Cottages in Wiltshire
Neolithic stone circles, white horses and sweeping downs
Often overlooked in favour of trendy neighbours Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, Wiltshire has many strings to its bow. This is a county of myth and legend. Where Neolithic stone circles that feel older than time itself stand guard. Carved white horses gallop across rolling downs and the ever-marauding Romans, Saxons and Normans have all left their mark. Enveloping the most southerly reaches of the Cotswolds, including the village of Castle Combe, Wiltshire also plays host to large areas of the Cranborne Chase and North Wessex Downs Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Castle Combe may be regarded as one of the prettiest villages in the Cotswolds, but Wiltshire is home to some equally enchanting places. So, if you are looking for that picture-perfect English village, without the crowds then pay a visit to Biddestone, Grittleton or Slaughterford, which despite its rather bloodthirsty name is a gloriously tranquil spot.
In the north of the county lies the town of Malmesbury. This is England’s oldest borough and is filled with history. 17th-century shops and medieval streets sit under the gaze of the 12th-century abbey. Likewise, this thriving market town often hosts music and food festivals.
Discover the incredible cathedrals in Salisbury, which has the tallest spire in England, and in just-over-the-border Bath. A glorious Roman city famed for its mineral springs. Stonehenge needs no introduction but don’t miss Avebury. The largest prehistoric stone circle in the world which forms part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes Stonehenge.
Lastly, animal lovers can spend time at Longleat, the first safari park to open outside of Africa in 1966, it’s home to more than 120 species and it also plays an important role in wildlife conservation. Guided tours of Longleat House are also available in addition to the safari park.
Book one of our holiday cottages in Wiltshire and explore a county that offers exceptional rural and historical delights.