Avebury in Wiltshire is such a fabulous place to visit; not just for the circles of ancient stones, which are the stars of course!
The main street has some beautiful houses, you can look down a well inside the Red Lion pub and the parish church is well worth a visit. I especially love the font, which may date from Saxon times and is decorated with a 12th century carving of (probably) Christ trampling two dragons. About a mile from Avebury is neolithic Windmill Hill, the largest known causewayed enclosure in Britain – take the footpath from the churchyard via Avebury Trusloe.
Avebury Manor was magical at Christmas. The National Trust always deck it out well for the season and I love the Manor’s laid-back attitude to visitors who are encouraged to don period hats and climb into the reproduction beds!
I love that the volunteers raised the enormous sum needed to commission another gorgeous-smelling hand-crafted rush mat (made by Rush Matters) for the Tudor bedchamber. The hand-painted Chinese wallpaper in the Governor of Jamaica’s dining room is full of surprises and Keiller’s 1930’s parlour is a joy.
We are so lucky being less than 10 miles from a such a precious world heritage site. Do visit in 2015!