Highway Hill

UK England South West England Wiltshire Avebury

  • Staggered showering times
  • Contactless check in
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Individual toilets for glamping accommodation
  • Groups welcome
  • Good walks nearby
Shepherd's huts and bell tents with wonderful Wiltshire views and excellent access to the North Wessex Downs

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 and two furnished bell tents, 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 six people) 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.

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Facilities

Escape the chaos of city life for the freedom and wide open spaces of Highway Hill.

Our whole venue nestles in 100 acres of private land and forms part of the majestic North Wessex Downs - giving you endless freedom to roam without (hardly) bumping into a soul. 

Bell Tents and Shepherd's Huts offer all the comforts of home and are spaced apart to create maximum privacy.  We use only eco-friendly, probiotic cleaning products and, where possible, environmentally-friendly items which allows us to create an extremely healthy environment, support our planet and reduce our carbon footprint. We also offer an optional food delivery service straight to your door, should you wish.

If it's peace and quiet you want, but with all the comforts of home, Highway Hill is the place for you.

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Each Shepherd's Hut has electric lighting and plug sockets, plus a fridge or electric coolbox, and induction or gas hob.  Bell tents don't have electricity but do have battery-powered lights. Tent guests can access electric sockets either in the communal Safari Tent (where you will also find cooking facilities).

There are 2 showers and 3 toilets next to the campsite, with another 3 toilets and 1 shower next to the office/reception 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/small firepit.  All Highway Hill guests have access to the large campsite fire pit (complimentary firewood is provided). There are board games, cards and jigsaws to borrow, plus maps and books detailing local walks and flora and fauna.
Our accommodation is finished to an extremely high standard. Wood burning stoves offer cosy nights in, whilst our Egyptian cotton bedding makes for a great night’s sleep. In the summer, you can barbecue on one of our fire-pits and, as night falls, toast marshmallows, share stories or while away the evening gazing into the dying embers before drifting off to sleep under the stars.

Suitable For

Glamping only. Dogs are not permitted. Whole-site bookings available, suitable for bookings of up to 16 people.

Nearby

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 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 beer garden.

Opening Times

Shepherds huts: March–mid–December.

Bell tents: March–October.

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The Owner Says

Escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life in order to get back to nature is incredibly important for our wellbeing. Set deep in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside, Highway Hill provides luxury outdoor accommodation for families and couples who love the outdoor life but don’t want to compromise on comfort. We’re located at the end of a leafy country lane in 100-acres of private land within the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; a stunning landscape of ancient woods, gently meandering chalk streams and rolling downland.

Even though we do say so ourselves, staying at Highway Hill is a very special experience; one that’s perfect for seasoned campers and newbies alike. You can choose a romantic, hand-crafted shepherd’s hut for two or spend a night under canvas in one of our comfy and spacious family-sized bell tents; our Hayloft venue is perfect for special occasions, meetings, classes and group events.

Our accommodation is finished to an extremely high standard. Wood burning stoves offer warm, cosy nights in whilst our futons and soft, snuggly bedding make for a dreamy night’s sleep. Spend the evenings barbecuing on one of the many fire pits then, as night falls, toast marshmallows, share stories or while away the night watching the dying embers before drifting off to sleep under the stars.

Easy to find, yet hidden away, Highway Hill offers the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Simply turn up, switch off and immerse yourselves in nature.

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Social Distancing Measures

Key collection via key safes means no contact needed with staff.
Each accommodation unit is allocated a WC for your sole use during your stay.
Additional cleaning services implemented, using the healthy We Are Probiotic and Ecover cleaning products.
Our communal Safari Tent has a choice of time slots for your use, with cleaning products for the guest changeover.
Our site is naturally spacious with 100 acres of countryside to help with social distancing.

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Accommodation

Three shepherds’ huts (each sleeping two people) and a pair of family-sized bell tents (one sleeping four, the other sleeping six).

Gabriel Oak

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 2
Staying in one of our Shepherd’s huts is a chance to experience country living in a beautifully romantic and relaxed setting, while surrounded by the peace and quiet of the English countryside. At the end of a busy day exploring, curl up under the Egyptian cotton bed linen, enjoying both the toasty warmth and ambience of the hut’s wood burner.

Chloe

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 2
Staying in one our Shepherds huts is a chance to experience country living in a beautifully romantic and relaxed setting, while surrounded by the peace and quiet of the English countryside. At the end of a busy day exploring, curl up under the Egyptian cotton bed linen, enjoying both the toasty warmth and ambience of the hut’s wood burner.

Perdita

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 2
Staying in one of our Shepherd’s huts is a chance to experience country living in a beautifully romantic and relaxed setting, while surrounded by the peace and quiet of the English countryside. At the end of a busy day exploring, curl up under the Egyptian cotton bed linen, enjoying both the toasty warmth and ambience of the hut’s wood burner.

Isabel

Bell tent Sleeps 6
Find yourself sleeping under the stars in beautiful luxury bell tents, a modern approach to camping. Each bell tent is fitted with insect screens, air vents and wood burning stoves.

Annabel

Bell tent Sleeps 4
Find yourself sleeping under the stars in beautiful luxury bell tents, a modern approach to camping. Each bell tent is fitted with insect screens, air vents and wood burning stoves.

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Location

Contact Highway Hill, The Barnyard, Highway, Calne, Wiltshire SN11 8SR

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Getting There

Highway Hill is easily accessible from the M4, from either Junction 16 (Swindon and Royal Wootton Bassett) or Junction 17 (Chippenham). More detailed instructions will be sent upon completion of booking.

Nearest train stations are Swindon and Chippenham, and the 55 bus can take you from either of these to the nearest bus stop at The Duke in Hilmarton. Highway Hill is about two-and-a-half miles away from the bus stop so you will need to arrange a taxi for the final stretch. Alternatively, a pre-booked taxi from Swindon or Chippenham will cost around £25.

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  • Coronavirus Booking Guarantee
  • Best Price Guarantee, with no fees
  • Instant booking confirmation
  • Trusted for over 10 years
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