A little while ago we were invited by Visit Wiltshire to stay in the beautiful Drover’s barn (which I recently blogged about) and spend a couple of days exploring the area. We love finding new places within the UK and discovering hidden gems. Wiltshire was definitely one of them. We stayed in a little village called Shrewton and thoroughly enjoyed spending two days exploring the sights that Wiltshire has to offer. If you’re looking for a little break in the countryside, with plenty to do with the little ones, then we definitely recommend taking some time to visit Wiltshire. Here are 5 reasons to plan your next trip here!
1. Gold Hill, Shaftesbury
Recognise this Hovis advert from 1973? This is recorded on the beautiful ‘Gold Hill’ in the gorgeous little town of Shaftesbury. Even though we both weren’t born when the advert was created, we somehow still knew it existed and found it really interesting visiting the hill whilst awkwardly posing for a photo. Daisy was too scared to walk down it (I’m thinking she was just tired – it wasn’t scarily steep.. honest) but I managed to get a few photos before we went for a little walk around the village. It’s very pretty and picturesque with cobbled streets, traditional buildings and beautiful little coffee shops. There’s also a garden area which is great for picnics in the summer.
Salisbury was named as one of the world’s Top 10 Cities to visit in 2015 by Lonely Planet and we can definitely see why. Salisbury is known as the city in the countryside – it really is beautifully picturesque and puts our local town to shame! I hadn’t managed to get any photos of Salisbury as I *very* stupidly forgot our spare battery pack and the current one had ran out. In a way it was nice as we could just simply explore without having to worry so much about taking photos. I think Andrew found it a little less stressful without me asking to stop and pose for a photo every 10 minutes! It’s a lovely little town with the most picturesque and traditionally english buildings. We enjoyed wandering around the little streets and stopping off for a coffee before heading back to our accommodation. It’s definitely a very pretty and relaxed town – perfect if you’re visiting Wiltshire.
We’ve drove straight past stonehenge a few times so it was nice to be staying just a 5 minute drive away from it. We had a little something to eat and a drink in the very spacious cafe which was lovely. We then drove past Stonehenge and managed to point it out to Daisy. She had absolutely no idea what we were talking about – I think she was more interested in the sweets we’d just handed her. If you’ve travelled quite far and you haven’t seen Stonehenge before then we’d definitely recommend buying tickets and getting a close look. We’ve both been before and thoroughly enjoyed it!
4. Larmer Tree Gardens
So, Andrew hasn’t proposed to me. We don’t have any immediate plans of him asking. BUT when we walked into Larmer tree gardens we both agreed that this would be the place for us. Before exploring the grounds we decided to have a bite to eat in their cafe. It was so cosy and incredibly cute – with friendly staff and a basket full of toys to keep children amused. Daisy thoroughly enjoyed colouring in and playing with the disney princesses from the toy box. We typically had tea and crumpets (so very English of us) and enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere.
The gardens are gorgeous. We wandered around and fell in love with the Roman Temple (you can see this pictured). It took a whole lot of persuasion in an attempt to pull Daisy away from the temple. She proclaimed it her princess castle and played in there for a good hour – simply roleplaying that she was the queen and was making us both dinner. It’s funny how sometimes the simplest things are the ones that really keep their attention. There’s lots to explore in the gardens – not to mention the wandering peacocks and tiny fairy doors dotted around too!
5. Miles of countryside
It was quite a long drive for us (we’re in Hertfordshire) taking about 3 hours – but we both agreed that actually it wasn’t a bad drive. On the way further into Wiltshire the views are beautiful. The countryside goes on for miles and no matter how far along we would drive, it never seems to end. We’ve always said we’d love to live in the countryside – this trip has definitely confirmed that for us. You can read a little more about where we stayed in Shrewton via a recent blog post. We really recommend Drover’s barn as it’s completely tucked away yet so central at the same time. We thoroughly enjoyed visiting the little pigs in the morning and getting a real feel for true country life. We’ve put together a short video of our stay in Wiltshire if you’d like to have a little watch below.
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