Top places to live in Wiltshire Tisbury
It’s country life for the smart set in Tisbury, with a station, lovely independent shops, pubs, cafes and a top-notch art gallery.
Steeped in over 2,000 years of history, Tisbury is the largest village in the Nadder Valley, in the West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. St John’s 12th-century parish church is in the centre of the village, with the churchyard boasting an ancient yew tree still flourishing after 4,000 years. It’s a seductive town with an appealing mix of ancient stone properties and Victorian redbrick houses, a growing number of commuters both to London and Exeter, and a thriving high street with a great range of shops. We’ve noticed a cooler edge to the South Wilts villages of late: a bit eco, a bit off-grid – see Bellorama Glamping and the End of The Road Festival.
EAT & DRINK
Set in the most gorgeous location in stunning parkland on the nearby Fonthill Estate is The Beckford Arms – worth a stop for lunch; or check out other local county pubs The George Inn and The Lamb, Hindon. Pythouse Kitchen Garden is pretty special and Bird & Carter is a fab cafe. There is also Beatons Tearooms for a pot of the fine stuff. We love Provenance Provisions for lunch in their garden or take-away. You won’t want for classy food around here.
The high street offers up the fab Beckford Bottle Shop, Tisbury Deli, Genius Coffea for espressos. Visit Ladytree Designs for ethical, handcrafted jewellery – they’ve been voted Best Jewellery Store in Wilts.
Explore the wonderful local countryside, with its fantastic network of public rights of way; head for local attractions such as Old Wardour Castle – a fine example of a 14th-century castle. The National Trust delights of Stourhead are a short drive away.
AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
Sandroyd Prep is a wonderful country prep, or the Salisbury schools are just around the corner. Warminster School is a co-ed, all-through day and boarding school on the edge of Salisbury Plain that prides itself on nurturing happy, confident and community-spirited pupils.
BEST KEPT SECRET
At the edge of the village is the Grade I listed thatched Tithe Barn at Place Farm, arguably the largest tithe barn in England and open to the public as a world-class gallery, arts centre and restaurant run by Messums Wiltshire.
Train it in 2 hours 9 mins from Tisbury to London. Driving to London takes 2 hours 12 mins.
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