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Sunday Snapshots: New Forest, Hampshire

Sunday, February 10th, 2013
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Given that it’s so close to Valentine’s Day, we thought this week’s Sunday Snapshot should have a romantic theme so today’s photo comes from the New Forest in Hampshire, not far from the aptly-named hamlet of Lover. The small Wiltshire hamlet of Lover sits just on the edge of the New Forest and many romantics travel here just so their Valentine’s card is stamped with the postmark!
 

‘Roses are red, violets are blue, why not book a holiday cottage and say I love you?’
 

New Forest

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Congratulations to Avebury!

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013
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Avebury, a prehistoric site in Wiltshire, has been awarded second best World Heritage Site for visitors by Which? Magazine. The stone circles beat off stiff competition from the Taj Mahal and the Pyramids and came second only to the Monte Alban in Mexico. Read the full story about how the panel of experts came to their decision on the BBC website.

Avebury in the Evening

Visit Avebury

Visit Avebury today and you’ll find two small stone circles within a larger stone circle together constructed of almost 100 standing stones.  There’s also a museum which documents the archaeologist who rediscovered the stones in the 1930s and a cafe serving delicious local food.  Why not make a weekend of your trip to Avebury and book one of our wonderful holiday cottages in Wiltshire?  Choosing a cottage is a fantastic option if you want to observe the winter or summer solstice at Avebury.

As one of the most important megalithic monuments in Europe and the largest stone circle in the world, Avebury attracts numerous visitors every year.  Despite its popularity, no-one knows exactly why the stone circle was constructed more than 4,500 years ago but it may have something to do with ley lines which converge at the site.  Generations of civilizations have recognised the importance of the circular shape and have been attracted to worship at Avebury.

There’s something for everyone at Avebury; wander the stone circle and enjoy the quiet solitude any time of day or night, take a guided tour of the stones to learn more or visit the on-site museum to recreate life over the centuries at Avebury.

 

Enjoy a holiday in Wiltshire

Avebury is today looked after by the National Trust and English Heritage and we have lots of cottages close to National Trust properties across the south west so you can look forward to great days out during your holiday.

One of our lovely Wiltshire cottages

One of our lovely Wiltshire cottages

After you’ve explored Avebury, there’s plenty more to enjoy during a holiday in Wiltshire.  Discover the pretty towns of Marlborough and Malmesbury both packed with independent boutiques and make the perfect spot for afternoon tea.  There’s also the White Horse Trail which takes you through gorgeous countryside as you attempt to spot all eight of the giant chalk horses carved into the hillside.  Bath, Salisbury and Tetbury are all within easy reach of your cosy cottage and make for a great day out.

Summer Solstice 2010 - Alton Barnes White Horse

If this has got you thinking about a trip to Wiltshire, why not browse our website for inspiration?

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