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MARLBOROUGH

Top places to live in Wiltshire Marlborough

A lovely-looking Wiltshire town where a lively urban feel is a stone's throw from proper rural country pubs.

MARLBOROUGH

WHY?

With alleyways, coaching inns, half-timbered cottages and a church at each end of the high street, Marlborough retains much of its original rustic charm, but with a refreshingly forward-thinking feel.

EAT & DRINK

For super-cool cocktails in the heart of Marlborough, head to Sarsens Restaurant. Their food is pretty special too, showcasing seasonal and sustainable produce, fished, farmed or foraged as locally as possible. The town is spoilt for gourmet burgers with Bite Me Burger and The Kitchen Sisters. And there is always Rick Stein, of course.

SHOP

We love Willow and Wolf for clothes and homeware, and also Luna Boutique, for all things fashion-forward. Susie Watson Designs, The White Horse Bookshop and children’s clothes shop Radish Loves are other fab independents.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

Walks abound in this stunning party of the county, including Savernake Forest, The Ridgeway and Avebury’s World Heritage Trail. The Merchant’s House in the centre of town was built following the Great Fire of Marlborough in 1653 and brings back to life a family who lived through one of the most tumultuous periods in history. Marlborough College Summer School has an incredible range of day and residential courses for all ages, with cinema and theatre under the stars. Marlborough LitFest runs annually (Sept-Oct this year). New indie cinema The Parade Cinema has just opened in a converted Georgian building.

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE

A steep £500,000.

SCHOOLS

Marlborough College and St Mary’s Calne can’t really be beaten. Great local preps include St Francis School and St Margaret’s Prep.

BEST KEPT SECRET

Not far out of town, our favourite pubs are The Three Tuns, Great Bedwyn, The Bell, Ramsbury, and The White Horse Inn, Compton Bassett.

COMMUTE

2 hours 16 mins from Marlborough to London by train. Driving to London takes 1 hour 49 mins.

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