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Why Wiltshire?

Having lived in 15 homes and two continents in the space of 25 years I find myself (along with my family) in deepest, lightest Wiltshire. Even in the past five years we have somehow managed to live in four houses; rental, owned, rental, owned. It would appear that we really do have round bottoms!   But'I can't help feeling that Wiltshire may just be the place we end up sticking around for some time to come. And why' Well, so many reasons.   South Wiltshire has so much to offer and so much space. We now live on the north side of Salisbury Plain overlooking miles and miles of gently undulating countryside. The walks and rides upon the plains are unending and always full of delightful surprises: skylarks, goshawks, deserted villages, heavily-armed soldiers and on occasion a backing track of exploding shells and small arms fire. On other days the Plains are utterly still and peaceful and I find myself transported to another age in a landscape that has not changed for over a hundred years wholly free from the intrusions of modern'day madness.   But back in the present one must needs drive and one of the joys of where we live is that the first twenty minutes of any journey in any direction takes me through stunning countryside and more often than not, the roads are empty; this I like! The surrounding villages are varied: Erlestoke evokes late 19th century charm; Edington boasts a priory unchanged since it was founded as well as one of the best pubs and farm shops in the country; The Lavingtons are vibrant communities offering several doctor's surgeries, grocery stores, a superb butcher's, churches and two high-achieving schools; Avebury and Stonehenge lead you to a distant and mysterious world; The Pewsey Vale opens out into a grand vista where small hamlets such as Wedhampton, Conock, Chirton and Marden nestle all overlooked for the past few hundred years by one of Wiltshire's more curious features: the white horses carved in to the chalky hillsides.   And where we live offers access to so many wonderful destinations all of which are within a shortish drive: Salisbury and its truly magnificent cathedral; the World Heritage site Bath Spa and all of its sumptuous 18th century grandeur (and top class shopping); bohemian Frome ' a town that has the most listed buildings in the county; Berkshire, Hampshire and Dorset are all on the doorstep whilst Devon and Cornwall are but three hours away.   I like Wiltshire'a lot and maybe, just maybe our house-hopping habits have come to a very pleasant end.

Having lived in 15 homes and two continents in the space of 25 years I find myself (along with my family) in deepest, lightest Wiltshire. Even in the past five years we have somehow managed to live in four houses; rental, owned, rental, owned. It would appear that we really do have round bottoms!

 

But'I can't help feeling that Wiltshire may just be the place we end up sticking around for some time to come. And why' Well, so many reasons.

 

South Wiltshire has so much to offer and so much space. We now live on the north side of Salisbury Plain overlooking miles and miles of gently undulating countryside. The walks and rides upon the plains are unending and always full of delightful surprises: skylarks, goshawks, deserted villages, heavily-armed soldiers and on occasion a backing track of exploding shells and small arms fire. On other days the Plains are utterly still and peaceful and I find myself transported to another age in a landscape that has not changed for over a hundred years wholly free from the intrusions of modern'day madness.

 

But back in the present one must needs drive and one of the joys of where we live is that the first twenty minutes of any journey in any direction takes me through stunning countryside and more often than not, the roads are empty; this I like! The surrounding villages are varied: Erlestoke evokes late 19th century charm; Edington boasts a priory unchanged since it was founded as well as one of the best pubs and farm shops in the country; The Lavingtons are vibrant communities offering several doctor's surgeries, grocery stores, a superb butcher's, churches and two high-achieving schools; Avebury and Stonehenge lead you to a distant and mysterious world; The Pewsey Vale opens out into a grand vista where small hamlets such as Wedhampton, Conock, Chirton and Marden nestle all overlooked for the past few hundred years by one of Wiltshire's more curious features: the white horses carved in to the chalky hillsides.

 

And where we live offers access to so many wonderful destinations all of which are within a shortish drive: Salisbury and its truly magnificent cathedral; the World Heritage site Bath Spa and all of its sumptuous 18th century grandeur (and top class shopping); bohemian Frome ' a town that has the most listed buildings in the county; Berkshire, Hampshire and Dorset are all on the doorstep whilst Devon and Cornwall are but three hours away.

 

I like Wiltshire'a lot and maybe, just maybe our house-hopping habits have come to a very pleasant end.

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