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 holiday cottages in Wiltshire - many to a luxury standard - are ideal for short breaks or longer family holidays in this beautiful area.
Reputedly one of the oldest cottages in Salisbury, this Grade II listed property is within easy walking distance of the centre of this ancient and historic city.
This is one of a group of recently built apartments in Salisbury, situated in a very convenient location in the heart of this beautiful cathedral city.
Pop’s Barn is a secret little retreat hidden behind the High Street in the bustling village of Downton. Reached by a narrow path leading off a side lane, the cottage is revealed as a pretty brick building of obvious antiquity set in a delightful, sheltered walled garden. New Forest 10 minutes' drive. Salisbury 8 miles.
In a magical setting by the River Avon, on the Wiltshire Hampshire border, 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.
Switch off from the stresses of modern living and find some peace and tranquillity in a corner of Wiltshire where the three shepherd’s huts at Milton Farm nestle quietly at the bottom of a wheat field.
A self-contained period apartment in a fine Georgian building overlooking the Green in Calne with all its accommodation at ground floor level.
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 .
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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.
Hideaways has a fantastic selection of self-catering accommodation right across Wiltshire - ranging from a pretty, romantic cottage just for two to a large historic country house set deep in the Wiltshire countryside sleeping up to 15 guests in super-luxury.
If you are after a city break, then our town houses and holiday lets in Salisbury itself might be just the ticket but if you prefer something a bit more peaceful then how about a barn conversion or luxury cottage in one of the unspoilt villages just outside the city, which you can return to after a busy day sightseeing?
Visitors are often keen to try a spot of fishing during their holiday and Hideaways offers a huge choice of cottages with private fishing in Wiltshire where you can while away a few peaceful hours.
Hideaways also has a great selection of dog-friendly cottages right across the county and with so much beautiful countryside on your doorstep, you will be spoiled for choice as to where to walk with your four-legged friend.
Being less than two hours from London, Wiltshire is an ideal destination for a three or four night stay and whether getting together for a celebration weekend or just wanting a few days away from it all, a short break in a Wiltshire cottage will ensure that you return relaxed and recharged.
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