Every year at the beginning of July, Marlborough hosts the Jazz Festival followed by the famous Marlborough College Summer School so a stay at Mayfield during this time is perfection! There are many good restaurants in Marlborough and in the surrounding countryside. Our local Pub in Wilton, The Swan , is just a 4 minute drive away, and serves delicious meals in a perfect English country village setting. There are now two pubs with a Michelin Star within a few miles of here, The Harrow at Little Bedwyn and the Red Lion at East Chisenbury but book well in advance because they are delicious!
We are on the edge of the Savernake Forest, the largest privately owned forest in England, which is truly beautiful for walks at all times of the year.
There are so many local sites to visit but among the best are the Wilton Windmill which is one of the few working windmills left in England, The Crofton Beam Engines , the Kennet and Avon Canal, where you can watch the longboats negotiating the locks. The Canal passes through Hungerford too and here you can catch a trip on one of the barges. Hungerford is renowned for its wonderful antique shops. I think one of my favourite place is Avebury, with its mystical stones, beautiful church and elegant Manor house. It is in this area that one is most likely to see a crop circle. Above all, one cannot stay in this area without a visit to the mysteries of Stonehenge.
There are several beautiful country houses to visit nearby including Wilton House just outside Salisbury, Bowood House outside Calne and Lacock Abbey. Longleat with its wild life park is only 45 minutes away.