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History in the making

The Chalke Valley History Festival runsÂ22nd â'' 28th June 2015. ÂOffering a unique blend of talks, discussions and debates, alongside a vast living history through-the-ages encampment and stunning warbird air show, the Chalke Valley History Festival is a celebration of history like no other. Set in fields in the beautiful Chalke Valley, some twelve or so miles to the west of Salisbury, the festivalâ''s home lies in an idyllic part of the world. ÂHere, chalk downs, etched by ancient droves, overlook lush farmland and, during the week-long festival, a large encampment. ÂIt is a stunning spot â'' where an ancient English landscape meets Hardyâ''s Wessex. ÂAnd for one week at the end of every June, this thriving rural corner of England changes its usual soundtrack of birdsong for the roar of Merlin engines, cannon-fire, muskets and music. Of theÂ140 plus speakers and 110 literary talks and debates, there is prehaps too much to list but some of the highlights this year includeÂSir Ranulph Fiennes, Anthony Beevor, Charlie Higson, Ian Hislop,ÂSebastian Faulks,ÂJulian Fellowes, Dan and Peter Snow and David Starkey. In Bowerchalke,ÂChestnut Cottage is a village house in a central setting with flexible accommodation, ideal for a family. In this picturesque village to the heart of the Chalke Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The living space is arranged either side of a kitchen/breakfast room, with an openness between the principal reception rooms, which works well for entertaining and family life alike. A third reception room can be accessed separately or through the utility room and boot room. This space is perfect as a family room, playroom or for teenagers. Equally, it could be arranged as a home studio or office. The first floor rooms also offer flexibility, with a smaller fifth bedroom or dressing room. The gardens are to the rear, with driveway parking and a garage to the front. The garden slopes upwards, framed by two horse chestnut trees and further apple trees higher up. There is a terrace next to the house and at the top of the garden is a summer house, which catches the afternoon sun. Bowerchalke is an attractive village, in the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in the heart of the gorgeous Chalke Valley. The River Chalke, a tiny chalk stream, rises in the village and joins the River Ebble at Broad Chalke, flowing into the Hampshire Avon south of Salisbury. The Bowerchalke Downs (or Knowle Down) are over 300 acres of SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest). The church of the Holy Trinity dates from the 13th century, and Nobel Prize winning novelist William Golding, who was a schoolmaster at Bishops Wordsworth Grammar School in Salisbury, is buried in the churchyard. The nearby village of Broad Chalke has a similarly wonderful sense of community. It also features great facilities with an active church, a school with outstanding status, an award-winning village run shop, post office and café - the amazing Chalke Valley Stores, a doctor's surgery and a friendly pub to name a few. The countryside surrounding is beautiful chalk downland with splendid footpaths, bridleways and old ox droves. Situated around eleven miles to the south-west of Salisbury, Shaftesbury is around fifteen miles to the west. The choice of schooling in the area is excellent, and trains can be caught at either Tisbury or Salisbury Station. Chestnut Cottage, Church Street, Bowerchalke, guide price £589,950. Winkworth Salisbury    

The Chalke Valley History Festival runsÂ22nd â'' 28th June 2015. ÂOffering a unique blend of talks, discussions and debates, alongside a vast living history through-the-ages encampment and stunning warbird air show, the Chalke Valley History Festival is a celebration of history like no other.

Set in fields in the beautiful Chalke Valley, some twelve or so miles to the west of Salisbury, the festivalâ''s home lies in an idyllic part of the world. ÂHere, chalk downs, etched by ancient droves, overlook lush farmland and, during the week-long festival, a large encampment. ÂIt is a stunning spot â'' where an ancient English landscape meets Hardyâ''s Wessex. ÂAnd for one week at the end of every June, this thriving rural corner of England changes its usual soundtrack of birdsong for the roar of Merlin engines, cannon-fire, muskets and music.

Of theÂ140 plus speakers and 110 literary talks and debates, there is prehaps too much to list but some of the highlights this year includeÂSir Ranulph Fiennes, Anthony Beevor, Charlie Higson, Ian Hislop,ÂSebastian Faulks,ÂJulian Fellowes, Dan and Peter Snow and David Starkey.

In Bowerchalke,ÂChestnut Cottage is a village house in a central setting with flexible accommodation, ideal for a family. In this picturesque village to the heart of the Chalke Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Chestnut Cottage rear view (resized)

The living space is arranged either side of a kitchen/breakfast room, with an openness between the principal reception rooms, which works well for entertaining and family life alike.

A third reception room can be accessed separately or through the utility room and boot room. This space is perfect as a family room, playroom or for teenagers. Equally, it could be arranged as a home studio or office.

The first floor rooms also offer flexibility, with a smaller fifth bedroom or dressing room.

The gardens are to the rear, with driveway parking and a garage to the front. The garden slopes upwards, framed by two horse chestnut trees and further apple trees higher up. There is a terrace next to the house and at the top of the garden is a summer house, which catches the afternoon sun.

Chestnut Cottage west view resizedChestnut Cottage up garden; resized

Bowerchalke is an attractive village, in the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in the heart of the gorgeous Chalke Valley. The River Chalke, a tiny chalk stream, rises in the village and joins the River Ebble at Broad Chalke, flowing into the Hampshire Avon south of Salisbury. The Bowerchalke Downs (or Knowle Down) are over 300 acres of SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest).

The church of the Holy Trinity dates from the 13th century, and Nobel Prize winning novelist William Golding, who was a schoolmaster at Bishops Wordsworth Grammar School in Salisbury, is buried in the churchyard.

The nearby village of Broad Chalke has a similarly wonderful sense of community. It also features great facilities with an active church, a school with outstanding status, an award-winning village run shop, post office and café - the amazing Chalke Valley Stores, a doctor's surgery and a friendly pub to name a few.

The countryside surrounding is beautiful chalk downland with splendid footpaths, bridleways and old ox droves. Situated around eleven miles to the south-west of Salisbury, Shaftesbury is around fifteen miles to the west.

The choice of schooling in the area is excellent, and trains can be caught at either Tisbury or Salisbury Station.

Chestnut Cottage sign resized

Chestnut Cottage, Church Street, Bowerchalke, guide price £589,950.

Winkworth Salisbury

 

 

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