Our selection of places to stay in the large rural county of Wiltshire includes the delightful Rectory Hotel at Crudwell, a truly mainstream charming small hotel. The same is true of Howard's House Hotel. Wiltshire's county town is Salisbury, with its famous cathedral (and spire), close and medieval quarter and market.
One of Wiltshire's most underrated charms is the majestic Vale of Pewsey, lined in the north by the Marlborough Downs – bare, windswept, in places rising steeply, and with an ancient atmosphere. By contrast the chalk stream valleys around Andover and Salisbury have a gentle, domesticated charm.