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Highway Hill

UK England South West England Wiltshire Avebury

  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Huts, wagons and bell tents in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside, with the ancient mysteries of the North Wessex Downs to discover

With its undulating downland, ancient forests, and ubiquitous vestiges of our neolithic past, it's easy to see why the North Wessex Downs holds such an evocative place in the imagination. Between the Cotswolds to the west and Chiltern Hills to the east, this sprawling Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has long served as a natural muse for the great and good of literature. And with such a captivating setting, it's not hard to see what inspired the team behind Highway Hill to create their relaxing glamping haven in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside.

Comprising a trio of homely shepherds huts, two furnished bell tents and a gypsy caravan, Highway Hill offers both comfort and convenience, whilst retaining an authentic immersion in its idyllic rural setting. The three huts are perfect for glamping couples. Egyptian cotton bedding, atmospheric wood-burning stoves, and a fully-equipped kitchen makes these hand-crafted hideaways the natural choice for those seeking a self-contained romantic retreat. The slightly bigger bell tents (sleeping up to three) mean small families are catered for. Inside, bunting abounds, fairylights festoon the central pole and thoughtful little touches like vintage trunks, vibrant throws and that all-important wood burner mean the bells are an equally inviting space to unwind on those cooler evenings.

Facilities-wise, proper hot water showers, disabled-friendly toilets and a communal kitchen are all available. Conscientious extra touches like hammocks and high-chairs illustrate your hosts' attention to detail. And with basic provisions from pasta and porridge oats to lanterns and linen supplied, a stay at Highway Hill represents an incredibly good value break in one of England's most desirable regions.

When not relaxing onsite with a good book or getting to know the adorable resident alpacas and pygmy goats, there's no shortage of places to explore from this superbly-located base. Innumerable footpaths and bridleways offer invigorating walks (of varying intensity), leading to some of Wiltshire's most interesting sites. Take the picturesque seven mile stroll to the Cherhill White Horse, one of thirteen of these iconic equine chalk figures that dot the Wiltshire hillsides. Although not quite as antiquated as popular belief would have it (the oldest surviving one at Westbury dates back to 1770s), the county can still stake a worthy claim as the cradle of ancient Britain. With the mysterious stone circles at Avebury and the neolithic burial tomb at West Kennet Barrow all within easy reach, Highway Hill really does make the prime base for any pre-history buffs. And with the Georgian-Roman splendour of Bath a mere 45 minutes away, you can really enjoy a whistle-stop tour of England through the ages.

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A great environment to escape the chaos of city life for the open expanse and freedom of this glorious location. A fabulous destination in these difficult times to home educate your youngsters, or as a place of isolation where you can work and breathe in the fresh air AND get lots of exercise.

Each accommodation is spaced apart to create privacy and isolation. Our whole venue is nestled in 100 acres of private land and is part of the vast North Wessex Downs giving you endless freedom to roam without hardly meeting a soul.

We use only eco-friendly, probiotic cleaning products which creates an extremely healthy environment and, where possible, use environmentally-friendly items to support our planet and reduce our carbon footprint.

We also offer a food delivery service to the door of your accommodation (optional).

If it's quiet and solitude you want but with the home-from-home luxuries you enjoy then look no further.

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The Shepherd Huts have electric lighting and plug sockets, plus a fridge or electric coolbox, and gas or electric hob. Bell tents don't have electricity but do have battery-powered lights. Tent guests can access electric sockets either in the kitchen (where they will also find cooking facilities) or via the outdoor socket near the campsite. 2 showers and 3 toilets next to the campsite, with another 3 toilets and 1 shower next to office and kitchen; of these, 1 of the toilets plus the shower is wheelchair accessible. Shepherd's huts have fire bowls that can be used as a BBQ or a small firepit. All guests have access to the large fire pit in the campsite (complimentary firewood). Board games, cards and jigsaws to borrow, plus maps and books detailing local walks and flora and fauna available.

All our accommodation is finished to an extremely high standard. Wood burning stoves offer warm, cosy nights in, whilst our soft and cosy Egyptian cotton bedding make for a good night’s sleep. In the summer, you can barbecue just how you like it. Even our fire-pits add to the atmosphere. As night falls, toasting marshmallows, telling ghost stories or whiling away the evening hours as you watch pictures in the embers or the stars on clear nights, preparing you for a restful night’s sleep.




Suitable For

Family-friendly Glamping site. Couples, families (cot and highchair available on request) and Group bookings up to 16 all welcome. Dogs not permitted.

Nearby

There are plenty of fantastic walks starting close by, including a pleasant 7 mile trek to the local Cherhill White Horse, one of numerous chalky equine hill figures found across Wiltshire. A 15 minute drive away lies the ancient stone circles of Avebury, along with a museum and various other attractions in the village including the National Trust owned Avebury Manor (01672 538016). There are also several other Neolithic sites in the region, such as West Kennet Long Barrow. The Georgian stately home, Bowood House (01249 812102), is about a 15 minute drive away and features a famous adventure playground for the little ones, as well as stunning grounds designed by Capability Brown. The iconic city of Bath, with all of its Roman and Georgian attractions, is also just 45 minutes away. 

Food & Drink

Basic provisions such as milk, tea, coffee, sugar, and oats,  are supplied on arrival. Guests are welcome to use the oven, microwave and other cooking facilities in the main kitchen, and pre-made meals can be ordered too. The White Horse Inn (01249 813118), found about 2 miles away in Compton Bassett, offers a sophisticated spin on pub grub classics, while The Duke Hotel (01793 823026) in Hilmarton boasts the best of the beer gardens.

Opening Times

Shepherds huts and gypsy wagon: March–mid-December.

Bell tents: March – October.

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The Owner Says

Highway Hill is aimed at people who love the outdoors but still appreciate a touch of luxury. We’re located within the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a stunning landscape of ancient woods, gently meandering chalk springs, and rolling downland, offering peace, quiet and relaxation.

Staying at Highway Hill in one of our shepherd huts or bell tents is a very special experience. You can choose a traditionally-built shepherd’s hut or spend a night under canvas in one of our very spacious bell tents. All guests are welcome to get together and relax in our new communal safari tent with its open plan kitchen - dining - lounge (complete with log burner) and decking outside to watch the marvellous countryside sunsets.

For families, the whole glamping site is fenced and gated so your youngsters have the freedom to play while you relax with peace-of-mind. Within this area is a mud kitchen, a flower meadow to run through, a gipsy caravan to play games in and many more features to encourage imagination and interaction away from electronic devices.

On the rest of our site, you will discover rescued and rare breed animals, with newborn lambs in the spring, therapy and education sessions all year round and the fascinating, humourous and very popular alpaca walks hosted by the amazing farmer, Dave, of Dave & Ewe. We are often hosting events to raise funds for this worthy cause and we are certain that it is these wonderful four-legged friends who help give us continual 5* ratings. Thank you.

Walking is also an extremely popular pastime here at Highway Hill, with many walks to suit every age and agility helping you discover the rich history of this area and experience all the benefits of being in the fresh, country air amongst impressive undulating woodlands and fields. Try some of our local walks to experience the fauna and flora in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Longer tracks take you to ancient sites like the White Horse at Cherhill, the stone circles at Avebury, Silbury Hill, or just pop along the local pathway to a great local public house for a meal and a drink!

Switch off from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and switch on your senses! Soak up the atmosphere and tune into nature at Highway Hill. We look forward to welcoming you...

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Accommodation

3 shepherds huts (sleep 2), a pair of bell tents (sleep 4) and a gypsy caravan (sleeps 2).

Daphnis & Chloe

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 2
Staying in one our Shepherds huts is a chance to experience country living in a beautifully romantic and relaxed setting, while surrounded by the peace and quiet of the English countryside. At the end of a busy day exploring, curl up under the Egyptian cotton bed linen, enjoying both the toasty warmth and ambience of the hut’s wood burner.

Gabriel Oak

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 2
Staying in one of our Shepherd’s huts is a chance to experience country living in a beautifully romantic and relaxed setting, while surrounded by the peace and quiet of the English countryside. At the end of a busy day exploring, curl up under the Egyptian cotton bed linen, enjoying both the toasty warmth and ambience of the hut’s wood burner.

Perdita

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 2
Staying in one of our Shepherd’s huts is a chance to experience country living in a beautifully romantic and relaxed setting, while surrounded by the peace and quiet of the English countryside. At the end of a busy day exploring, curl up under the Egyptian cotton bed linen, enjoying both the toasty warmth and ambience of the hut’s wood burner.

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Getting There

Highway Hill is easily accessible from the M4, from either Junction 16 (Swindon and Royal Wootton Bassett) or Junction 17 (Chippenham). More detailed instructions will be sent upon completion of booking.  Nearest train stations are Swindon and Chippenham, and the 55 bus can take you from either of these to the nearest bus stop at The Duke in Hilmarton. Highway Hill is about 2½ miles away from the bus stop so you will need to arrange a taxi for the final stretch. Alternatively, a pre-booked taxi from Swindon or Chippenham will cost around £20.

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Why book with Glampingly?

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