Conveniently located for access to the M4, Chiseldon House is in a quiet location and has a…
A steep-sided dry stream valley on the edge of the Marlborough Downs near Swindon; valued as flower-rich unimproved chalk grassland and traditional hay meadow. On entering the site, visitors will glimpse a small, spring-fed stream bordered by hedgerow and old willow pollards. The stream separates the main valley from a colourful hay meadow. The site supports 23 butterfly species, and several uncommon plants which suggest the grassland has a long history of traditional management.
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A land shrouded in mystery, myth and legend, Wiltshire evokes images of ancient stone circles, white chalk horses carved into hillsides, crop circles and the forbidden, empty landscape of Salisbury Plain. To many M4 and A303 drivers heading out of London through the clutter of the Thames Valley, Wiltshire is where the landscape opens out and rural England begins.
Wiltshire’s charm lies in the beauty of its countryside. The expansive chalk landscapes of the Marlborough and Pewsey downs and Cranborne Chase inspire a sense of space and freedom, offering miles of uninterrupted views deep into Dorset, Somerset and the Cotswolds. Wiltshire’s thriving market towns and picturesque villages provide worthwhile visits and welcome diversions. Stroll through quaint timbered and thatched villages in the southern Woodford and Avon valleys and explore the historic streets of the stone villages of Lacock, Castle Combe and Sherston. Walk around Salisbury and discover architectural styles from the 13th century to the present and take time to visit the city’s elegant cathedral and fascinating museums. And if all of that isn’t enough, the county is also richly endowed with manor houses, mansions and beautiful gardens.
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