Castle Combe is a little village in the county of Wiltshire, tucked away unassumingly amongst the countryside. If you’ve ever watched the movie ‘The Holiday’, you’ll be able to see the similarities with Kate Winslet’s character’s quaint little English cottage and this beautiful honey-coloured collection of homes. If it looks really familiar, you may have seen it in Steven Spielberg’s ‘War Horse’, where it was the main filming location.
Castle Combe is regularly named the prettiest village in England – and it’s easy to see why. It is a village that appears almost entirely untouched by modern commercialism and ‘big build’ mentality.
We visited Castle Combe in the summer, but I am willing to bet that this place is even more spectacular in the Autumn and during the festive period. Can you just imagine these rustic windows strung with warm white fairy lights, and the doors adorned with festive wreaths?
The buildings are all very short and stout, almost hobbit-like in structure. I particularly loved the huge wooden doors guarding the entranceways.
This one was for sale – how perfect?!
With a very modest population of around 300 village folk, there is a small village church with a small but perfectly formed graveyard. Within the church you’ll find one of the oldest working timepieces in England, a faceless clock from medieval times.
The village has deliberately allowed certain plants to grow up and around the gravestones to promote wildlife in the area, especially small birds and also bees. I think this just adds even more beauty and character to an already delightful site.
Just check out all of those stone chimneys! I’ll bet every home has a cosy log fire nestled into the walls, warming the building in mere minutes when lit.
If you can bear to tear yourself away from the village centre, there are some beautiful walks nearby in the surrounding woodland. During the spring and summer, there is a thick blanket of wild garlic covering the forest floor. Delve deeper into the woods and you’ll be treated to winding stone paths, hugged closely either side by twisted and gnarled trees, and dappled with golden sunlight.
On your way out of Castle Combe, we’d recommend taking a small detour through the tiny village of Corsham. Home to a resident muster of peafowl (we saw 2 males and several females), you’re in for a treat if they’re all out and about on your way through! We were pretty shocked when we rounded a corner and were greeted with a huge peacock and half a dozen peahens lazily crossing the road! It was only after we stopped to get a closer look that we spotted this flamboyant fella showcasing his feathers in a rather extravagant fashion. Aren’t peacocks just the most spectacular creatures?
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