Wiltshire

Wiltshire is one of the larger counties in England and has many beautiful towns and stretches of pristine countryside to explore. Whether you’re looking for a rural retreat or metropolitan excitement, Wiltshire will have something for you. We’ll take a look at some of the best areas in Wiltshire, as well as what universities are available there and which Wiltshire schools rank among the country’s best!

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Best places to live in Wiltshire

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Stonehenge in Wiltshire

Where is Wiltshire?

Wiltshire is located in the southwest of England and borders Gloucestershire, Somerset, Dorset, Hampshire and Berkshire. The county town is Trowbridge, but there are also plenty of other towns and villages to explore.

Areas in Wiltshire

There are many different areas in Wiltshire to consider when looking for property. Some of the most popular include:

Salisbury Plain – covering an area of around 300 square miles, this is Wiltshire’s largest green belt and has long been used for military training exercises due to its remoteness from towns or roads. There are many interesting sites in Salisbury Plain including Stonehenge, Vespasian’s Camp, Old Sarum and the Long Barrow.

Tisbury – this village is well known to history buffs as it was once home to King Alfred the Great whose family estate included land in Tisbury during his lifetime. The original Saxon church can still be seen today at St Mary’s Church which dates back to over 900 years ago.

Trowbridge – located in the north of Wiltshire, Trowbridge is one of the county’s most important towns. Formerly an industrial town, it is now home to a variety of businesses and shopping centres. The Kennet and Avon Canal also runs through the town.

Stourhead Park in Wiltshire

Littlecote – this is a more modern addition to Wiltshire’s history as it was first mentioned in records dating back only around 900 years ago. The manor house of Littlecote Park has its origins dating back to 1250 and can be seen on the cover of Agatha Christie’s novel “They Do It With Mirrors.”

It has been used as a backdrop in television shows such as Doctor Who, Casualty and Midsomer Murders.

Salisbury – this is one of the oldest cities in England with its origins dating back to around 4000 years ago which makes it older than Stonehenge itself! Salisbury Cathedral dominates the city’s skyline.

Salisbury also hosts several festivals throughout the year including an annual Christmas Craft Market and Food Festival; there is even a Beerfest that takes place every August!

Universities in Wiltshire

Wiltshire is home to two universities. The University of Bath Spa is located in the town of Bath while the University of Wiltshire is based in the city of Chippenham.

The University of Bath Spa – This university has been awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is ranked as one of the top universities in the UK for employability.

The University of Wiltshire – This university offers a broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, with many modules being available online or via distance learning. It also has strong links with businesses in the region, so it is a popular choice for students looking to study for business and management degrees.

Sailsbury Cathedral in Wiltshire

Top Schools in Wiltshire

Wiltshire has a number of top schools including Oakfield School and Sherborne House School which both achieved an “Outstanding” rating from Ofsted.

Oakfield School – Oakfield School is an independent co-educational day and boarding school, which sits in 200 acres of parkland on the outskirts of Maidenhead.

Sherborne House School – Sherborne students achieve consistently high standards at GCSE, with over two-thirds achieving A* to B grades in 2020. The school has a long-standing commitment to music and was named ‘Music College of the Year’ by Ofsted for 2018.

Population of Wiltshire

The Population of Wiltshire is 470,981 according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics. Wiltshire is one of the most rural counties in England and has a population density of just 87 people per square kilometre.

 

Reviews in Wiltshire

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Badbury Park, lovely, but could be improved.

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Review Date Aug 2022

The best bit of living in this particular area, I find, are the access to main routes. The M4 leading west (Bristol etc) and east (London) is on the doorstep, the A414 is within breathing distance and this takes you to the Cotswolds within 25 minutes and a good access point for reaching the North West of England.
The other big benefit of living here are the walkable countryside areas. Coate Water is a 10 minute walk, and this is probably one of Swindon’s best selling points.

The worst part of living here is easily the lack of facilities. It’s a 10 minute drive to get anything – shopping, coffee etc. I mean you can go in multiple directions, but each takes 10 minutes. The east of Swindon is ripe for a Costa or something!

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Overall Badbury Park is a nice place to live and care was taken – originally – with the look and feel of the site. You can go for nice walks around the estate leading into local parkland.
However a few things have let it down of more recent years:
1) no bins; anywhere! This is a huge site, why no bins?
2) A huge lack of any facilities. The site has been here for 8 years, we are finally just getting a new co-op and maybe one other other small shop!
3) The continuation to make the site even bigger. I never imagined we’d still be living on a building site here. I appreciate the need for more homes, but they should have better organised access onto site, as it still means lorries are tearing down the main (and only) access points.
4) Parking, road size, and road safety. They’ve given little, to-no, thought about any of the three.
5) Lastly, I think the biggest issue – which will continue to be a problem, long term – is the lack of site accessibility. The site is becoming huge, covering a mile or two. There are two entrances right next to each other. The site needs to be connected to the rest of Swindon at the other end of the project, otherwise it’s going to cause a nightmare.

The build itself of where we live is ok. Persimmon get a bad rep, but it’s bricks and water! I don’t see the value of a Redrow house (also on site), sure they look nicer from the outside, but the build quality isn’t hugely different (for £100k more). Big downsides with Persimmon has been around some awful design with the kitchen, meaning we are having to rip it out and start again 5 years on. The other big problem, which you always hear with newbuilds is storage. Why haven’t they worked this out yet? Surely the houses will be easier to sell?!

Personally, I wasn’t massively sold on new build before I bought here, as I’d like more open space and to feel less overlooked. This remains the case – probably enhanced by the lockdowns. We won’t be moving any time soon, but it won’t be our final resting place!

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I think I wish I had known to be more ruthless with the builder about things we wanted changed, fixed or adapted. Things are starting to go wrong (not huge issues) with things I think I should have pushed for more at the time of first moving in. At the time it is so stressful and you just want to settle, but you really do need to push for things if they are not quite right as they can come back to bite you.

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They were quite quick to respond, or at least not awful. One thing which is always funny is the team they send out to fix the job are always 10000% better than the ones they had in originally to do the job. False economy at it’s finest!

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The houses are attractive and mostly very well cared-for.

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Review Date Aug 2022

Lovely area.
Not enough parking for the flats in particular, most households appear to have two cars.
Shop due to open this Autumn currently no facilities open.
2 x parks
Lovely open areas very close by

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The houses are attractive and mostly very well cared-for.
Green open spaces along the main Avenue including childrens park and school.
Traffic can be heavy as the main road is the way in / out for all residents.
Lack of parking in some areas (particularly by flats)

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Avoid the facebook group – nosy neighbours moaning.

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I am a shared ownership buyer so I have to go through them, hit and miss.

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Highly recommend

Review Date Aug 2022

Very happy with my apartment, £1,000 referral voucher for anyone about to reserve a Crest Nicholson

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Very happy with my apartment, £1,000 referral voucher for anyone about to reserve a Crest Nicholson

 

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Excellent

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Great location, wish the house was what was advertised

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Review Date Apr 2022

It’s fairly quiet, but it has some lovely pubs and places to eat. M4 is only a stone’s throw away. Bristol isn’t very far away, and Bath is only 15 mins away. There are a few loud drivers that seem to have installed rockets in their cars, so now and again they speed by the estate for no obvious reason, but generally the local wildlife seems tame and polite. Train station is planned to open in a few years time, so that will make it easier to get in a train directly to London. We’re happy that we bought a house here, just wish it was with a better developer.

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Lovely looking houses, but very impractical. The internal layout wasn’t thought through properly, everything is cheaply made and rushed (much like the development), so stuff breaks and falls apart all the time, and not exactly energy-efficient – house doesn’t hold the heat in. Property management (Remus) picks numbers out of thin air and sends you an annual bill that, when questioned, even THEY can’t explain. Maintenance of the development is carried out by some lad you might find working at Homebase. Communication from Remus and Redcliffe is great until they have your money, after which point they’re hard to get a hold of. Gardens, mine and a lot of the neighbours’, are sloped and they have so much rubble underneath that they become boggy and make it very difficult to keep the lawn healthy/grow plants. Garages are too small to keep your car in, and it’s only a few houses on the estate that have a twin garage – most of them don’t.

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Rising costs of property management. House being so energy inefficient

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They’re difficult to get a hold of and will maybe answer once but not follow up

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