The Perfect Wiltshire Cure
Oldbury Tours has linked up with Highway Hill to suggest a very special deal. Come and let Wiltshire cure you of your daily stress and worry, at least for two nights!
The Perfect Wiltshire Cure includes two nights accommodation in a beautifully appointed Shepherd’s Hut courtesy of Highway Hill Shepherd’s Huts and a choice of two tours of Wiltshire and the west of England’s magical places. The inclusive cost would be £349 for tour option 1 or £439 for tour option 2. See below for your tour options.
Oldbury Tours will provide bottled water and picnic lunches so please let us know of any dietary requirements. Entrance tickets are not included in the price but will be organised in advance. Please let us know if you hold English Heritage or National Trust membership or are eligible for any concessionary rates.
The Perfect Wiltshire Cure for two. £349/£439 depending on tour option (includes the tour of your choice, two nights accommodation in a Shepherds Hut and a picnic lunch) Extra costs: entrance tickets and evening meals.
Your accommodation: Shepherd’s Hut*:
Highway Hill’s shepherds huts sleep two in a double bed. The shepherds huts offer a great alternative to traditional accommodation. Set on the edge of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and on a working farm, you will find the best of Wiltshire’s nature literally on your doorstep. A shepherds hut gives you the best bits of indoor-outdoor living: inside, high-quality bedlinen, a cosy woodburning stove, and compact kitchen with complementary milk, farm fresh eggs, and dry goods, ensure that you can get all your creature comforts met; while outside, a barbecue fire bowl for outdoor cooking, birdsong, and sparkling stars at night all keep you connected to and grounded with nature. If you have time, climb Highway Hill itself for a view that stretches for miles, offering the fantastic wide open skies that Wiltshire is known for, and spectacular sunsets.
*Highway Hill also offer a four person Bell Tent as an alternative to the Shepherds Huts. The tent accommodates three, has the same location, but doesn’t have all the facilities listed for the huts. Please enquire if you would like this option.
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Option 1. UNESCO World Heritage Site of Avebury and Stonehenge Price (including two nights accommodation) would be £349
09:00 departure: You will go first to the Avebury area where your tour will begin with a visit to The Sanctuary for an overview of this unique UNESCO World Heritage Site and an introduction to the prehistory of the UK. You will then walk part of the ceremonial West Kennet Avenue and visit Avebury itself with its prehistoric henge and the largest stone circle in the world.
Next you will visit Silbury Hill, Europe’s largest prehistoric man-made mound, and West Kennet Long Barrow, an extraordinarily atmospheric 5,600 year old hill-top tomb (a 20 minute each way walk)
Lunch will be a picnic on the downs or under cover if the weather isn’t favourable. Please let us know of any dietary requirements.
After lunch you will be driven through the beautiful Pewsey Vale with its famous white horses and picturesque villages. A few extra stops might include a Saxon church, some much lesser known prehistoric sites, a bubbling spring, a modern long barrow and a crop circle or two in summer.
You will then visit Woodhenge, Durrington Walls, the recently discovered village site where the builders of Stonehenge lived, and the iconic monument of Stonehenge itself (entry fee £17.50pp). Entry to Stonehenge is free to National Trust and English Heritage members so please let us know if you have membership to either.
At the end of the day you will be returned to your accommodation. Please see below for supper suggestions.
Optional add-ons include a visit to Devizes Museum to see the exhibition ‘Gold from The Time of Stonehenge’. This would be 40 minutes before lunch. Entry is £6 each.
Option 2. Medieval legends Tour (Salisbury, Glastonbury and much more) Price (including two nights accommodation) would be £439
08:00 departure: You will be taken to Marlborough, a wonderfully historic town perhaps named after the burial site of Merlin, the legendary wizard: the prehistoric mound called Merlin’s Mount (Merlin’s Barrow) is visible from the road. From there you will be taken via Pewsey with its statue of King Alfred the Great to visit Old Sarum the hill top site of a Norman Castle and Cathedral and the gathering place for all William the Conqueror’s barons in 1086 at the time of The Doomsday Book. You will then visit the ancient market town of Salisbury with its magnificent 13th century cathedral and the best preserved of the four original copies of King John’s Magna Carta sealed in 1215.
Lunch will be a picnic in the Cathedral grounds or under cover if necessary.
In the afternoon you will visit Tollard Royal to see King John’s hunting lodge and Old Wardour Castle the epitome of a romantic ruined English Castle dating from 14th century, before continuing through Cranborne Chase, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, to Glastonbury. Here you will visit the hugely evocative ruins of Glastonbury Abbey, the legendary Isle of Avalon and burial place of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere.
At the end of each day you will be taken back to your accommodation at Highway Hill in time for an evening meal.
You can either use the cooking facilities at Highway Hill and relax under the stars or we can book you a table at The White Horse in Compton Bassett. Highway Hill also have a relationship with a local catering company providing prepared meals if you want to eat on site but don’t want to cook. Please let us know if you would like to pursue any of these options so they can be organised for you.
If you can’t choose between them and would like to do both tours then we recommend you stay for a third night. This is the perfect way to really get to know the heritage of our wonderful area. For three nights and two days touring The Perfect Wiltshire Cure would cost £717.