Our guide to luxury Wiltshire holidays

Wiltshire welcomes all with its mystical stone circles, sylvan trails, and quaint market towns for weekend wanders – all a stone’s throw from the cities of Bath and Salisbury. This is the Unique guide to luxury Wiltshire holidays.

Many venture to Wiltshire with one thing in mind: to visit Stonehenge. Particularly spectacular during the summer solstice, these Neolithic standing stones have stood for 5,000 years, drawing dreamers in their droves. But there’s a modern buzz about the county, too, bolstered by the busy cultural calendar on offer at Salisbury Playhouse and The Atheneum Centre, plus a host of new-wave art galleries, including Oink, Messums, and The Young. For a spot of window shopping, head to Marlborough, where a spate of indie stores and artisan boutiques are sprinkled among historic houses and half-timbered buildings, selling everything from Scandi homewares and hand-dipped candles to fair trade slippers from Asia. 

There’s much to see and do in Wiltshire, including Wilton House (its gold-dripped drawing rooms lined with Rembrandts being the obvious choice for filming The Crown and Pride and Prejudice), while Stourhead – with its neo-classical gardens and bewitching follies – enchants in all seasons, coming alive with snowdrops in spring, and cast anew each autumn. So, pour a fresh pot and let our guide to luxury Wiltshire holidays inspire your next escape – whether you’re staying in a chic townhouse across the border in Bath or a manor house fit for gathering a crowd for Christmas. Here’s everything to bookmark in Wiltshire, plus the most coveted self-catering properties to call home while you’re here.