The secret’s out on Wiltshire

October . 2021

In her recent piece in the Telegraph, journalist Natalie Paris called Wiltshire the ‘underrated South
West county that has been overlooked for too long’, after Avebury and Castle Combe featured at the
top of Which?’s guide to the UK’s best towns and villages. Further down the list you can find
Salisbury, and cross the border into Dorset for Sherborne and Corfe Castle too.

Paris shines a light on some glorious Wiltshire walks, a serious foodie scene and a treasure trove of
prehistoric and medieval sites here on our doorstep, singling out the Cranborne Chase AONB and the
Nadder Valley, as destinations deserving of a second look, and not nearly as overwhelmed with
tourists as the nearby Cotswolds.

There are special mentions for local favourites Messums and its restaurant The Mess, the Fonthill
Estate, Bird and Carter, The Beckford Arms and its sister pub The Bath Arms over at Longleat, as well
as the newly opened and much talked about Bradley Hare in Maiden Bradley. And for garden lovers
there is much to see, from Iford Manor Gardens to Stourhead (famously at its finest as the leaves
turn at this time of year), Bowood and more.

A recommended read, if you’re thinking of making the move to Wiltshire, or even to remind yourself
why you did!

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