Apple Tree Cottage is a ‘chocolate box’ pretty thatched dog-friendly cottage set on a peaceful woodland lane in the quiet village of East Grimstead near the Wiltshire/Hampshire border. It places you at the centre of fantastic places like Stonehenge, the New Forest and Southampton and is ideal if you seek a fun-filled holiday full of country walks, shopping, history, and outdoor pursuits.
Providing a high level of contemporary style throughout, Owl Lodge is a welcoming self-catering holiday rental offering couples the chance to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life in a tranquil setting amongst Wiltshire countryside. Wonderful walks and cycle rides from the front door and a haven for wildlife with Bentley Woods on the doorstep.
This charming and homely holiday cottage is tucked away down a country lane in the pretty village of West Dean on the Hampshire/Wiltshire border. With an open fire place for cosy winter nights in and a stunning garden for alfresco dining in the summer, it is always a good time of year to visit this idyllic spot. Enjoy country walks from the door, leisurely pub lunches or explore the delights of the New Forest National Park and the Jurassic coast. No 4 Railway Cottage sleeps four guests in two double bedrooms and well behaved dogs are welcome too.
Sitting in an acre of grounds, this well presented holiday home is perfect for families, friends and pet owners. Located on the Wiltshire/Hampshire border in the village of West Tytherley with good pub within walking distance, there are a multitude of attractions within easy reach including Salisbury, The New Forest, Winchester and Stonehenge. Whether you want to simply relax or explore, this welcoming cottage is an excellent choice.
Indulge your country cottage dreams in this 16th Century thatched holiday retreat. The Blue Cottage sleeps four people in two bedrooms. It is ideal for couples or families and has a modern kitchen and bathroom sitting harmoniously beside thick cobb walls and original oak beams. The detached holiday home has a wonderfully rustic charm and is surrounded by fields and gardens and only 300 metres from the welcoming Horseshoe Inn in Ebbesbourne Wake. It's part of the Cranbourne Chase AONB, and beautiful walks lead in all directions from the village. Shaftesbury and Salisbury are 10 miles away. Stonehenge is half an hour's drive, with Bath, Glastonbury, Longleat and the Dorset Coast also within reach for days out.
A fabulous country chic holiday retreat for up to six guests in a magical spot within an oasis of calm on the Hampshire/Wiltshire borders. Perfect for escaping away from it all, Farley Lodge sits within Bentley Woods, a haven for wildlife with superb opportunities for cyclists and walkers. Whether you want to simply relax or explore Hampshire and its many attractions including the New Forest National Park, Farley Lodge is a welcoming retreat to enjoy a taste of country life.
A delightful stylish holiday retreat for two in a wonderfully tranquil area deep within Bentley Woods where rare butterflies and fallow deer can be seen under the giant oaks. Sitting on the Hampshire/Wiltshire borders, this is a walkers and cyclists paradise and Little Farley is only a short drive from the New Forest National Park.
Comfortable self-catering holiday accommodation for two guests in a convenient location for exploring the many delights of both Hampshire and Wiltshire. The edge of the New Forest National Park is just a couple of miles up the road from Alison Cottage and Salisbury and Stonehenge are within easy reach.
A warm welcome awaits at Waterlake Cottage on the outskirts of the Wiltshire village of Orcheston. Just three miles from Stonehenge and a short drive from Salisbury, Avebury and Bath, there are no shortage of great days out to enjoy. Alternatively, simply relax in the peaceful countryside setting and enjoy walks and cycle rides through beautiful scenery. Tourist board rating: 4 Star
Something Old - Salisbury began life as an Iron Age hill fort in Old Sarum, around two miles north of the modern city. Romans, Saxons and Normans all settled here, squeezing out the Church who decided to move out of the way of the army and create a new settlement in Salisbury, building the cathedral that stands proudly above all it surveys 800 years after its construction. Those willing to climb the 332 stairs to the top of the Salisbury Cathedral’s tower can see the incredible detail of the spire up close, as well as enjoying views that stretch over the city and for miles in every direction. The cathedral also holds an extremely rare and priceless copy of the Magna Carta and is home to a world-renowned choir.
History is everywhere in Salisbury with the original medieval layout and street names surviving. A market charter was granted in 1227, and twice-weekly markets run every Tuesday and Saturday. Visitors can learn about the history of Salisbury and its people at the Salisbury Museum or on a guided walk through the city.
Eight miles from the city is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Stonehenge, which pre-dates even Old Sarum. Managed by English Heritage, it has an excellent visitor’s centre and has been a place of wonder for over 5,000 years. Other nearby museums include the Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum and the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection.
Something New - Despite its ancient roots, Salisbury is a contemporary community, protecting its heritage with eyes firmly on the future. Shopping in Salisbury is a delight. Once you have browsed the market stalls, head to Fisherton Street for a fantastic choice of independent boutiques crowned by Fisherton Mill where local artists display their wares. Salisbury has three shopping centres with an excellent selection of High Street names, a cineplex, theatre, pubs and nightclubs.
Walking and Cycling around Salisbury - A holiday in Salisbury is as much about the pleasures of the countryside as the excitement of the city. From the centre, you can walk to Old Sarum, following a path that leads from behind the library and follows the River Avon, passing through a nature reserve along the way. Alternatively, start in the pretty Queen Elizabeth Gardens and stroll along the way-marked footpath towards The Old Mill in Harnham for a pie and a pint, taking time to stop and enjoy the same view that inspired Constable to paint “Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadow” in 1831. Other trails go around the Langford Lakes Nature Reserve and through Grovely Wood, while long-distance footpaths include the Avon Valley Path and The Clarendon Way.
Salisbury’s lack of hills makes it a very family-friendly choice for cycling. There are lovely paths around the city, and Salisbury is on both National Cycle Way routes 24 and 45 which go to Bath and Chester respectively. The 160-mile Wiltshire Cycleway can be broken into 16 shorter sections through towns and countryside, and it is also possible to cycle to the New Forest National Park and Cranbourne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) which lie on either side of Salisbury.
Many cottages to rent in Salisbury have secure bike storage. Visitors can hire road and mountain bikes at Hayball Cyclesport on Winchester Street, and Stonehenge Cycles on Fisherton Street is also good for parts, food and tools.
Salisbury is a fantastic choice for a romantic week in the countryside with relaxing walks and country pubs, a lively city break with shopping, galleries and nightlife, and an active family-friendly holiday full of fun and advent.