Nestled between the Cotswolds, Salisbury Plain and the Marlborough Downs is the beautiful market town of Chippenham. Due to its prominent crossing point on the River Avon, it’s steeped in history, and has easy access for exploring the beautiful south Cotswolds.
The earliest settlement here dates back to before Roman times. Chippenham was a Royal parish of King Alfred the Great and was almost certainly prime royal hunting ground.
Nowadays, Chippenham is a dynamic town where new and old architecture sit alongside each other, adding to the rich tapestry of this Wiltshire town. In the centre of the bustling market square sits the ‘Buttercross’, an imposing stone structure dating back to 1570, which originally served as a cover for the trade of local produce, including meat and dairy products and thus providing Chippenham with its first ever grocer''s shop.
The other building of interest in the town centre is the medieval timber-framed Yelde Hall that with its original usage as a market hall perhaps provided Chippenham’s first supermarket! Today there are plenty of modern shops and small boutiques for visitors to find all they’ll need on their cottage holiday.
As well as the historic beauty that can be found here, it is perfectly placed to discover the surrounding area, with the National Trust village of Lacock on its doorstep and the fabulous art and wildlife of Longleat a stone''s throw away. There are spectacular ancient woodland walks waiting to be explored in nearby Bird’s Marsh, Briars Wood or Vincent’s Wood.
With its ancient charm, modern facilities and proximity to Bath, Swindon and all that the Cotswolds have to offer, Chippenham is the perfect place in which to base your West Country break. Start planning now and search for Chippenham holiday cottages today.