Wiltshire Area Guide
Idyllic Wiltshire offers rolling English countryside, with quaint towns and picturesque villages. The region provides rural living within easy reach of urban centres like Swindon and Salisbury. Tourists are drawn to the region to see the stone circles at Stonehenge and Avebury and to marvel at the medieval Cathedral at Salisbury. But residents stay for the classic British country living and pockets of brilliance, from the Cotswolds to the West Wiltshire Downs and the North Wessex Downs.
Highworth is steeped in history. The town was first mentioned in the Domesday book, before being fought over and occupied in the Civil. The village has a selection of cottages around the centre, with plenty of terraced and semi-detached dwellings in the north and bungalows in the south. The rural setting has plenty of surrounding walks to enjoy and The Wine Bar on the High Street is a sociable evening hangout.
The village of Blunsdon began life as a resting stop for weary Roman travellers making the trip from Gloucester to Silchester. It is now home to the Swindon Robins speedway team and Blunsdon Abbey. Blunsdon has plenty of detached houses and cottages off the Blunsdon bypass. If you head into Blunsdon St Andrew there are some impressive farmhouses, while Broad Blunsdon, in the east, offers detached and terraced properties.
Derived from the Old English word for “marsh farm”, South Marsden comes laced with rural English charm. From the typical English Church of St. Mary Magdalene, to the quaint B&Bs littering the village. South Marsden is largely made up of 3 and 4-bedroom detached village houses.
For a rural village, Wanborough is well equipped. The village has a primary school and post office, along with five pubs to choose from, nearby Foxhill also has an Indian Restaurant. The majority of properties in Wanborough are large family homes, but there is some terraced housing around Jenner Close.
Liddington is an elegant and alluring rural village. The parish boasts incredible farmhouses and manor houses from the 1930s, Victorian period and some older, more historical properties from the 17th century. Purley Road, which bisects the village, also has some terraced properties. Liddington Castle brings a few villagers to the area, but in reality Liddington offers a tranquil country setting.
The thatched roofs of Badbury give the hamlet a timeless feel. A village pub is situated at the heart of the village, along with a care home and some offices. residents rely on nearby towns and villages for most amenities.
Located on the cusp of the Marlborough Downs, Chiseldon is a popular choice for families moving to rural Wiltshire. The village has two pubs and a social club. Chiseldon Primary School is also a popular choice. The school was awarded a “Good rating” in their 2014 OFSTED inspection. The property selection is diverse. There are larger detached homes on the outskirts, while apartments and semi-detached properties can be found around Castle View road. There are also quaint country cottages on the side streets off New Road.
Wroughton sits off the A4361 between Swindon and Avery and has grown into a large, popular village. Bincknoll Castle, the iron age hillfort is a great way to spend an afternoon exploring. The “Good” rating for the Ridgeway School and Sixth Form College has brought more families to the area. For a great selection of real ales, check out the Carter’s Rest. Semi-detached bungalows make up the majority of the housing in the north of the village, with terraces lining the Swindon Road and larger detached properties situated south of the A4361.
Royal Wootton Bassett
This picturesque market town received its Royal title in 2011, Royal Wootton Basset offers comfortable rural living, with all the amenities of a medium-sized town. The variety of property on offer in Royal Wootton Basset has drawn buyers to the region. Cottages with rural views blend with terraced housing and large semi-detached farmhouses. For a good day out, try the nature walks around Jubilee Lake and Farmtastic Animal Farm.
Idyllic 17th century thatched cottages and spacious new builds make Lyneham an attractive village for prospective buyers. The village is well equipped with two village shops, a 14th century church and a primary school.
Grittleton is a sleepy country village with a village pub and church. An old Victorian school still stands with its furniture, giving the village a feeling of stepping back in time. The Cotswold stone period cottages littering the village add to the elegant time capsule feel.
At over 6 miles long, Brinkworth holds the accolade of the longest village in Britain. The quaint village is home to a village pub and a Primary School. The school, Brinkworth Earl Danby’s Church of England Primary School, received a “Good” rating from OFSTED in 2015. The village boasts impressive 19th century detached properties, with inspiring views of the surrounding countryside.
Perched between Royal Wootton Bassett and Purton is the small village of Hook. The Old White Heart Pub sits at the heart of this inviting country village. The village is home to rural detached houses and terraced properties which line the main road.
Likeable Lydiard Millicent is home to just over 1500 inhabitants. It has a recreation field, pub and primary school. The school received a “Good” rating from OFSTED on its last inspection in 2014. The village hosts plenty of detached houses and bungalows to choose from.
Purton has plenty of amenities for a rural village. The village boasts shops, two schools, a library, several pubs, restaurants a GP surgery and a veterinary surgery. The parish is also home to four nature reserves to probe. Both the primary and secondary schools in the village were deemed “Good” by OFSTED, making Purton a desirable location for young families. For terraced housing look around Collins Lane and High Street, for semi-detached properties with character, take a look at Station Road and the surrounding areas.