A Stones Throw Away......
The Nadder Valley is an excellent base to explore some of the other gems of the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs AONB
The Ginger Piggery
Situated in the stunning Wylye Valley, The Ginger Piggery offers home cooked restaurant meals, award-winning traditional breed meats a
nd local produce in its farm shop, and art from in house studios and gallery.
We also run farm tours and butchery demonstrations, corporate entertainment/away days and The Four Feathers Shooting School making us a fantastic destination for any day out whether professional or personal.
Set in the beautiful West Wiltshire Downs, the centre is the exclusive outlet for our famously good meat from our family-run, mixed farm. Open all year round, you will find the Boyton Farm Butchery and Shop, The Trough restaurant and art studios, all housed in the converted old Piggery with first class facilities.
The Ginger Piggery
Tel: 01985 850208
Larmer Tree Gardens
Beautifully laid out gardens in the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), created by General Pitt Rivers in 1880, with café and shop. An extraordinary example of Victorian extravagance.
From the magnificent main lawn radiate wide laurel-hedged rides which take you to the tranquil woodland beyond. In spring a wonderful display of Camellias, Rhododendrons and woodland planting is there to be enjoyed.
In high summer the hydrangea collection makes a striking display of colour, and towering over the ponds the exceptionally fine Eucryphias make a magnificent sight. The trees and shrubs of the garden, and its woodland beyond, produce a rich tapestry of colour for our autumn visitors.
The Larmer Tree contains a wonderful collection of ornate buildings retained in an enchanting and tranquil atmosphere.
Rushmore Estate Office
Wiltshire SP5 5PT
Tel: 01725 516971
Stourhead House and Gardens
Discover the unforgettable magic of this world-famous 18th century landscape garden, Palladian mansion, parkland, woods and chalk downs.
Created by Henry Hoare II in the 1740s who dammed The River Stour to form a great lake. Around the lake Hoare laid out a landscape garden for serene walking and as the garden developed, he added classical features such as Neo-classical temples, including the Pantheon & Temple of Apollo, grottos and bridges which adorn the one mile walk along the central lake.
Explore the 2,650 acre Stourhead Estate’s chalk downs, ancient woods and wildlife, and then you can visit the restaurant, shop, pub, art gallery and farm shop.
Tel: 01747 841152
Rushmore Golf Club
An 18 hole golf course in the heart of the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Set in the historic Rushmore Park, a haven of peace with abundant wildlife and spectacular views. It has the unusual distinction of having 9 holes in Dorset and 9 holes in Wiltshire!
A warm and friendly welcome to members and visitors alike.
Rushmore Golf Club
Tel: 01725 516391
Mere and Castle Hill
Mere is a small attractive Medieval market town on the edge of the Nadder Valley. In the early Medieval period, there was a great Castle on the appropriately named Castle Hill above the town built by the Earl of Cornwall (Richard, younger brother of Henry III) in Chilmark stone. It had 6 towers, a chapel, deep well and dungeon, but it was abandoned after 150 years and its stone was reused in the building of the town. Much land around Mere is still owned by the Duchy of Cornwall. Why not spend a little time discovering Mere with its selection of antique shops, traditional pubs and independent shops. Discover its historical connections with the silk industry during the Victorian era, and the Temperance Movement which began in 1834 and did much to change the habits of drunkenness in the town which resulted from much poverty and hardship. You will find information about both in Mere Library.