking the finest hot & cold smoked foods, including smoked salmon, trout, duck, chicken & delicious cheese. Buy smoked goodies online or visit the Hambridge shop. There is also a café.

Temperley, Somerset

Alice Temperley grew up at the Burrow Hill cider farm few fields away from Craftsman's Cabin and over three decades has created the eponymous and illustrious Temperley London. With a unique blend of British eccentricity, a strong signature aesthetic, ethos and bohemian spirit, and an iconic tribe of muses, the independent brand has reached almost heritage status. Visit the Temperley HQ at Phoenix Studios, in the main square of the picturesque town of Ilminster. The brand’s design atelier, training workshop and flagship store, offers both current collections and archive pieces, as well as bridal and is an exclusive brand outlet, where you can sift through past season treasures. Check opening times and get directions.      

Cider Bus Saturdays (April-September)

Wander up to Burrow Hill cider farm and enjoy a slice of Glastonbury Festival. The iconic cider bus serves refreshing ciders and cocktails that you can enjoy wandering their orchards. Live music appearances from local bands and there is usually (not always, check on Instagram @somersetciderbrandy) a foody offering, everything from stone-fired pizzas to mouth-watering Mexican from Basement 17 Tacos.

Horrell and Horrell

Enjoy a dining experience like no other with our friends Jules and Steve in their beautiful old cow barn. You will be looked after by the absolute best in the business Jules, and Steve will cook up a feast using the very best local and seasonal produce. Booking essential.