Calne is a town in the county of Wiltshire, in Southwest England. It lies at the edge of the North Wessex Downs, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covering 670 square miles of hills, valleys, woods and farmland. The town is located on the banks of a small river, the Marden, and is perhaps best-known as the origin of the traditional method for curing ham, known as the Wiltshire Cure. On the doorstep of Wiltshire holiday cottages in Calne, scenic walks and far-reaching views across the region can be discovered. A number of footpaths run right through the town centre, including routes to Bremhill, Maud Heath, Castlefields Canal and River Park, and Quemerford Wood.
Take a stroll from your Calne holiday cottage in Wiltshire and you will discover a variety of family-run businesses. There are several charming pubs, including The Jenny Wren and The Bug and Spider, both of which serve good food and a selection of local ales. Calne is an ancient market town which had a thriving woollen industry in the 18th century, evidenced by fine examples of Tounson Almshouses and Georgian clothiers’ homes. There are many listed buildings, particularly surrounding the green by the parish church. Calne also features striking contemporary architecture, such as the library, which has won several awards for its innovative design. Many of the town’s distinctive landmarks can be found in its Heritage Quarter, which is not to be missed on self-catering holidays in Calne. Information is available at the excellent tourist information centre.
Just outside the town, Bowood House and Gardens are home to 100 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, with plenty for children to enjoy including a petting farm and a playground. Nearby, the Atwell-Wilson Museum houses an incredible collection of vintage cars. A short drive westward from Calne, Chippenham is another ancient market town on the banks of the River Avon.