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Holiday Cottages Wiltshire

From the medieval city of Salisbury to the prehistoric magic of Stonehenge, Wiltshire is a majestic county steeped in history. Such unique attractions combined with the idyllic countryside surrounds make holiday cottages in Wiltshire the perfect option for a rejuvenating getaway.

Cottages full of character are dotted throughout the beautiful landscape of Wiltshire, while self-catering accommodation options are also available among the chocolate box villages and historic Salisbury city.

Stonehenge is without doubt one of Wiltshire’s biggest draws and is a wonder to behold at any time of year. The World Heritage Site has baffled and beguiled visitors for centuries and continues to attract tourists throughout the year, especially at times of Pagan rituals or during the solstices, so make sure to book in advance if you want to secure accommodation within easy reach of the famous stones. The prehistoric ceremonial site includes the famous and mystifying stone circle which was built between 3,000 and 1,600 BC with the stones specially aligned to match certain patterns of the rising and setting of the sun. How and precisely why they were built remains a source of constant debate, but what is without doubt is that they are among the most astounding ancient sights anywhere in the world.

The magnetism of Stonehenge is matched by the rural beauty of the Salisbury Plains upon which they sit, with breathtaking views across the fields. More prehistoric attractions are also within easy reach, including the nearby Avebury Stone Circle on the Marlborough Downs, the largest stone circle in the world.

History throughout the ages is on view across Wiltshire, which offers an unrivalled glimpse into the mystery, adventure and magic of the past. The medieval Sailsbury Cathedral, which boasts the largest cathedral spire in England, is surrounded by peaceful gardens, Georgian terraces and inspiring museums and also houses one of four remaining original copies of the 13th century Magna Carta, one of the most important documents in British history.

Keep your eyes peeled to spot the eight White Horses displayed on Wiltshire’s hillsides too as you explore the gentle countryside.

The city of Salisbury itself also offers a perfect balance of rich heritage and modern luxury, with the speciality shops of Winchester Street alongside the traditional stalls of Fish Row, Butcher Row and Poultry Cross, as well as sumptuous food trails and welcoming, traditional pubs. Charming market towns such as the Saxon-founded Chippenham, once home to Alfred the Great’s hunting lodge, or picturesque villages such as Pewsey are also steeped in history and worth visiting or using as your base to explore Wiltshire.

The stunning landscape is perfect to admire from above with hot air balloons a popular way to gain a unique perspective, while walkers and cyclists will not be disappointed either. Family activities are in plentiful supply too, including the UK’s first safari park at Longleat, the 14th century Farleigh Hungerford Castle and more intriguing history at the Rockbourne Roman Villa.

The whole county continues to enchant visitors of all ages with its unique mixture of history and mystery and you can soak in the atmosphere, heritage and beauty in style by choosing from our range of holiday cottages in Wiltshire for your next break.

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