As a county, Wiltshire is sometimes overlooked by visitors yet it offers some unforgettable landscapes, important prehistoric monuments and fine stately homes and gardens. Perhaps Wiltshire's jewel in the crown is Salisbury Cathedral, described by Bill Bryson in ‘Notes from a Small Island’ as “the single most beautiful structure in England and the Close around it the most beautiful space." Hideaways has always been based in Wiltshire and our comprehensive selection of Wiltshire holiday cottages, town houses and apartments - many to a luxury standard - are ideal for short breaks or longer family holidays in this beautiful area.
Reputedly one of the oldest residential properties in Salisbury, this Grade II listed, terraced cottage is within easy walking distance of the centre of this ancient and historic city.
This is one of a group of recently built apartments situated in a very convenient location, right in the heart of this beautiful cathedral city.
In a magical setting by the River Avon, in the grounds of a country house, Avon Turn Barn provides stunning accommodation within an imaginatively designed, timber-clad barn.
A quarter of a mile along an ancient Ox Drove, the Pink Tower commands panoramic views over the Cranborne Chase from its cleverly designed 1st floor sitting room and ‘look-out’ balcony.
Furnished and equipped to extremely high specifications, North Cottage offers an opportunity to stay somewhere quite exceptional in South Wiltshire’s highly sought after Chalke Valley.
Peacefully located by a large Green, Cottage-on-the-Green is well away from busy traffic yet only a few minutes' walk from Calne’s town centre.
10% discount for all holidays ending on or before 3rd September
A self-contained period apartment in a fine Georgian building overlooking the Green in Calne with all its accommodation at ground floor level.
10% discount for all holidays ending on or before 3rd September
This is a charming cottage situated in a small mews just off the High Street in the village of Tisbury, on the borders of Wiltshire and Dorset .
At the end of an impressive, tree-lined avenue, lies this enchanting folly. Painstakingly restored and imaginatively converted by its owners, it provides a special place to stay in a beautiful setting.
An enchanting, rural retreat set in the grounds of a country house on the edge of the village of West Dean, on the borders of Hampshire and Wiltshire.
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Wiltshire is a county without a coastline and with only one large city; to many it can just seem to be an area you pass through on the way to the West Country but if you let it, this is scenery to lift your spirit and excite your curiosity. Hideaways has for many years specialised in providing cottages to rent in Wiltshire and our large selection will provide an opportunity to discover a beautiful area that is often overlooked. All our English country cottages are carefully selected and well furnished, providing an excellent level of comfort, character and convenience that makes any of our Wiltshire cottages the ideal base for discovering this beautiful county.
A large part of Wiltshire is made up of the rolling chalk hills of Salisbury Plain and the Marlborough Downs, crossed by trackways, which were known to travellers even before the great prehistoric features of Stonehenge, Avebury and Silbury Hill were erected. There has been a monument at Stonehenge since about 3,100 BC, though the iconic stones which give the monument its name were erected more recently between 2,600 and 2,400 BC. These are ‘must-visit’ attractions during a stay in our Wiltshire holiday cottages.
The chalk is cut into by small clear-watered rivers, where fishermen and herons catch trout and swans convoy their cygnets through rafts of water crowfoot. Strung along the valleys the villages are at one with the soil which gave the materials of which they are built; cottage garden walls of chalk roofed with thatch or chequered in stone and flint.
The rivers Ebble, Nadder, Wylye, Avon and Bourne flow out of Salisbury Plain and join at Salisbury, the focus of southern Wiltshire. From whichever direction you approach, the 14th century spire of the cathedral marks an essential stopping-place. Built between 1220 and 1258 AD, Salisbury Cathedral has the largest cathedral close In Britain, creating a peaceful oasis in the heart of the city. At 404 ft, Salisbury’s cathedral spire dominates the skyline and visitors can take the "Tower Tour" to take advantage of the fantastic views from the top. Our comprehensive selection of holiday cottages in Salisbury and in the surrounding countryside and villages will allow you to discover the many attractions Salisbury has to offer.
One of the charms of a journey to Wiltshire is its small towns, each with a strong character of its own, each earning its living in the contemporary world while still wearing its past unselfconsciously. Just west of Salisbury, Wilton preserves the name of the Saxon tribe from which the county gets its name. West of Salisbury Plain are Warminster, a market town, Westbury, with its White Horse, Trowbridge, the headquarters of county administration and Bradford-on-Avon, giving a foretaste of Bath. North of the Plain are the historic towns of Calne, Marlborough and Devizes on the Kennet and Avon Canal. Malmesbury, home to an ancient abbey, lies on the fringe of the Cotswolds. Wiltshire has one large town, Swindon. Now an important industrial and regional centre, the town centre is fully pedestrianised, with the Brunel Centre being a shopper’s paradise.
A holiday in Wiltshire would not be complete without a visit to its great houses. Some of the loveliest, set in grounds of great beauty are Wilton House, Longleat, with its Safari Park, Stourhead, with its world famous landscaped gardens and Lacock Abbey set in the heart of a National Trust village. To complement them are the smaller houses - Westwood Manor, Great Chalfield Manor, Phillips House, Lydiard Park, Avebury Manor and in the Close at Salisbury, Mompesson and Malmesbury Houses. And to finish, two castles, Farleigh Hungerford and Wardour, which were both involved in the English Civil War.
There is a huge amount to do during a stay in our Wiltshire cottages, especially for those interested in history, architecture or archaeology. The county also offers marvellous walking along the ancient Ridgeway Trail and Ox Drove as well as good cycling on the Wiltshire Cycleway. A large tract of the South Wiltshire countryside falls within the Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which provides a stunning backdrop for any outdoor activity.
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