Sandy and Peter Borchert
3 Kingsbury Square
Wilton SP2 0BA
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Discover the story of the original Salisbury and take the family for a day out to Old Sarum, 2 miles north of where the city stands now. The mighty Iron Age hill fort was where the first cathedral
once stood and the Romans, Normans and Saxons have all left their mark.
Today, 5,000 years of history are told through graphic interpretation panels on site. Perfect for Families, heritage lovers and walkers who can enjoy a great day out at Old Sarum - you could even bring a picnic and enjoy the fantastic views across the Wiltshire countryside.
Punting on the River Avon
Step on board a traditional hand built Punt and enjoy the most unique views of our historic city from the waterside.
The tour is approximately 45 minutes and your Chauffeur will show you a number of sites such as:
- Bishops Canonry
- Walton Canonry
- Medieval House
- Salisbury Museum (the Kings House)
- A view of Salisbury Cathedral from a completely different aspect.
- The Old Poor House
- A first-hand experience of the wildlife that the River Avon has to offer!
- Hear enchanting stories about Salisbury and understand the captivating history of the River Avon.
£20 per person or £50 family, if you book in a large group we will give discount. Call 07538000597 to book now
Chalk Valley History Festival
25 June - 1st July 2018
Offering a unique blend of talks, discussions & debates alongside a vast living history through-the-ages encampment and stunning warbird air show, the Chalke Valley History Festival is a celebration of history like no other.
Set in fields in south-west Wiltshire, the festival’s home lies in an idyllic part of the world. Here, chalk downs, etched by ancient droves, overlook lush farmland and, during the week-long festival, a large encampment. It is a stunning spot – where an ancient English landscape meets Hardy’s Wessex. And for one week at the end of every June, this normally sleepy corner of England comes alive to the sound of Merlin engines, cannon-fire, muskets and music.
a 'Must See' if you are staying with us - we highly recommend it and will be going ourselves and in previous years have really enjoyed seeing our guests there.
Wilton House (a stroll across our Square to get to..)
Wilton House, home to the 18th Earl of Pembroke, provides a fascinating insight into British history. Built on the site of a 9th century nunnery but now set in 21 acres of landscaped parkland, with water and rose gardens beside the River Nadder and Palladian Bridge.
magnificent Inigo Jones Staterooms include the famous Double Cube Room - the finest surviving 17th century stateroom in England - which was designed to display the family portraits by Van Dyck. This
is the greatest collection of paintings by the artist still to be seen in its original
setting. For younger visitors there is an exciting adventure playground and quizzes in the house and grounds.
Wilton House has many feature film and television credits including The Young Victoria, Sense & Sensibility, The Madness of King George, Mrs Brown and Pride & Prejudice
Salisbury Cathedral – 3.7 miles
The thirteenth century cathedral boasts both the tallest spire in Britain and the best preserved of only four surviving original copies of the Magna Carta. The finest example of an early cathedral, it offers guided tours and hosts many events
To find out more about the Magna Carta and how Salisbury plan to celebrate its 800 yr anniversary visit:
Stonehenge – 9 miles
was erected between 3,000 BC and 1,600 BC by no less than three different cultures and its orientation on the rising and setting sun has always been one of its remarkable features. Whether this was
simply because the builders came from a sun worshipping culture, or because -
as some scholars believe - the circle and its banks were part of a huge astronomical calendar, remains a mystery to this day.
Now designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Stonehenge is surrounded by the remains of ceremonial and domestic structures, some older than the monument itself. Altogether, the site covers some 2,600 hectares and comprises over 400 scheduled monuments.
Thanks to Stonehenge's shaped stones, unique jointing and perfect geometry, this amazing feat of engineering is not only the most sophisticated stone circle in the world, it is also unique in that it is the only one to have lintels around the top. The name Stonehenge - literally 'hanging stones' - is thought to originate from Anglo-Saxon times.
themselves came from two sources: the smaller bluestones from the Preseli Mountains in South Wales, and the larger Sarsen stones from the Marlborough Downs some twenty miles away. Interestingly, what
we see today is only about half the original monument - some stones have fallen
down, while others have been taken away to be used for building elsewhere.
Old Wardour Castle – 12.5 miles
Beautifully sited beside a lake, Old Wardour Castle was built in the late 14th century by John Lord Lovel as a lightly fortified but showy and luxurious residence. A hexagonal tower house ranged round a central courtyard, its form is very unusual in England.
Substantially updated by the staunchly Roman Catholic Arundell family after c.1570, the castle saw much fighting during the Civil War. In 1643 the 60 year old Lady Arundell was forced to surrender it to Parliament. But the new garrison was almost immediately besieged in turn by Royalist forces led by her son. After an eventful 10 months of bombardment and undermining, they finally capitulated in March 1644.
damaged castle became a romantic ruin, and was incorporated in the 18th century into the landscaped grounds of Lord Arundell's New Wardour House (not managed by English Heritage, no public access).
The castle's setting in a Registered Landscape enhances the significance of this
City of Bath – 36.5 miles
Britain’s finest Georgian city has around 5000 listed buildings because of their architectural merit. Make sure you dont miss The Circus - John Woods centre piece for the new Bath. The Royal Cresent - 30 Terraced Town Houses , which was home to many famous people, including the Autor Charles Dickens and the artist Thomas Gainsborough.The city boasts a remarkable range of museums, galleries and exhibitions. Bath Abbey, Pulteney Bridge, The Assembly Rooms are all worth a visit. The Lower Gardens is a perfect place for a picnic. Visit the famous Roman baths and bathe in the natural waters at Thermae Bath Spa. The Jane Austen Centre will appeal to literature lovers. The famous nineteenth Century novelist lived in Bath with her family between 1801 and 1804. Jane Austin wrote two novels whilst in Bath: Persuasion and Northanger Abbey.
Oxford – 75 miles
Oxford is a rural city renowned for it history and heritage. The surrounding villages are idyllic; the near by Cotsworlds offer some of the most stunning scenes. Oxford if home to Britain's Greatest palace - Blenhein Palace, Christ Church college, The Bodlian Libray and The Ashmolean Museum. There is famous TV and film locations such as Happy Potter - experience a tast of the magic! The Pitt rivers museum is free and well worth a visit. Located just outside the city fashion retail outlet full of bargin designer items. For people who like utdoors activities Oxford has lot to offer from walks, cycling, sailing and even punting. Stock up on goodies from the Coverd market or head to one of the oldest pubs in England for some pub grum and a pimms!
Gold Hill – 17 miles
Gold Hill is a beautiful street in Shaftesbury. It is a steep cobbled street featured on the cover of many books. At the top of the street is the 14th century St Peter’s church, one of the few remaining pre-18th century buildings in Shaftesbury. This ancient street, running beside the walls of King Alfred’s abbey is perhaps most famous for featuring in the Hovis bread advertisement directed by Ridley Scott.
Longleat – 24 miles
The perfect day out for both adults and children alike. The grounds, landscaped by Capability Brown, include the Hedge Maze; the House is one of the best examples of Elizabethan architecture, and the Safari Park lets visitors get close to animals form the smallest to the tallest and most ferocious.
Stourhead Gardens – 25 miles
World-famous 18th-century landscape garden and Palladian mansion. Enchanting temples, two Iron Age hill forts to explore, monuments and rare planting around a tranquil lake, Chippendale furniture and
fine paintings, woodland and chalk downland walks and spectacular views across
three counties from the top of King Alfred's Tower, one of the finest follies in Britain.
The Larmer Tree - 19 miles
www.larmertreefestival.com 19 - 22 July 2018
Created by General
Pitt Rivers in 1880 as pleasure grounds for "public enlightenment and entertainment" the Larmer Tree Gardens are an extraordinary example of Victorian extravagance and vision. The garden contains a
wonderful collection of ornate buildings, majestic trees and
intimate arbours, retained in an enchanted timeless atmosphere.
Every year a very intimate music festival is held with the grounds - its one of the best festivals around and if you are staying with us and love music then book yourself some tickets pack a picnic and go! We go most years and love every minute of it especally when Van Morrison is playing - tickets are on sale now!
Pythouse Kitchen Garden Shop and Café – 14.5 miles
West Hatch, Tisbury, Wiltshire SP3 6PA
Open every day except Tuesday 9am to 5.30pm. Café closes at 5pm
Tel: 01747 870444
Pythouse Kitchen Garden Shop and Café is situated about 2½ miles west of Tisbury between Newtown and Semley. Our beautiful 18th Century walled garden is the perfect destination to relax, eat and shop. You can enjoy strolling around the garden, which was recently named ‘a special place’ by the Weekend Telegraph, or you can relax and unwind in the café either sitting in the garden under the apple trees, or on the terrace enjoying the views.
all of the garden produce in our shop along with other unusual and interesting food and gifts. Our café is open for breakfast, coffee, lunch, tea and for dinner on Thursday evenings. We are licensed
and have a small but perfectly formed wine list. Bookings are recommended
especially if you are making a special trip to see us.
Wilderness Survival Skills Joe O'Leary
Tel: 0771 8078619
Specialist Wilderness Survival Courses:
Survival Skills runs a selection of courses
packed with information and practical experience gathered together from an array
of different sources and personal backgrounds.
courses are held in a woodland setting of hazel
coppice, twisted moss covered oaks and silver birch and are spent entirely
outdoors however there are plenty of covered areas within the woods to enable lessons
to carry on regardless of weather conditions. Close neighbours will be Roe and
Muntjac deer, foxes, badgers and buzzards.
from one day wild food forage to five day
Tel: 01722 782858
You may be
thinking of taking some friends for a special
day out, or just arranging some fishing for yourself; either way, you'll find
that Famous Fishing not only sources the most fabulous and hard to get beats on
the best rivers, but can add those little extras that will make your day so
special - top guides and instructors, premium equipment if you don't have your
own, and fantastic riverside lunches in glorious settings.