Huts, wagons and bell tents in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside, with the ancient mysteries of the North Wessex Downs to discover
With its undulating downland, ancient forests, and ubiquitous vestiges of our neolithic past, it's easy to see why the North Wessex Downs holds such an evocative place in the imagination. Between the Cotswolds to the west and Chiltern Hills to the east, this sprawling Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has long served as a natural muse for the great and good of literature. And with such a captivating setting, it's not hard to see what inspired the team behind Highway Hill to create their relaxing glamping haven in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside.
Comprising a trio of homely shepherds huts, two furnished bell tents and a gypsy caravan, Highway Hill offers both comfort and convenience, whilst retaining an authentic immersion in its idyllic rural setting. The three huts are perfect for glamping couples. Egyptian cotton bedding, atmospheric wood-burning stoves, and a fully-equipped kitchen makes these hand-crafted hideaways the natural choice for those seeking a self-contained romantic retreat. The slightly bigger bell tents (sleeping up to three) mean small families are catered for. Inside, bunting abounds, fairylights festoon the central pole and thoughtful little touches like vintage trunks, vibrant throws and that all-important wood burner mean the bells are an equally inviting space to unwind on those cooler evenings.
Facilities-wise, proper hot water showers, disabled-friendly toilets and a communal kitchen are all available. Conscientious extra touches like hammocks and high-chairs illustrate your hosts' attention to detail. And with basic provisions from pasta and porridge oats to lanterns and linen supplied, a stay at Highway Hill represents an incredibly good value break in one of England's most desirable regions.
When not relaxing onsite with a good book or getting to know the adorable resident alpacas and pygmy goats, there's no shortage of places to explore from this superbly-located base. Innumerable footpaths and bridleways offer invigorating walks (of varying intensity), leading to some of Wiltshire's most interesting sites. Take the picturesque seven mile stroll to the Cherhill White Horse, one of thirteen of these iconic equine chalk figures that dot the Wiltshire hillsides. Although not quite as antiquated as popular belief would have it (the oldest surviving one at Westbury dates back to 1770s), the county can still stake a worthy claim as the cradle of ancient Britain. With the mysterious stone circles at Avebury and the neolithic burial tomb at West Kennet Barrow all within easy reach, Highway Hill really does make the prime base for any pre-history buffs. And with the Georgian-Roman splendour of Bath a mere 45 minutes away, you can really enjoy a whistle-stop tour of England through the ages.
A great environment to escape the chaos of city life for the open expanse and freedom of this glorious location. A fabulous destination in these difficult times to home educate your youngsters, or as a place of isolation where you can work and breathe in the fresh air AND get lots of exercise.
Each accommodation is spaced apart to create privacy and isolation. Our whole venue is nestled in 100 acres of private land and is part of the vast North Wessex Downs giving you endless freedom to roam without hardly meeting a soul.
We use only eco-friendly, probiotic cleaning products which creates an extremely healthy environment and, where possible, use environmentally-friendly items to support our planet and reduce our carbon footprint.
We also offer a food delivery service to the door of your accommodation (optional).
If it's quiet and solitude you want but with the home-from-home luxuries you enjoy then look no further.
The Shepherd Huts have electric lighting and plug sockets, plus a fridge or electric coolbox, and gas or electric hob. Bell tents don't have electricity but do have battery-powered lights. Tent guests can access electric sockets either in the kitchen (where they will also find cooking facilities) or via the outdoor socket near the campsite. 2 showers and 3 toilets next to the campsite, with another 3 toilets and 1 shower next to office and kitchen; of these, 1 of the toilets plus the shower is wheelchair accessible. Shepherd's huts have fire bowls that can be used as a BBQ or a small firepit. All guests have access to the large fire pit in the campsite (complimentary firewood). Board games, cards and jigsaws to borrow, plus maps and books detailing local walks and flora and fauna available.
All our accommodation is finished to an extremely high standard. Wood burning stoves offer warm, cosy nights in, whilst our soft and cosy Egyptian cotton bedding make for a good night’s sleep. In the summer, you can barbecue just how you like it. Even our fire-pits add to the atmosphere. As night falls, toasting marshmallows, telling ghost stories or whiling away the evening hours as you watch pictures in the embers or the stars on clear nights, preparing you for a restful night’s sleep.
Family-friendly Glamping site. Couples, families (cot and highchair available on request) and Group bookings up to 16 all welcome. Dogs not permitted.
There are plenty of fantastic walks starting close by, including a pleasant 7 mile trek to the local Cherhill White Horse, one of numerous chalky equine hill figures found across Wiltshire. A 15 minute drive away lies the ancient stone circles of Avebury, along with a museum and various other attractions in the village including the National Trust owned Avebury Manor (01672 538016). There are also several other Neolithic sites in the region, such as West Kennet Long Barrow. The Georgian stately home, Bowood House (01249 812102), is about a 15 minute drive away and features a famous adventure playground for the little ones, as well as stunning grounds designed by Capability Brown. The iconic city of Bath, with all of its Roman and Georgian attractions, is also just 45 minutes away.
Food & Drink
Basic provisions such as milk, tea, coffee, sugar, and oats, are supplied on arrival. Guests are welcome to use the oven, microwave and other cooking facilities in the main kitchen, and pre-made meals can be ordered too. The White Horse Inn (01249 813118), found about 2 miles away in Compton Bassett, offers a sophisticated spin on pub grub classics, while The Duke Hotel (01793 823026) in Hilmarton boasts the best of the beer gardens.
Shepherds huts and gypsy wagon: March–mid-December.
Bell tents: March – October.
The Owner Says
Highway Hill is aimed at people who love the outdoors but still appreciate a touch of luxury. We’re located within the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a stunning landscape of ancient woods, gently meandering chalk springs, and rolling downland, offering peace, quiet and relaxation.
Staying at Highway Hill in one of our shepherd huts or bell tents is a very special experience. You can choose a traditionally-built shepherd’s hut or spend a night under canvas in one of our very spacious bell tents. All guests are welcome to get together and relax in our new communal safari tent with its open plan kitchen - dining - lounge (complete with log burner) and decking outside to watch the marvellous countryside sunsets.
For families, the whole glamping site is fenced and gated so your youngsters have the freedom to play while you relax with peace-of-mind. Within this area is a mud kitchen, a flower meadow to run through, a gipsy caravan to play games in and many more features to encourage imagination and interaction away from electronic devices.
On the rest of our site, you will discover rescued and rare breed animals, with newborn lambs in the spring, therapy and education sessions all year round and the fascinating, humourous and very popular alpaca walks hosted by the amazing farmer, Dave, of Dave & Ewe. We are often hosting events to raise funds for this worthy cause and we are certain that it is these wonderful four-legged friends who help give us continual 5* ratings. Thank you.
Walking is also an extremely popular pastime here at Highway Hill, with many walks to suit every age and agility helping you discover the rich history of this area and experience all the benefits of being in the fresh, country air amongst impressive undulating woodlands and fields. Try some of our local walks to experience the fauna and flora in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Longer tracks take you to ancient sites like the White Horse at Cherhill, the stone circles at Avebury, Silbury Hill, or just pop along the local pathway to a great local public house for a meal and a drink!
Switch off from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and switch on your senses! Soak up the atmosphere and tune into nature at Highway Hill. We look forward to welcoming you...
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Rated ★★★★★ over 22 reviews
Fantastic space for a large group celebration
We celebrated my dad's 60th birthday at Highway Hill and the space was absolutely perfect for us 7 adults and 4 children. Haig's Hut made it so that we had a brilliant communal area to cook and hang out together, while the individual accommodations were really comfortable and quaint. Highly recommend the animal experience with Farmer Dave - our whole group loved hanging out with the miniature goats, rabbits, donkeys, alpacas... (especially the adults!) Overall a fantastic space for a relaxing weekend away, especially for a group celebration. Beautiful views, peaceful setting, and comfy accommodation. Highly recommended.
best place to stay , you want for nothing
Fantastic Glamping Site
A fantastic glamping site set deep into the countryside just outside Calne. Calm, peaceful and kitted our perfectly for a family of 4 to spend 5nights in a bell tent in luxury comfort. Great separate cooking area and hot powerful showers always a winner in my book. On a lovely farm and the children (3&7) loved helping the farmer take his goats for a walk around the area, checking on the other animals he has rescued. Will definitely be returning. Loads to do in the area and even the bad weather was not a damper, as no bogs or muddy areas, despite nearly 24hrs constant heavy rain on the first day!
The perfect way to spend a weekend without a care in the world!
Highway was a special place to visit in so many ways! We stayed in Gabriel Oak which was the perfect balance between outdoor living with indoor luxuries! Every little detail was so thought out from the eggs and local apple juice on arrival to the fairy lights and cosy wood burner! We feel really blessed to have experienced a piece of the Wiltshire countryside, so peaceful and lush! But to top it all off what made our trip was the well cared for, curious and kind animals that graze on your doorstep! We were lucky enough to get close up and personal with the animals with a wonderful experience with Dave! We made friends with the alpacas (Clive and Prince to be precise) and we’re always greeted beautifully by the cheeky goats! Dave was so warm and told us wonderful stories of the farm and the local area, couldn’t have asked for more!
A magical place
My group of 12 have just experienced a truly magical 5 days at Highway Hill. The setting is beautiful and surrounded by countryside and animals of all kinds ! Alpacas too ,all cared for by farmer Dave. Special thanks to Bianca for all her hard work in making our stay feel loving and warm, and we highly recommend you visit this beautiful place. Don’t forget The Scientist 😉 Rob x
Perfect campsite, wonderful experience
We came here as a group of 22 and had the best time, it exceeded all expectations. The large central tent was a total game changer and all the facilities were excellent. We are already planning a return trip. Thanks to Anna and Bianca for all the help in booking too x
Magical, easily the most wonderful glamping site I have been to
We had an unforgettable weekend with friends at Highway Hill. I grew up a few miles away so know the area well but the site exceeded my expectations in so many ways. We were in a party with two other families and we used the communal cooking facilities to produce a Lebanese style BBQ feast in the evening and had the firebowls burning until late. Our children ranged from 1 to 10 and they adored the freedom of the site. My 4 year old got to walk a group of baby goats and cuddle a duckling. Adults loved the views and sunset and peace (swallows, goats, sheep) are all you can hear. The large communal tent provides plenty of space and warmth if weather deteriorates. We actually ended up just hanging out at the campsite for the weekend with books, a slackline, badminton, animal visits and bacon sandwiches we really didn't need to go far. If I went back I would have done more exploring to Avebury stone circle and the Longbarrow, White Horse pub, and all the lovely walks across the downlands. This is a special place!
Lovely Overnight Stay!
We stayed in the shepherd hut overnight , everything we needed supplied , spotlessly clean and very friendly staff, Believe me you will NOT get cold if the weather turns the wood burner does an amazing job .We did an Archery activity with a group whilst there . There are lovely walks and cute animals and Alpaca /goat walking I had done this previos when we did Bell tents and well worth with a group of children. ;Looking forward to going again
Perfect setting for real quality time with the family
We booked all three shepherd's huts and the bell tents to cater for a family get together to celebrate a 21st birthday. We were a party of 12 and there was more than enough space for everyone to spread out and equally to sit around the dinner table together and later the sofas for family games. The site facilities are finished to a very high standard and it is exceptionally well equipped. You can tell the team really care about your experience as there are thoughtful touches throughout, like milk, eggs, juice, tea etc. and some other foods available in each hut. There were even little torches provided, as well as plenty of wood for the fire. The site has its own woodland and you can access footpaths without having to go on any roads. The surrounding area is just stunningly beautiful. The animals are gorgeous and Dave, who looks after them, is so welcoming and inclusive. You feel involved from the minute you arrive and if you're looking for a farm experience, this would be the place to go. We finished off the evening sat around the campfire toasting marshmallows. It was such a wonderful experience and we've made memories that we'll cherish. I had visited the site before staying, so I knew we were in for a treat but it exceeded my expectations and was just perfect. Thanks to the whole team for all the work that goes into making this such a special place. Whole heartedly recommend Highway Hill.
Response from Highway Hill
Kathy, words cannot express how lovely it was to read this feedback! I am absolutely thrilled that you all had such a good time and that you got everything you wanted out of the experience. Thank you for staying with us and for being so generous with your comments :)
Great glampsite, excellent facilities
This is a great site with excellent facilities and very responsive team in charge. My children really enjoyed meeting the goats. Recommend.
The most wonderful country retreat
We loved our time at Highway Hill. It was a very tranquil and calm place to get away from it all. Having the animals around was such a joy, as it turns out they are therapy animals, and it was certainly very therapeutic to wake up in the mornings and check out the Shetland ponies, donkeys and baby goats. I highly recommend booking the sessions with them. The shepherds hut was perfect! So stylish! And the wood burning stove is very powerful, it'd make a wonderful winter getaway. Thank you for a very need break!
Clean, comfortable and great location
We have just been to this place and stayed 2 nights in a tent. Kids loved it, we did too - excellent location and watching sunset on a field was great. Tent, beds were super clean. If you are going with kids, strongly recommend to take animal sessions with Dave, who is an amazing animal loving person that will ensure your kids will learn a great deal about his animals.
What did I like? All of it!!
What a lively unique awesome tranquil place!
When can we go back! Loved every hour and minute
We just loved our stay even the ugly British weather of wind and rain could not dampen our spirits. The facilities are fantastic, well equipped and very clean. More time than planned was spent in the tent but with the wood burner , some wine and board games we really relaxed! Your neighbours, the animals are just adorable, the baby goats were a fav! Communication from the team cannot be faulted, very comprehensive! The touches of milk, eggs and apple juice are a lovely touch. We hope to see you again!
Nice quiet location, great set up with the bell tent Annabelle, good amount of firewood etc provided for the stove along with breakfast supplies. Would happily stay again.
Tip Top Tents
We loved every minute of our stay at Highway Hill. Everything has been thought through to ensure you have everything you could possibly need. It is comfortable, clean and cosy. We spent an hour with Dave and the animals which was a real highlight and something my two small boys have not stopped talking about- even though it was a couple of weeks ago now. They were very taken by LJ and Percy the goats who they took for a walk- a very special experience. The communal tent was a really fantastic resource. We don’t have much camping kit, but this space provided everything you could possibly need- especially if it rains. I’d highly recommend staying here.
They have thought about almost everything and it's beautifully quiet and peaceful.
The bell tent we stayed in was beautifully and comfortably kitted out. The gypsy caravan which two of our kids slept in was beautiful and they loved the experience. Anna, who manages the place, was extremely helpful and friendly. The site is beautiful and a lot of thought has gone into it. The animals are lovely too. We will definitely be back.
Great value, excellent facilities and a beautiful place
We came with our toddlers as a group of couples together, and had the most perfect break - there was nothing else we could have wished for; the facilities were all brand new, the staff all super helpful and welcoming and the place itself, just lovely. The bell tents and wagons were gorgeous and very well equipped. We had a great night away and thoroughly enjoyed a petting session with the animals on the next day. I have been raving about this great little site to my colleagues and we'll certainly be back. Thanks!
weekend stay in an extremely pleasant part of Wiltshire, from the word go nothing was too much trouble, ace bell tent with all you need for a quiet escape and a peaceful night two little girls happy warm and very impressed with toasting marshmallows round the fire, I would have to highly recommend this site. Ask for farmer Dave what a star that man is.
Lovely clean place
Was all lovely, nice surroundings the accomodation. Everything is there that you need. Will come back next summer!
My favourite Countryside Getaway
I've been to Highway Hill a few times now, and it never disappoints. The shepherds huts are extremely well-stocked and clean and so are the bell tents. They have a cozy, comfy feel and are a lovely place to relax and enjoy the quiet. I also thoroughly enjoyed using the Wood-burner on chilly evenings - love the smell and toastiness! The location is perfect for quiet walks in green pastures and through the woods and there are plenty of animals to say hello to along the way (big fan of the miniature goats and horses!) I'm from London, where it is loud and busy all the time, and Highway Hill offers a lovely, beautiful escape from all the madness. There is a shop about a 10 minute drive away, which is super handy if you forget some things! Also, the sunsets are INCREDIBLE! 10 out of 10, will continue going back as often as I can!
Response from Highway Hill
It's always great to have you here Whit, thank you so much for your support and for this wonderful review!
Lovely site, well equipped, very relaxing
We had a lovely time at Highway Hill. The shepherd's hut was comfy, clean and well equipped. We really liked the homely feel, with fairy lights, candles and pretty decor. The bed was very comfy. The washing up facilities and toilets/showers were close so it wasn't a trek to the loo but discretely out of eye line. Nice to have a BBQ and campfire available. The staff were very friendly and helpful. With such good infrastructure it was easy to have a restful and relaxing time. And we loved the goats!
Response from Highway Hill
Thank you so much for your review Liz, we're so glad you had a good time with us and hope to see you again!