Woodgate Farmhouse

Places to Visit

Salisbury

Known as 'The city in the countryside', the magnificent medieval city of Salisbury has historic streets and alleyways, charming half-timbered buildings, traditional English eating houses and characterful shopping streets,

Salisbury cathedral was built within one century, dedicated in 1258 and has no substantial later additions. It is the finest example of the Early English Gothic style of architecture in Britain with the tallest spire reaching 123 m (404 feet).

There is a convenient Park & Ride taking you into the centre or a very large car park adjacent to the Salisbury Playhouse and Civic Hall.  Our favourite two restaurants are Anokaa serving very exquisite Indian food and Charter 1277 serving superb modern English and European cuisine.

Stonehenge

Stonehenge is just 14 miles drive from us (30 mins). There is even a greenlane route for those with 4x4’s. The first monument at Stonehenge (of around 3,000 BC) consisted of a circular ditch and bank (about 100 metres in diameter), possibly with a ring of 56 wooden posts, the pits for which are now called Aubrey Holes, after the 17th century Wiltshire antiquarian John Aubrey.

Some 4-500 years later the first stones arrived: these were bluestones, transported over 240 km (150 miles) from the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire, West Wales. Paired bluestones were erected in an arc to the north east of the centre of the monument. Shortly afterwards this was dismantled, and replaced by an arrangement of stones which included the much larger super-hard 'sarsen' stones from the nearby Marlborough Downs.

The New Forest National Park

We are only 10 miles from Landford at the Northern edge of the forest. There are few other places in England where the ancient landscape has remained so unchanged.

Certain rights, some of them still in force, were granted to the Forest dwellers: pasturage, the right to graze livestock; turbage, the right to cut turf; estover, the right to cut wood for fires; pannage, the right to let pigs forage for food.
It’s now a wonderful place for walking, riding, cycling or driving around. The wildlife is still free to wander as there are few fences, so expect wild ponies, cattle and pigs on the roadsides and in the villages.

In 1079 when William The Conqueror named the area his ‘new hunting forest', little could he imagine that nearly 1000 years later his ‘Nova Foresta' would still retain its mystery and romance.  

We are only 30 miles from Longleat. (1 hour by car) Opened in 1966, Longleat was the first ever Safari Park outside Africa. Your drive-through safari adventure will take you unbelievably close to creatures you’ve only dreamed about.

Longleat Safari Park