Living on the Wiltshire border for 15 years gave us glimpses into its history, and introduced us to interesting walks in rolling open countryside and pretty villages, and quiet lanes for cycling. Living so close, we didn’t really have to think about which holiday cottages in Wiltshire we would consider for a break, but as you can see from our examples below the choice is wide and varied.
Wiltshire is home to England’s most famous monument, Stonehenge, which is probably on many people's must-see-list. If you love prehistoric sites, you can find a second, more extensive, one at Avebury, which includes stone circles, ditches, an avenue, a burial mound, and the man-made Silbury Hill. Avebury is a firm favourite with many visitors - ourselves included! - as you can get up close, touch the stones, walk around the ditches, and enter the burial mound. On one tandem ride that passed through Avebury, we even sat down in one of the stone circles to have our lunch!
There's plenty more to do in Wiltshire. History buffs can explore Old Sarum and new(er) Salisbury and its great cathedral. You could take a walk along the Kennet and Avon canal and wonder at the Caen Hill locks, one of the longest flight of locks in England. Or if steam travel is your thing there is the Steam Museum in Swindon, the home of the Great Western Railway. And if you love the great outdoors, why not go for a walk and try finding all eight white horses carved in the hillsides, start an adventure along the Ridgeway long distance path, or brave a wild walk on the Salisbury Plain.
If you like exploring villages and towns, then once again Wiltshire does itself proud. There’s Castle Combe, which has often been called the prettiest village in England, or you could visit Laycock and its Abbey, which was used in the Harry Potter films. As you wander the streets of either these villages, you’ll notice how few modern amenities are on show, so don’t be surprised if you see a film crew making a new period drama! I’d also add Bradford-on-Avon to the must-visit list, as it has a wide range of historic buildings, the River Avon, and the Kennet and Avon canal. And for garden enthusiasts, there is the wonderful Stourhead Garden which is particularly colourful on a bright autumn day.
If you haven't found your perfect retreat yet, then you can view all the holiday cottages in Wiltshire here, or all England cottages here.
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