This nationally designated area of outstanding natural beauty covers 380 sq miles of countryside overlapping the boundaries of Wiltshire, Dorset, Hampshire and Somerset.
It is a diverse landscape offering areas of rolling chalk grassland, ancient woodlands, chalk escarpments, downland hillsides and chalk river valleys each with a distinct and recognisable character.
Things to do and see
Non-riders can enjoy this break as well - there are historic places to visit
- StoneHenge - Legendary neolithic monument made using stones transported from Wales and built for unknown purpose. Amesbury, Salisbury SP4 7DE tel: 0370 333 1181
- Rushmore Estate - Rushmore is contained within the Cranborne Chase, an ancient deer forest where King John came to hunt within which the "Chase Rights" applied from the Saxon period until 1828. This is a truly unique area in terms of historical landscape with a rich archaeological heritage and diversity of flora and fauna. Today, the Estate is involved in a variety of activities including farming, forestry, conservation, leisure and sporting pursuits.
- The Larmer Tree Gardens - near Tollard Royal in south Wiltshire are expansive Victorian gardens with laurel hedges, flowers and woods, plus ornate, original buildings. created by Lieutenant-General Augustus Henry Lane Fox Pitt Rivers in 1880 as pleasure grounds for "public enlightenment and entertainment".Larmer Tree, Tollard Royal, Salisbury SP5 5PY tel: 01725 516971
- Wardour Castle - Partially ruined, turreted, 14th-century, fortified residence with panoramic views. Located at Wardour, on the boundaries of Tisbury and Donhead St Andrew in the English county of Wiltshire. The castle was built in the 1390s and partially destroyed in 1643 and 1644 during the English Civil War. Up the road is the New Wardour Castle - an English country house built for the Arundell family. The house is of a Palladian style, designed by the architect James Paine, with additions by Giacomo Quarenghi, who was a principal architect of the Imperial Russian capital city Saint Petersburg. Tisbury, Salisbury SP3 6RR tel: 01747 870487
- Salisbury Cathedral - formally known as the Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is an Anglican cathedral in Salisbury, England, and one of the leading examples of Early English architecture. The main body of the cathedral was completed in 38 years, from 1220 to 1258. 6 The Close, Salisbury SP1 2EJ tel: 01722 555120
Where to eat and drink
- The Museum Inn - 17th-century, thatched-roof pub with dining. Farnham, Blandford Forum DT11 8DE tel: 01725 516261
- King John Inn - On the edge of Rushmore Park, this polished rural gastro pub opened in 1859. Tollard Royal, Salisbury SP5 5PS tel: 01725 516207
- La Fleur de Lys - The restaurant is the only one with two AA rosettes in Shaftesbury, renowned for it’s fine dining and use of fresh Local ingredients. Bleke St, Shaftesbury SP7 8AW tel: 01747 853717
How to Get there
Only 2 ½ hours by car from London down the M3 - this is ideal for those wanting to escape the city.
Travel west bound on the M3 and leave at junction 8 for Salisbury/ Andover on the A303 and then A343/A30. In Salisbury take the A354 towards Blanford Forum. Take the right hand turn onto B3081 to Tollard Royal. Postcodes and more detailed directions will be supplied at the time of booking.
As accommodation is available on site it is also an ideal location to travel to by train. Take the train to either Gillingham (in Wiltshire) or Salisbury and we can arrange for you to be collected by someone from the riding stables team. Journey time from London is just over an hour.
Orchard Cars 01258 472395
Shaftesbury and Gillingham Taxis 01747 855009
Larmer Tree Gardens