Lodge Farmhouse lies in a superbly elevated rural position on the most southerly downland ridge in South Wiltshire. From here a great sweep of southern England, perhaps 1000 square miles, may be seen at a glance in clear conditions; including much of Cranborne Chase with the Purbeck Hills beyond to the southwest and almost the entire New Forest with the Isle of Wight lying beyond, to the South.
As your hosts, we will ensure that comfortable bedrooms, a delicious breakfast and cheerful service will set you up well for whatever you choose to do in this captivating and unspoiled part of Wessex. We would be delighted to help you with suggestions of things to do and see, as well as places to eat and drink.
Regional Tour Base
Quite apart from the two great local attractions of Stonehenge and Salisbury Cathedral, for which south Wiltshire is internationally famous, there is so much more to see and do here. Lodge Farmhouse is the perfectly placed base for touring the whole of Wessex; Salisbury (NE12 mins), New Forest (S15mins), Bath (W60 mins) Bournemouth (S40 mins), Dorset’s Jurassic Coast (SW55 mins) Winchester(E45mins).
Nearby nestles the tranquil Chalke Valley, in which a string of small villages lie sheltered beneath the high downs. It typifies the landscape and the nature of the rural communities of this part of England which is waiting to be explored. Good pubs and restaurants aplenty.
The Immediate Locality
Within comfortable walking distance of Lodge Farmhouse you will find 1200 acres of land with access to the public; a National Nature Reserve (Martin Down) 1 mile, Vernditch Chase (Forestry Commission) 600 metres and Middleton Down Nature Reserve (Wiltshire Wildlife Trust) 500 metres. Many rare and beautiful species of plants and animals are to be found on these sites and in addition there is an RSPB reserve just 3 miles west, plus a large number of privately owned Sites of Special Scientific Interest, some with public access close-by.
This is a walker'sparadise. Lodge Farmhouse lies on the Ox Drove, one of several “green lanes” to which dozens of miles of footpaths and bridleways are connected in a huge network. This allows the walker to tailor a route with an objective (so often a pub!) or just to wander and to take in the magnificent views from the tops of the downs.
The area was the cradle of man’s development in Britain and so its burial grounds and hill forts are so much part of its landscape that they often go unnoticed by the visitor, but it is worth remembering that you are rarely more than a few hundred metres from an historic feature, or monument, which will tell something about the 10,000 years of unbroken human history that has run its course here. Lodge Farmhouse is surrounded by just these clues; an Iron Age Village site, a Roman Road, a medieval hunting ground and so on. The jig-saw pieces are there. Why not come to find them?
Lodge Farmhouse Bed & Breakfast - Salisbury - Wiltshire