As great as cities are, the constant bustle within them can wear on a person. When you have reached this breaking point, it makes sense to plan a holiday.
If you are looking to book a holiday cottage in the English countryside, we hope that you will consider Wiltshire.
Located within a short drive of the London metropolitan area, this sizable shire is largely rural, with only one small city (Salisbury) within its bounds.
In short, it exemplifies what many British people consider to be the countryside. Below, we’ll go over just a few of the attractions you’ll encounter during your time there.
1) See the Salisbury Cathedral
Before heading out into the country, make time to check out Salisbury Cathedral in the city of the same name.
Constructed in the 13th century, it is notable for having the best of the four original copies of the Magna Carta, the tallest spire in the United Kingdom at a dizzying 404 feet above the ground (123 metres), as well for having the largest cloister and close in the UK.
Don’t forget to check out its clock either, as it is known for being the oldest working model in the world.
2) Tour the grounds of the Stourhead House and Garden
Have a green thumb? Take a few hours to explore Stourhead House and Garden. While the estate on this posh property was only constructed in 1902 after a fire, two other identical iterations of it have existed here since the 13th century.
While the tour of the home will reveal how the English upper crust has lived their lives over the centuries, the true star of this property is the garden.
Inspired by Greek mythology, the flora, monuments, and the pathway is meant to resemble the descent of Aeneas to the Underworld.
Make an effort to visit during the autumn, as it is at that time when the changing colors of the trees make for a truly stunning scene.
3) Explore Wardour Castle
Castle lovers won’t be disappointed by what they will find in Wiltshire, as this part of Britain has its share of these historic fortifications.
Wardour Castle is among the best of the bunch – while it has seen better days due to its fall in the English Civil Wars of the 17th century, it was maintained as an ornamental piece afterward, thereby preventing it from falling into complete ruin.
While it may not have the whole feel of intact castles, it has a rugged beauty all its own, so don’t miss it.