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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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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Perfect house, perfect community

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Review Date Apr 2022

Perfect home in perfect location. Great links to London, Bath and countryside. Local shop and postbox just a short walk away. Country walks on doorstep. Play park in the development (for older kids) and a playpark over the road for the younger ones. Great primary schools and secondary schools.

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Great house design (Bibury) and good sized garden. Lovely sense of community and have so many amazingly helpful neighbours. We have really enjoyed living here for the past 5 years. We were one of the first in and have seen the development grow. Few snagging items but all sorted now. Great residents association to help guide us forward. Very happy.

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Come and join our lovely community!

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All snagging items were dealt with as soon as they were raised

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Okay area but bad development

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Review Date Feb 2022

Parking is okay as I had two spaces. Bins were collected well but litter was often left on streets for weeks before being cleared. Fairly nice neighbourhood and little traffic noise

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Development took a huge amount of time and very little facilities. Roads were not laid outside out home until I had sold on the property (almost 3 years). Constantly looking dirty and run down from construction and timelines that were promised were very rarely met. Still have no idea what you pay a service charge for

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The houses are not built to the best standard so make sure to survey well before purchase

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Very hard to get support but for the major things they were good

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above average

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Review Date Jan 2022

The range and quality of the shops is great, the lack of parking let’s it down.

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All great and design is well thought through to a high standard, sleek and modern.
The fixtures and fittings that come with the property are a high spec and good appliances such as Bosch.
This makes a massive difference to anyone buying a new build property.

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Check plans to ensure what else is being being built around your property and if you will be overlooked.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Yes small issues are quick to be resolved by the after care team.

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