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An elevated spot for a weekend in the English countryside with Bramley produce, birdsong and a welcome sourdough.
Nestled in Beckhampstead, a stone’s throw from the old Stone Circle, The Farm at Avebury is a working farm. Owners Rob, Alice and Katrina recently refurbished a large barn to provide six comfortable studio apartments with chic, thoughtful touches.
Rich in history and wildlife, it’s a great place for a weekend getaway – here’s why.
The Farm at Avebury’s review: “Comfortable, cozy and private, this is a great place to unplug”
If you’re looking for some peace and quiet, you’re almost guaranteed to find it here. It’s almost impossible not to be extinguished by a combination of crisp country air and soothing birdsong.
An elevated spot for a weekend in the English countryside, pack your hiking boots as it is ideally located for long walks and hilly hikes. That said, there is only one pub within easy walking distance, so stock up for your stay. You will be greeted with a welcome sourdough and dairy products including butter and a bottle of milk from their farm. Plus, the family sells its own produce such as meat, eggs, dairy, and oil – just be sure to place an order before you arrive.
Located about half an hour walk from the center of Avebury and inside World Heritage Avebury, a car is advised but not essential. The farm is conveniently located near a bus stop, which means you can get there without car from Swindon station, if you are not a driver.
Cozy, comfortable and private, you’ll have realized that The Farm is a great place if you want to disconnect and switch off on the weekends. A fan of breathtaking hikes, delicious pub fare and a rich Neolithic history? Then Avebury is your place.
If you’re not a super-confident map reader or are often a little confused by directions, like me, there’s a handy guide in your stable with scannable QR codes that point you to the best local routes.
Our favorite walk was the Cherhill Monument Loop, a six and a half mile course on the West Down. It wasn’t muddy – quite dry, in fact – but does have amazing views of the Landsdowne monument. Not only that, but you pass the gallops, where many of the Queen’s horses are trained. Pack a picnic and take your time – you’ll hit 10,000 steps before the halfway mark.
We stayed in Longstones, a small but smartly designed apartment with a plush double bed under a Velux window that shows quite spectacular stars at night. Downstairs is a modern kitchen, a comfortable bathroom with Bramley products and a comfortable sofa area, to relax and watch a movie on colder evenings.
My favorite part of my review of The Farm at Avebury? Touches are thoughtful and elegant and each stable is designed with a totally different character: ours, a simple yet sophisticated palette of ruby red, crisp white and blue stripes, with an intricately woven headboard, vintage framed prints and rattan Matilda Goad-esque lampshade. Plus, the studios are fully equipped with all the kitchen equipment you might need, including a fully functional oven, blenders, food processors and more.
When summer comes, the family encourages you to use the landscaped patio that the studios surround for a barbecue. There are also two large event spaces, making this an ideal location for a wedding, birthday party, or vacation destination for a large group weekend.
Don’t miss the chance to head to the Waggon and Horses – a traditional thatched pub a short walk away which offers a wide range of pub food, local ales, bar snacks and a range of vegan and vegetarian options too.
The meat from the farm is also delicious.
How to book
Prices vary by stable, weekdays vs. weekends, and off-peak vs. peak.
The cheapest rate for a two night stay midweek, excluding school holidays (off peak) to Swallowhead Springs and Longstones (sleeps 2) is £198.
If you wanted to stay at Silbury Hill (sleeps 6) for a two night weekend, during school holidays (Peak), the cost would be £898.
Head toward Avebury Farm website for more information.