Hotels in Holt
A quaint village deep in rural Wiltshire, Holt has a beautiful garden at its centre and was a fashionable spa village in the 18th century. It is close to the beautiful towns of Bradford-on-Avon and Bath.
Book one of our Holt hotels and explore a village whose attractions range from a Grade II listed medieval parish church to Wiltshire's oldest football club.
The 36-hole Cumberwall Park Golf Course â€“ really four nine-hole courses â€“ includes 34 acres of woodland, nine lakes and streams and has been awarded four stars by Golf World. There's also a driving range and two putting greens. Another nine-hole course can be found at Bradford on Avon Golf Club.
Shops include Duncan's Toy Chest, which sells toys, games, kids' arts and crafts sets, outdoor play equipment and baby equipment, and the Box Steam Brewery, where you can take a tour.
Homes and gardens
In the centre of the village is the beautiful Courts Garden, a seven-acre garden owned by the National Trust. There are colourful beds of flowers, an arboretum, a vegetable garden and an orchard, as well as a lily pond, topiary and a stone temple. You can buy some of the plants, fruit and vegetables, as well as books in the bookshop, and an exhibition will teach you about the history of the garden.
Walkers will enjoy the countryside walk between the garden and Great Chalfield Manor, a 15th-century moated manor house just outside the village. It is still a private home, but you can take a guided tour.
Another place to explore is the Yeo Valley Organic Gardens at Holt Farm, where Yeo Valley yogurt is made. The garden is open on Thursdays and Fridays from June until September, and there is a tearoom serving homemade cakes and scones.
Lacock Abbey was the home of photography pioneer William Henry Fox, who took the first negative. There are medieval rooms and cloisters and a brewery and former bakery to explore, as well as a museum about Talbot, his work and the development of photography.
Eating and drinking
The 16th-century Tollgate Inn is recommended in the Michelin Pub Guide and Good Pub Guide and has won an AA Dinner Award. The food here has a modern twist, and there are also real ales, a pretty garden and frequent events including comedy, barbecues, fortnightly quizzes and live music every Friday. You'll find more pub classics and real ales, as well as a beer garden, sofas by the fire and occasional live music, at The Old Ham Tree. For breakfast, lunch and freshly-ground coffee, pop into Sam's Kitchen and Deli in the Glove Factory Studios, the sister outlet of the restaurant of the same name in Bath.
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